Christoph M. Zürcher

Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa


École supérieure d'affaires publiques et internationales

Graduate School for Public and International Affairs

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I am  professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. I received my PhD. from the University of Bern, Switzerland. Previous teaching and research appointments include the University of Konstanz, Germany, the institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, Stanford University, and Freie University Berlin.

My research and teaching interests include conflict research, methods of conflict research, state-building and intervention, international governance and development. My regional focus is on the Former Soviet Union especially on Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia including Afghanistan.

I am the editor of “Potentials of Disorder. Explaining Violence in the Caucasus and in the Former Yugoslavia” (Manchester UP, 2003) and the author of “The Post-Soviet Wars: Rebellion, Ethnic Conflict and Nationhood in the Post-Soviet Era (New York: University Press, 2007.

For a full CV and list of publications,  see here




North East Afghanistan Longitudinal Study      NEA:LTS

This is a micro-level long term study on the impacts of the international intervention in North East Afghanistan.

Do PRTs bring stability? Does development aid build up state capacities? Do Afghans participate in externally sponsored state formation?

We collect micro-level data from 80 communities over twelve years. Data collection involves surveys, expert interviews, and fieldwork

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Post-War Democratic Transitions

Bio & CV

We investigate whether countries can emerge from civil wars as democracies and to what extent and by what means external actors can support such a transition.

The study is based on ten empirically thick structured cases studies

Our sample consists of Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, East Timor and Hait

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The Security Development Nexus. Empirically.


After Empire

State, Society and Power after the Soviet Union

Co-authored book with Scott Radnitz and Jonathan Wheatley

This book investigates three issues pertaining to the southern rim of the former Soviet Union: how elites have reconstructed central authority, how elites and society have renegotiated their relations, and what modes of governance have emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Empire.

The book is based on a collaborative research effort: in all, eight researchers spent a cumulative period of fouryears of field work, in Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Russian North Caucasus, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

As a growing share of aid resources is being allocated to conflict prevention and peacebuilding and interventions, more evidence demonstrating their effectiveness is essential. What works, what does not, and why?

This project investigates the relationship between security and developmen

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