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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 220 research publications in ten languages, including articles in peer reviewed journals “Studies in Conflict and Terrorism”, “Europe-Asia Studies”, “International Spectator”, “Perspectives on Terrorism”, “International Affairs”, “Politique étrangère”, “Washington Quarterly”, and “Security Dialogue”. Her several monographs include “ISIS and the Phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and Iraq” (IMEMO, 2020), “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 volumes 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” 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 IMEMO’s Center for International Security and, in 2001-2006, was a senior researcher at IMEMO’s Center for Political and Military Forecast. In 2003-2006, she taught at the World Politics Department at Moscow State University. 

She served on editorial boards of peer reviewed journals “Terrorism and Political Violence” (2008-2020) and “International Journal of Conflict and Violence” (2010-2016). 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 King’s 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 University’s 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, 1989–1997”). 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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