Stepanova, Ekaterina A.

Stepanova, Ekaterina A.

Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations RAS
Member of PIR Center Executive Board;
Head of the Group on Peace and Conflict Studies
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Doctor of Pol. Sciences (Dr. Habil.). Head of Peace and Conflict Studies Unit and Lead Researcher at Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO RAS). Russian Academy of Sciences Professor. Editor-in-Chief of the IMEMO journal on peace and conflict studies “Pathways to Peace and Security”

Expert on armed conflicts and conflict management; terrorism and antiterrorism; radicalization and ideological extremism; peace processes and peace-building; human security; networks and violence; and political economy of conflicts.

Author of over 220 research publications in ten languages, including eight monographs, such as “Between War and Peace: Peace Processes and Armed Violence” (2023), ISIS and the Phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and Iraq” (2020), “Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects” (OUP, 2008), “The Role of Illicit Drug Business in the Political Economy of Conflicts and Terrorism” (2005; RAS medal for young scholars), “Civil-Military Relations in Operations Other Than War” (2001) etc. Editor/coauthor of several collective volumes and special issues, including “Peace Processes, Violence, and De Facto States” (2022), “Humanitarian Challenges, Humanitarian Support and Human Protection in Armed Conflicts” (2018), “Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization: Perspectives from Russia and the United States” (2017), “Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization” (Sage, 2009). 

Lectures on armed conflicts at International Programs, MGIMO-University School of Government and International Affairs, and at the IMEMO/MGIMO Department on System Analysis of International Processes. 

Russian International Affairs Council expert. Member of the Global Peace Index international methodology panel. IMEMO contact point for the UN Counterterrorism Committee Executive Directorate’s Global Research Network. In 2007–2009 was on leave from IMEMO to head Armed Conflicts and Conflict Management Programme at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). 

Member of PIR Center Executive Board.

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