Dr Kuhrt has a BA in Russian and German, an MA in Soviet Studies, and a PhD (2000) in Russian Foreign and Security Policy. Current research interests include Russian and post-Soviet foreign and security policies; post-Soviet debates on international relations; regional security complexes, especially in Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific; the persistence of nationalism; issues of sovereignty and debates on intervention/human rights; dimensions of Russian Great-Powerness and Russia and humanitarian intervention. Dr Kuhrt is a member of the Post-Soviet Space research group. I She recently published 'nternational Law, Security and Ethics: Policy Challenges in the Post 9/11 World' by Routledge. Co-edited by Aidan Hehir, and Andrew Mumford. (May 2011)
Dr Kuhrt teaches the MA International Peace and Security core course, 'Contemporary Security Issues'. She also runs the optional postgraduate module 'Nationalism and Security'.
The Co-Director of the Programme is Dr Guigelmo Verdirame whose expertise cover a wide range of areas within the field of public international law. He holds a Laurea in Giurisprudenza (University of Bologna), an LLM (London), an MA (Oxon), and PhD (London School of Economics)and is Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. As a practising barrister since 2006 and, before that as a consultant, he has advised governments, companies and non-governmental organisations on public international law.