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Dr Natasha Kuhrt is a Lecturer in International Peace & Security in the Department of War Studies. After gaining a BA first class hons in Russian & German language and literature followed by an MA in Soviet Studies, at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (University of London), she spent several years in publishing before obtaining a PhD at UCL on Russian Policy Towards China and Japan. Dr Kuhrt joined King’s as a visiting lecturer in the Law School in 2002, before going full time in the Department of War Studies in 2009.

Her main teaching has been on the MA in International Peace and Security Programme and in international law and intervention, but she has also delivered guest lectures in the department including on gender and nationalism and Russia’s discourse on memory and history.

In 2011 she established the British International Studies Association Working Group on Russian & Eurasian Security within BISA and she remains co-convenor of this active group with two colleagues at Open University and Glasgow University. 

Dr Kuhrt is a member of BISA, Chatham House, ISA, ASEN and BASEES.

Research Interests

  • Russian and Eurasian security/foreign policy especially in Asia.
  • International law; Humanitarian Intervention and Responsibility to Protect
  • Nationalism and identity; populism
  • Regions and Regionalism

Her interest in Russia and Eurasia has led her to engage more deeply with issues related to regionalism in general, and Eurasian and Asia-Pacific regionalism more specifically. She also has a growing interest in the role of India in the broader Asian/Asia-Pacific region. Her interest in intervention and peacekeeping has led to research in Russian activism in Africa and the nexus with UN peacekeeping missions. She is also currently working with colleagues at Birmingham, Manchester and Japanese academics, on an ESRC UK-Japan project on comparative populism in context. Further, she is collaborating on an British Academy project on ‘Rescaling the Border: Nationalism and Civilisationalism in Central and Eastern Europe’. 




    • 2017 Natasha Kuhrt & Valentina Feklyunina (eds) Assessing Russia’s Power: A Report, Newcastle: British International Studies Association


Book chapters:

  • 2020 (in press): ‘‘1917 in 2017: a “useless past”? remembering and forgetting the Russian Revolution’, in: Rachel Kerr, Henry Redwood and James Gow eds., Reconciliation after War: Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective, Routledge.
  • 2018 ‘Asia-Pacific and China’ (Chapter 15), pp. 254-269, in Andrei Tsygankov ed., The Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy, (London and New York: Routledge).
  • 2018 (with Malin Ostvik), ‘The Russian Far East and Russian Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region’, pp. 75-95, in Helge Blakkisrud and Elana Wilson Rowe eds., Russia’s Turn to the East: Domestic Policymaking and Regional Cooperation , (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan/Springer. Open Access).
  • 2017 (with Yulia Kiseleva), Russia and India: Strategic Partnership Put to the Test?’ (Chapter 8), in: Donette Murray and David Brown eds., Power Relations in the Twenty-first Century: Mapping a Multipolar World, (London and New York: Routledge).
  • 2017 ‘'Russia's Normative Power': The Legal Dimension’, in Natasha Kuhrt & Valentina Feklyunina (eds) Assessing Russia’s Power: A Report, Newcastle: British International Studies Association

Policy papers/briefings:

Please see the Research Portal for a full publications list or download selected highlights here



  • 7SSWM031 M.A International Peace and Security Co-convenor and lecturer on the core module ‘Law and Conflict in International Society’.
  • 5SSW2063 BA2 optional module, ‘International Law, Human Rights and Intervention’. Co-convenor and lecturer.
  • The Rise and Fall of the USSR: a training day for FCO staff –presentation on Soviet and Russian foreign policy in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and 2019, with colleagues from the King’s Russia Institute.


PhD Supervision

Supervised to Completion

  • Elene Melikishvili: 'Securitisation of Minor Differences: Security and Conflict in the South Caucasus.'
  • Agne Cepinskyte (within the Russia Institute) Contemporary Russia's and Inter-War Germany's Policies Towards their respective diaspora in the Baltic States: Implcations for Security and Inter-State Relations.
  • Camilla Hagelund, ‘Underlying dynamics of regional (dis)integration in Post-Soviet Central Asia’.
  • Filippo Costa Buranelli ‘International Society and Central Asia’.

Current research students:

  • Robert Lee ‘Russian arms exports during the Putin Era’.
  • Onur Kara ‘An examination of Tunisia’s Security Apparatus, 2002-2017’.
  • Junzhi Liu ‘China’s Grand Strategy Making and the Belt and Road’
  • Rolandas Simkevicus ‘Security Imaginaries in Contemporary European-Japanese Political Alignment’.
  • Yulia Kiseleva ‘Soft Power in Russian foreign policy’.
  • Alejandro Sueldo: 'Shifting Russian Reliance on Nuclear Weapons: Implications for Arms Control and Strategic Stability