Nicole Grajewski

DPhil Candidate in International Relations
University of Oxford

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Nicole Grajewski is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford where she researches Russian ideas and debates about international order as well as the place of Iran within Russian foreign policy thinking. Her research interests include Russia-Iran relations, Russian approaches to international law and regional security, Russian foreign policy in Central Asia and the Middle East, as well as Iran’s relations with the Central Asian states. She holds an MPhil in Russia and East European Studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in International Affairs, Security Policy and Middle Eastern Studies from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Prior to Oxford, Nicole worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, State of the Union, and Inside Politics, and the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis. She has conducted fieldwork in Cyprus, Israel, Kazakhstan, and Russia and speaks English, French, Persian (Farsi & Tajik), and Russian.   


Unpublished Research
Grajewski, Nicole. "Moscow's Normative Convergence with Tehran: The Impact of Regional Military Interventions on Russian Foreign Policy towards Iran." Dissertation (distinction) submitted for the MPhil in Russian and East European Studies, University of Oxford, June 2018. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters
Grajewski, Nicole. "Российское и Иранское Сотрудничество в Гражданской Войне в Таджикистане [Russian and Iranian Cooperation in the Tajik Civil War]." in Россия и Иран: пять веков сотрудничества. М.: ИВ РАН, 2018. PDF.
Grajewski, Nicole. “Russia's Great Power Assertion: Status-Seeking in the Arctic.” St Antony's International Review 13, no. 1 (May 2017): 141-163.
Grajewski, Nicole. “Russia’s Claim to the Arctic: the Lomonosov Ridge.” The George Washington University Undergraduate Law Review 6, no. 1 (2016).
Grajewski, Nicole. “Iran’s Azerbaijan Crisis: Great Power Politics & the Advent of the Cold War.” Roshangar: the Roshan Persian Studies Journal 1, no. 1 (January 2016).

Analyses & Online Publications
Grajewski, Nicole. “After Mosul: Russia & the ‘Kurdish Question’ in Iraq.” Russian International Affairs Council, August 8, 2017.
Grajewski, Nicole. “Will the Middle East Witness a Shifting Balance of Power.” Nations and States, December 27, 2016. 
Grajewski, Nicole. “Uzbekistan After Karimov: More Continuity Than Change.” Nations and States, September 24, 2016.  
Grajewski, Nicole. “From Foggy Bottom to the High Seas: Ocean Diplomacy.” DipNote U.S Department of State Blog, June 8, 2016

Conference Presentations
Grajewski, Nicole. "Iran and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,” 16th Biennial Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies, University of Exeter. June 27, 2019.
Grajewski Nicole. “Iran and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,” Connecting Central Asia in the 21st Century Conference. University of Oxford. April 27, 2019.
Grajewski, Nicole. "Russia, Iran, and the Principle of Non-Intervention: An English School Approach to Moscow and Tehran’s Normative Convergence in the Iraq War ," University Consortium, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. March 9, 2018.
Grajewski, Nicole. “Russian & Iranian Mediation in the Tajik Civil War,” Россия и Иран. Пять веков сотрудничества (Russia & Iran. Five Centuries of Cooperation), Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. November 15, 2017.
Grajewski, Nicole. “Material & Perceptive Drivers of Russia’s Great Power Assertion in the Arctic,” Clashing Visions: Russian Foreign Policy in the Age of Xi & Trump, University of Oxford. May 26, 2017.