About us

cropped-Ethnogeopolitics-small-small.jpgThe aim of Association for the Study of EthnoGeoPolitics (EGP), or EthnoGeoPolitics in short, is to further the study of the cultural, social, ethnic and (geo-)political characteristics, processes and developments in different areas of the world, at universities, institutes and colleges in and outside the Netherlands.

Our present focus is on the ethnogeopolitics in Eurasia, especially in Central Eurasia (Caucasus, near Middle East, Central Asia) and Southeastern Europe or the Balkans. However, the Association’s research and teaching topics in principle cover all possible regions, countries and localities in the world where aspects ofethnogeopolitics are salient.

To this end the founders offer their expertise, and wish to expand the association (and its activities) with more members and contributions to Forum of EthnoGeoPolitcs, to appear three to four times per year. We organise conference panels, guest lectures and symposia, develop teaching modules for donors if so requested (donations are required to keep the association’s administration and particularly its website up and running), and strengthen and deepen our research, with publications. We also cooperate with institutes like CERES (Center for Resource Studies for Development /Research School for Resource Studies for Development, http://ceres.fss.uu.nl), to undertake one or more of the indicated tasks.

Why Ethnogeopolitics?—Excerpts from the first Editorial in our journal Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics (Vol.1 No.1 Spring 2013, pp.4-6)

Ethnogeopolitics is a new concept, indicating an emerging multidisciplinary field of research. Its definition and scope of study depends much on those of related (sub-) disciplines, particularly those of geopolitics. There is no general consensus on the definitions of geopolitics and ethnopolitics, and hence ethnogeopolitics also cannot be easily or non-controversially defined. In order to be able to define ethnogeopolitics as an academic field, one has to define what is politics and political science, ethnicity, ethnopolitics and geopolitics.

Arguably, the difference between geopolitics and ethnogeopolitics lies in the fact that the latter concept approaches geopolitics at the level of peoples. States and global regimes are central to the traditional approaches of geopolitics. However, in ethnogeopolitics peoples and states interact closely with each other. It is the dialectic between them that constitutes the core of ethnogeopolitics. Ethnogeopolitics can be delineated in this way, though definitional consensus may remain elusive, as in other social scientific (sub-)disciplines. Be as it may, its scope and focus will depend much on the ongoing scholarly dialogue, discourse and hence development.

Ethnogeopolitcs, like any other academic filed, is dynamic and subject to change and conceptual and methodological development. A better understanding of this field can only evolve as time passes. Therefore, we encourage contributions from academics, policymakers and thinkers—in order to engender dialogue with each other and with us—which should contribute to the further development of ethnogeopolitics. Our publication, Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics, is established for this goal.

We have chosen the name of ethnogeopolitics for our association as well, because this emerging and promising field is undermined by neglect and financial cutbacks in the academia, especially in the Netherlands. We hope that our journal Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics can function as a forum for research findings, dialogue and discussion on ethnogeopolitical studies, and will contribute to the development of this field.

Babak Rezvani   Amsterdam, March 2013, October 2016 (update)


EGP’s informal founding meeting was in congress center The Balie in Amsterdam on 11 May 2010 (present: founders B. Rezvani, C. ten Dam and S. Sahin). The Association has been formally established, by Statute, on 21 September 2011. Hopefully, more experts will join the Association, help fund its activities with gifts and donations, contribute in Forum of EthnoGeoPolitcs, or become part of the Advisory Committee.


Founders, board members, editors of Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics

BabakDr. Babak Rezvani, Chairman EGP; Editor-in-Chief Forum of EGP   rezvani@ethnogeopolitics.org

Political and cultural geographer, conflict analyst, research consultant; research associate at Universities of Amsterdam (UVA) and Nijmegen, the Netherlands

PhD at University of Amsterdam (UvA); MAs political science & human geography at UvA

b.rezvani@uva.nl    http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/b.rezvani


Caspar2011Drs. Caspar ten Dam, Secretary EGP; Executive editor Forum of EGP  tendam@ethnogeopolitics.org

Political scientist, conflict analyst, terrorism expert, research consultant

PhD-researcher & independent scholar, University of Leiden, the Netherlands; MA political science at Leiden

c.t.ten.dam@umail.leidenuniv.nl    www.ctdamconsultancy.com



ServetDrs. Servet Sahin, Treasurer EGP; Associate editor Forum of EGP   sahin@ethnogeopolitics.org

Financial analyst, judicial advisor, commercial manager

MA political science at Free University (VU) of Amsterdam

Executive MA International and European Relations & Management at UvA




Jaroen Schut, Webmaster EGP; Associate editor Forum of EGP   webmaster@ethnogeopolitics.org

ICT analyst, consultant & customer service, web and software developer, historian specialised in Central and Eastern Europe after 1945

BA history (parttime) at University of Groningen (RUG)



Other members on the Editorial Board of Forum of EGP:


Mojtaba Shoeibi, Senior editor (Persian-language section board)

