Expert Profile

Dr Vicken Cheterian
Position(s) Lecturer, Université de Genève, Global Studies Institute/Faculté des Lettres and Faculty, Webster University Geneva

Dr Vicken Cheterian is an Associate Fellow within the Global Fellowship Initiative of the GCSP. Dr Vicken Cheterian is a university lecturer, practitioner, and author, specialized in violent conflicts. He has done field work in most of post-Soviet and Middle East and North African countries. 

His academic research has included civil wars, transition, nationalism, sectarianism, jihadism, genocide. He has published in leading accademic journals including Survival, Europ-Asia Studies, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Central Asian Survey, Journal of North African Studies, Relations Internationales, Nationalities Papers, Journal of Historical Sociology, among others. 

He is a lecturer in history and international relations at the University of Geneva, and at Webster University Geneva. 

He is the author of War and Peace in the Caucasus, Russia’s Troubled Frontier, published by Hurst and Columbia University Press, and his latest book is Open Wounds, Armenians, Turks and a Century of Genocide, published by Hurst and Oxford University Press.

As a practitioner, he was involved in peacebuilding projects in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is especially interested in the potential of development projects in peacebuilding. He has also advised a number of of governmental agencies and international organizations, including the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UNEP, UNDP, the World Bank, ICC, OSCE,  European Commission’s ECHO, etc. Moreover, he served as policy and media advisor on two UN Commissions of Inquiry. 

He has also published in mainstream media including in Le Monde diplomatique, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Al-Hayat, Agos, etc. 

His current research involves the evolution of sectarianism in the modern Middle East.