University of Glasgow

Luca Ansceshi

Luca Anceschi lectures in Central Asian Studies at the University of Glasgow, where he also co-edits Europe-Asia Studies, the world’s leading academic journal for the study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. Educated in Napoli and Melbourne, Luca has centred his research agenda on the politics and international relations of post-Soviet Central Asia, with particular reference to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – the region’s main energy exporters. Dr. Anceschi’s first book Turkmenistan’s Foreign Policy – Positive Neutrality and the Consolidation of the Turkmen Regime (Routledge 2008), represented the first book-length account of Turkmen foreign policy published in Western languages. His research has been published in Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, Demokratizatsiya, the Journal of Arabian Studies and the Central Asian Survey. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Central Asia Studies Centre at KIMEP University (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and a Central Asia Visiting Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, the Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies. As a regular writer for Open Democracy Russia and a frequent participant in the Central Asia-focused podcasts organised by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Dr. Anceschi contributes regularly to the international debate on Central Asian affairs.

Email: luca.anceschi[at]
Twitter: @anceschistan

Recent publications

Anceschi, Luca. 2020. “After Personalism: Rethinking Power Transfers in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.” Journal of Contemporary Asia (online only).

Anceschi, Luca. 2020. Analysing Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy: Regime Neo-Eurasianism in the Nazarbaev Era. Central Asia Research Forum Series. Routledge.

Anceschi, Luca. 2020. “New Developments in Russo-Turkmen Relations.” Russian Analytical Digest 248: 9–11.

Anceschi, Luca. 2020. Review of Learning to Become Turkmen. Literacy, Language, and Power, 1914–2014 by Victoria Clement. Europe-Asia Studies 72 (7): 1273–5.

Anceschi, Luca. 2019. “Regime-Building through Controlled Opening: New Authoritarianism in Post-Karimov Uzbekistan.” In Monitoring Central Asia and the Caspian Area: Development Policies, Regional Trends, and Italian Interests, edited by Carlo Frappi and Fabio Indeo. Edizioni Ca’Foscari.

Anceschi, Luca. 2019. Review of Theorizing Central Asian Politics—The state, ideology and power, edited by Rico Isaacs and Alessandro Frigerio. Inner Asia 21 (2): 285–6.

Anceschi, Luca. 2019. “Caspian Energy in the Aftermath of the 2018 Convention: The View from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.” Russian Analytical Digest 235: 6–8.

Luca Anceschi, “Turkmenistan and the Virtual Politics of Eurasian Energy: The Case of the TAPI Pipeline Project,” Central Asian Survey 36:4 (2017): 409-429.

Luca Anceschi, “The Persistence of Media Control under Consolidated Authoritarianism: Containing Kazakhstan’s Digital Media,” Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 23:3 (2015): 277-295.

Luca Anceschi, “Regime-building, Identity-making and Foreign Policy: Neo-Eurasianist Rhetoric in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan,” Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism & Ethnicity 42:5 (2014): 733-749.

Luca Anceschi, “Dilemmas of Compatibility: GCC-Kazakhstani Relations,” Journal of Arabian Studies: Arabia, the Gulf, and the Red Sea 4:1 (2014): 1-19.

Luca Anceschi, “The Tyranny of Pragmatism: EU-Kazakhstani Relations. Europe-Asia Studies, 66:1 (2014): 1-24.