Dr. Siarhei Bohdan
Research Associate and Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)
Siarhei Bohdan is a Research Fellow (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in the Freigeist Research Group, “The Cold War's Clash of Civilizations”, funded by a Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation. He became a member of the Center for Global History at the Free University in Berlin in May 2019. Prior to this position, he worked as a journalist, political analyst, researcher and lecturer in media organisations, think tanks, government bodies and academic institutions in Eastern Europe.
He holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the Otto-Suhr-Institute of the FU Berlin, an M.A. in European Studies from the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania) and a Specialist Diploma in International Relations, Persian and Japanese from the Belarus State University (Minsk, Belarus).
Siarhei’s intellectual background combines studies of Middle Eastern and (post-)Soviet history as well as many years of experience analysing contemporary political and societal topics in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Recently, his research interests have specifically focused on developments following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his 2017 doctoral dissertation, Limits of Defiance? The Role of Post-Soviet Nations in Modernisation of the Iranian Armed Forces and Defence Industries, he investigated how the rise of the post-Cold War global order influenced cooperation between Iran and (post-)Soviet nations.
In general, Siarhei is interested in the history of Eastern Europe and the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries, with particular interest in revolutionary movements, political, social and cultural emancipation, international relations, and security. His current project, “Islamic International”: Shi’ite Islamist Networks in the Cold War, deals with the Shi’ite Islamists’ transnational links, interaction, structures and entanglements in the 1960s-1980s. The priorities of the project include investigating the interaction between nation states and transnational revolutionary structures that emerge following revolutions (e.g. the IRGC in Iran, the Communist International in the Soviet Union), and the political, strategic and socioeconomic dynamics that led to the end of the Cold war.