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Forthcoming:

Stepanova E., “Russia's response to terrorism in the early 21st century,” in Non-Western Responses to Terrorism (Manchester University Press, 2017).
ISBN 1526105829, 9781526105820

Dr Ekaterina Stepanova


Publications on terrorism and insurgency

in English
in Arabic
in Russian

Publications in English

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

New: Stepanova E., Cragin K., "Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism," chapter 9 in A Roadmap for U.S.-Russia Relations, A Report of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and Russian International Affairs Council, ed. by Andrei Kortunov and Olga Oliker (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), p. 73–81.
    ISBN 978-1-4422-8027-4 (print); ISBN 978-1-4422-8028-1 (eBook)

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., How and Why the United States and Russia Can Cooperate on Terrorism. Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) Policy Memo no. 450, November 2016, pp. 1-8 [Washington D.C.: Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University]. pdf   html

Stepanova E., “Regionalization of violent jihadism and beyond: the case of Daesh”, in Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society, no. 3: Religious Fundamentalism, June 2016, p. 30–55.

Stepanova E., Russia's Policy on Syria after the Start of Military Engagement, PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo no. 421, February 2016.   pdf    html
   see also in Russian.

Stepanova E., Les Russes et lÉtat islamique: politique étrangère et facteurs internes, in Outre-Terre: Revue européenne de géopolitique, no. 44 (3), 2015, pp. 80-94.

Stepanova E., The "Islamic State" as a Security Problem for Russia: the Nature and Scale of the Threat, PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo no. 393, October 2015.

Stepanova E., North Caucasus a Wall Against or a Bridge for "Islamic State"? Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) Analysis, 3 July 2015.

Stepanova E., “Transnational Islamist terrorism: network fragmentation and bottom-up regionalization,” in Global Terrorism Index 2014: Measuring and Understanding the Impact of Terrorism (Sydney, New York, London: Institute of Economics & Peace, Nov. 2014), pp. 74–78.


Stepanova E., “Terrorism and antiterrorism,” in M.Kaldor and I.Rangelov (eds), The Handbook of Global Security Policy (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), pp. 126–144.



Stepanova E., “Lone wolves and network agents in leaderless jihad: the case of the Boston Marathon bombing cell”, in K.Rekawek and M.Milosevic (eds.), Perseverance of Terrorism: Focus on Leaders (Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2014), pp. 50–63.


Stepanova E., “The evolution of the al-Qaeda-type terrorism: networks and beyond,” in L.Bossi, C.Demetriou and S.Malthaner (eds), Dynamics of Political Violence: A Process-Oriented Perspective on Radicalization and the Escalation of Political Conflict (Farnham, VA: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 288–305.


Stepanova E., The Boston Bombings: A Post-Qaeda Take on “Lone Wolves” and “Leaderless Jihad”, Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) Policy Memo no. 268 (Washington D.C.: Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 2013); see also in Russian.

Stepanova E. Hostage-Taking and Barricade as a Terrorist Tactic, in Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) e-Encyclopedia, Beacham Publishing Corp., 2012.

Stepanova E. “Transnational threats: terrorism, drug trafficking, piracy,” in A.Dynkin and N.Ivanova (eds), Russia in a Polycentric World (Moscow: Ves' Mir Publishers, 2012), pp. 143–150.

Stepanova E. “Future trends in violent threats to security,” in Global Strategic Developments: A Futuristic Vision (Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), 2012), pp. 167–193. See also in Arabic.

Stepanova E. Beyond Protection: In the Wake of the Moscow Domodedovo Airport Terrorist Attack, Analisis del Real Instituto Elcano (ARI), Madrid, 3 Feb. 2011.

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.

Stepanova E., “Terrorism and political extremism,” in Graeme Herd (ed.), Great Powers and Strategic Stability in the 21st Century: Competing Visions of World Order (London: Routledge, 2010).

Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization

eds Jaideep Saikia and Ekaterina Stepanova
(New Delhi; London; Los Angeles: Sage, 2009), 266 p.


Stepanova E., “Islamist terrorism in the Caucasus and Central Asia,” in Alex Schmid and Garry Hindle (eds.), After the War on Terror: Regional and Multilateral Perspectives on Counterterrorism Strategy (London: RUSI Books, 2009), pp. 104-124.

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

Stepanova E., Section V.2. “Anti-terrorism”, in I.Yurgens, A.Dynkin and V.Baranovsky V. (eds), The Architecture of Euro-Atlantic Security (Moscow: Library of the Institute of Contemporary Development, 2009), pp. 56–61.

Stepanova E., “Book Review: Terror and consent: the wars for the twenty-first century. By Philip Bobbitt,” in International Affairs [Chatham House], vol. 85, no. 4 (July 2009), pp. 849–850.

Stepanova E., “One-sided violence against civilians in armed conflicts,” in SIPRI Yearbook 2009: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 39–68; see also » video presentation of this chapter at SIPRI Yearbook 2009 media launch;
    See also this chapter in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Ukranian.

