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

What Russia has achieved during the German election
by Stefan Meister
Europe’s World, 22. September 2017
Russian interference has been much less than expected but yet obvious throughout the German election campaign.
Category: Elections, Russia, Germany
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.
Germany: Target of Russian Disinformation
DGAP expert Stefan Meister examines the "Lisa case" for the magazine NATO Review
by Stefan Meister
Published in NATO Review, July 27, 2016
Germany: Target of Russian Disinformation
This spring's media storm surrounding the hoax about a Russian-German girl who claimed to have been molested by refugees, was a wake-up call for Germany's political elite. For the first time, the links became clear between Russian domestic and foreign media campaigns against Germany and Russian politics at the highest level.
Category: International Policy/Relations, Russia
Ukraine, Russia and the EU
Breaking the deadlock in the Minsk process
by Stefan Meister, Hrant Kostanyan
Stefan Meister and Hrant Kostanyan, CEPS Working Document 423 (June 2016), 17pp. Link shared with kind permission from the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels.
At the end of June, when EU heads of state meet to discuss the extension of sanctions against Russia, they should bear in mind that Russia did not implement the commitments it took upon itself in the framework of the Minsk agreements. Given the deadlock in the Ukraine crisis, EU leaders should agree to prolong the sanctions against Russia, push for the renegotiation of the Minsk II Agreement, widen the "Normandy format" to include the US, and bolster reforms in Ukraine.
Category: Security, Ukraine, Russia, Eastern Europe political
The Roots and Instruments of Russia's Information Campaign
Isolation and Propaganda
by Stefan Meister
"Isolation and Propaganda: The Roots and Instruments of Russia's Information Campaign," Transatlantic Academy 2016–16 Paper Series 6 (April 2016), 14 pp.
The DGAP's Stefan Meister develops for Washington's Transatlantic Academy the topic of Russia's “soft,” non-military influence on the post-Soviet sphere and the European Union. Instruments include Russian export media such as the television broadcaster RT and the media platform Sputnik, the targeted expansion of informal financial networks, and funding and support for left- and right-wing populist political parties and organizations.
Category: Media/Information, Russia
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