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Ekaterina Stepanova

Dr. of Sciences (Politics), RAS Professor
Head of Group
Group on Peace and Conflict Studies
Lead Researcher
Department of International Political Problems

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Research themes: armed conflicts and conflict management; terrorism and antiterrorism; radicalization and ideological extremism; peace processes and peace-building; human security; networks and violence; political economy of conflicts; research methods in peace and conflict studies.


Dr Ekaterina Stepanova heads Peace and Conflict Studies Unit and is a lead researcher at National Research Institute of the World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow. She is an editor-in-chief of the IMEMO journal on peace and conflict studies Pathways to Peace and Security. She is a Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Professor and member of the IMEMO Dissertation Council on Political Sciences and History.

She is the author of over 210 research publications in ten languages. Her several monographs include Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects (Oxford University Press, 2008) and The Role of Illicit Drug Business in the Political Economy of Conflicts and Terrorism (Moscow, 2005; RAS prize for young scientists). Her edited publications include special issues 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), volume Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization (Sage, 2009) etc.

Prof. Stepanova teaches in English at the School of Government and International Programs, MGIMO-University, Moscow, and at the European University in Saint-Petersburg.

She serves on editorial boards of Web of Science/Scopus journals Global Governance, Terrorism and Political Violence and Global Responsibility to Protect. She is a member of Global Peace Index (GPI) expert panel and a contact point at IMEMO for Global Research Network hosted by the UN Counterterrorism Committee`s Executive Directorate (CTED). She is also a member of Joint U.S.-Russia Expert Group on Afghanistan, and of Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. In Russia, she serves on the executive board of non-governmental PIR-Center and is a Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) expert.

Her previous professional experience includes working as a Lead Researcher and Head of Armed conflicts and conflict management programme at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute / SIPRI (2007-2009) where she had also worked as a visiting researcher in 2003. In 2017-2019, Prof. Stepanova lectured in English at School of Public Policy, Russian Academy of National Economy & Public Administration (RANEPA), and, in 2009-2017, at the European University in Saint-Petersburg (EUSP). In 2006-2009, she headed a Group on non-traditional security threats at IMEMOs Center for International Security and, in 2001-2006, was a senior researcher at IMEMOs Center for Political and Military Forecast. In 2003-2006, she taught at the World Politics Department at Moscow State University.

In 2010-2016, she was a member of editorial board of International Journal of Conflict and Violence (WoS). In 2006-2014 and 2017, she was a guest lecturer at Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), and, in 2009-2012, at European Peace University (EPU), Austria. In 2001-2007, she took part in four research projects of the United Nations University (Tokyo). In 1998, she was a MacArthur fellow at Kings College London.

In 1995, Ekaterina Stepanova graduated in modern and contemporary history of Western Europe and America, with Honours and Gold medal, from Moscow State Universitys History Department, where she later defended her PhD equivalent Candidate of Sciences in History degree (1998; dissertation on The U.S. evolving model for armed conflict management, 19891997). In 2011, she defended her Doctor of Political Sciences (Dr.Habil. equiv.) at IMEMO (dissertation on Terrorism in asymmetrical conflict at the local/regional and global levels).

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