Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

Meet the Author | Margarita M. Balmaceda

“You can’t use each energy type as a foreign policy weapon in the same way”

In her book Russian Energy Chains, Margarita M. Balmaceda analyses the value chains of Russia’s three largest fossil fuel exports. She traces the journey of an exemplary molecule of each gas, oil and coal from production in Russia through transit and processing in Ukraine to the end consumer in Germany.
ZOiS Spotlight 42/2021 by Christos Varvantakis

The Systemic Discrimination Facing Greece’s Roma

The recent death of an 18-year-old Roma man in a police shooting in Athens has revived debates about structural racism against members of this ethnic group in Greece, where, as in other European countries, many Roma are trapped in a vicious circle of prejudice, poverty, criminality, and social exclusion.
ZOiS Spotlight 41/2021 by Nina Lutterjohann

Problems of International Peace Missions in Eurasia

The United Nations, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe: international organisations are engaged in Eurasian crises in a variety of ways. Despite the longevity of the mandates, however, numerous conflicts have remained unresolved for years. What is missing from these missions?
Meet the Author | Mitchell A. Orenstein

"We have to look at transition as a broader type of crisis"

In their book ‘Taking Stock of Shock’, Kristen Ghodsee and Mitchell A. Orenstein look at the outcome of 30 years of transition in post-communist countries. In light of the different experiences of this transition across Eastern Europe, they see a need for a narrative that encompasses both disaster and success.


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. On this occasion, ZOiS, together with cooperation partners, is hosting a series of events that revisit the watershed year of 1991 and examine the legacies of the Soviet era.

Focus on Belarus

According to official results, Belarusian president Aliaksandr Lukashenka has been reelected for another turn on 9 August. In the aftermath of the election, massive protests are taking place in the country. In the light of these current events, ZOiS has put together a dossier on politics and society in Belarus.
Research Clusters

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters: Societies between Stability and Change, Conflict Dynamics and Border Regions, Migration and Diversity, Youth in Eastern Europe, and Political Economy and Integration.


Roundtable Osteuropa

Roundtable Osteuropa is a podcast by the Centre for East European and International Studies. Scholars of ZOiS and their guests discuss their research of Eastern Europe. We consider events in politics and society, while also trying to shed light on lesser-known issues – with insights from sociology, political science, geography, social anthropology, literary studies and theology.


External Academic Publications

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters and publish their result in peer-reviewed journals.