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Dr Ekaterina Stepanova

conflicts, terrorism and security

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NEW: Stepanova E. Between War and Peace: Peace Processes and Armed Violence (Moscow: IMEMO, 2023). 198 p. (in Russian)

ISBN 978-5-9535-0620-5

In English (unless otherwise noted):

Stepanova E. “Ceasefires as a part of war, peace process, or a ‘no peace, no war’ format”, International Trends, vol. 21, no. 1(72) (2023), pp. 43–74 [in Russian].     pdf
DOI: 10.17994/IT.2023.
Scopus; RSCI

Stepanova E., “Foreign Terrorist Fighters from Russia in and after Syria and Iraq: (Trans) National Trends and Threats”, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol. 46, no. 11 (2023), pp. 2214–2240.
[Online first: 7 June 2021]. DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2021.1923625
WoS, Scopus

Stepanova E. and Golunov S. (eds.), Peace Processes, Violence, and De Facto States (Moscow: IMEMO, 2022), 146 p. [Pathways to Peace and Security. 2022. no. 1(62): Special Issue].       pdf
ISBN: 978-5-9535-0610-6
DOI: 10.20542/978-5-9535-0610-6

Stepanova E., “Russia, Central Asia and non-traditional security threats from Afghanistan following the US withdrawal,” Global Policy, vol. 13, no. 1 (February 2022), pp. 138–145.
DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.13058
WoS, Scopus

Stepanova E., Russias Approach to Afghanistan Following the Taliban Takeover, PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo no. 724, 22 November 2021.         pdf

Stepanova E., “Russia: Beyond the Global South-North Framework,“ in Annette Adler
and Juan Garzon (eds.), Transforming the War on Drugs: Warriors, Victims and Vulnerable Regions, Oxford University's Changing Character of War Series (London: Hurst,
September 2021), pp. 253–296.
ISBN: 9781787381988                                 Order from Hurst and OUP

Stepanova E., “Russias regional balancing and interests in the Middle East: Benefits, risks and implications for Europe,” Orient: German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, vol. 62, no. IV: External actors in MENA (2021), pp. 45–58.

Stepanova E., “Terrorism in the Russian Empire”, in Richard English (ed.),
The Cambridge History of Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, May 2021),
pp. 284–312.
DOI: 10.1017/9781108556248.012

Stepanova E., Terrorism in post-Soviet Russia”, in The Cambridge History of Terrorism
(Cambridge University Press, May 2021), pp. 313–332.
DOI: 10.1017/9781108556248.013

ISBN (online): 9781108556248; ISBN (print): 9781108470162

Stepanova E., “Russia and the search for a negotiated solution in Afghanistan,” Europe-Asia Studies, 26 October 2020.
DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2020.1826908
WoS, Scopus

Stepanova E., Russia's Foreign and Security Policy in the Middle East: Entering the 2020s, IAI Papers. 20|16 (Rome: Instituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), 2020), 25 p.    pdf
ISBN: 978-88-9368-136-0

Stepanova E., Russia and the Afghan Peace Process, Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) Policy Memo no. 618, October 2019.    pdf    html

Stepanova E., “Russia's response to terrorism in the twenty-first century,” in Michael Boyle (ed.), Non-Western Responses to Terrorism (Manchester Univ. Press, 2019), pp. 23–54.
ISBN: 978-1-5261-0582-0

Stepanova E., “Regionalization as the key trend of Russia’s policy on Syria and in the Middle East,” in Russia's Policy in Syria and the Middle East, (Inst. for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington Univ., Jan. 2019), pp. 11-15.
    pdf (chapter)    pdf (report)

Stepanova E., “Russia and conflicts in the Middle East: regionalisation and implications for the West,” in The International Spectator, vol. 53, no. 4 (2018)
DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2018.1507135 ; WoS, Scopus
Read full-text AM version.

Stepanova E., Russia's Afghan Policy in the Regional and Russia-West Contexts, Russie.NEI.Reports, no. 23 (Paris: Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri),
May 2018), 48 p.    pdf
ISBN: 978-2-36567-855-1

Stepanova E., Russia's Syria Policy: The Hard Path of Military Disengagement, Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) Policy Memo no. 511, February 2018.    pdf    html

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

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., Cragin K., "Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism," 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?, 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, 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., “Russia”, chapter 22 in The Oxford Handbook on the Responsibility to Protect, ed. by Alex Bellamy and Tim Dunne (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 409–428.
See abstract at Oxford Handbooks Online.

Stepanova E., Russia in the Middle East: Back to a Grand Strategy or Enforcing Multilateralism? Politique étrangère, no. 2, Summer 2016, p. 23-35.   pdf    html

Stepanova E., “La Russie a-t-elle une "grande stratégie" au Moyen Orient?”, Politique étrangère, no. 2, Été 2016, p. 23-35, in French.  pdf   html

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, in French.

