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Foreign Affairs Published Article by Jamestown Senior Fellow Alex Vatanka

August 12, 2016

Jamestown Senior Fellow Alex Vatanka wrote an article on Azerbaijan's geopolitical position and its response to violent Islamism for Foreign Affairs, entitled "Baku's Choice: How Iran and Russia are wooing Azerbaijan."

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The Economist Cites Jacob Zenn

August 12, 2016

Jamestown Fellow Jacob Zenn was cited in an Economist article on competition in Boko Haram's leadership, "Boko Haram breaks up."

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About the Eurasia Daily Monitor

Eurasia Daily Monitor is a publication of The Jamestown Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. Jamestown’s vanguard publication, the Eurasia Daily Monitor (EDM), was launched on May 3, 2004 and has since become a unique analytical resource on the emerging security realities in the former Soviet space. A reincarnation of the old Monitor publication, the Eurasia Daily Monitor surveys recent developments in Eurasia, placing the developments in a geo-strategic perspective and offering analysis that outlines their implications for the United States and the West. Led by a team of dedicated analysts, the contributors to EDM comprise a corps of experienced domestic and overseas analysts, whose skilled reporting is disseminated five days a week in a free electronic publication. With a readership of over 4,000 subscribers, the publication is widely used by U.S. government analysts and lawmakers, leaders and experts in the post-Soviet space, and everyday citizens who seek unbiased, unfiltered information that is not available through other channels.

About the Analysts for Eurasia Daily Monitor

Salimjon Aioubov

Salimjon Aioubov is a Senior Broadcaster with RFE/RL’s Tajik Service.

Victoria Almas

Victoria Almas is a regional expert on Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

Zaal Anjaparidze

is the Executive Director of the Georgian NGO Democracy Resources Development Center. He has written extensively on Georgian domestic and foriegn politics.

Richard Arnold

Richard Arnold, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Muskingum University, where he teaches classes on Comparative Politics and International Relations. Dr. Arnold’s research focuses on xenophobic extremism in the Russian Federation and he has published papers in Nationalities Papers and Problems of Post-Communism on the Russian Neo-Nazi movement. He is also interested in Russian security more generally, including secessionism and radical Islam in the North Caucasus. Dr. Arnold is guest-editor of the January/February 2014 edition of Problems of Post Communism, which focuses on the Sochi Winter Olympics. He is also writing a piece on Alexei Navalny for the publisher Routledge.

Leyla Aslanova

Leyla Aslanova is an independent analyst and researcher. She holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Bachelors in International Relations from Baku State University. Her area of expertise is the energy sector in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus.

Margarita Assenova

Margarita Assenova is a professional journalist and political analyst with over 25 years of experience in print and broadcast media, including Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty. In 1997 she was awarded the John Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University for her reporting on nationalism in the Balkans. Assenova has worked on democracy projects in Central-Eastern Europe and Central Asia for the International Republican Institute, Freedom House, the Institute for New Democracies, and the Woodrow Wilson Center forInternational Scholars in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as the Course Chair (Contractor) for Southeast Central Europe Advanced Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State. Assenova has authored book chapters on security, energy and democracy published by CSIS Press, Brassey’s, Freedom House, and Bertelsmann Foundation Publishers.

Pavel K. Baev

Dr. Pavel K. Baev is a senior researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO).

Zhulduz Baizakova

Zhulduz Baizakova is a graduate of the Faculty of International Relations, Kazakh National University and holds an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her current academic affiliation is with the Institute for Security and Cooperation Studies at Kazakh National University in Almaty. Baizakova recently joined the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University as a Visiting Research Scholar (Fulbright Program). Her areas of research cover regional security, including defense and environment issues of Central Asia.

Stephen Blank

Dr. Stephen Blank is a Senior Fellow and resident Russia expert at the American Foreign Policy Council. Previously, he worked as a professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. The views expressed here do not represent those of the U.S. Army, Defense Department or the U.S. Government.

Birgit Brauer

Birgit Brauer, Ph.D., is an Almaty-based analyst and journalist who writes for the The Economist and other publications on Central Asian affairs.

