Dr. Stefan Meister

Head of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

Areas of Expertise

  • Russian foreign and security policy, EU-Russia relations
  • Russian energy, economic, and education policy
  • Eastern Partnership, especially in the Southern Caucasus, Belarus, and Ukraine
  • Russian relations in the post-Soviet space
  • Polish eastern policy regarding Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus

Languages

Russian, English, Polish

Contact

Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-53
Email: meister@dgap.org

If you are interested in an internship in the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, please contact Juulia Barthel: barthel@dgap.org.

Dr. Stefan Meister is Head of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Previously, he worked as the head of the program for Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at the DGAP and as a senior policy fellow in the Wider Europe Team at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He has served several times as an election observer for the OSCE in post-Soviet countries and was responsible for University projects in Russian regions particularly in Kaliningrad. In the term 2015/16 Meister was visiting fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington D.C. writing on German-Russian relations as well as on Russian disinformation and propaganda.

His areas of research include Russian domestic, foreign, and energy policy; EU-Russia relations; German-Russian relations, and post-Soviet conflicts particularly in the South Caucasus. In 2013 he edited a volume on Russia's policy towards post-Soviet countries and its implication for EU policy with Nomos. He writes extensively on Germany's Russia policy, the interrelationship between Russian domestic and foreign policy, as well as on Eastern Partnership.” He recently published as a co-author the book "The Eastern Question. Russia, the West and Europe's Grey zone" at Brookings press (2016).

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Selected Publications

Eastern Voices: Europe’s East Faces an Unsettled West
A co-publication from the DGAP and SAIS's Center for Transatlantic Relations
by Daniel Hamilton, Stefan Meister
Eastern Voices: Europe’s East Faces an Unsettled West, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the German Council on Foreign Relations/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, 2017, 209 pp. This publication was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The ongoing tensions between Russia and the West about developments in Eastern Europe undermine principles that have guided European policies for the past quarter century. After having focused on Western points of view in its first co-publication, the Transatlantic Strategy Group, a cooperation between the DGAP and Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Transatlantic Relations, looks at the challenges facing the countries of the Common Neighborhood between the EU and Russia.
Category: International Policy/Relations, Russia
Eastern Voices: Is the West Listening?
Introduction from Eastern Voices: Europe’s East Faces an Unsettled West, a DGAP co-publication
by Daniel Hamilton, Stefan Meister
Eastern Voices: Europe’s East Faces an Unsettled West, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the German Council on Foreign Relations/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, 2017, 209 pp. This publication was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Eastern Voices: Is the West Listening?
With the war in Eastern Ukraine in its third year, the ongoing crisis between Russia and the West has become the new normal. A new co-publication by the DGAP and Johns Hopkins’ Center for Transatlantic Relations looks at how the countries of the Common Neighborhood deal with the situation. You may find the book’s Introduction and Summary below. The book’s production was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Category: International Policy/Relations, Russia
What Russia has Achieved during the German Election
by Stefan Meister
Europe’s World (Friends of Europe), September 22, 2017
Russian interference was much less than expected but yet obvious throughout the German election campaign. Russian foreign media have criticized Angela Merkel’s refugee policy, promoted conspiracy theories and fake news, and provided populists with a platform to attack mainstream politicians.
Category: Disinformation, Elections, Germany, Russia
Projecting Power
Russia seeks to recapture its imperial past by exploiting former Soviet countries
by Stefan Meister
per Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies), September 2017
Projecting Power
Discussing Russia’s attempts to influence former Soviet countries requires a thorough understanding of just how important the “near abroad” is to the self-understanding and legitimization of the ruling Russian elites. Those elites define Russia’s role as a global power through its primacy as a regional power. As far as they are concerned, Russia can’t be a global player without being the dominant power in the post-Soviet region.
Category: Post-Soviet States, Russia, Eurasia
Russia Blends Cyber Attacks with Information War
Stefan Meister offers expert commentary to the Cipher Brief
by Stefan Meister
The Cipher Brief, September 17, 2017
Russia has shown it is both willing and capable of using cyber capabilities to interfere in the West’s democratic elections. With the German elections coming up on September 24, it is likely that Russia will again – much like the United States and France – seek to sow confusion and distrust intended to weaken the foundation of liberal democracy – its electoral process.
Category: Disinformation, Russia
Is Ukraine Losing Its Way?
Judy Dempsey asks Stefan Meister and other experts about the current situation in Ukraine
by Stefan Meister
“Judy Asks,” Carnegie Europe Blog, September 13, 2017
As part of her “Strategic Europe” blog for Carnegie Europe’s website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including the DGAP’s Stefan Meister, about the recent spat between Ukrainian President Petro Poroschenko and Mikheil Saakashvili
Category: Reform, Ukraine
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
Experts from the German Council on Foreign Relations offer case studies
by Josef Braml, Claire Demesmay, Dina Fakoussa, Ali Fathollah-Nejad, Wilfried Jilge, Laura Lale Kabis-Kechrid, Stefan Meister, Christian Mölling, Jana Puglierin, Henning Riecke, Claudia Schmucker, Daniela Schwarzer, Svenja Sinjen, Sebastian Sons, Sarah Wohlfeld
DGAPkompakt 7, Summer 2017, 42 pp.
Foreign Policy and the Next German Government
A new German government will take office after the elections on September 24, 2017. DGAP experts outline in 12 separate areas the foreign policy goals Germany should pursue (and with which partners).
Category: International Policy/Relations, Germany
Take Cybersecurity Seriously
Judy Dempsey asks Stefan Meister and other experts: Can Europe Deal With Cyberattacks?
by Stefan Meister
"Judy Asks," Carnegie Europe Blog, May 17, 2017
As part of her "Strategic Europe" blog for Carnegie Europe's website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including the DGAP's Stefan Meister, about Cyberattacks
Category: Cyber Security, Western Europe
The Great Russia Myth
From the May/June issue of Berlin Policy Journal
by Stefan Meister
Berlin Policy Journal, May/June 2017
Vladimir Putin’s Russia may strike fear in the hearts of Europe and beyond, but much of what we see as strength is rooted in weakness. The West should be careful not to make it stronger than it is.
Category: Political Culture, Russia
Putin and Trump: Can There Be a Reset?
President-elect Trump’s relationship with Putin is likely to run into obstacles.
by Stefan Meister
Putin and Trump: Can There Be a Reset?
American president-elect Donald Trump may succeed where previous presidents have failed – he might create a close working relationship with Russia. But this friendship is built on a foundation of shared contempt for international norms, and is anything but stable.
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