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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 insurgencies and terrorism, armed conflicts and peace-building, extremist ideologies, radicalization, violent networks, human security, and political economy of conflicts.
    Her several books include Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her edited volumes include Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization: Perspectives from Russia and the United States (IMEMO, 2017) and Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization (Sage, 2009). She is also the author of 180 other publications in ten languages. She serves on editorial boards of academic journals “Global Governance“ and “Terrorism and Political Violence”.
    Prof. Stepanova teaches in English at the International Programs at European University in Saint-Petersburg (EUSP), School of Public Policy of the Russian Academy of National Economy & Public Administration (RANEPA), and MGIMO-University, Moscow.
    She is also a member of the Global Peace Index expert panel, the International Panel of Social Progress (IPSP), the Advisory board of "Security in Transition" programme, London School of Economics, the Joint U.S.-Russia Expert Group on Afghan Narcotrafficking and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).



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);
1995–2000  Coordinator/researcher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Moscow.

Other academic experience

2006–2014          guest lecturer, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP);
2009–2012          guest lecturer, European Peace University (EPU), Austria;
2003–2004          MacArthur Individual Research & Writing Fellow;
2003                  visiting researcher, SIPRI, Stockholm;
2000–2001          MacArthur Individual Research & Writing Fellow;
1998                  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—2017, Ekaterina Stepanova