Yana Zabanova, M.A., MPP

Yana Zabanova, M.A., MPP


Research Division: Global Issues
Visiting Fellow

yana.zabanova(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-363

March 2018-present: Volkswagen Foundation PhD scholarship recipient and Fellow in the Governance in Emerging Economies Research Group (University of Groningen and PFH Göttingen). PhD thesis title: "Political Economy of Renewable Energy Development in Eurasian Oil and Gas Producers: The Cases of Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan“

2017-2018 Consultant in the EU Horizon 2020 project DIGIWHIST (The Digital Whistleblower: Fiscal Transparency, Risk Assessment and Impact of Good Governance Policies Assessed, www.digiwhist.eu), Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

2014-2016 Research Fellow in the EU FG7 project ISSICEU (Inter- and Intrasocietal Sources of Instability in the Caucasus and EU Opportunities to Respond, www.issiceu.eu), Research Division Eastern Europe and Eurasia, SWP

2009-2014 Research Analyst on the Eastern Partnership and Russia, European Stability Initiative (ESI), Berlin

2006-2009  Master of Public Policy (2009), Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; MA in International Relations and European Studies (2007), Central European University, Budapest

Areas of Expertise:

Renewable energy in Eurasia, Eurasian integration, industrial policy, Russia, Kazakhstan, South Caucasus, Turkish and Iranian influence in the South Caucasus, Eastern Partnership


SWP Publications (selection):

Andrea Weiss, Yana Zabanova

The South Caucasus and Iran in the Post-Sanctions Era

Pursuing Greater Interconnectedness amidst Continuing Constraints and Scaled-down Expectations

SWP Comment 2017/C 24, July 2017, 8 Pages
Andrea Weiss, Yana Zabanova

Georgia and Abkhazia Caught between Turkey and Russia

Turkey’s Changing Relations with Russia and the West in 2015–2016 and Their Impact on Georgia and Abkhazia

SWP Comment 2016/C 54, December 2016, 8 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Franziska Smolnik, Andrea Weiss, Yana Zabanova

Prekäre Balance: Die Türkei, Georgien und der De-facto-Staat Abchasien

in: Osteuropa: Grenzland. Konflikt und Kooperation im Südkaukasus, Jahrgang 65, Heft 7-10/2015, S. 407-426

SWP Comments

Anne Koch, Jana Kuhnt
Migration and the 2030 Agenda: Making Everyone Count

Migrants and Refugees in the Sustainable Development Goals


David Kipp, Nadine Knapp, Amrei Meier
Negative Sanctions and the EU’s External Migration Policy

“Less for Less” Not Fit for Purpose


SWP Research Papers

Susanne Dröge
Addressing the Risks of Climate Change

What Role for the UN Security Council?


Anne Koch
On the Run in Their Own Country

Political and Institutional Challenges in the Context of Internal Displacement