The project on Russian Foreign, Defence and Security Policy (RUFS) mainly studies Russia’s military capability and developments in politics, economy and society. RUFS covers the following aspects of developments in Russia and the former Soviet Union:

  • Russian domestic and foreign policy
  • Russian threat assessment and security policy decision-making
  • The Russian Armed Forces, including weapons of mass destruction
  • The Russian defence industry and research and development
  • Russian economic development and defence economy
  • Russian energy policy
  • Developments in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Caucasus and Central Asia


RUFS’ primary client is the Swedish Ministry of Defence. Every two or three years, the project conducts a ten-year assessment of Russian military capability. In the interim it carries out in-depth studies in the areas mentioned above.



A couple of times a year the RUFS project publishes a Newsletter on the work of the project and with links to the latest publications. If you would like to receive the newsletter via email please notify us hereexternal link.