Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES)

CREES 50th Anniversary

The Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the world's leading research institutes in its field. CREES is a multi-disciplinary centre  drawing together expertise from the College of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Law and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Many of the members of CREES are based in the Department of Political Science and International Studies although many others are based in different departments across the university.

While our expertise is firmly grounded in the former states of the USSR and Eastern Europe, we recognise the global importance of this region.

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The Centre for Russian and East European Studies offers a highly flexible degree programme, with a range of options within each year:

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Doctoral Research

Doctoral Research

CREES is a research oriented, multi disciplinary centre with wide ranging expertise and long standing excellence in researching Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Latest Research

CREES has been very successful in obtaining external research grants, for example from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and UK Government departments.

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Podcast: Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership Birmingham Seminar

Podcast: Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership Birmingham Seminar
Description
This Birmingham seminar for the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership project, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK and the University of Birmingham, took stock of recent developments in the EU's relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine.
Date:
Thursday 26th February 2015

Moscow holds aces as bombing rattles shaky Ukraine ceasefire

Moscow holds aces as bombing rattles shaky Ukraine ceasefire
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). . Just as the latest peace deal to stabilise Ukraine was being put into place, a bomb exploded in the city of Kharkiv, killing two people and injuring at least ten, while another was found and defused in Odessa.
Date:
Monday 23rd February 2015

Podcast: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Current Discourses and Future Perspectives

Podcast: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Current Discourses and Future Perspectives
Description
This one day conference discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which is one of the most complex and protracted ethno-territorial conflicts in the post-Soviet space. It focused on the role of local and regional actors and the current political and academic discourses on the conflict.
Date:
Friday 20th February 2015

The Soviet Union is dead! Long live the Russian economic union

The Soviet Union is dead! Long live the Russian economic union
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. Plummeting oil prices, conflict over Ukraine and the West's imposition of sanctions have contrived to send the Russian economy into a tailspin. But it is not just Russia that is suffering – the economic downturn is having a ripple effect well beyond its borders.
Date:
Tuesday 17th February 2015

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. After all night talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the outcomes of the four party talks in the so-called Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) have neither brought a major breakthrough or a complete disaster. As a deal, it is not a solution, but perhaps a step towards one.
Date:
Friday 13th February 2015

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