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Dr Anna Matveeva

Dr Anna Matveeva

  • Affiliates

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • International relations

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Dr. Matveeva joined the Department in 2012 where she is a member of the Russia and Eurasia Security Research Group. She worked both as an academic and a practitioner, specialising in conflict studies and developmental aspects of international peacebuilding. The geographical remit of her interests covers conflicts in the Ukraine, the North and South Caucasus, and in Central Asia, where she lived in 2003 – 2004 working as the UNDP Regional Adviser on Peace and Development, while her initial research background is in Afghanistan. In 2010 Dr. Matveeva headed the Research Secretariat of the international Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission. She presently acts as a consultant to international organisations, such as the UN, the EU and OSCE, and for international non-governmental organisations. Previously she was a Research Fellow at Chatham House, worked at the London School of Economics and headed programmes at International Alert and Saferworld. She is also an Honorary University Fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter and writes as a senior analyst  for Wikistrat on Russsia in international relations.

Areas of Interest

  • International Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
  • Ethno-political Conflict in Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • Russian Politics and Society
  • Gender in Peace and Security Agenda
  • Democratisation and Governance in Russia and CIS


Dr. Matveeva is currently working on three projects. Ethnopolitical conflict in Central Asia centers on the June 2010 conflict in the South of Kyrgyzstan, its domestic and regional implications including the prospects of reconciliation and justice, and the record of international community’s security and developmental assistance in the preceding period. The second focuses on Russia’s changing role in Central Asia in the light of emerging security challenges, domestic drivers of policies towards the region, and evolving state identity. The paper on this theme will be presented at the BISA Working Group on Russian and Eurasian Security in June 2012. The third project explores gender aspects of violent conflict using the material from Kyrgyzstan by looking what roles women take in conflict situations as victims, instigators and perpetrators of violence.


  • Penksa, S.E., Ball, N., Matveeva, A., Puro, K. (2018) ‘Evaluation of EU Support for Security Sector Reform in Enlargement and Neighbourhood Countries (2010-2016)’ carried out on behalf of the European Commission, Brussels
  • Anna Matveeva (2018) Radicalisation and Violent Extremism in Kyrgyzstan, The RUSI Journal, 163:1, 30-46, DOI: 10.1080/03071847.2018.1453013
  • Anna Matveeva & Antonio Giustozzi (2018) The Central Asian Militants: Cannon Fodder of Global Jihadism or Revolutionary Vanguard?, Small Wars & Insurgencies, 29:2,189-206     
  • Through Times of Trouble: Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine Explained from Within, Lexington Books, 2018 
  • Women and Violent Extremism in Tajikistan’ (co-authored with Bahrom Faizullaev), Research Report, (UN Women: Istanbul, 2017) 
  • ‘Divided we fall..or rise? Kyrgyzstan – Tajikistan border dilemma,’ Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies, 2017
  •  ‘No Moscow Stooges: Identity polarisation and guerrilla movements in Donbass,’ Journal of Black Sea and South European Studies, Routledge, 16:1, 2016, 25-50.   
  • ‘Tajikistan: Peace Secured, but the State of our Dreams?’ in Michael Lund and Steve McDonald (eds.) Across the Lines of Conflict: Facilitating Cooperation to Build Peace. New York: Columbia University Press. 2015, 135 – 192. 
  •  Bringing in a Sense of Proportion. Written Evidence for 'Russia: Implications for UK defence and security inquiry' (with Richard Sakwa), 2016   
  • Understand more, condemn less– the way ahead for Russia and the EU, Europe’s World 2016 
  • Russia, between Fear and Defiance, Europe's World 2016 
  • Regional Perspective on Central Asia,’ in White Paper on Peacebuilding, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, 2015
  • ‘Russia’s Changing Security Role in Central Asia,’ European Security, March 2013
  • ‘North Eastern Caucasus: Drifting Away From Russia,’ in Robert Bruce Ware (ed.) Fire from Below: How the Caucasus Shaped Russian Politics since 1980s, Bloomsbury, 2013 
  • ‘Conflict Cure or Curse? Information and Communication Technologies in Kyrgyzstan,’ in Mancini, F. (ed.), “New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict,” New York: International Peace Institute, 2013 
  • ‘Ferghana Valley: Women Connect Across Conflict,’ UN Women Research Report, 2012.
  • ‘Selective Engagement: Russia’s Future Role in Central Asia,’ Central Asia Program Policy Brief no. 3, George Washington University, July 2012
  • Matveeva, A., Savin, I., Faizullaev, B. (2012) ‘Kyrgyzstan: Tragedy in the South,’ Ethnopolitics Papers, Exeter Centre for Ethnopolitical Studies/ Specialist Group Ethnopolitics of the UK Political Studies Association, no. 17, April 2012
  • Matveeva, A. (2012) North Caucasus: Views from Within. People’s perspectives on peace and security, (London: Saferworld)
  • Matveeva, A. ‘Violence in Kyrgyzstan, vacuum in the region: the case for Russia-EU joint crisis management,’ (2011) London School of Economics, Civil Society & Human Security Research Unit Working Paper, December 2011.
  •  Matveeva, A. ‘Tajikistan: DDR in the Context of Authoritarian Peace’ (2012 forthcoming) in Antonio Giustozzi (ed.) DDR: bringing the state back in, (London: Ashgate Publishing)
  • Matveeva, A. ‘The North Caucasus and Challenges of Minority Governance,’ (2012 forthcomin) in Oleh Protsyk, Benedikt Harzl (eds.), Managing Ethnic Diversity in Russia, (London: Routledge)
  • Matveeva, A. (2009) ‘Legitimising Authoritarian States in Central Asia: Political Manipulation and Symbolic Power,’ Europe – Asia Studies, vol. 61, no. 7: 1095 – 1122, re-printed in Symbolism and Power in Central Asia: Politics of the Spectacular, Sally N. Cummings (ed.), London and New York: Routledge, 2010.
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