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Dr Anna Matveeva

Research Interests

 My main research areas are

 Ethnopolitical conflict in Central Asia - The June 2010 conflict in the South of Kyrgyzstan closely replicated the scenario of the violence that took place in 1990 in the same geographical area – does this mean that the causes of conflict, and the domestic and regional implications of the 1990 and 2010 violence are broadly the same? What does the conflict tell us about the international community’s security and developmental assistance in the previous period and about its capacity to act decisively in crisis management? To what extent do international justice mechanisms and externally-sponsored investigations promote reconciliation or complicate the peace agenda?

Islamist appeal among the youth in the North Caucasus – this research theme developed out of the recent Saferworld project and field research conducted in Ingushetia, Chechnya, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and North Ossetia. What is the appeal based on? What are the main features of the Islamist groups? What kind of people are attracted/ involved, and for what reasons? Are the state’s methods of fighting terrorism the primary reason for continuous security problems, or are deeper changes in the younger generation’s psyche accountable for them?


Gender aspects of conflict and international peacebuilding: a quest from society, an essential tool for peacebuilding or a donor-driven agenda? This research theme has two sides: firstly, the roles that women take in violent conflict situations and how gender issues work in conflict escalation; and secondly, the exploration of what women’s peacebuilding amounts to, and to what extend it is viable of its own accord, when it is not propped up by the international community.