Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 30/2022 by Felix Riefer

The Role of Think Tanks in Russian Foreign Policy

Think Tanks are supposed to act as bridges between academia and politics, but in Russia they cannot operate freely. Controlled by the Kremlin, their ostensible purpose is to ensure the loyalty of the functional elites and to uphold and disseminate predetermined positions – at home and abroad.
ZOiS Report 2/2022 by Félix Krawatzek and Piotr Goldstein

Young Poles in Times of Dramatic Change: Refugees, Identity and Social Engagement

This report exam­ines young people’s political attitudes in conjunction with their views on the arrival of over two million refugees from Ukraine in 2022, and their views on those refugees who have been trying to get into the EU through the Polish- Belarusian border since 2021.
ZOiS Spotlight 28/2022 by Iryna Kaplan

The Effect of War on Ukraine’s Values

The war in Ukraine is also a war between two value systems. While in Russia's narrative Western values pose a threat, Ukraine is increasingly supportive of the LGBTQ+ community and has ratified the Istanbul Convention. However, this is also leading to tensions with conservative, religious forces in the country.

Russia's War on Ukraine

After a series of military, political and verbal escalations, Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. Our online dossier gathers relevant background information from our archive in addition to recent articles and assessments by ZOiS experts.

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.