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., 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. 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, July 2013);
   see also in Russian.

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

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

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

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, September 2009).

Stepanova E., Sections V.1. “Counternarcotics”; V.2. “Anti-terrorism”; V.4. “Prevention of and response to emergencies and humanitarian crises,” 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, 63–64.

See section “South Ossetia (Georgia),” pp. 57-60, in 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.

Stepanova E., South Ossetia and Abkhazia: Placing the Conflict in Context, SIPRI Policy Brief (Stockholm, November 2008).

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., “Cultures of solidarity and national interest: Russia's conflict management policies,” in Jean-Marc Coicaud and Nicholas J. Wheeler (eds.), National Interest and International Solidarity: Particular and Universal Ethics in International Life (Tokyo: United Nations University (UNU) Press, 2008), pp. 87–119.

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., “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., “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., “Die OSZE und die amerikanisch-russische Zusammenarbeit im Kampf gegen den Terrorismus,” in OSZE: Jahrbuch 2002 (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2002), pp. 63–76.

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., “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., “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.

Stepanova 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., “U.S.-Russia cooperation in Afghanistan and its implications,” East European Constitutional Review, vol. 10, no. 10 (2001), 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., “Russian (In)Security”, in Transitions Online (10 May 2001).

Stepanova E., “Eurasian pathos” (Book review), in Transitions Online (28 Feb. 2001).

Pikayev A. and Stepanova E. (eds.), Russia-U.S. Relations under the Bush Administration: PONARS Policy Memos no. 187-195 (Moscow: 2001), in Russian.

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., “Kosovo and Chechnya: illogical parallels,” in Security Dialogue [Oslo: PRIO], vol. 31, no. 1 (March 2000), pp. 507-509.

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

In Russian:


Stepanova E. “Ceasefires as part of war, peace process, or a ‘no peace, no war’ format,” International Trends, vol. 21, no. 1(72) (2023), pp. 43–74.     pdf
DOI: 10.17994/IT.2023.
Scopus; RSCI

Stepanova E., ISIS and the Phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and Iraq (Moscow: IMEMO, 2020), 198 p., in Russian.
ISBN: 978-5-9535-0583-3
DOI: 10.20542/978-5-9535-0583-3

Stepanova E., “The Afghan peace process and Russia's role,” in Pathways to Peace and Security, no. 2(57), 2019, pp. 21–33.    pdf
DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2019-2-21-33.

Stepanova E., "Russias humanitarian role in conflicts in Donbass and Syria (in the context of responsibility to protect)," in Pathways to Peace and Security, no. 1(54), 2018: Special Issue, pp. 129-181.    pdf
DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2018-1-129-181

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, 2017].
    Contents   Preface   pdf
    ISBN 978-5-9535-0502-4 ; DOI: 10.20542/978-5-9535-0502-4

Stepanova E., [Russia and the United States in the fight against terrorism: comparative threats and approaches, Syria, Afghanistan, countering violent extremism], in Pathways to Peace and Security, no. 1(52), Special Issue: Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization, 2017], pp. 13–54. DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2017-1-13-54

Stepanova E., [The ISIS factor and the Taliban movement in Russia's policy on Afghanistan and in the broader region], in Pathways to Peace and Security, no. 1(52), Special Issue: Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization, 2017], pp. 213–237.
DOI: 10.20542/2307-1494-2017-1-213-237

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

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, in Russian.

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., [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, in Russian.

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, in Russian.

Stepanova E., [Evolution of the international anti-terrorism law and the Russian anti-terrorism legislation], 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. 210–232; in Russian.

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, in Russian.

See chapter 4, section “The links between illicit drug trade and conflicts and terrorism in transit states: Central Asia”, pp. 226–241, in:
Stepanova E.A., [The Role of Illicit Drug Business in the Political Economy of Conflicts and Terrorism] (Moscow: Ves Mir, 2005), 312 p., in Russian.

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;
   and Stepanova E., [Russia and the problems of local/regional conflict management. Peacekeeping], in Ibid., pp. 114–141, in Russian.

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.

Chapter 7: “Civil-military relations in Russia's operations other than war (the case of humanitarian crisis in the North Caucasus, 1999-2000),” pp. 195-220 in:
Stepanova E.A., [Civil-Military Relations in Operations Other Than War]
(Moscow: Human Rights Publ., 2001), 272 p., in Russian.

Stepanova E., “Russia and NATO crisis management strategy,” Russia and European Security Institutions: Entering the 21st Century (Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center, 2000), pp. 134–173, in Russian.

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