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I am a Lecturer in Security and Development at the Department of War Studies. I obtained an MA in War Studies (KCL) in 1992 and a PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London in 1999. I joined the Department in 2005, having previously been the Principal Researcher at the Caucasus Policy Institute, within the International Policy Institute (KCL). From 1999 to 2004 I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Defence Studies, at King's College London.

Research Interests

My areas of research include:

  • Conflict, security and development in Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia
  • Terrorism, violence and Islam in Eurasia
  • Violence and conflict in the North Caucasus
  • Russia's relations with the European Union and NATO


Please refer to the Research Portal for a list of publications. A selected list is below:

  • Russian Imperialism Revisited, London, Routledge, 2013. (forthcoming)
  •  "Caucasian Crescent: Russia's Islamic Policies and its Responses to Radicalization," (with Akhmet Yarlykapov) in The Fire Below: How the Caucasus Shaped Russia, (ed.) Robert Bruce Ware, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2013. (forthcoming)
  •  “The Radicalisation of Islamic Salafi Jamaats in the North Caucasus: Moving Closer to the Global Jihadist Movement?”, Europe-Asia Studies,vol. 64, no.3, May 2012, pp. 561-595.
  • “Islamic Radicalism in the North Western Caucasus” in Galina Yemelianova (ed.), Islamic Radicalism in the Former Soviet Space, Routledge, 2009.
  • ‘Violence and Conflict in the Russian North Caucasus’, International Affairs, July 2007, vol. 83, issue 4, pp. 681-705.


I convene the following MA modules:

Expertise and Public Engagement

My interests lie in the field of conflict, security and development in Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. I am currently conducting research on a project on Terrorism, Violence and Islam in the Russian North Caucasus.  

I am an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House.  I am also a convenor of the Russia and Eurasia Security Research Group.

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