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After gaining a BA first class honors in Russian and German Language and Literature at School of Slavonic and East European Studies, followed by an MA in Soviet Studies (London), I spent several years in publishing, before completing a PhD at UCL -'Russian Policy Towards China and Japan 1991-1997.' (Awarded 2000).

I began teaching on the M.A. International Peace and Security Programme at King's in the School of Law, on a part-time and occasional basis in 2002, before taking up a full-time position in the Department of War Studies in 2009. I am the co-director of the MA International Peace and Security Programme for 2013-14.

In 2009 I established the British International Studies Association Working Group on Russian and Eurasian Security and am co-convenor with Valentina Feklyunina of the Working Group.

I co-convene the Departmental Research Group on Russian and Eurasian Security which holds regular seminars in term time.Together with my research students we have set up a Facebook page on Russian and Eurasian Security and Foreign Policies which now has at least 140 members, as well as a Twitter account (@RussEurasia).

Research Interests

My areas of interests include:

Russian foreign policy – Russia/China, Russia/Japan in particular. Regionalism -regional security complexes; regionalisation and regionalism, in particular in Eurasia, Northeast Asia and Asia-Pacific

Nationalism and identity; sovereignty and debates on intervention.


  • 2017 "Assessing Russia’s Power: A Report". BISA Edited by Natasha Kuhrt and Valentina Feklyunina 
  • 2011 ‘Russian Foreign Policy’: Chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society edited by Graeme Gill.
  • 2011 Co-editor: Aidan Hehir, Natasha Kuhrt, Andrew Mumford (eds.),International Law, Security and Ethics: Policy Challenges in the Post-9/11 World, London and New York: Routledge.
  • 2011 'The Human Security Agenda after 9/11: from humanitarian intervention to peacebuilding', Chapter 7 in: Hehir, Kuhrt and Mumford (eds.).
  • 2011 Paperback edition of Russian Policy Towards China and Japan.
  • 2012 (Vol.64, issue 3) Guest Editor of special issue of Europe-Asia Studies ('Russia and the World'): 'Introduction'.
  • 2012 (Vol.64, Issue 3)The Russian Far East in Russia's Asia Policy: Dual integration or double periphery?' In ibid.
  • 2013 Editor: Russia and the World: the Internal-External Nexus, London and New York: Routledge
  •  2013 Chapter on Russia, China and Asia-Pacific edited by Tsuneo Akaha and Anna Vasillieva, Russia and East Asia: Informal and Gradual Integration, Routledge 
  • 2014 Article on Russia and Asia-Pacific published in Politics journal. 

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


5SSW2063 International Law, Human rights and Intervention

SSWM031 Law and Conflict in International Society (co-convenor)

7SSWM107 Nationalism and Security

7SSWM071 Gender in International Politics and Security (Contributor: Gender and Nationalism).

PhD Supervision

I am currently unable to take on new PhD students.

Primary Supervisor:

  • Elene Melikishvili: (Jan 2012) 'Securitisation of Minor Differences: Security and Conflict in the South Caucasus.'
  • Alejandro Sueldo: (Jan 2012) 'Shifting Russian Reliance on Nuclear Weapons: Implications for Arms Control and Strategic Stability'.
  • Atillio Pelliccio: (Sept 2012) 'The Two Koreas'.
  • Agne Cepinskyte (Sept 2013 — 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.
  • Mackenzie Busalacchi (Sept 2013): “Democratizing Southeastern Europe: The Successes and Failures of Democratization in the Former Yugoslav States'.
  • First Supervisor - Rolandas Simkevicus (Jan 2014) 'NATO and Energy Security'

Second Supervisor:

  • Jonah Agus:(Sept 2011) ''Diaspora Reintegration Examined Through Cultural Dimensions and Historical Narrative.'
  • Aura Sabadus:(Sept 2011) 'Steppe Wildcats: Kazakhstan's Oil Politics in a triangular relationship with Russia and China'
  • Jisun Park: (Sept 2012) 'North Korea's Nuclear Strategy 2002-12'.
  • Samuel Selvadurai: (Jan 2013) 'From Utopia to Hades: Interventionists, Quietists, and their competing normative cultures of war'.
  • Ana Albulescu (Sept 2013) 'International influences on authoritarian politics in the unrecognised regimes in the post-Soviet region'.
  • Second Supervisor: David Svarin 'The concept of Eurasia - Russia and Turkey'

Expertise and Public Engagement

My interest in the wider region has led me to engage more deeply with issues related to regionalism in general and Eurasian and Asia-Pacific regionalism more specifically, and an article on Russia and Asia-Pacific regionalism is forthcoming.

I also have a growing interest in the role of India in the broader Asian/Asia-Pacific region, and am preparing a book chapter on India-Russia relations for an edited volume to be published in 2014, World Perspectives on India's Global Role (Palgrave Macmillan).

I have a longstanding interest in Russia, China, sovereignty and humanitarian intervention; in this regard I am currently completing an article (co-authored) on Russia and Humanitarian Intervention to be finalised before end of 2013.

Public Engagement:

  • Interviews on Radio Monocle 24 on Russian Far East and China; Sino-Russian naval exercises, BBC Russian Service. TV News on UK-Russia relations. Sky News – on Syria and Russian diplomacy.
  • Participated in roundtable at Imperial War Museum on conflict and memory.
  • Invited to participate in FCO discussions on Russia-China.
  • Presentation on soft power at Chatham House for Russia Eurasia programme.
  • Presentation to Finnish Parliament on Russia's 'turn to the East'.
  • Invited talks at Edinburgh University, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and St Antony's College Oxford on aspects of Russian foreign policy.
  • Regular refereeing for Polity; Routledge; Ashgate; Pacific Review; International Relations of the Asia-Pacific;Europe-Asia Studies.
  • Memberships include:  Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Political Studies Association, British International Studies Association, International Studies Association, British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.

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