Kaspar Pucek

Research Associate
Associates are experts in their own field and contractually affiliated with Clingendael. Although associates are not employees of the Clingendael Institute, they comply with all policies that Clingendael staff do.


  • Russia & Eastern Europe


  • Russia & Central Asia

Kaspar Pucek is an Associate Fellow at the Russia & Eastern Europe Centre (CREEC) of the Clingendael Institute and a Lecturer in History and International Studies at Leiden University. His research focuses on the political economy, politics, and geopolitics of Russia and the wider former Soviet bloc.

Kaspar holds a Ph.D. in contemporary Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European history from Princeton University, as well as an MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies (cum laude), a Research MA in Economic History (summa cum laude), and a BA in History (cum laude) from Leiden University. He has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Institutional Studies at HSE University (Higher School of Economics) in Moscow, as well as a visiting research fellow at the Netherlands Institute in Saint Petersburg and a visiting graduate student at the European University at St. Petersburg.

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