Kasia Durkan

PhD Candidate, International Relations


Kasia is an ESRC-funded Doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of St Andrews and a Fellow at the university’s Centre for Global Law and Governance (CGLG), the Institute for Middle Eastern, Central Asia, and Caucasus Studies (MECACS), and Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS). Her doctoral thesis focuses on Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict, specifically on the impact of its integrated military, diplomatic, and economic strategy.

Kasia works with Dr Peter as a researcher on the PeaceRep Global Fragmentation project, assisting with building its database on third-party mediation.

She also works as an academic tutor to undergraduate students of international relations and politics at Durham University. Kasia holds an MRes in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter, for which she was awarded the Al-Qasimi Masters Excellence Scholarship.


Durkan, Kasia (forthcoming – Autumn 2023). ‘The BRI in Conflict Zones: The Case of Syria.’ In A. Ehteshami, Benjamin Houghton, and Jia Liu (eds.) China Moves West: The Evolving Strategies of the Belt and Road Initiative. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Houghton, Benjamin and Durkan, Kasia (eds.) (forthcoming). China, Russia, and the USA in the Middle East: The Conquest for Supremacy. London: Routledge.