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Shpend Kursani


Dr. S. Kursani
+31 71 527 2727

Shpend Kursani is a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science.

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Shpend Kursani is a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science of Leiden University. He holds a PhD degree in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI) and an MPhil degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Shpend researches contestation of authority in world politics, self-determination, secession, recognition, state-making, violence and radicalization.

Shpend is currently co-authoring a book on The Geography of Peace: De Facto States and Land for Peace Agreements, scheduled to be published by Routledge in 2021 and is contributing to the upcoming Routledge Handbook on Self-Determination and Secession. Presently, he also investigates common causes of different types of violence and individuals’ preferences for alternative authorities to the state.

Shpend has previously taught International Relations courses; has served as a senior researcher in several think tanks; and has published scientific articles, book chapters, and policy reports. His publications feature in, among others, International Studies Review, International Politics, Territory, Politics, Governance, and Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.


  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


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