Viktoria Akchurina is Lecturer at the Dauphine University in Paris. She is an author of academic publications on the incomplete state (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), security and radicalisation (Routledge, 2015), border and water management in central Eurasia (Lexington, 2018). She also co-edited a Special Section on ‘Power and Competing Regionalism in a Wider Europe’ in the Journal of Europe-Asia Studies (2018). In her previous capacity as a Researcher at TRENDS Consulting in Abu Dhabi, she published a number of policy papers on the Belt and Road Initiative in the Middle East and conducted research on EU and Russian foreign policy in the Middle East, among other projects. Viktoria received her PhD in International Politics from the University of Trento (Italy). Her major areas of research include state-building and post-conflict reconstruction, water politics, and security in greater Eurasia.