Maksym Bugriy

Maksym Bugriy is a Ukrainian analyst who specializes in Ukraine and the CIS region, international economics and international security. Mr. Bugriy has broad career experience as an analyst and researcher with leading Ukrainian think tanks, including The Institute of Euro-Atlantic Cooperation and the Ukrainian Institute for Public Policy. During 2011, he was a public servant as the Head of the Geo-Economics Sector with the Ukrainian Presidential think tank The National Institute for Strategic Studies. Prior to working as an international affairs analyst, Mr. Bugriy spent more than ten years working as a research analyst and corporate finance associate with regional leading investment banks, including Troika Dialog (2006–2010). He graduated with an MBA from Catalica Lisbon School of Business and Economics and a Master’s of Finance from the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv. Currently he is a PhD researcher in National Economic Security with the National Institute for Strategic Studies. Mr. Bugriy lives with his wife in Kyiv.

Alex Calvo

Alex Calvo is a Professor of International Relations and International University in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain).

Elena Chinyaeva

Elena Chinyaeva holds a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University and is a writer for Kommersant-Vlast, a leading Russian political weekly.

Fuad Chiragov

Fuad Chiragov is a Research Fellow in the Foreign Policy Analysis Department at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Robert Cobb

Robert Cobb is an expert on Russia and the post-Soviet space.

Emil Danielyan

Emil Danielyan is a journalist and political analyst based in Armenia's capital Yerevan. He works for the Yerevan bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and also writes regularly for a number of Western analytical sources . His main areas of interest are Armenian politics and economics, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Turkish-Armenian relations and regional security issues. Danielyan holds a Master's degree in political science from the American University of Armenia.

Victor Davidoff

Victor Davidoff is a Moscow-based writer and journalist whose blog is

Erik Davtyan

Erik Davtyan holds a Bachelor's degree in international relations from Yerevan State University. His areas of interest include the foreign policies of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Munkh-Ochir  Dorjjugder

Munkh-Ochir Dorjjugder is an associate senior researcher at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Mongolia’s National Security Council.

Devi Dumbadze

Devi Dumbadze studied philosophy, sociology, and media in Tbilisi and Bochum. He has published articles on social philosophy, political economy, media theory, and aesthetics. His ongoing research deals with transformation of Georgian society, and investigates conditions of the possibility of antisemitism.

Valery Dzutsati

Non-Resident Senior Fellow 

Valery Dzutsati is a doctoral student in political science at Arizona State University. Mr. Dzutsati is a native of North Ossetia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the North Ossetian State University and Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. His research interests extend to ethnic and religious conflict, political violence, evolution of Russia and countries in Eurasia. His articles appeared in Nationalities Papers, and are forthcoming in Caucasus Survey and Post-Soviet Affairs. He has systematically covered developments in the North Caucasus for the Washington-based research and analysis institute The Jamestown Foundation since 2009. Between 2002 and 2007, Mr. Dzutsati served as country director for the British media development organization the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and was based in Vladikavkaz.

Tuba Eldem

Dr. Tuba Eldem is a post-doctoral fellow at the Research College of the Transformative Power of Europe, Freie Universität, Berlin. She holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of Toronto. She has contributed to academic journals, such as Turkish Policy Quarterly, and newspapers, including Hurriyet Daily News and Today's Zaman.

Jörgen Elfving

Jörgen Elfving is a former Swedish army officer and an expert in military issues related to the Soviet Union and Russia. Since retiring from the army, he has worked as an author, translator and consultant for various Swedish governmental bodies and other agencies.

Pavel Felgenhauer

Non-Resident Senior Fellow 

Dr. Pavel E. Felgenhauer is an independent, Moscow-based defense analyst.

Orhan Gafarli

Orhan Gafarli is a PhD candidate in International Relations at Ankara University who specializes in Post Soviet Studies and International Relations. He speaks Russian, Turkish and Azerbaijani. Mr. Gafarli currently works with the New Turkey Center For Strategic Studies based in Ankara. Previously, he has cooperated with several analytical centers, including the Foreign Policy Center in Moscow, Strategic Outlook in Ankara, and SETA Think Thank.

Azad Garibov

Azad Garibov is a Leading Research Fellow at the SAM Center for Strategic Studies, in Azerbaijan, and the Editor of the Caucasus International Journal.

Oleksandr Gavrylyuk

Oleksandr Gavrylyuk is a journalist and Ukrainian expert based in Kyiv who has covered the region for 15 years.

