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Research overview

Professor Rick Fawn is a specialist on international security, with a geographic concentration on the former communist space. He has conducted research in and published on Central Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.  He has also made numerous invited contributions to governments and media and given many papers and invited lectures and keynote addresses in the UK and overseas. 

Dr Fawn has received research grants from various bodies, including the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, the Russell Trust, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland; and was a coordinator of the 8-University £4,700,000 ESRC/AHRC-funded Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Russian and Central and East European Studies (CRCEES). 

He was the recipient of a European Union Marie Curie ITN grant valued at 580,000Euro for St Andrews.

Having previous been Director of the University's Centre for Russia and East European Studies, he is currently Director of the Institute for the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia Studies.

Member of the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia Studies Institute; Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies; and the Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies at the University of St Andrews.


  1. Managing Security Threats along the EU’s Eastern Flanks (as editor, Palgrave, 2020), 275pp.
  2. International Organizations and Internal Conditionality: Making Norms Matter (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 328pp.
  3. Georgia: Revolution and War (as editor, Routledge, 2013)
  4. Historical Dictionary of the Czech State (co-authored with Jiri Hochman; 2010), 440pp.
  5. Globalising the Regional, Regionalising the Global (Cambridge University Press, 2009; as editor), 261pp. 
  6. The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006; co-edited with Raymond Hinnebusch), 357pp.
  7. Ideology and National Identity in Post-communist Foreign Policies (Routledge, 2003, as editor), 241pp.
  8. Global Responses to Terrorism: 9/11, Afghanistan and Beyond (Routledge, 2003; co-edited with Mary Buckley), 334 pp.
  9. Realignments in Russian Foreign Policy (Routledge, as editor, 2003).
  10. Russia after Communism (Routledge, 2002, as co-editor with Stephen White).
  11. The Changing Geopolitics of Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2001; as co-editor with Andrew Dawson).
  12. The Czech Republic: A Nation of Velvet (Routledge, 2000).
  13. International Society after the Cold War: Anarchy and Order Reconsidered (Macmillan, 1996, as co-editor with Jeremy Larkins), 302 pp.

* The author also of some four dozen refereed articles and book chapters as well as numerous policy-related, media and other written submissions.

Research interests

International security; foreign policy decision-making; the politics, society and international relations of Central and Eastern Europe; NATO and EU enlargement.

Member of the Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies at the University of St Andrews.

Future research


- post-communist regional cooperation initiatives

- conflict zones in the post-Soviet space and the roles of intergovernmental organizations

Industrial relevance


Various briefings given to governmental agencies and NGOs. 

Academic/Professional Qualification

BA; MA; PhD; British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies; International Institute for Strategic Studies.; British International Studies Association

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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