Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 11/2023 by Beril Ocaklı

A Shapeshifting China in Central Asia

For the first time since establishing diplomatic relations three decades ago, China and the Central Asian heads of states have come together at a summit. China has been expanding its influence in the region for years – a development that is not welcome by everyone.
ZOiS Spotlight 10/2023 by Nadja Douglas

The Significance of the Lachin Corridor in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

In the shadow of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan threatens to erupt into violence and, potentially, a major conflagration if a solution cannot be found soon. The Lachin corridor, as the main connection between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, plays a key role here.
ZOiS Report 2/2023 by Félix Krawatzek, George Soroka and Isabelle DeSisto

Russians in the South Caucasus: Political Attitudes and the War in Ukraine

Following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, numerous Russians decided to leave their country. Georgia and Armenia were among the most popular destinations. We conducted a face-to-face survey in both countries in late 2022 among a total of more than 1,600 respondents.
ZOiS Report 1/2023 by Irina Mützelburg and Félix Krawatzek

Education and Displacement: Ukrainian Families in Germany

This report focuses on the question of education in the context of displacement, looking specifically at the conditions in the very first months after arrival. We draw on an original online survey conducted among displaced Ukrainian parents as well as numerous qualitative interviews.

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.