Presentation

Christofer Berglund (PhD, Docent) conducts research in the fields of comparative politics and international relations with a focus on: nationalism and ethnic conflicts; state-building and strategic studies; competitive authoritarianism and democratization. He specializes on post-Soviet Eurasia.

In his doctoral dissertation, Berglund examined the efforts of the Georgian government following the Rose Revolution to integrate two borderlands, one populated by Armenians (Javakheti) and the other by Azeris (Kvemo Kartli). He worked as an analyst for the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), and took up a postdoctoral position (as SYLFF Fellow) at Uppsala University's Department of Government, before joining Malmö University as Senior Lecturer in 2018.

He serves as principal investigator for the Formas-funded project "Planning for Integration: Landscapes of Power in Borderland Governance" [InBorder], which compares the mechanisms through which transborder minorities are integrated into their respective host states, Estonia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Berglund is also associated with the Department of Security Studies at Charles University and with the School of Social Sciences at Södertörn University. From there, he manages a project funded by Östersjöstiftelsen: "Conscription as Political Socialization in Divided Societies? Evidence from post-Soviet Estonia and post-independence Finland" [CoDS].

His recent articles have been published in Problems of Post-Communism, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, and Nations and Nationalism. Berglund has contributed chapters to several books, and written for Foreign Policy.

Berglund has been a visiting scholar at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs (IERES), Institute of International Relations (IIR) Prague, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He collaborates with the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn.