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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, peace processes 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 “Humanitarian Challenges, Humanitarian Support and Human Protection in Armed Conflicts” (IMEMO, 2018), “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 over 200 other publications in ten languages. She edits Russia's only 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 at the International Programs at MGIMO-University (Moscow) and European University in Saint-Petersburg (EUSP).

She serves as an expert at the Global Peace Index methodology panel and the IMEMO contact point for the UN Counterterrorism Committee Executive Directorate's Global Research Network. She is a member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, the Joint U.S.-Russia Expert Group on Afghanistan etc.




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/teaching experience

2008–2020
2017–2019

2006–14, 2017
2009–2017
2010–2016
2009–2012
2003–2004
2003
2000–2001
1998
  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;
  prof., lecturer, European University in Saint-Petersburg (EUSP);
  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’)”



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