Vassily A. Klimentov

Vassily A. Klimentov is a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral researcher/ Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre at the European University Institute in Florence. He is working on his project entitled ‘Nationalism, Pan-Islamism, and Jihadism: At the Origins of the De-Territorialisation of the Grievances in the North Caucasus’.

He has previously received his PhD in International History, with a minor in International Relations/ Political Science, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He also holds a MA in General History from the University of Geneva, a MA in Asian Studies from the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva, and a BA in General History and Russian Studies from the University of Geneva.

In-between his MA and his PhD, Vassily A. Klimentov has worked for several years with humanitarian non-government organisations in Geneva and in the field as an analyst and a needs and security assessment coordinator. He has notably been posted for two years in the Middle East on the Syrian Crisis.


“Communist Muslims”: The USSR and the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan’s Conversion to Islam, 1978-1988’, Journal of Cold War Studies (2020, forthcoming).

‘Bringing the war home: the strategic logic of ‘North Caucasian terrorism’ in Russia’, Small Wars & Insurgencies (2020).

‘The Allure of Jihad: the de-territorialization of the war in the North Caucasus’, Caucasus Survey (2020). (w. Dr Grazvydas Jasutis as second author)

‘A Common Cause: Russia, the United States, and the Fate of “American” Afghanistan’, 2001-2019’, The Stanford US-Russia Forum Research Journal, 10 (2019): 23-34. (w. MAJ Thomas Schueman)

Stoddard, Abby, Shoaib Jillani, John Caccavale, Peyton Cooke, David Guillemois, and Vassily A. Klimentov, ‘Out of Reach: How Insecurity Prevents Humanitarian Aid from Accessing the Neediest’, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 6:1 (2017): 1-25.


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