New staff member: Luca Anceschi

Issued: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:44:00 BST

The School welcomes Luca Anceschi, Lecturer in Central Asian Studies from September 2013. 

Before coming to Glasgow, Dr Anceschi lectured in International Relations at La Trobe University in Melbourne. In 2012-2013, he was the recipient of a Discovery Early Career Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council.

Luca’s research activity has been mostly concerned with the Politics and International Relations of post-Soviet Central Asia.

His initial research project, which he completed during his doctoral studies, analysed in details the dynamics of decision-making in one of the world’s most obscure political systems, namely post-Soviet Turkmenistan.  Luca’s first book, Turkmenistan’s foreign policy – Positive Neutrality and the Consolidation of the Turkmen regime (Routledge), represented the first book-length account of Turkmenistani foreign policy published in Western languages.

In more recent years, Luca’s research activities have focussed on two areas:

  • For the last 2 years, Luca has been working on a comprehensive study of Kazakhstani foreign policy-making. This project is designed to assess the influence that neo-Eurasianism is exerting over Kazakhstan’s international activity. He is in progress to complete a monograph entitled Kazakhstan’s foreign policy – Regime neo-Eurasianism in the Nazarbaev era (Routledge).
  • In 2012, Dr Anceschi embarked on a long-term project that intends to look at the political, economic, and cultural linkages connecting post-Soviet Central Asia and the Gulf states. 

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