Nicolas Gosset is a research fellow at the Centre for Security and Defence Studies.

Nicolas is an associate member of the Centre d’études de la cooperation international et du développement (CECIDCentre of International Cooperation and Development Research) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where is currently finalising his doctoral thesis in social and political sciences. After completing his MA in political sciences (international relations) and organisational sociology and obtaining a Mphil in political science, he became a junior fellow of FRS-FNRS, where he continued his research activities on state-building and the post-Soviet transformation dynamics in Central Asia, from October 2007 to December 2010, before joining the CSDS. For the purposes of his PhD thesis, he carried out ethnographic fieldwork, combining qualitative surveys and long-term research activities within Central Asia, and more particularly in the Republic of Uzbekistan. For that fieldwork purpose, he was first an invited junior fellow at the IFÉAC (Institut français des études sur l’Asie centrale), Tashkent, then, an intern at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He also collaborated in several international cooperation and development programmes in the region (UNODC, ZEF-Unesco, UNDP-Tacis) which allowed him to develop his knowledge of local languages and his expertise in the region.
Nicolas speaks French (mother tongue), English, Russian and Uzbek. He is now beginning to learn Madarin Chinese.
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Research interests:

  • Internal political sociology and international relations of the republics of Central Asia, AfPak and Iran;
  • Dynamics of ethno-political mobilisation, religious violence and radical groups in Central and South-West Asia;
  • Afghanistan in its complexity;
  • Transnational flows, regional cooperation, and security policy in post-Soviet Eurasia;
  • Security and defence policies of major emerging Asian countries;
  • Russian and Chinese regional policies;
  • Organised crime, the financing of terrorism and “new threats” in Central Eurasia;
  • Post-conflict reconstruction, SSR and risk governance in fragile states.