Francis Kirk is a graduate of King’s College London with an MA in War Studies. He specialized in the political economy of the Post-Soviet space with a particular focus on Russian foreign policy in the Middle East. Francis also has teaching experience and has worked in the sphere in Russia and abroad.
Francis: I chose the PolitIQ MA programme mainly for career reasons. I feel that there is a real lack of knowledge and interest about the Post-Soviet Space in my country, despite how important the region is in the global economy. By studying the area in detail and gaining first-hand experience, I hope to develop a real understanding of how it works today and the processes which will shape it in the future.
In ten years time, I see myself working in the private sector, using the skills that I have learned at PolitIQ, or pursuing an academic path in a related field. A module I have particularly enjoyed so far is ‘Politics and Economics in post-Soviet countries’ with Associate Professor Maxim Vilisov. Every lecture yields new revelations and different ways of figuring out the vast complexity of the subject, changing my perceptions of current events happening outside the course in the real world, as well as reassessing the events of the last 30 years.