Prof Rick Fawn


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Professor Rick Fawn is a specialist on international security, with a geographic concentration on the former communist space. He has conducted research in and published on Central Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.  He has also made numerous invited contributions to governments and media and given many papers and invited lectures and keynote addresses in the UK and overseas. 

Dr Fawn has received research grants from various bodies, including the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, the Russell Trust, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland; and was a coordinator of the 8-University £4,700,000 ESRC/AHRC-funded Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Russian and Central and East European Studies (CRCEES). 

He was the recipient of a European Union Marie Curie ITN grant valued at 580,000Euro for St Andrews.

Having previous been Director of the University's Centre for Russia and East European Studies, he is currently Director of the Institute for the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia Studies.

Member of the Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia Studies Institute; Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies; and the Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and Eastern European Studies at the University of St Andrews.


  1. Managing Security Threats along the EU’s Eastern Flanks (as editor, Palgrave, 2020), 275pp.
  2. International Organizations and Internal Conditionality: Making Norms Matter (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 328pp.
  3. Georgia: Revolution and War (as editor, Routledge, 2013)
  4. Historical Dictionary of the Czech State (co-authored with Jiri Hochman; 2010), 440pp.
  5. Globalising the Regional, Regionalising the Global (Cambridge University Press, 2009; as editor), 261pp. 
  6. The Iraq War: Causes and Consequences (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006; co-edited with Raymond Hinnebusch), 357pp.
  7. Ideology and National Identity in Post-communist Foreign Policies (Routledge, 2003, as editor), 241pp.
  8. Global Responses to Terrorism: 9/11, Afghanistan and Beyond (Routledge, 2003; co-edited with Mary Buckley), 334 pp.
  9. Realignments in Russian Foreign Policy (Routledge, as editor, 2003).
  10. Russia after Communism (Routledge, 2002, as co-editor with Stephen White).
  11. The Changing Geopolitics of Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2001; as co-editor with Andrew Dawson).
  12. The Czech Republic: A Nation of Velvet (Routledge, 2000).
  13. International Society after the Cold War: Anarchy and Order Reconsidered (Macmillan, 1996, as co-editor with Jeremy Larkins), 302 pp.

* The author also of some four dozen refereed articles and book chapters as well as numerous policy-related, media and other written submissions.

PhD supervision

  • Erin Sindle
  • Huseyin Nurlu
  • Maria Chatzitheodorou
  • Erin Sindle

Selected publications


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