Dainius Genys

Dr. Dainius Genys is currently engaged in research projects related to the sociology of energy security, civil society studies and sociology of sport. Currently, he works at the Lithuanian Energy Institute as a visiting fellow. In 2013, he won a post-doc fellowship to work on the “Energopolis” project (funded by the Research Council of Lithuania). Dr. Genys is a visiting Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies fellow at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, at the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence, at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs, at Hebrew University’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, as well as at the University of Messina. He is a member of the Lithuanian sociological association, the European sociological association, and the Advancement of Baltic Studies Association.

Gregory Gleason

teaches international relations and administration at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Federalism and Nationalism: the Struggle for Republican Rights in the USSR (1991), Central Asian States: Discovering Independence (1996), and Markets and Politics in Central Asia (2003) as well as scholarly articles in Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Asian Perspective and other journals.

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. While there, he launched the “Window on Eurasia” series. Prior to joining the faculty there in 2004, he served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He writes frequently on ethnic and religious issues and has edited five volumes on ethnicity and religion in the former Soviet space. Trained at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Chicago, he has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence and the withdrawal of Russian forces from those formerly occupied lands.

Aleksandr Golts

Aleksandr Golts was born in 1955. In 1978, he received an M.A. in journalism from the Department of Journalism at the Moscow State Lomonosov University. From 1980 until 1996, he worked with the "Krasnaya Zvezda" ("Red Star") editorial board, a Soviet and then Russian military daily based in Moscow. In 1996-2001, Mr. Golts served as military editor of "Itogi" (Moscow), a premier Russian news magazine. In 2001-2004, he worked for the Moscow-based magazine "Yezhenedelnyi Journal" ("Weekly") as deputy editor-in-chief. He currently works as a deputy editor for the website

Sergei Gretsky

Sergei Gretsky is the Chair of Central Asia Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State.

Armen Grigoryan

Armen Grigoryan is an Armenian political scientist. His research interests include post-communist transition, EU relations with Eastern Partnership countries, transatlantic relations, energy security, and conflict transformation. He is the author of several book chapters, journal articles, and policy papers.

Ibragim Gukemukh

Dr. Ibragim Gukemukh received his PhD in History from Kabardino-Balkarian University, and served as head of the Department of Pre-Revolutionary History in the National Museum of Kabardino-Balkaria. Later, he was a researcher at the History Department of the Kabardino-Balkarian Institute for Humanitarian Studies. He has written for Sovetskaya Molodyozh, Goryanka, and Moscovsky Komsomolets–Kabardino-Balkaria.

Ilgar Gurbanov

Ilgar Gurbanov is an Expert-Advisor in the Foreign Policy Analysis Department, at the Baku-based Centre for Strategic Studies (SAM).

Charles Gurin

has covered developments in the former Soviet Union for more than a decade and also carried out journalistic assignments in other parts of the world, including Africa and Latin America. He specializes in Russian domestic and foreign policy.

Umida Hashimova

Umida Hashimova is an independent scholar based in Washington, D.C. She is a native of Uzbekistan, where she used to work for the United Nations mission before moving to the U.S.

Ali Hatajuqua

Ali Hatajuqua is an expert on the Caucasus.

Fuad Huseinzadeh

Fuad Huseinzadeh is a Baku-based journalist.

Vladislav Inozemtsev

Vladislav Inozemtsev is Professor at the Higher School of Economics, in Moscow, and Senior Non-Resident Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington.

Grigory Ioffe

Grigory Ioffe is a Professor of Human Geography at Radford University in Radford, Virginia.

Den Isa

Den Isa is an expert on Krygystan.

Fariz Ismailzade

is a freelance writer based in Baku. He holds a master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and currently works for Cornell Caspian Consulting. The views expressed in this article are solely his own and do not represent the views of this organization.

Idil P. Izmirli

Dr. Idil P. Izmirli is currently a Visiting Scholar and a Part-Time Faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. In 2012, she was hired as an expert by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) to assess the needs and to prepare a report on the Integration of Formerly Deported People in Crimea, Ukraine, which was published on August 16, 2013. Dr. Izmirli’s research has been funded by various Title VIII research grants including the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute, IREX (IREX-IARO and two consecutive IREX STGs), Fulbright, and the Regional Policy Symposium on Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia Junior Scholarship, as well as two consecutive fellowships from George Mason University’s “Partnership for Conflict Resolution Development in Ukraine” program, supported by the US Department of State, through which she took part in launching the Crimean Institute of Peace as well as a student-run university mediation and dispute resolution center. In 2013, for the third time in a row, she was awarded an IREX STG (Title VIII grant) for her continuing research in Crimea.