Stepanova E., “Massive conventional terrorist attack as a threat to critical infrastructure security,” in Nayef al-Rodhan (ed.)., Potential Global Strategic Catastrophes (Berlin, Wien, London, Zurich etc.: LIT Verlag, 2009), pp. 253–269.

Stepanova E., Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects
(Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 200 p.   pdf

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Stepanova E., “Islamist terrorism as a threat to Europe: the scope and limits of the challenge,” in Demet Ulusoy (ed.), Political Violence, Organised Crime, Terrorism and Youth, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series: Human and Societal Dynamics, vol. 46 (Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2008), pp. 141–158.

Stepanova E., “Radicalization of Muslim immigrants in Europe and Russia: beyond terrorism,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo no. 29, in PONARS Eurasia Policy Conference, 12 September 2008 (Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Eurasia Strategy Project, 2008), pp. 111–115.

Stepanova E., “Trends in Armed Conflicts,” in SIPRI Yearbook 2008: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), chapter 2, pp. 44–71;
    also available in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Ukranian.

Pikayev A. and Stepanova Ye., “Nonproliferation and nuclear terrorism,” in Alexei Arbatov and Vladimir Dvorkin (eds), Nuclear Weapons After the Cold War (Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center; R.Elinin Publishing House, 2008), pp. 271–306.

Stepanova E., “Islamist terrorism today: global and regional levels,” in Security Index [International edition; Geneva], vol. 13, no. 1(81) (Spring 2007), pp. 79–94;

Stepanova E., “Terrorism as a tactics of spoilers in peace processes,” in Edward Newmann and Oliver Richards (eds.), Challenges to Peacebuilding: Managing Spoilers During Conflict Resolution (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2006), pp. 78–104.

Stepanova E., “Legal and practical aspects of the antiterrorism campaign,” in SIPRI Yearbook 2005: IMEMO Contribution to the Russian Edition (Moscow: Nauka, 2006), pp. 36–59.

Stepanova E., “The use of Russia’s security forces in post-conflict environment,” in Albrecht Schnabel and Hans-Georg Ehrhart (eds.), Security Sector Reform and Post-Conflict Peace-Building (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2006), pp. 133–155.

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 [reprint].

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., “Russias approach to the fight against terrorism,” in J.Hedenskog, V.Konnander, B.Nygren, I.Oldberg, C.Pursiainen (eds.), Russia as a Great Power: Dimensions of Security under Putin (London: Routledge-Curzon, 2005), pp. 301–322.

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., From Dubrovka to Beslan: Who Is Learning Faster? PONARS Policy Memo no. 347 (Washington D.C.: CSIS, November 2004).

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., The Challenge of Terrorism in Post-Saddam Iraq: A View from Russia, PONARS Policy Memo no. 325 (Washington D.C.: CSIS, April 2004).

Stepanova E., “Linking anti-terrorism and peace operations: specifics and constraints,” in Peace Support Operations, Parliaments and Legislation (Moscow: Geneva Center for the Democractic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF); Center for Political and International Studies (CPIS), 2004), pp. 134–141.

Stepanova E., Anti-Terrorism and Peace-Building During and After Conflict
(Stockholm: SIPRI, 2003).   pdf



Stepanova E., “The OSCE and the US-Russian cooperation in the fight against terrorism,” in OSCE Yearbook 2002, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg Univ. (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2003), pp. 59–72; see also in German.

Stepanova E., “Russia and international cooperation in the fight against terrorism,” in Russia: Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, IMEMO Contribution to the Russian Edition of the SIPRI Yearbook 2002 (Moscow: Nauka, 2003), pp. 32–46.

Stepanova E., “The use of Russias grey area forces in post-conflict environments,” in Civil-Military Relations Network Bulletin [Kings College London]. 2002. no 4. pp. 3–6.

tepanova E., “Partners in need: U.S.-Russia cooperation on and approaches to antiterrorism,” PONARS Policy Memo no. 279, in PONARS Policy Conference 2002 (Washington D.C.: CSIS, 2002), pp. 187–192.

Stepanova E., “Russia and the combat against terrorism in local and regional conflicts,” in Russia: Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, IMEMO Contribution to the Russian Edition of the SIPRI Yearbook 2001 (Moscow: IMEMO, 2002), pp. 42–58.

Stepanova E., “Military Operations Other Than War: The U.S. View,” in Military Thought [EastView Publications], 2002, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 127–133.

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).

Stepanova E., Western Policy on Chechnya: Rationalizing Relations with Russia? PONARS Policy Memo no. 100 (Cambridge (Mass.): Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University, 1999).


Publications in Arabic

Stepanova E., “At-tatarruf ad-dinij wa al-kawmiyya ar-radikaliyya aidiologijatan lil’unf al-musallyah al-lemutanazir” [Religious extremism and radical nationalism as ideologies of asymmetrical armed violence], in Al-hewar al-kawmij al-islami [National – Islamic Dialogue] (Beirut: Centre for Arab Unity Studies (CAUS), 2008), pp. 679–689, in Arabic; download contents.

