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Max Bader is a PhD candidate at the Department of European Studies of the University of Amsterdam. His research concentrates on the impact of international factors on political party development in Georgia and Ukraine. Read the paper

Dr. Adil Baguirov holds degrees in International Relations and Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Read the paper

Dr. Michael Barry is a assistant professor of economics and law at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, USA. Read the paper 

Bahar Baser is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Italy. Read the paper

Janusz Bugajski is holder of the Lavrentis Lavrentiadis Chair and director of the New European Democracies program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. His most recent book is entitled Dismantling the West: Russia’s Atlantic Agenda, (Potomac Books, 2009). Read the paper


Luke Chambers is pursuing graduate studies at the University of Oxford (UK), where his dissertation concerns the instrumentalization of the post-Soviet space in Russian foreign policy during the Putin-Medvedev period. Read the paper

Dr. Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy is a geographer and research fellow at the French CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), in Paris, France. He specializes in the study of the geopolitics of illicit drugs in Asia and produces Read the paper

Nicola Contessi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, and a Research Assistant for the Programme on International Peace and Security at Laval University, Quebec, Canada. Read the paper

Amb. Michael W. Cotter served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan from 1995 to 1998. He is the President and Associate Publisher of American Diplomacy, an online journal devoted to foreign affairs. Read the paper


Dr. Khatchik Der Ghoukassian is a Professor of International Relations at the University of San Andres, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Visiting Professor at the American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. Read the paper

Matthew Derrick is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Oregon, USA. Focused mainly on the Russian Federation, and especially its non-Russian regions, his scholarly interests include ethno-territoriality, nationalism, regionalism, and geopolitics.  Read the paper

Sophia Dimitrakopoulou is an independent analyst, based in Greece, specializing in Russian security affairs. Read the paper

Ondrej Ditrych is a PhD candidate in international relations at the Institute of Political Studies of the Charles University in Prague. The paper for CRIA was written during his Fulbright research fellowship at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, USA. Read the paper 

Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont got his LLM from Nantes Law University, France.  He works as an independent researcher in International Law and International Relations, focusing on disarmament issues. Read the paper


Dr. Ertan Efegil is an associate professor at the Department of International Relations of İstanbul Arel University, Turkey. Read the paper

Aaron Elrich is a Regional Development and Outreach Coordinator at the Caucasus Research Resource Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. Read the paper


Prof. Robert O. Freedman is a professor of political science emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University and is Visiting Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. Read the paper

Dr. Maria Raquel Freire is assistant professor in International Relations at the School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the said University. Read the paper


Dr. Nicole Gallina is a research associate at the Interfaculty Center for Central and Eastern Europe at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. The paper for CRIA was prepared in line with a research project on conditions for state building in former Soviet Union countries. Read the paper

Dr. Tracey C. German is a lecturer in Defence Studies at the Defence Studies Department of the King’s College London and UK Joint Services Command and Staff College, London, UK. Read the paper

Prof. Georgi Glonti is a professor of criminology and former Dean of Law at the Georgia University of Social Sciences, Tbilissi, Georgia. Read the paper

Marco Giuli is a research fellow at the the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation in BrusselsRead the paper III

Renée Gendron is an Associate of the Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr. Charlotte Hille, University of Amsterdam. Read the paper

Geoffrey Gresh is a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA. Read the paper

Alexi Gugushvili is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Read the paper

Dr. Hans Gutbrod is a Regional Director at the Caucasus Research Resource Center. Read the paper

Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere is analyst at the European Stability Initiative’s (ESI) Istanbul office. He completed a master’s degree in political sciences at the Free University of Berlin and the post-graduate “Euromasters” degree at universities in Bath, Paris, and Madrid. Read the paper


Prof. Hans-Georg Heinrich is a professor of political science at the University of Vienna, Austria, and specializes in empirical methodology and post-Soviet studies. He has worked as mission member for international organizations including for the OSCE in Georgia. Read the paper

Prof. George Hewitt is a professor at London School of Oriental & African Studies, UK. He is a leading scholar of Abkhazian and Georgian languages and culture. Read the paper


Dr. George Ivaniashvili-Orbeliani is a Founder and Chairman of the International Centre for Social Research and Policy Analysis. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge; Visiting Fellow at Merton College, University of Oxford; a Member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society at Harvard University; M.Phil graduate from the Victoria University of Manchester, UK. Read the paper


Alexander Jackson holds a Bachelors degree from Warwick University and an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. He currently works for a London-based think tank working on security issues, and has written extensively on security, politics and economics in Eurasia. 

