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Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies


The activities of NUPI’s Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies can be divided into four core areas:

  • Russian security and foreign policy – including Russian hegemonic ambitions in the post-Soviet area, together with Russia’s relation to EU and NATO. Studies of bilateral relations between Russia and Norway have been important as well.
  • Within the field of regime studies, the focus has been on various aspects of the Russian political system, policy models, and institutional development and institution building.
  • The third focal area involves research on the development of centre–periphery relations within the Russian Federation. Today this is an important field of study: in addition to the obvious need for expertise on conflict areas like Chechnya, for the first time the regions, and thereby centre–periphery relations, have emerged as a power factor in the Russian context.
  • The Department of Russian an Eurasian Studies has also focused on the Russian Nordic Areas in general and the Norwegian neighbouring territory in particular, as well as on various aid-related projects. Research in the department includes all the post-Soviet areas except the Baltic countries.

Current research [More]

Coming into the Cold: Asia’s Arctic interests 2013

This project will examine the increasing Arctic interests of four key Asian states (China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea) and illustrate how Arctic states (US, Norway, Russia) are meeting this growing interest. The aim is to analyze the consequences the increased involvement of Asian states may have for Arctic governance and geopolitics. More

Dialogue and learning across the North Caucasian/Russian divide 2012-2015

The project creates an arena for dialogue and cooperation between MA and PhD students from the Northern Caucasus and Russia. More

Afghanistan’s Central Asian neighbours: Spoilers or catalysts of regional stability? 2012


Completed projects [More]

The Shifting Geopolitics of the Black Sea Region: Actors, Drivers and Challenges 2010-2011

The Black Sea Region stands out as a region where realpolitik once more has come to the fore. This project maps drivers that currently affect the shifting geopolitics of the Black Sea region. More

Competence building and research support for the Chechen State University 2007-2010

The project is a cooperation project between the Chechen State University in Grozny and NUPI. More

Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) and implications for post-conflict economic recovery 2007-2010

The project is about disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (so-called DDR processes) and the pursuit of these aims when societies go from war to peace. More

Publications [Vis flere]
  • Vakulchuk, Roman (2014). Analysis of Informal Obstacles to Cross-Border Economic Activity in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan,

    in ADB Working Paper Series on Regional Economic Integration, No. 130

    .Manila,Asian Development Bank.This study aims at addressing the issues surrounding the prevalence of informal trade barriers in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The paper is based on a survey of a total of 108 companies in both countries. [url]
  • Austvik, Ole Gunnar (2014). The Norwegian Petroleum Experience as an Example?,

    The International Shale Gas and Oil Journal, Vol 2 Issue 2

    .Deventer, The Netherlands,Claeys & Casteels.p. 18-28 .This article discusses how Norway as a newcomer to the industry in the 1970s, in a unique government - business mixture, succeeded to build a competitive national oil and gas industry in only a couple of decades. [url]
  • Godzimirski, Jakub M. (2014). Russia's external energy strategy,

    in Susanne Oxenstierna, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen (ed.) Russian Energy and Security up to 2030

    .London/New York,Routledge Taylor and Francis Group.p. 213-231.This book chapter presents the key challenges and opportunities that Russian external energy policy will have to deal with in the period between 2012 and 2030 as viewed in a series of future energy scenarios published over the last decade. [url]
  • Wilhelmsen, Julie (2014). Russland, folkeretten og militær intervensjon: Selektiv prinsippfasthet,

    i Internasjonal Politikk 72 (1)

    .Oslo,Universitetsforlaget.p. 135-146.Russlands opptreden i internasjonale kriser blir av vestlige kommentatorer ofte sett på som obstruksjonistisk og irrasjonell. Formålet med dette bidraget er å synliggjøre den russiske forståelseshorisonten og derved gjøre handlingsmønstrene mer forståelige. [url]
  • Moen-Larsen, Natalia (2014). ‘Dear Mr President’. The blogosphere as arena for communication between people and power,

    in Communist and Post-Communist Studies 47 (1)

    .Philadelphia, USA,Elsevier.p. 27-37.This article examines the online communication between Medvedev and the Russian people, as seen through his official weblog. The article combines two research fields – the Internet and demography – mapping the publicly generated discourse of demography as articulated on Medvedev's blog. Furthermore, the author assesses the communication between the authorities and the people, showing how it can be mismatched as individuals ‘talk past each other’. [url]
  • Vakulchuk, Roman , F. Irnazarov (2014). Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Case Study — Bringing the Economic Corridor in from the Cold?, ,

    in Economic Corridor Development for Inclusive Asian Regional Integration: Modeling Approach to Economic Corridors , ADB Regional Cooperation and Integration Series

    .Manila,Asian Development Bank.p. 82-96.This publication looks at the experience of economic corridor development from across the world, including successful economic corridor developments in the European Union and South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) regions. [url]
  • Vakulchuk, Roman , Kristian Lundby Gjerde, Tatiana Belikhina, Kazbek Apsalikov (2014). Semipalatinsk nuclear testing: the humanitarian consequences. Oslo, NUPI. 35 pages. NUPI Report, Report No. 1, 2014. From 1949 until the site was closed in 1991, the Soviet Union carried out more than 450 nuclear detonations at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site (SNTS) in Kazakhstan. This report seeks to offer a humanitarian perspective on the legacy of the nuclear testing at the SNTS.
  • Wilson Rowe, Elana , Helge Blakkisrud (2014). A New Kind of Arctic Power? Russia's Policy Discourses and Diplomatic Practices in the Circumpolar North,

    in Geopolitics

    .Oxon, UK,Taylor and Francis Online, Routledge.p. 1-20. [url]
  • Godzimirski, Jakub M., (2013). Actors, Ideas and Actions,

    in Jakub M. Godzimirski (ed) Russian Energy in a Changing World

    .Farnham/Burlington,Ashgate Publishing Limited.p. 13-34.Chapter 1 in Jakub M. Godzimirski (ed) Russian Energy in a Changing World. This chapter presents the key actors, ideas ans actions shaping the Russian energy sector in recent years. [url]
  • Godzimirski, Jakub M. [ed.] (2013). Russian Energy in a Changing World. UK, Ashgate. 218 pages. In this book Russian and Western scholars examine various aspects of Russian energy policy and the opportunities and constraints that influence the choices made by the country’s energy decision makers.