Posts by Ekaterina Stepanova

Ekaterina Stepanova 05-16-2018
(IFRI) This report seeks to explain the main trends in Russia’s evolving Afghanistan policy, with the focus on its regionalization, diversification, and new emphasis on diplomacy that culminated in Moscow regional peace consultations. It argues that none of Russia’s Afghanistan-related concerns can be alleviated as long as the armed conflict there continues in full force. This makes Moscow genuinely interested in stabilization. However, the mere...
Ekaterina Stepanova 06-26-2017
Two PONARS Eurasia members contributed to the special issue of Pathways to Peace and Security, "Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization: Perspectives from Russia and the United States," published by Russia’s Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). The volume is an academic effort, involving nine Russian and eight U.S. researchers, to explore the substance, underlying drivers, dynamics, implications, and ways to...
Ekaterina Stepanova 07-05-2016
(V&R) In the early 21st century, violent extremism in general and Islamist violence in particular have been dominated by several jihadist movements that are regionally-based, primarily operate at regional level and have been undergoing the bottom-up regionalization process. All these movements are major combatants in the world!s most intense regional armed conflicts and the lead terrorist actors against non-combatants. All try to build Islamic states...
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Ekaterina Stepanova 06-21-2016
(Politique étrangère) Abstract: Russian military intervention in Syria was not an attempt to exert dominance as a hegemonic power in the Middle East. Far from promoting a unilateral approach, Moscow in fact supports multilateralism. Flexing its muscles in Syria was intended to make manifest to the United States and its allies that multilateral negotiations can not take place in the region – or elsewhere – with the exclusion of Russia. Read More...
Ekaterina Stepanova 01-26-2015
Подъем Исламского государства Ирака и Леванта (ИГИЛ) в ирако-сирийском контексте произошел на фоне общего доминирования ряда организаций радикально-исламистского типа на Ближнем Востоке, в Азии и Африке среди наиболее смертоносных вооруженно-террористических группировок в мире, а также спорадических всплесков джихадистского терроризма на Западе. Для феномена ИГИЛ (а до него — для радикально-исламистского фланга вооруженной оппозиции в Сирии) также...
Ekaterina Stepanova 07-29-2014
Силы США и НАТО уходят из Афганистана, оставляя страну в тяжелой, хотя и не окончательно безнадежной ситуации. С одной стороны, вооруженный конфликт в стране продолжается, хотя и изменяется по своей природе, все активнее принимая форму противостояния между повстанцами и афганскими вооруженными силами. С другой — радикальное изменение баланса сил после 2014 г. пока представляется маловероятным. Силы США и НАТО уходят из Афганистана, оставляя страну в...
Ekaterina Stepanova 07-28-2014
(Russia International Affairs Council) The United States and NATO are withdrawing their forces from Afghanistan, leaving the country in a difficult, albeit not entirely hopeless situation. On the one hand, the armed conflict in the country rages on. Although its nature is changing, increasingly assuming the form of a confrontation between the insurgents and the Afghan armed forces and security structures, which are suffering record losses. The number of...
Ekaterina Stepanova 03-07-2014
Наступивший в Афганистане после развала в 2001 г. режима талибов бум культивации опийного мака и производства опиатов тяжелым образом сказался на России, которая стала одним из крупнейших потребителей афганского героина. Россия неоднократно критиковала США и НАТО за то, что очередной подъем производства наркотиков в Афганистане пришелся на период их военного присутствия в этой стране, и за их нежелание предпринимать активные усилия по уничтожению маковых...
Ekaterina Stepanova 01-09-2014
When it comes to expertise on Afghanistan, not many look east. Those who did will have discovered Russian Viktor Korgun who, as we were sad to learn today, has passed away in Moscow. He was also respected in Afghanistan as shown by the invitation – as one of only few foreign experts – to a scientific conference organized by the Afghan foreign ministry and the Mahmud Tarzi Foundation in Kabul in 2008. AAN joins in with those mourning the death of this...
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Ekaterina Stepanova 09-03-2013
(The Moscow Times) The endless parallels made in recent days between the planned U.S. air strikes on Syria and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 may actually add to the general confusion more than dispel it. In reality, the two have little in common. In Iraq, a massive coalition air campaign and a large-scale ground operation were parts of a more classic interstate war that later morphed into a decade-long occupation, coupled with a mounting...

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Lead Researcher, Department of International Politics; Head, Peace and Conflict Studies
Institute of World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow