Christoph Zuercher is professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He received his PhD. from the University of Bern, Switzerland. Previous teaching and research appointments include the University of Konstanz, Germany, the institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence, Stanford University, and Freie University Berlin. His research and teaching interests include conflict research, methods of conflict research, state-building and intervention, international governance and development. His regional focus is on the Former Soviet Union especially on Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia including Afghanistan. He is the editor of "Potentials of Disorder. Explaining Violence in the Caucasus and in the Former Yugoslavia" (Manchester UP, 2003) and the author of "The Post-Soviet Wars: Rebellion, Ethnic Conflict and Nationhood in the Post-Soviet Era (New York: University Press, 2007.