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Ekaterina Stepanova

     Dr. of Sciences (Politics)
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 Stepanovaheads 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; member, IMEMO Dissertation Council on Political Sciences and History.

She is the author of 180 other publications in ten languages. Her several books includeTerrorism 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 includeAddressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization: Perspectives from Russia and the United States(IMEMO, 2017) and Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization(Sage, 2009). She serves on editorial boards of Web of Science journals Global Governance and Terrorism and Political Violence and edits the IMEMO journal Pathways to Peace and Security.

Prof. Stepanova teachesin English at the International Programs at MGIMO-University, Moscow, and at School of Public Policy of the Russian Academy of National Economy & Public Administration (RANEPA). She is a member of Global Peace Index (GPI)expert panel, Joint U.S.-Russia Expert Group on Afghanistan, International Panel of Social Progress (IPSP), and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). 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 included 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 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 2009-2017, Prof. Stepanova lectured at the International programs at European University in Saint-Petersburg (EUSP) and, in 2003-2006, 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). She was a guest lecturer at Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), in 2006-2014and 2017, and at European Peace University (EPU), Austria, in 2009-2012. In 2001-2007, she took part in four research projects of the United Nations University (Tokyo) and, in 1998, 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 equiv degree 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.