Natalia Piskunova is a researcher at the Institute for International Relations in Moscow. She is also an International Editor and a member of the Editorial Board of Central European Journal of International Security Studies. During her research carrier Piskunova has published largely on State Failure in Contemporary System focusing in her papers mainly on North-East African states. Her main interests are Failed States, Sovereignty, International Relations, Governance and International Security. Piskunova holds a PhD in International Relations from Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Faculty of International Relations.