Elena Kropatcheva has been a researcher at the IFSH since 2004. She has worked on various projects during this period, particularly relating to the post-Soviet space (Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia). She also received her PhD with a dissertation on “Russian foreign policy towards Ukraine against the background of Russian-Western competition.” Elena Kropatcheva studied International Relations and Political Science in the framework of two postgraduate programs: “Master of Peace and Security Studies” at the University of Hamburg (2003) and “Master of International Relations and European Studies” at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. From 1996-2001, she studied Philology and Literature at the State Udmurt University (Izhevsk, Russia).

Research Profile | Current Projects

Elena Kropatcheva analyses questions concerning Russian domestic and foreign policies as well as developments in the post-Soviet space and their influence on European security order. For her PhD, she studied conflict and cooperation potentials in the economic relationships (energy policy and energy security, integration initiatives and trade) between Russia, Ukraine and the EU (also taking into account the role of the USA), and security relations between Russia, Ukraine and NATO. In addition, in recent years she has also studied Russian engagement within and with multilateral organizations such as the OSCE, NATO and Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), contributing to a better understanding of what Russian “multilateralism” means in practice.

Selected Publications

  • Kropatcheva, Elena. 2018.
    Power and National Security.
    In: Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy, edited by Andrei P. Tsygankov, 43-59. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Kropatcheva, Elena. 2016.
    Russia and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation: Multilateral Policy or Unilateral Ambitions?.
    Europe-Asia Studies 68 (9): 1526-1552. DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2016.1238878.
  • Kropatcheva, Elena. 2015.
    The Evolution of Russia's OSCE Policy: From the Promises of the Helsinki Final Act to the Ukrainian Crisis.
    Journal of Contemporary European Studies 23 (1): 6-24. DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2014.1001823.
  • Kropatcheva, Elena. 2014.
    He who has the pipeline calls the tune? Russia’s energy power against the background of the shale “revolutions”.
    Energy policy 66 (March): 1-10. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2013.10.058.
  • Kropatcheva, Elena. 2010.
    Russia’s Ukraine Policy against the Background of Russian-Western Competition.
    Demokratie, Sicherheit, Frieden 201. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.