Mendee Jargalsaikhany

Jargalsaikhany Mendee is a political science PhD student at the University of British Columbia. He has worked at the Mongolian Ministry of Defense, Embassy in Washington, DC, and Institute for Strategic Studies.

Roger Kangas

Roger Kangas is an expert on Eurasia.

Aida Kasymalieva

Aida Kasymalieva is a leading expert from Kyrgyzstan who lives is Moscow and writes for RFE/RL and other outlets.

J. Bryan Kennard

J. Bryan Kennard is a senior Political Science student at Muskingum University.

Alexander Kim

Alexander Kim is an expert on Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region.

Jacob W. Kipp

Jacob W. Kipp retired from federal service in September 2009 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas and a weekly columnist on Eurasian Security for the Jamestown Foundation. He received his PhD. in Russian History from the Pennsylvania State University in 1970. From 1971 to 1985 he taught Russian and Military History at the Kansas State University. In January 1986 he joined the newly founded Soviet Army Studies Office (SASO) at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, as a senior analyst. In 1991, SASO became the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO). In 2003, Dr. Kipp became director of FMSO and served in that capacity until October 2006, when he joined the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) as Deputy Director. He has published extensively on Russian and Soviet naval and military history. Topics have included Russian naval reform in the 19th century, Soviet naval history and analysis, operational art in theory and practice, and foresight and forecasting in Russian and Soviet military affairs. From 1992 to 2001 he served as the US editor of European Security. His most recent publications are: "Military Theory, Strategy, and Praxis," co-authored with Dr. Lester Grau, Military Review, (March-April 2011), pp. 12-22 and "Russian Military Doctrine: Past, Present, and Future," in: Stephen J. Blank, Russian Military Politics and Russia's 2010 Defense Doctrine, (Carlisle Barracks: PA: U. S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2011), pp. 63-153

Jiri Kominek

Jiri Kominek is an independent journalist based in Prague. Since 1993 he has covered business, political and security developments throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS and Central Asia for a variety of publicatons including Business New Europe, CNBC European Business and the Jane's Information Group.

Natalia Konarzewska

Natalia Konarzewska is a graduate of University of Warsaw and is a freelance expert and analyst with a focus on political and economic developments in the post-Soviet space.

Pavel Korduban

Pavel Korduban is a freelance writer based in Kyiv.

Roman Kupchinsky

Roman Kupchinsky was born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to the United States in 1949. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Long Island University; served in the US Army as a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam. From 1978-1988 was President of Prolog Research Corp., a Ukrainian language publishing house and research company. From 1990-2002 was Director of the Ukrainian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. From 2002-2008 was a senior analyst at RFE/RL. He was the author of numerous articles on Ukrainian affairs, Russian energy and international politics. He edited RFE’s Organized Crime and Corruption Watch as well as two collections of samizdat articles “The Nationality Problem in the USSR” and “Pogrom in Ukraine”. He lived in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Kupchinsky passed away in January, 2010.

Taras Kuzio

Taras Kuzio is an Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, in Washington D.C. He edits Ukraine Analyst.

Paulina Lang

Paulina Lang is an expert on Ukrainian affairs at Jagielloński Klub Centre for Analyses (, an independent think tank based in Poland.

George Mamulia

Dr. George Mamulia is a politologist, a Former State Counselor of foreign affairs of the personal staff of the President of Georgia (in the period of Eduard Shevardnadze) and a former diplomat. He worked in the Embassy of Georgia in Moscow in 1995-2000.

Erica Marat

Erica Marat, PhD, is an analyst and reporter at Voice of America's Russian Service. The views expressed here do not represent those of Voice of America, the Russian Service, or the U.S. Government.

David Marples

David Marples is Professor of History and Classics at the University Alberta in Edmonton. He is the author of ten books on Soviet and post-Soviet affairs, including Belarus: From Soviet Rule to Nuclear Catastrophe (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996) and Belarus: A Denationalized Nation (Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1999).

Lionel Martin

Lionel Martin is an expert on Russia.

Fozil Mashrab

Fozil Mashrab is an independent analyst based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Roger McDermott

Senior Fellow - Eurasia Program 

Roger N. McDermott specializes in Russian and Central Asian defense and security issues and is a Senior Fellow in Eurasian Military Studies, The Jamestown Foundation, Washington DC, Senior International Research Fellow for the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Affiliated Senior Analyst, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen. McDermott is on the editorial board of Central Asia and the Caucasus and the scientific board of the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies. He recently wrote The Reform of Russia’s Conventional Armed Forces: Problems, Challenges and Policy Implications (October 2011).

