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Assistant Professor

Academic profile:

2017 - Chargee d'enseignement and post-doctoral researcher in political science at the ULB
2011 - Teaching and research assistant in political science at the ULB
2010 - PhD Candidate in Political Sciences at Université Libre de Bruxelles
2008 - 2009 MA Conflict, Security and Development at King's College London
2004 - 2008 BA European Social and Political Studies at University College London
2006 - 2007 MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations), Moscow,
Visiting student
2001 - 2003 United World College of the Adriatic, Duino, Trieste, Italy

Présentation des recherches

Areas of interest: the Caucasus and Central Asia; Political economies of war; War to peace transitions; Borders and borderlands.

Doctoral project: Political economies of conflict protraction. The cases of SOuth Ossetia and Abkhazia (1992-2008)

Travaux sélectionnés


  • “Conflict protraction and the illegality/informality divide.” Caucasus Survey, Vol.4, No.3, 2017
  • “Securing disenfranchisement through violence and isolation: the case of Georgians/ Mingrelians in the district of Gali”. Conflict, Security and Development. Vol. 16, Issue 3, 2016 
  • “Southbound Russia: processes of bordering and de-bordering between 1993 and 2013”. Connexe. 2016
  • “The political economy of a de facto state: the importance of local stakeholders in the case of Abkhazia”. Caucasus Survey. Vol.3, No.3, 2015
  • “The Political Economy of Protracted Conflicts: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Violence Mitigation”. Caucasus & globalization, 6(1), 2012



  • “When interregionalism becomes a sparring ground: the South Caucasus” in Jakobeit C. & Lopez Lucia, E. (eds.) Unraveling Ties? The Unintended Consequences of Interregionalism, Routledge (forthcoming 2019)
  • “The making of groups, boundaries and cleavages in the South Caucasus: from macro to micro dynamics” in Kevork Oskanian and Derek Averre (eds.), Security, Society and the State in the Caucasus(Routledge, forthcoming, 2019) 
  • “The Criminalisation of Informal Practices in the Danube Delta: how and why”, co-authored with Mihnea Tanasescu. In Alessandra Russo, Abel Polese, Francesco Strazzari (Eds.), Transnational Perspectives and Governance of Informality. The Illegal, the Immoral, the Criminal.Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
  • “Trajectories of illegality and informality in conflict protraction: the Abkhaz-Georgian case”. In Abel Polese, Lela Rekhviashvili, Borbála Kovács, Jeremy Morris (Eds.), Post-socialist Informalities. Routledge, 2018
  • “The political economy of a de facto state”. In L. Broers, A. Iskandaryan and S. Minasyan (Eds.), The Unrecognised Politics of De Facto States in the Post-Soviet Space, Yerevan: Caucasus Institute, 2015
  • “War Economies and Protracted Conflicts: The Cases of Abkhazia and South Ossetia”, in Ghia Nodia and Christoph Stefes (eds), Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region, Peter Lang, Bern, 2015
  • “Borders, De Facto Borders and Mobility Policies in Conflict Transformation: The Cases of Abkhazia and South Ossetia”, in Jan Wielgohs and Arnauld Lechevalier (eds.), Borders and Border Regions in Europe, Transcript, Bielefeld, 2013





  • ‘Changing Javakheti: hope for a Georgian borderland’, Gare de l’Est, vol. 5, 2016
  • With Christophe Wasinski: ‘Vers un bel avenir des conflits armés ?’, Les Grands Dossiers de la Diplomatie, 28, 2015
  • 'Logiques transfrontalièreset conflit en Ossétie du Sud (1992-2008): le Transkam', Regard sur l'Est, Dossier #62: «Frontières recomposées à l’Est», December 2012 (
  • ‘“EngagementThrough Cooperation”: coming too late’, in translation: ‘Géorgie: «L’engagement par la coopération»: un train de retard’,, Tbilisi, April 2011 (



  • “Simona Merati, Muslims in Putin’s Russia”. International Affairs, (forthcoming, July 2018)
  • “Natalie Duclos (Ed.), War Veterans in Postwar Situations”. Peacebuilding, Vol.2, Issue 2, 2014
  • “Aude Merlin and Silvia Serrano (Ed.), Ordres et désordres au Caucase [Orders and Disorders in the Caucasus]”. The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, Issue 12, 2011
  • “Vicken Cheterian, War and Peace in the Caucasus: Russia's Troubled Frontier”. Journal of Eurasian Studies, Number 4, December 2010