Publications in Russian

Stepanova E., [ISIS and transnational Islamist terrorism], in Puti k miru i bezopasnosti [Pathways to Peace and Security], no. 2(47) (Dec. 2014), pp. 13–27.

Stepanova E. [The main trends in contemporary terrorism – Part I], in Security Index, vol. 20, no. 3(110), Fall 2014, pp. 95–110.

Stepanova E. [The main trends in contemporary terrorism – Part II: regionalization of violent Islamist radical movements (the case of ISIS)], in Security Index, vol. 20, no. 4(111), Winter 2014, pp. 49–58.

Stepanova . [Transnational threats: terrorism, drug trafficking, piracy], in Alexandr Dynkin and Natalia Ivanova (eds), Rossiya v politsentrichnom mire [Russia in a Polycentric World] (Moscow: Ves Mir, 2011), pp. 141–148.

Stepanova . [Transnational terrorism ten years after September 11: decline, rise or transformation?], in Vestnik MGU. Series 25: International Relations and World Politics, no. 3 (2011), pp. 434.

Stepanova E., Terrorizm v Asimmetrichnom Konflikte: Ideologicheskiye i Strukturnyie Aspekty [Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects]
(Moscow: Nauchnaya kniga, 2010), 288 p., in Russian, rev. and exp. transl. from English.


Stepanova E.A. [Global trends in one-sided violence against civilian population], in Obschestvennyie nauki i sovremennost' [Social Sciences and Modernity], no. 6 (2010), pp. 81–89.

Stepanova E.A. [Terrorism: problems of definition and the functional-ideological typology], in Mirovaya ekonomika i mezhdunarodnyie otnosheniya [The World Economy and International Relations], no. 7 (2010), pp. 23–32.

Stepanova E.A. [Terrorism as a threat to critical infrastructure], in Svobodnaya mysl' [Free Thought], no. 4 (2010), pp. 33–48.

Stepanova E. [Global Trends in Contemporary Armed Conflicts], in Union Magazine, no. 1 (Sep. 2009), pp. 40–53.

Stepanova E., [The state and the individual in modern conflicts], in Mezhdunarodnyie protsessy [International Processes] vol. 6, no. 1 (Jan.–Apr. 2008), pp. 29–40.

Stepanova E., [Islamist terrorism today: global and local/regional levels], in Index bezopasnosti [Security Index], vol. 13, no. 1(81), (Feb. 2007), pp. 75–92.

Stepanova E., [Organized crime and terrorism in the world and in Russia], in Vladimir Baranovsky (ed.), God planety 2007: ekonomika, politika, bezopasnost' [Year of the Planet 2007: Economics, Politics, Security] (Moscow, IMEMO, 2007), pp. 63–76.

Stepanova E., [Diversity and transformation of terrorism: the ‘Internationale’ and beyond], in Mirovaya ekonomika i mezhdunarodnyie otnoshenija (MEiMO) [World Economy and International Relations], no. 7 (July 2007), pp. 109–119 (Book review).

Stepanova E., [Transnational jihadi movement and terrorism of Islamist bent at the local/regional level], in God planety [Year of the Planet] Moscow, IMEMO, no. 15, 2007.

Pikayev A. and Stepanova E., [Nuclear terrorism: Utopia or threat?], in Alexei Arbatov (ed.), Razoruzheniye i bezopasnost 2004-2005: novyie podkhody k mezhdunarodnoi bezopasnosti [Disarmament and Security 2004-2005: New Approaches to International Security] (Moscow: Nauka, 2007), pp. 37–73;
   Stepanova E., [Specifics of the financing of transnational Islamist networks in the context of the fight against international terrorism], in Ibid., pp. 145–159.
   Stepanova E., [Evolution of the international anti-terrorism law and the Russian anti-terrorism legislation], in Ibid., pp. 210–232.

Pikayev A. and Stepanova E., [Non-proliferation and nuclear terrorism], in Alexei Arbatov and Vladimir Dvorkin (eds), Yadernoje oruzhije posle kholodnoi voiny [Nuclear Arms After the Cold War] (Moscow: ROSSPEN, 2006), pp. 310–357.

Stepanova E., [Terrorism and asymmetric conflict: problems of definition and typology], in Sovremennyi terrorizm: istoki, tendentsii i problemy preodolenija [Modern Terrorism: Sources, Trends and the Problems of Countering]; Notes of International University in Moscow, no. 6 (2006), pp. 177–190.

Stepanova E., [Organizational forms of global jihad], in Mezhdunarodnyje protsessy [International Processes], vol. 4, no. 1(10), (Jan.–Apr. 2006), pp. 95–104.

Stepanova E., [Russia, the UN and anti-terrorism: legal and practical aspects], in Yezhegodnik SIPRI 2005 [SIPRI Yearbook 2005, Russian Edition] (Moscow: Nauka, 2006), pp. 835–849.

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., in Russian.



Stepanova E., [Supression of terrorism financing], in Mezhdunarodnyje protsessy [International Processes], vol. 3, no. 2(8), (May–Aug. 2005), pp. 66–73.

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 Russian.



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