Konaev_HeadshotI am a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, where my work focuses on international security, armed conflict, non-state actors, and urban warfare.

Previously, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. 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 character and conduct of war. My writing on this topic has appeared in a variety of policy outlets, including the The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , War on the Rocks, Modern War Institute, and Foreign Policy Research Institute.

From a regional standpoint, I am interested in the Middle East, particularly Israel, Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, as well as in Russia and the Caucasus region, especially Chechnya. I am fluent in both Hebrew and Russian. Currently, I am living in Washington, DC, and working in the private sector.