Ph.D. Candidate & Teaching Assistant at the Department of Political Geography,

Tarbiat Modares University, Iran




Dr. Jason E. Strakes, Senior editor

Associate Research Fellow, Politics and Security Programme, OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

MA & PhD international studies and political science at Claremont Graduate University, United States



Dr. Marat Iliyasov, Associate editor (Russian-language section board)

Research Associate at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom

Researcher at Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

MAs from Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, and Vilnius University; PhD University of St Andrews



OybekMakhmudovDr. Oybek N. Makhmudov, Associate editor

Strategic Development Advisor at Baker Tilly Uzbekistan (http://bakertillyuz.com/eng/), Tashkent, Uzbekistan

MA European Studies in 2002 at University of Exeter, United Kingdom

PhD in 2007 at University of Uzbekistan on “Nontraditional threats and challenges to Central Asian security and beyond”



ArnavAnjariaDr. Arnav Keyur Anjaria, Senior Assistant editor & Chinese and Tibetan studies editor

Senior Research Associate at Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusion Policy, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

MA & MPhil political science at University of Hyderabad



Zhang Shi, Assistant editor & Chinese studies editor (Chinese-language section board)

MA agricultural mechanical engineering at Shenyang Agricultural University;

MA economic law at China University of political science and law, China




photoStevenPelletierDr. Steven Pelletier, Assistant editor (active until Autumn 2016; since then additional member of Recommendation and Advisory Committee)

PhD & Graduate Student Instructor at English Language & Literature department, University of Michigan



NathasjadeVriesNathasja de Vries, Assistant editor (until Autumn 2016)

Master student International Security (BA European Law School)

Institute of International Relations and International Organization (IRIO), Faculty of Arts, University of  Groningen, the Netherlands




Recommendation and Advisory Committee

The Recommendation & Advisory Committee for the journal Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics (EGP), formally established on February 1, 2015, undertakes the following two basic tasks:

a) recommend jointly and/or by its individual members, the journal to prospective readers, editors, authors and reviewers on their own volition – and through placing the names and affiliations of its members on the site www.ethnogeopolitics.org and on the information page (2) of each new issue of the journal from the date of the committee’s formation.

b) advise the editorial board on matters pertaining to the journal, like its make-up, distribution system and reviewing system. The committee can offer such advice jointly, or individual members can do so on their own volition. The editorial board itself also can ask for advice from the committee jointly or from individual committee members.

The editorial board then decides as quickly as possible whether or to what degree to adopt the advice in question, preferably by consensus but if necessary by majority vote (when the vote is equally divided by the board members present, the chairperson’s vote is decisive, in this case the chief editor). The editorial board reserves the right, and has the competence, to reject an advice in whole or in part – but is then committed to inform the committee for the reasons of doing so (as it will do so in positive decisions, i.e. when the board decides to fully adopt a proposal from the committee).

Members of the Recommendation and Advisory Committee

Czaputowicz-300x199Prof. Jacek Czaputowicz

Head of the Methodology of European Studies Unit, at Institute of European Studies, Faculty of Journalism and Political Science,  University of Warsaw, Nowy Świat 69, Warsaw, 00-046 Poland.

Research interests: international security, theory of international relations and methodology of International Relations and European Studies. E-mail: jacek.czaputowicz@uw.edu.pl


Olivier_2014Dr. Olivier M. Ribbelink

Senior Researcher, T.M.C. Asser Institute – Centre for International and European Law; www.asser.nl  R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, 2517 JN The Hague, Netherlands.

Research interests: (e.g.) Public International Law, Humanitarian Law and State Succession.  E-mail: o.m.ribbelink@asser.nl


Francoise Compajen_tcm31-36356Dr. Françoise Companjen

Senior Lecturer on Intercultural Management and Conflict in the Caucasus, Faculty of Social Sciences VU University Amsterdam. Managing Director of Caucasus Interconnect, The Hague.

Research interests: (e.g.) Intercultural Management and Communication (Caucasus, EurAsia, Black Sea area).

E-mail: f.j.companjen@vu.nl


JMDorseyDr. James M. Dorsey

Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture at the [Julius Maximilian] University of Würzburg, Germany.

Author of the blog ‘The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer’ (http://mideastsoccer.blogspot.com) and a book with the same title.

E-mail: jmdorsey@questfze.com


profjohnclarkProf. John Clark

President of the International University of Central Asia, Tokmok, 141 a Komsomolskaya Str. Tokmok, Kyrgyz Republic

Research interests: (e.g.) Cultural and Urban Geography of the Middle East and Central Asia.

E-mail: bishkek95@gmail.com


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thede Kahl

Head of Southeast European Studies at the Institute of Slavistics and Caucasus Studies

Friedrich Schiller University, Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8, 07743 Jena, Germany.

E-mail: thede.kahl@uni-jena.de



Prof.Dr. Huib Ernste

Chair Human Geography at the Geography, Spatial Management and Environment department

School of Management, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

E-mail: h.ernste@fm.ru.nl