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Dr Ekaterina Stepanova

Dr Stepanova heads Peace and Conflict Studies Unit and is a lead researcher at National Research Institute of the World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow, and a Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Professor. Her research and publications focus on armed conflicts, insurgencies, terrorism and radicalization, violent networks, peace processes and peace-building, human security, and political economy of conflicts.

Author of 220 publications in ten languages. Her several books include “Between War and Peace: Peace Processes and Armed Violence” (IMEMO, 2023), “ISIS and the Phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and Iraq” (IMEMO, 2020) and “Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects” (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her edited volumes and special issues include “Peace Processes, Violence and De Facto States” (2022), “Humanitarian Challenges, Humanitarian Support and Human Protection in Armed Conflicts” (2018), “Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization: Perspectives from Russia and the United States” (2017), and “Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization” (Sage, 2009). She is editor-in-chief of Russia's only academic journal on peace and conflict studies, “Pathways to Peace and Security”, and serves on editorial boards of “Global Governance” and “Global Responsibility to Protect”.

Prof. Stepanova teaches in English on peace and conflict studies at the International Programs at MGIMO-University. She serves as an expert at the Global Peace Index international methodology panel, as the IMEMO contact point for the UN Counterterrorism Committee Executive Directorate's Global Research Network and is a member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

Past work experience

2007–2009  Program Leader, Armed conflicts and conflict management program,
                Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI);
2001–2009  Senior Researcher, Head, Group on non-traditional threats,
                Center on International Security, IMEMO (including 2 leaves at SIPRI).

Other academic/teaching experience


2006–14, 2017
  lecturer, International programs, European University at Saint-Petersburg
  editorial board member, "Terrorism and Political Violence";
  prof., lecturer, School of Public Policy, Russian Academy of National
  Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow;
  guest lecturer, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Geneva;
  editorial board member, “International Journal of Conflict and Violence”;
  guest lecturer, European Peace University (EPU), Austria;
  MacArthur Individual Research & Writing Fellow;
  visiting researcher, SIPRI, Stockholm;
  MacArthur Individual Research & Writing Fellow;
  MacArthur NGO Fellow, King's College, University of London

Academic degrees

2011  Doctor of Political Sciences (Dr.Habil. equiv.), IMEMO
        Dissertation: “Terrorism in asymmetrical conflict at the local/regional and global levels”
1998  Candidate of Sciences in History (PhD equiv.), Moscow State University (MSU)
        Dissertation: “The formation of modern U.S. model for managing armed conflicts, 1989–1997”
1995  University Diploma (MA equiv.) and Gold Medal, Modern & Contemporary History of Western
        Europe and America, MSU
        Diploma thesis: “The functioning of the U.S. national security system (the case of the ‘Iran-Contra affair’)”

  © 2007—2023, Ekaterina Stepanova