Severyan Dyakonov is working on how the Soviet Union promoted its Socialist Modernity model in the decolonized world within the Cold War context. He did his Ph.D. thesis on Soviet influence in India in the 1960s at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), and his upcoming article, "Soviet Professors of Russian in Indian Universities in the 1960s," will be published in the Cahiers du Monde Russe in 2022. His current project will deal with Cold War dynamics in neutral spaces of International Organizations, and how the Eastern Bloc pushed for Socialist ideals through the International Red Cross movement. This project will specifically tackle Moscow's influence on newly created societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in decolonized Africa and Asia from the 1950s to the 1980s. His research is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation's Post-Doc Mobility Fellowship.
Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow at the Swiss National Science Foundation