Rising Powers and Conflict Management (2012-2016)

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This research was supported by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Project Grant ES/J013056/1. It is one of 12 projects in the Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures ESRC Network.

About the project

In a changing world order, a better understanding of the different ways that states try to manage violent conflict is increasingly important. This ESRC-funded project examines the divergent responses of Russia, China and the West to outbreaks of armed violence in post-Soviet Central Asia as well as exploring the local politics of managing conflict.


  • Dr John Heathershaw, Principal Investigator, University of Exeter
  • Dr David Lewis, Co-Investigator, University of Exeter
  • Dr Nick Megoran, Co-Investigator, Newcastle University
  • Ivan Campbell, Bernardo Mariani and colleagues, Co-Investigators, Saferworld

A total of 13 researchers and research assistants have contributed to the project and are acknowledged in publications or included as co-authors where this is possible on safety grounds.  An international advisory board of seven persons includes persons from Central Asia Russia, China, the US and the UK, including ExCAS associate Anna Matveeva.

Selected publications

By John Heathershaw:

By David Lewis:

By Anna Matveeva:

News and events

Round Table on Eurasian Integration brings together scholars and policy-makers in St Petersburg

On 31st May and 1st June, Dr David Lewis and Dr Catherine Owen organised and presented at an international round table entitled ‘Eurasian Integration and Public Administration’ as part of the annual Forum on Public Administration organised by the St Petersburg branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). The […]

CfP: Workshop on Rising Powers and State Transformation (London, November 2017)

Papers on Central Asia are encouraged. Funding is provided for successful applicants. —John Heathershaw The impact of “rising powers”, mostly from the global south, on the post-war, US-dominated, liberal world order is perhaps the most widely debated issue in contemporary International Relations. For many commentators, states like China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa will […]

Event Report: Completion of Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia project (London, 13-14 July 2016)

On 13-14 July, 2016, we held closing events in London for the ESRC research project ‘Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia’.A one-day workshop at Chatham House entitled ‘Illiberal conflict management in Central Asia’ was held on 13 July, hosted by the Russia and Eurasia Programme with James Nixey and Lubica Pollakova.  A report […]

Workshop Report: New Perspectives on Conflict, Security and Peace in Eurasia

Between 3rd and 5th June, the OSCE Academy in Bishkek hosted an international conference organised jointly with UK-based researchers working on the ESRC-funded project Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia. The conference drew together panellists from cities around the world including Odessa, Tashkent, Florence, Bonn, Kabul, California, Tbilisi, Birmingham and Bishkek, each of […]

Chatham House Workshop: Conflict Management in Central Asia

First workshop for the ESRC Research project, Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia, 10 September 2013, at Chatham House: http://www.chathamhouse.org/events/view/194201

Project launch: Rising Powers and Conflict Management

1.30-5.00pm Wednesday 13 March, 2013 University of Exeter, Amory 315 1.30-2.00pm.      John Heathershaw & Ivan Campbell, Welcome and introduction to the project. 2.00-3.15pm.      “How have Western powers and local governments differed in their approaches to conflict management in Central Asia since 1991? How might Western strategies change in the future?” Speakers: James Nixey, Russia and […]