Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

Spotlight on Ukraine 4 by Alina Mozolevska

Dealing with the Russian Aggression against Ukraine through Art

Many Ukrainian artists are grappling in their works with the devastating consequences of Russia's attacks on their country. In particular, the destruction and loss of home has emerged as a common visual metaphor for the trauma of war – and a powerful instrument for sharing the pain of that loss with others.
Meet the Author with Irina Busygina

‘The regional governors in Russia are not the victims of the regime’

In their new book ‘Non-Democratic Federalism and Decentralization in Post-Soviet States’, Irina Busygina and Mikhail Filippov show how modern authoritarian regimes like Russia use supposedly democratic institutions to their benefit and turn them into tools to enable them to survive politically.
ZOiS Spotlight 3/2024 by Alessandro Achilli, Nina Frieß and Marco Puleri

Russophone Authors Two Years After Russia’s Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine

More than ever, the use of the Russian language is not only a political issue, but also a question of identity. This also applies to authors of Russian-language literature, some of whom have to redefine their relationship to the language and their position in the Russophone cultural landscape.
Spotlight on Ukraine 3 by Tetiana Skrypchenko

Geographic Differences in Ukrainian Refugees’ European Experiences

Depending on the host country, Ukrainian refugees report on different living conditions, available supports, contact with locals, language skills and integration into the labour market. A study compares how Ukrainians in the four regions of Europe view their experiences and the differences to life in Ukraine.

Russia's War on Ukraine

It has been two years 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.