Before becoming an associate fellow, Dr. Stefan Meister was head of the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia from January 2017 until March 2019. Previously, he worked as head of DGAP’s program for Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia and as a senior policy fellow in the Wider Europe Team at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Meister has served as an election observer for the OSCE in post-Soviet countries and was responsible for university projects in several Russian regions, particularly Kaliningrad. In the 2015/16 term, he was a visiting fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, writing on German-Russian relations as well as on Russian disinformation and propaganda.
Meister is co-author of The Eastern Question. Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone (Brookings, 2016). In 2013, he edited a volume on Russia’s policy toward post-Soviet countries and its implication for EU policy published by Nomos. He also writes extensively on Germany’s Russia policy, the interrelationship between Russian domestic and foreign policy, and on the Eastern Partnership.
The imprisonment of Alexei Navalny and the brutal suppression of peaceful protests speaks of a Russian state that sees everything through the lens of security, including foreign affairs. Germany and the EU should draw clear red lines.