Dr. Claus Bech Hansen

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Political Scientist


Bech Hansen, C.  2016.  Transnational Practices and Post-Soviet Collective Identity.  In: Schlee, G (eds.): Difference and Sameness,. Berghahn, Oxford.  


Bech Hansen, Claus.  2013.  »Wollen Sie wirklich Armee und Bevölkerung ohne Hosen lassen […]?!« Die Mobilisierung für den Zweiten Weltkrieg in der usbekischen Sowjetrepublik.  In: Werner, Oliver (eds.): Mobilisierung im Nationalsozialismus: Institutionen und Regionen in der Kriegswirtschaft und der Verwaltung des "Dritten Reiches" 1936 bis 1945.  
Bech Hansen, Claus.  2013.  The Ambivalent Empire. Soviet Rule in Central Asia, 1945-1964.  European University Institute. Florence.


Bech Hansen, Claus.  2009.  Mobilisierung in Räumen beschränkter Staatlichkeit während des Zweiten Weltkrieges.  Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, 57/12   : 1000-1012.   .

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Research themes
  • Renewable energy
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Global development and trade
  • Development Politics
  • Gender
  • Human Rights
  • Food and nutrition
Research countries
  • Afghanistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Pakistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine
  • Kazakhstan
  • Iran
Research projects
Additional Information:

Claus Bech Hansen holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and, before joining ZEF, he held various postdocs and visiting assistant professor positions at the Humboldt University, Central European University and Bogazici University. Having specialized on East European/Eurasian history and politics in the 20th and 21st centuries, Claus’ work focuses on modern nation- and state-building, regime change and power relations, thus contributing to research on the Soviet Union and post-Soviet regimes, comparative and transnational history, totalitarian and authoritarian states as well as on Islam and Muslim culture in the Soviet Union and CIS-region.

More recently Claus has expanded his work to include research on EU foreign policy, drug and human trafficking, organised crime as well as political and armed conflicts in the CIS-region and southern Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran). As part of the Crossroads Asia project, Claus will work on synthesizing and theorizing the project results in Crossroads Asia’s final phase.

Former Senior Researcher

Former Department :
ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change