Nathan Paul Jones is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at the City University of New York. The paper for CRIA was prepared from data originating from his dissertation research in northern Kazakhstan, which was carried out in 2008 and 2009. Read the paper

Dr. Mykola Kapitonenko
 is an associated professor at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine; and Executive Director of the Centre for International Studies (CIS). Read the paper III

Nino Kemoklidze is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham, UK. Her Ph.D. topic concerns problems of nationalism andethnic violence in Georgia. Read the paper

Nurangiz Khodzharova received her MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University (Hungary). She currently resides in Moscow and works in the philanthropy sector. Read the paper

Kateryna Koehler holds MA degree in International Relations from Dresden University of Technology (Dresden, Germany). She also worked as a Lecturer of Ukrainian at the same university. Read the paper

Dr. Heiko Krueger is attorney at law and commentator on international and European legal affairs in Berlin, Germany. Read the paper

Eda Kuşku isa PhD candidate at the Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey. She specializes in International Relations and Comparative Politics with a specific focus on the European Union and its relations with Turkey. Read the paper I, II

Jan Künzl is an Editorial Assistant of the Caucasian Review of International Affairs (CRIA). He holds a diploma (MA equiv.) in Political Science/International Relations. He studied at the University of Potsdam (Germany) and the Université de Montpellier (France). Read the paper


Marcin Łapczyński is an expert on international security in the Casimir Pulaski Foundation in Warsaw (Poland). He received his M.A. in International Relations (Strategic and Security Studies) at the University of Warsaw. Read the paper

Dr. Andrew Liaropoulos earnedhis Doctorate Diploma at Swansea University, UK, andis currently an analyst in the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) in Athens, Greece. Read the paper

Samuel Lussac is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences-Po”) of Bordeaux (France). He is working on the impacts of the implementation of the East-West energy Corridor in the development of regionalization between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Read the paper


Dr. Martin Malek isa researcher and CIS area specialist at the Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management of the National Defence Academy in Vienna, Austria. Read the papers IIIIII

Mushfig Mammadov is a PhD candidate at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He got his BA in International Law from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan, and Master of European Law (LL.M.) from the University of Leipzig, Germany. Read the paper

Emil Majidov is a former President of Azerbaijan Export & Investment Promotion Foundation. Read the paper

Dr. Thrassy N. Marketos is a writer – analyst in Eurasia geopolitics. He works for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affair, and is a lecturer in the Athens branch of the Diplomatic and Strategic Studies Centre (C.E.D.S. – Paris). Read the paper

Dr. Dimitris Michalopoulos is the Director of the Historical Institute for Studies on Eleutherios Veniselos and his Era in Athens. Greece. From 1982 to 1994 he was lecturer and then assistant professor in diplomatic history and Greek foreign policy at the University of Salonika, Greece. From 1990 to 2000 he was the director of the Museum of the City of AthensRead the paper

Dr. Irina Morozova is currently a Humboldt fellow at the Institute of Middle East Studies, German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. She has been a research fellow and a lecturer at the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden University and Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Read the paper


Anna Nadgrodkiewicz is Program Officer for Global Programs at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C. She holds a master’s degree in German and European Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Read the paper

Dr. Robert Nalbandov is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Areas of his interests include international security, conflict resolution, politics of African states and NIS. Read the paper

Prof. Virginia Davis Nordin is an attorney at law and professor of Higher Education Policy Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, US Read the paper



Dr. Vladimer Papava, Former Minister of Economy of Georgia. Senior Fellow at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, Tbilisi, Georgia. Read the paper IIIIII

Alexandros Petersen is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He is also Dinu Patriciu Fellow for Transatlantic Energy Security and Associate Director of the Black Sea Program of the Atlantic Council of the United States. Previously, he served as an Adjunct Fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Read the paper

Dr. Irina Ionela Pop is an Associate Lecturer at the Faculty of History, Geography and International Relations, University of Oradea, Romania. She specializes in Russia’s foreign policy in the CIS, energy security strategies of the great powers, pipelines and transport corridors, and the European Neighbourhood Policy. Read the paper

