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Dr Ekaterina Stepanova

AFGHANISTAN: armed conflict; opium economy

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In English:

New: Stepanova E., “Russia's Policy on Afghanistan,” in The Central Asia - Afghanistan Relationship: From Soviet Intervention to the Silk Road Initiatives, ed. by Marlene Laruelle (Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), p. 89–114.

    ISBN 978-1-4985-4654-6

New: Stepanova E. (ed.), Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization (Perspectives from Russia and the United States) (Moscow, IMEMO, 2017), 262 p. [Pathways to Peace and Security. no. 1(52): Special Issue, May 2017].
Contents;   Preface;   PDF.
ISBN 978-5-9535-0502-4; DOI: 10.20542/978-5-9535-0502-4

Stepanova E., The ISIS factor in Afghanistan: how much of a challenge for Russia? Eurasia.org, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (Columbia Univ.) and OSCE Academy in Bishkek Project, Bishkek Project Memo, 30 March 2017.

Stepanova E. The Political Crisis in Afghanistan and its Implications for Russia, Russian Council on Foreign Affairs analytical brief, 25 July 2014.

Stepanova E., Russia's Concerns Relating to Afghanistan and the Broader Region in the Context of the US/NATO Withdrawal, Policy Research Paper Series “Sources of Tension in Afghanistan and Pakistan - Regional Perspectives” (Barcelona: CIDOB, June 2013), 23 p.


Stepanova E. Interview on Afghanistan and regional efforts to address narcotrafficking, by F.Bayat, Centre for Universal Drug Research, Approaches and Studies (CUDRAS), Tehran, 15 April 2014.

Stepanova E. (principal author), Afghan Narcotrafficking: A Joint Threat Assessment,
Report by Joint U.S.-Russia Working Group on the Afghan Narcotrafficking
(New York: EastWest Institute, 2013), 60 p.


Stepanova E., Afghanistan after 2014: The Way Forward for Russia, Russie.NEI.Visions, no. 71, May 2013 (Paris: Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri), 2013), 19 p.



Stepanova E. Implications of the withdrawal of the U.S./NATO forces from Afghanistan, in The Future of Russia's Involvement in Central Asia, Central Asia Policy Forum, no. 3 (Dec. 2012), pp. 2-3, 5-7, 9-10.

Stepanova E. “Illicit drugs and insurgency in Afghanistan,” in Perspectives on Terrorism, vol. VI, no. 2 (May 2012), pp. 4-18.

Stepanova E. The Path to a Political Solution in Afghanistan, Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) Policy Memo № 190, Washington D.C., September 2011.

Stepanova E. Post-Bin Laden prospects for the peace process in Afghanistan, International Affairs at LSE, 16 May 2011.

Stepanova . “Transnational threats: terrorism, drug trafficking, piracy,” in Alexandr Dynkin and Natalia Ivanova (eds), Russia in a Polycentric World (Moscow: Ves Mir, 2011), pp. 141–148, in Russian.

Stepanova E. “Beyond `narcoterrorism: illicit drug business and terrorist tactics in armed conflicts”, in The Politics of Narcotic Drugs: A Survey (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 120–130.

See section “Illicit drugs and armed violence in Afghanistan” (pp. 50-55), in Stepanova E., “Armed conflict, crime and criminal violence,” in SIPRI Yearbook 2010: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 37–60.

Stepanova E. “Illicit drug business and armed conflicts: the scope and limits of the links,” in J.G.Tokatlian (ed.)., Drugs and Prohibition: An Old War, a New Debate (Buenos Aires: Zorzal, 2010), pp. 287–314.
See also in Spanish.

Stepanova E., Does Russia Want the West to Succeed in Afghanistan?, PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo no. 61 (Washington DC: Georgetown University Eurasia Strategy Project, September 2009).

Stepanova E., Iran and Afghanistan: Cross Border Security Challenges, Conflict Management, and Iran-U.S. Relations, PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo no. 56 (Washington D.C.: Georgetown Univ. Eurasia Strategy Program, May 2009).

See section on Pakistan (pp. 64-70), in Stepanova E., “Trends in Armed Conflicts,” in SIPRI Yearbook 2008: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 44–71.

Stepanova E., “Illicit drug trafficking and Islamist terrorism as threats to Russia’s security: The limits of the linkage,” in PONARS Policy Conference, 9 December 2005 (Washington D.C.: CSIS, 2005), pp. 165–170.

