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Dr. Arsene Saparov

Assistant Professor

Dr. Arsène Saparov is an Assistant Professor at Rabdan Academy, he was educated at the Central European University in Budapest and holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE). He was a Post-doctoral fellow at CNRS, France and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he taught Russian and Caucasus history for four years during which he published From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus: The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Routledge 2015). After teaching at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor he received a position of an Assistant Professor of at the department of International Relations Department at the University of Sharjah, UAE in 2016. Since 2020 Dr Saparov jointed Homeland Security Program at the Rabdan Academy, Abu Dhabi. His research interests include the Soviet nationality policy, Russian Foreign Policy and ethnic conflict in the Caucasus. Recent academic publications include: “Contested spaces: the use of place-names and symbolic landscape in the politics of identity and legitimacy in Azerbaijan” in Central Asian Survey, 2017, Vol 36:4 and “Re-negotiating the Boundaries of the Permissible: The National (ist) Revival in Soviet Armenia and Moscow’s Response” in Europe Asia Studies 2018, Vol. 70:6.


    •   BCs in History/ English Language – Yerevan State Linguistic University

    •   Masters in History / South East European Studies – Central European University in Budapest Hungary.

    •   PhD in International Affairs – London School of Economics (LSE)

Teaching Areas

    •   Home Land Security



    •   From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus. USSR and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh, Routledge 2015, 224 pages; ISBN 0415658020


    •   “Place-name wars in Karabakh: Russian Imperial maps and political legitimacy in the Caucasus” in Central Asian Survey. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2022.2085664

    •   “Гражданская война в Закавказье 1918-1921 с точки зрения социальных, этнических и политических процессов” (Civil War in the Transcaucasus from the Social, Ethnic and Politi­cal Perspectives) in Peterburg Historical Journal (ISSN 2311-603X), Russian Academy of Sciences No. 3, 2018, pp. 224-252.

    •   “Re-negotiating the Boundaries of Permissible: the National(ist) Revival in Soviet Armenia and Moscow’s Response” Europe Asia Studies 70 No 7 (July 2018), pp. 862-883. DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2018.1487207

    •   “Contested Spaces: The Use of Place-Names and Symbolic Landscape in the Politics of Identity and Legitimacy in the USSR” accepted for publication in Central Asian Survey on April 3, 2017

    •   “Ethnic Conflict in Nagornyi Karabakh – A Historical Perspective” in Caucasus Analytical Digest. No. 84, June 2016. ISSN: 1867 9323

    •   “Why Autonomy? The Making of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region 1918-1925” Europe Asia Studies 64 No 2 (February 2012), pp. 281-323

    •   “From Conflict to Autonomy – The Making of the South Ossetian Autonomous Region 1918 – 1922” Europe Asia Studies 62 No 1 (January 2010), pp. 99-123

    •   “The Alteration of Place-Names and the Construction of National Identity in Soviet Armenia” in Cahiers du Monde Russe, No 44/1, January-March 2003. http://www.jstor.org/pss/20174766

    Book Chapters:

    •   “Between the Russian Empire and the USSR – The Independence of Transcaucasia as a Socio-Political Transformation” in Routledge Handbook of the Caucasus (eds. L. Broers and G. Yemelianova), Routledge 2020 ISBN: 9781138483187

    •   “Aux origines de l’autonomie sud-ossète” in Ordres et désordres au Caucase edite par Aude Merlin et Silvia Serrano, Editions de l’universite de Bruxelles, Bruxelles 2010, pp. 27-45

Dr. Arsene Saparov
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