Member of the International Security Research Group (ISRG) at the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology.
Main Research Areas:
Russia and Ukraine: domestic politics; foreign and security policies
Energy security of the EU in the oil and gas sector
Strategic arms control and WMD Proliferation
Current research project: Sovereignty and Strategic Independence in Russian Foreign Relations.
Recent research projects:
Energy Security of the European Union: Diversifying Energy Suppliers and Energy Carriers. The research project is funded by the Jubiläumsfonds of the Austrian National Bank (OeNB) and was finished in July 2010.
‘EU Energy Security, Russian Energy Supplies and the Relevance of the Black Sea Region as a Supply and Transit Area of Oil and Gas‘. Research project for the Austrian Federal Chancellery, finished in December 2008.
“Rebuilding the Russian State: Constitution and Political Reform in Russia under Putin“. The research project is funded by the Jubiläumsfonds of the Austrian National Bank (OeNB), finished in June 2008.
“Wider Europe. Transatlantic Challenges and Opportunities.” Phase I will deal with Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Phase II will deal with the Black Sea Region. The research project was funded by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and undertaken in co-operation with the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington. The project ended in December 2008.
Recent Conference Projects:
The New Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Washington, 24th April 2007.
Ukraine und Belarus. Vienna, July 4th 2007.