Stepanova E., “War and peace building,” in The Washington Quarterly (Special Issue: What Did 9/11 Change?), vol. 27, no. 4 (Autumn 2004), pp. 127–136.

Stepanova E., “International peace-building and radical Islamic organisations in war-torn areas: beyond terrorism,” in The Failure of Political Islam, Human Rights Conflict Prevention Center Research Papers [Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina], vol. IV, no. 3–4, 2004, pp. 507–527.

Stepanova E., Anti-Terrorism and Peace-Building During and After Conflict (Stockholm: SIPRI, 2003).
    See also reprint: Stepanova E., “Anti-Terrorism and peace-building during and after conflict,” in Peace Studies: Critical Concepts in Political Science (London: Routledge, 2005), vol. III, pp. 338–389.

Stepanova E., “Separately Together: U.S. and Russias Approaches to Post-Conflict Settlement in Afghanistan,” PONARS Policy Memo no. 230, in PONARS Policy Conference Materials (Washington D.C.: CSIS, 2002), pp.117–122.

Stepanova E., “U.S.-Russia cooperation in Afghanistan and its implications,” East European Constitutional Review, 2001, vol. 10, no. 10, pp. 92–95.

Stepanova E. U.S.Russia Cooperation on Afghanistan: An Exception or a Model? PONARS Policy Memo no. 201 (Washington D.C.: CSIS, September 2001).

Stepanova E., International Terrorism in the Southern Tier: Perceived or Real Threat to Russias Security? PONARS Policy Memo no. 167 (Washington D.C.: Council on Foreign Relations, 2000).


In Russian:

Stepanova E. [Political crisis in Afghanistan and its implications for Russia], Russian Council on Foreign Affairs Analytical Brief, 25 July 2015.

Stepanova E., Afganskii narkotrafik: sovmestnaya otsenka ugrozy, Report by Joint U.S.-Russia Working Group on Afghan Narcotrafficking (New York; Moscow: EastWest Institute, 2014), 60 p.


Stepanova E., [Afghanistan after 2014: The Way Forward for Russia], Russie.NEI.Visions, no. 71 (Paris: Ifri, 2013), 26 p.



See chapter 1: [Illicit drug business and armed conflict in Afghanistan], pp. 35-94, in:
Stepanova E.A., Rol' Narkobiznesa v Politekonomii Konfliktov i Terrorizma
[The Role of Illicit Drug Business in the Political Economy of Conflicts and Terrorism]
(Moscow: Ves Mir, 2005), 312 p.


Stepanova E.A. [Russia, the USA and countering the narcotrafficking from Afghanistan], in Pro et Contra, vol. 17, no. 6(61), (Nov.-Dec. 2013), pp. 102–119.

Stepanova E. [Afghanistan: the prospects for political settlement], in Puti k miru i bezopasnosti [Pathways to Peace and Security], Issue 1(42) (February 2012) [Moscow: IMEMO], pp. 18–33;
   reprinted in: Rossiya i musulmankii mir [Russia and the Muslim World], no. 6 (2013), pp. 72–88.

Stepanova E., [Russia’s humanitarian potential and post-conflict reconstruction], in Mirovaya ekonomika i mezhdunarodnyie otnoshenija [World Economy and International Relations], no. 5 (May 2007), pp. 65–78.

Stepanova E., [Illicit drug trafficking and its links to conflicts and terrorism: Afghanistan and Central Asia], in Razoruzhenije i bezopasnost [Disarmament and Security, 2001–2002] (Moscow: Nauka, 2003), pp. 57–72.

Stepanova E., [Illicit drug trade in Afghanistan and Central Asia in the context of anti-terrorism campaign], in Yadernii Kontrol' [Nuclear Control], no. 5 (Sep./Oct. 2002), pp. 37–49.


In Farsi:

Stepanova E. Interview on Afghanistan and regional efforts to address narcotrafficking, by F.Bayat, Centre for Universal Drug Research, Approaches and Studies (CUDRAS), Tehran, 15 April 2014.


In French

Stepanova E., LAfghanistan après 2014: quel impact pour la Russie? Russie.NEI.Visions, no. 71, mai 2013 (Paris: Ifri, 2013), 22 p.







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