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Project Assistant, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, Central Asia Division

Richard Steyne is a Project Assistant supporting DCAF’s role as chair of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Working Group within the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium, with a focus on Defence Institution Building (DIB) and Intelligence Oversight.

In 2017, Richard led a mapping study called Strengthening OSCE's role in Central Asia: Combatting Violent Extremism by Applying Human Security Measures. The study was commissioned to assist the work of the Special Representative of the Austrian OSCE CiO on Radicalisation and the Fight Against Violent Extremism, Dr. Peter Neumann, Director, ICSR, King's College London. It was subsequently used as the basis of an ICSR study on the OSCE’s approach to Countering (-preventing) Violent Extremism. In 2018, Richard led a Norwegian-funded Mapping Study into Security Sector Reform Assistance Programmes in Ukraine.

Richard previously interned at DCAF, assisting the Police Integrity Building Programme (PIBP) in the Western Balkans, before completing a traineeship at the Small Arms Survey. He also provides consultancy services to international organizations, including research support to reports commissioned by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on urban warfare in the Middle East. 

Richard completed an MSc in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics (Distinction) in 2015, after graduating from the University of Essex with Joint Hons in Philosophy and Politics (First class) and the Cioffi Prize for the most outstanding graduating philosophy student.