Christofer Berglund (PhD, Docent) conducts research in the fields of comparative politics and international affairs 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 has earlier worked as an analyst for the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), as a postdoc (SYLFF Fellow) at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, and as a researcher at the Department of Security Studies, Charles University.
He is 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 also works at the School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University. From there, he leads 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 are published in Journal of Political and Military Sociology, Problems of Post-Communism, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, and Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict. Berglund has contributed chapters to several books, and written for Foreign Policy.
Berglund has been a Fulbright scholar at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and a visiting scholar at 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 is associated with the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn.