Elena Zhirukhina

Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague


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Employment

2018 up to now: Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic
2017-2019: Research Associate, MECACS, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
2017-2018: Lecturer, Institute of Diplomacy, Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan
2013-2016: Marie Curie Fellow, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
2012 –2013: Junior Research Fellow, the Institute of social-economic and humanitarian researches of the Southern Scientific center of Russian Academy of Science (ISEHR SSC RAS), Rostov-on-Don, Russia
2010 –2012: Scientific Research Assistant, ISEHR SSC RAS, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Education

2013-2017: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Relations,
School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
2004-2009: Political science (M.A., with honors), Department for Political and Social sciences, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation
2007-2009: PGCert in teaching political science (with honors), Department for Political and Social sciences, Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation
Foreign Research Fellowships
Marie Curie Fellowship, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK within ‘Post-Soviet Tension’ FP7/Marie Curie ITN action. Grant agreement N°: 316825

Languages

Russian
English

Areas of interest

Counterterrorism
Counterinsurgency
Civil wars
International law
Violent non-state actors

Publications

Book Chapters and Encyclopaedic Entries

(2019): In-between domestic terrorism, al-Qaeda, and ISIS, or how Russia sees prospects of security cooperation with the EU. In: R. Fawn, ed., Managing Security Threats along the EU's Eastern Flanks, Palgrave Macmillan.
(2018): Positive incentives to stop insurgency? Russian conciliatory tactics in the North Caucasus. In: Owen, Catherine, Shairbek Juraev, David Lewis, Nick Megoran and John Heathershaw (eds.) Interrogating Illiberal Peace in Eurasia: Critical Perspectives on Peace and Conflict. London: Roman and Littlefield International.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

(2018): Protecting the State: Russian Repressive Tactics in the North Caucasus. Nationalities Papers, Vol. 46, No. 3, p. 374-399.
(2014): Informational strategies of radical religious insurgent groups in the North Caucasus. Politeia, Vol.1, No. 72, p. 47-60.
(2013): CONTEST: forced and preventive strategy (the UK’s experience). Vestnik of the National Antiterrorist Committee, Volume 1, No. 8, p.44-57.

Analytical Articles

Zhirukhina, Elena (2019) Foreign Fighters from Central Asia: Between Renunciation and Repatriation. In: Ambrosetti, Eleonora Tafuro (ed.) Dossier Geopolitical Power Plays in Central Asia. Milan: ISPI.
Tskhay, Aliya - Zhirukhina, Elena (2018): Kazakhstan’s UNSC presidency: regional and international agenda. The Astana Times, 30.1.2018.
(2017): Security Concerns for the EU: To What Extent is the Caucasian Emirate Reaching Out? In: Vesterbye, Samuel D., Fawn, Rick (eds.): Threats to Stability in Wider Europe. Expert and Academic Analysis. ENC Report.

Research Projects Grants

2018: Erasmus+ Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility Programme with Webster Vienna Private University, to teach a 2 weeks-long course
2013-2016: Marie Curie Fellowship, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK, FP7/Marie Curie ITN action. Grant agreement N°: 316825, PhD project: The State Application of Repressive and Reconciliatory Tactics in the North Caucasus (2007-2014)
2012-2013: Research Grant of the President of the Russian Federation, Informational security within youth environment as a factor of counter extremism, co-researcher
2011-2013: Grant awarded by the Directorate of Youth and Sport of Council of Europe, to attend Youth Peace Ambassadors Training Program
2013: Grant awarded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to attend Summer University on federalism, decentralization and conflict resolution in the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Conferences and Workshops
2018: Regulating Irregular Conflicts: (Inter-)national Frameworks and Mechanisms, workshop taught at the Webster Vienna Private University International Relations Department within the Erasmus+ program, http://webster.ac.at/event/workshop-regulating-irregular-conflicts-inter-national-frameworks-and-mechanisms
2018: Irregular conflicts, training course taught at the Institute of Diplomacy and designed for diplomatic staff of the MFA of the Republic of Kazakhstan
2018: (Inter)national application of repressive and reconciliatory counterterrorist practices, training course taught at the Institute of Diplomacy and designed for civil servants from the various ministries of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan
2017: Deterrence or backlash? Testing the effect of repression on the violence in the North Caucasus, guest lecture at the Russian and East European Studies Centre, the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford, UK, http://www.rees.ox.ac.uk/deterrence-or-backlash-testing-effect-repression-violence-north-caucasus





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