Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 22/2023 by Nadja Douglas

Why Nagorno-Karabakh Has Been Sacrificed and Why This Could Also Be an Opportunity

After the exodus of the Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians from their home, international attention has moved on and their fate has received little attention. And yet, the new situation offers some unprecedented opportunities. Whether they can be seized depends very much on Azerbaijan’s next moves.
Spotlight on Ukraine 1 von Helen Pidgorna

The Uncertain Education of Ukrainian Refugee Children

A survey of Ukrainian refugees with school-age children in Sweden shows that they waver between appreciation of their new educational experiences and a fear of falling behind with the Ukrainian curriculum. Because of uncertain future prospects, many try to live in both countries at once.
ZOiS Spotlight 21/2023 by Lunting Wu and Kamil Matusiewicz

Brussels’ Approach towards Hungary and Poland amidst the War against Ukraine

Poland and Hungary are the EU’s most prominent renegades, infamous for defying the block’s rule-of-law agenda. Has the EU mellowed towards them in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine and the need for internal solidarity? And has Poland, as a vocal supporter of Ukraine, received ‘differential treatment’?
Meet the Author | Veronika Siegl

'In Ukraine and Russia, surrogacy is seen as work'

Transnational commercial surrogacy is a contested practice; the few countries where it is legal include Ukraine and Russia. Social anthropologist Veronika Siegl has explored how surrogate mothers, intended parents, clinics and agencies legitimise their actions to themselves and others.

Russia's War on Ukraine

It has been one year since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Our focus gathers relevant information in the form of videos, podcasts, publications and assessments of our experts in the media.

War on Ukraine and cooperation with partners in Russia

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a war of aggression that we condemn in the strongest possible terms. Against this background, we have decided to suspend all institutional cooperations between ZOiS and Russian state institutions. However, in the spirit of academic freedom, the academic partnerships our researchers have established with individual researchers in Russia will continue, as far as this is possible.
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.