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Dr. Kristiina Silvan is Postdoctoral Fellow in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia research programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. She earned her PhD with Distinction in the discipline of Political History at the University of Helsinki in February 2022. Her PhD dissertation is titled Legacies of the Komsomol: Government-Affiliated Youth Activism in post-Soviet Belarus and Russia.

At present, Dr. Silvan works primarily on state–society relations in Central Asian states, especially Kazakhstan, and Russia’s role in the Central Asian region. Her research articles have been published in the journals Europe-Asia Studies, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Studies and Idäntutkimus: Finnish Review of East European Studies. 

Expertise

Domestic and foreign policy of Central Asian states, Belarus and Russia; authoritarian governance and social movements in the post-Soviet space

Degrees

PhD in Political History, University of Helsinki (2022). Ph.D. Dissertation Legacies of the Komsomol: Government-affiliated Youth Activism in post-Soviet Belarus and Russia was awarded with Distinction. 

MA in International relations and European studies, Central European University (2015)

MA in Russian & Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow (2014)

Language skills

Finnish, English, Russian, Polish (working languages), Slovak, Swedish, German (passive knowledge)

Projects

Superregionalism and Contentious Connectivity in Asia


Latest FIIA Publications

Expertise

Domestic and foreign policy of Central Asian states, Belarus and Russia; authoritarian governance and social movements in the post-Soviet space

Work experience

2022–                Postdoctoral Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs 

2020–2022        Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs 

2016–2020        Doctoral student, Multilayered Borders of Global Security (GLASE) research consortium, funded by the Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki 

2019                    ASLA-Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Princeton 

2018                    Visiting scholar, Higher School of Economics, Moscow 

2017                    Visiting scholar, Belarusian State University, Minsk 

Degrees

PhD in Political History, University of Helsinki (2022). Ph.D. Dissertation Legacies of the Komsomol: Government-affiliated Youth Activism in post-Soviet Belarus and Russia was awarded with Distinction. 

MA in International relations and European studies, Central European University (2015)

MA in Russian & Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow (2014)

Language skills

Finnish, English, Russian, Polish (working languages), Slovak, Swedish, German (passive knowledge)

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Silvan, Kristiina & Moshes, Arkady (2022). Ystävä muiden joukossa. Ulkopolitiikka, 59 (2):58-62.

Silvan, Kristiina (2018). Policy subjects or objects? Paradigm shift in the youth policy of Belarus. Vesnik Grodzenskaga dzâržaǔnaga unìversìtèta ìmâ Ânkì Kupaly, 8 (2):218–235.

Silvan, Kristiina; Hakoniemi, Elina; Kärrylä, Ilkka & Taavetti, Riikka (2018). Ajankohta 2018 katsoo kohti mennyttä tulevaisuutta. In Elina Hakoniemi ; Ilkka Kärrylä ; Kristiina Silvan ; Riikka Taavetti ed(s): Menneet tulevaisuudet: Ajankohta, poliittisen historian vuosikirja 2018. Helsinki: Helsingin yliopisto & Turun yliopisto. 7-12.

Laine, Veera & Silvan, Kristiina (2018). Mitä tehdä, kun iskulauseet vaimenevat? Politiikasta.fi, 2.3.

Silvan, Kristiina (2016). Venäjän rajoitettu internet vuonna 2015. Idäntutkimus, 23 (1):100-102.

Silvan, Kristiina (2016). Russian-speaking Belarus: Language, identity and politics. Predeli, 10.7.