Dr Kevork Oskanian

Research Fellow

Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies

Kevork Oskanian

Contact details

Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Kevork Oskanian has recently joined the University’s Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) as a Research Fellow, and is currently involved in devising the conceptual framework for an EU-funded project investigating the democracy-security nexus in the Caucasus.


  • PhD in International Relations, London School of Economics, 2011
  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, London School of Economics, 2010
  • MSc in International Relations (Distinction), Royal Holloway, University of London, 2006
  • BA (Hons) in Politics and Government, The Open University, 1999


Kevork Oskanian was awarded his MSc (Distinction) in International Relations by Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006 and his PhD in the same subject by the London School of Economics in 2011. His doctoral thesis – applying the Copenhagen School's Regional Security Complex approach to the South Caucasus - was supervised by Dr. Roy Allison and Professor Barry Buzan; it has now been transformed into a monograph – 'Fear Weakness and Power in the Post-Soviet South Caucasus' - available at Palgrave. 

He is a former co-editor of the Millennium Journal of International Studies, and the co-editor of 'After Liberalism?', a volume on the future of Liberalism in International Relations in light of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath, including contributions from G. John Ikenberry, Michael Cox, Philip Cerny, Beate Jahn, Charles Kupchan and others.

He has previously taught International Security, International Relations Theory and International Political Economy at the London School of Economics and the University of Westminster. He tweets at @CrazyPsyKO and blogs at http://kovkaz.blogspot.com/, as well as contributing occasionally to LSE Euro Crisis in the Press and Eastbook.eu.


Research interests: Politics and security in the former Soviet space – in particular, the Caucasus and Central Asia - state incoherence, constructivism, Copenhagen School, English School, post-colonialism.

Current projects: Kevork is currently involved in devising a conceptual framework for CASCADE, a co-operative, EU-funded FP7 project investigating the democracy/security nexus in the Caucasus.

His research to date had been based on an expansion of Barry Buzan's Regional Security Complex Theory and its application to the South Caucasus.

Another - incipient - project involves building on his experience in Eurasia to explore the legacies of Russian and Soviet Empire for contemporary international politics and security within the post-Soviet space.

Other activities

Research Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre, London.


Oskanian, K. (2013) Fear, Weakness and Power in the Post-Soviet South Caucasus: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Friedman, R., Oskanian, K. and Pacheco-Pardo, R. (Eds.) (2013) After Liberalism? The Future of Liberalism in International Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Oskanian, K. (2014). The Empire That Will Not Speak Its Name [online]. Warsaw: Eastbook.eu, available from http://eastbook.eu/en/2014/03/material-en/news-en/the-empire-that-will-not-speak-its-name/ 

Oskanian, K. (2013). Kant versus Machiavelli in Russia’s Near Abroad [online]. London: Foreign Policy Centre, available from http://fpc.org.uk/articles/641 

Oskanian, K. (2013). Taming the Bear? Germany and Europe’s Fragile Eastern Frontier [online]. London: LSE Euro Crisis in the Press, available from http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/eurocrisispress/2013/09/24/taming-the-bear-germany-and-europes-fragile-eastern-frontier/ 

Oskanian, K. (2013). Putin’s Caucasus Surprise: a Portent of Worse to Come? [online] London: Foreign Policy Centre, available from http://fpc.org.uk/articles/632 

Oskanian, K. (2013). A Miracle of Empire? Sargsyan’s Pauline Conversion [online]. Warsaw: Eastbook.eu, available from http://eastbook.eu/en/2013/09/material-en/news-en/a-miracle-of-empire-sargsyans-pauline-conversion/

Oskanian, K. (2013). The English School as Global Crossroads: from Methodological Eclecticism to Cultural Pluralism [online]. s.l:e-IR, available from http://www.e-ir.info/2013/08/03/the-english-school-as-global-crossroads-from-methodological-eclecticism-to-cultural-pluralism/

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