Kaspar Pucek is a Research Fellow within the Security Unit and the Russia & Eastern Europe Centre (CREEC) at the Clingendael Institute. His research focuses on the political economy, politics, and geopolitics of Russia and the wider former Soviet bloc, as well as on Sino-Russian relations. In addition to his work at Clingendael, he is also a Lecturer in International Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University, a guest lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University, and a Teaching Fellow with the Europaeum at the University of Oxford. His policy-relevant work has been published in, among other places, Foreign Affairs, while his academic work is forthcoming in Communist and Post-Communist Studies and Europe-Asia Studies.
Kaspar holds a Ph.D. in contemporary Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European history from Princeton University, as well as an M.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies (cum laude), a Research M.A. in Economic History (summa cum laude), and a B.A. 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.