Welcome

Konaev_HeadshotI am a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Previously, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Notre Dame International Security Center. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame (2016), an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University (2010), and a B.A. from Brandeis University (2007).

My research lies at the intersection of international security and demography. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how demographic factors and shifts – changes in the size, distribution, composition, and growth rates of populations – shape efforts to prevent, manage, and resolve violent conflicts.

Additionally, I focus on the substantial yet understudied interface between global urbanization trends and the changing nature and conduct of war. My writing on this topic has recently been published by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Political Violence @ a Glance.

From a regional standpoint, I am interested in politics and security issues in the Middle East, specifically, the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as in post-Soviet states, primarily the Russian Caucasus. I am fluent in both Hebrew and Russian.