Dr. Alberto Priego holds a PhD in International Relations from Complutense University Madrid. He currently resides at the SOAS, Department of Near & Middle East, University of London as a Visiting Scholar. Read the paper



Alexander Rahr is a program director of the Russian/Eurasia Centre at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin, Germany. Read the paper

Kevin Ryan is a former Senior Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard University. Read the paper


Kaweh Sadegh-Zadeh is a former Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies. He has specialised extensively on energy security and the region of the Former Soviet Union. Read the paper

Rovshan Sadigbayli holds M.A. in International Relations from the Bilkent University ( Ankara, Turkey). Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellow 2004-2006, University of Massachusetts (Amherst, USA). Read the paper

Dr. Houman A. Sadri is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). His research focuses on the states of the Caspian Sea region. Read the paper

Sebastian Schaeffer is an assistant lecturer at the Institute for Political Science at the University Munich. Additionally, he works as a researcher at the Centre for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in Munich in the research group ‘Europe’. Read the paper

Prof. Eberhard Schneider is a professor of political science at the University of Siegen, Germany and former Senior Researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Germany. He is also Advisory Board Member of the EU-Russia Centre in Brussels and Editor of the “Russland Intern Aktuell”, a German weekly analytical publication dedicated to domestic politics in Russia. Read the paper

Fareed Shafee holds master’s degrees from the School of History, and the School of Law of Baku State University, Azerbaijan, and Kennedy School of Government of the Harvard University, USA. Read the paper III

Rashad Shirinov is a Political Programs Officer at the National Democratic Institute’s Azerbaijan branch in Baku. He is also a non-resident research associate with the Transatlantic Institute, London, UK. Read the paper

Dr. Aleksandr Shkolnikov is the Director for Policy Reform at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, D.C. Shkolnikov holds a Ph.D. in economics, a master’s degree in international commerce and policy, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing – all from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, US. Read the paper

Licínia Simão is a PhD candidate at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, where the focus of her thesis has been on the ENP towards the South Caucasus. Read the paper

Dr. Christoph H. Stefes is an assistant professor for Comparative European & Post-Soviet Studies at the University of Colorado Denver, US. Read the paper

Dilyara Suleymanova is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Read the paper

Prof. Ashok Swain is a professor at the Department of Peace and conflict Research, Uppsala University, and the Director of the Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development, Sweden. Read the paper

Henryk Szadziewski is the Manager of the Uyghur Human Rights Project ( in Washington D.C. He has worked in international development for fourteen years in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Read the paper


Dr. Lasha Tchantouridze is a research associate & adjunct professor at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Read the paper

Kirill Tanaev is a Moscow-based journalist (Program Director, “CIS News/Vesti.SNG”, Vesti TV), who specializes in post-Soviet political systems. He is the General Director of the Foundation for Effective Politics in Moscow. Read the paper

Jesse David Tatum holds an MSc in European Studies with Translation from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, UK, and a BA in International Studies from Portland State University, US. Read the paper

Dr. Michael Tokmazishvili is a Senior Researcher of the Foundation CASE-Transcaucasus. He was the Head of the Department of Macroeconomics of the Budget Office of the Parliament of Georgia. Read the paper

Dominik Tolksdorf is a PhD candidate at the University of Munich. Since June 2006, he works as a researcher for the Centre for Applied Policy Research (CAP) in Munich on EU-Russia-Relationship, South East Europe and the Black Sea Region. Read the paper



Malte Viefhues is a Research Fellow at the Caucasus Research Resource Center in Georgia. Read the paper


Dr. Alexander Warkotsch is a Lecturer in European Studies at the King’s College London, UK. Read the paper

Dr. Cory Welt is an associate director of the Eurasian Strategy Project and an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES) at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, USA. Read the paper

Tom De Waal is a noted journalist, writer and expert on Russia and the Caucasus. He is currently a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment, specializing primarily in the South Caucasus region comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia and their breakaway territories, as well as the wider Black Sea region. Read the paper

Dobrosława Wiktor-Mach is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. Read the paper



Dr. Guli Yuldasheva is an associate professor of political science at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan. Read the paper


Taleh Ziyadov is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, UK. He is also Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, Baku, Azerbaijan. He has got his master’s degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (Washington, U.S.A.) Read the paper