Dr. Cécile Druey Schwab

Senior Researcher
Historical Institute
University of Bern/Switzerland

+41 31 631 83 62


Cécile Druey holds a PhD and a Master in International History and Politics from the Geneva-based Graduate Institute on International and Development Studies, as well as a Master in Russian language and literature, and in Islamic Studies from the Universities of Fribourg and Bern (Switzerland). Being based as a senior researcher at the University of Bern (Historical Institute, Section of Eastern European History), she has as well broad professional experience as a practitioner in Eastern European political analysis and peacebuilding, which she gained mainly during her positions as a scientific advisor to the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Swiss Peace Foundation swisspeace. Her main academic interests are the conflicts and peacebuilding approaches in the post-Soviet space, with a special focus on Ukraine and the North Caucasus.


2010-2016PhD studies, Department of International History and Politics, Graduate Institute, Geneva. Defense of PhD thesis „Between Multilateralism and Unilateralism: Russian Foreign Policy Debates with Regard to Georgia (1991 – 2008)“, Jury of “viva voce”: Prof. André Liebich (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Prof. Jussi Hanhimäki (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Prof. Roy Allison (University of Oxford)
2006-2008Master studies
Department of International History and Politics, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
1993-1999Licence studies
Fribourg University, Switzerland: Russian Language and Literature, Islamic Studies, Cultural Philosophy for Eastern Europe

Professional Experience

2018 – presentSenior researcher, Institute of History, University of Bern, Switzerland
2016 – presentAdvisor, Dialogue network “Women Initiatives for Peace in Donbas/s”, Berlin, Germany
2011-2017Project coordinator on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Mediation Team, swisspeace, Bern, Switzerland
2006-2010Scientific Advisor, Desk Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Section OSCE and Council of Europe, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern, Switzerland
2000-2006Secretary General, International Culture and Youth Exchange, Swiss branch, Bern, Switzerland

Selected Publications

Druey, Cécile: „Inguschetiens beharrlicher Kampf ums Überleben”, in: “Nordkaukasus – eine gezähmte Krisenregion?”, G2W – Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West, 6 (special issue), 2019, pp. 16-17. https://www.g2w.eu/pdf/inhaltsverzeichnisse/2019/RGOW_2019-06_2.pdf

Druey, Cécile: „Civil Society and Peacebuilding: The Case of the Post-Soviet Space” in: Relitz, Sebastian (ed.): “Obstacles and Opportunities for Dialogue and Cooperation in Protracted Conflicts”, IOS Regensburg, 2018, pp. 137-150. https://www.opencorridors.de/what-we-do/corridors-publications/

Druey, Cécile and Dominik Balthasar: “Governance as Context: Are Conflicts Part of the System?” in: Bellak, B., Devdariani, J., Harzl, B. and Spieker, L. (eds.), Governance in Conflict: Selected Cases in Europe and Beyond; LIT Verlag: Vienna and Zurich, 2017, pp. 13-36.

Druey, Cécile and Alexander Skakov: “Conflict and Peace in South Ossetia– from a Local Perspective” in: The Caucasus Conflicts – Frozen and Shelved?, Politobis: November 2015, pp.  17-22, https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/de/home/dienstleistungenundpublikationen/publikationen.html

Druey, Cécile: “Stability without Peace in Chechnya” in: The Caucasus Conflicts – Frozen and Shelved?, Politobis: November 2015, pp. 43-47, https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/de/home/dienstleistungenundpublikationen/publikationen.html

Druey, Cécile: „Konflikt i mir v Yuzhnoy Osetii – s tochki zreniya mestnogo naseleniya (Conflict and Peace in South Ossetia – from a local point of view)“ in: Kavkazoved, 9. April 2015,  http://www.kavkazoved.info/news/2015/04/09/konflikt-i-mir-v-uzhnoj-osetii-s-tochki-zrenija-mestnogo-naselenija.html

Druey, Cécile and Anna Hess: „Das Engagement der Schweiz im Südkaukasus: Friedensförderung während des OSZE-Vorsitzes und darüber hinaus“ in: Nünlist, Christian and Oliver Thänert (eds.): Bulletin 2014 on Swiss Security Policy, Zurich: Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, 14.11.2014, pp. 63-88, http://www.css.ethz.ch/publications/DetailansichtPubDB_EN?rec_id=3147

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