Giorgi Menabde

Giorgi Menabde is a journalist based in Georgia.

Francesco F. Milan

Francesco F. Milan is a PhD candidate and a teaching assistant in intelligence at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. He also works as a consultant and analyst on Turkey-related security and political matters. His publications are available at

Dumitru Minzarari

Dumitru Minzarari is an OSI Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Previously he worked as a foreign and security policy analyst with the Moldova-based IDIS "Viitorul" think tank writing on national and international security.

Roman  Muzalevsky

Roman Muzalevsky works for iJet Intelligent Risk Systems, Inc. and is a Contributing Analyst at Wikistrat. He received his MA in International Affairs with concentration in Security and Strategy Studies from Yale University. He has authored a book titled "Central Asia’s Shrinking Connectivity Gap: Implications for U.S. Strategy," which can be found here

Farangis Najibullah

Farangis Najibullah is a writer for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Olevs Nikers

A Fulbright alumnus, Olevs Nikers earned his Master's degree in International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, in 2016. He graduated from the Baltic Defense College Civil Servants Course, in 2003, as well as the University of Latvia in Political Science, in 2001. He is an army and defense professional since 2001, and serves as a Chief Expert for the Ministry of Defense of Latvia. From 2009 to 2010, he was the chairman of the international affairs and security policy think tank for the political party “Jaunais Laiks” (New Era). The views expressed in his writing are his own and do not represent the position of the government of Latvia, EU or NATO.

Eric Norman

Eric Norman is a freelance writer based in Azerbaijan.

Cholpon Orozobekova

Cholpon Orozobekova is a Kyrgyz researcher and journalist with 17 years of experience writing for various international media outlets, including the BBC, RFE/RL, the Diplomat, and IWPR.

Gulshan  Pashayeva

Dr. Gulshan Pashayeva is Deputy Director of the think tank The Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She previously worked for the United Nations Office in Azerbaijan as National Programme Coordinator for the UN Women (UNIFEM) project Women for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding in the Caucasus (2001–2006), and as Public Information Associate for the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Pashayeva directed the NGO Conflict Research Center and taught at various state and private universities in Azerbaijan. She was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted post-doctoral six-month research at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, in 1998/99. Dr. Pashayeva specialises in conflict resolution and security studies, as well as gender and language policy. She is the author of more than 90 publications.

Mikko Patokallio

Mikko Patokallio is a senior contributor at The Ulkopolitist, the leading Finnish blog on foreign and security policy.

Jeremy Peterson

Jeremy Peterson is a Brussel’s based journalist with experience in investigating organized crime in Europe and Russia for EU governments and the Council of Europe.

Algirde Pipikaite

Algirde Pipikaite is an expert on the Baltic States, especially political and international issues related to Lithuania. Moreover, she has international academic and professional experience working on European Union affairs. Ms. Pipikaite speaks fluent Lithuanian, English and German, and is proficient in Italian and French. Based in Washington, DC, she currently specializes in US policy toward the Eastern European and South Caucasus regions.

Mihai Popșoi

Mihai Popșoi is an expert on Moldova. He runs the blog

Yauheni Preiherman

Yauheni Preiherman is a foreign policy and security analyst based in Belarus. He is director of the Minsk Dialogue track-II diplomacy initiative and policy director of the Discussion and Analytical Society Liberal Club in Minsk. He is also a PhD candidate in international relations at the University of Warwick (UK).

Vasili Rukhadze

Vasili Rukhadze holds a Ph.D. in political science at Kent State University, where he also teaches currently. He earned an M.A. in political science from the City University of New York. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University in 2007-2008. Mr. Rukhadze served as the Chairman of the Georgian Truth Commission from April to December 2010 (until the completion of the project).

Gulmira Rzayeva

Gulmira Rzayeva is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM), Azerbaijan, as well as a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES).

Juha Saarinen

Juha Saarinen is a researcher focusing on violent Islamism and Middle Eastern politics. He currently works at the Finnish Middle East Consulting Group and the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism at Helsinki University.

Zabikhulla S. Saipov

Zabikhulla Saipov is an independent Central Asian researcher with no political or institutional affiliation. The views are the author’s own.

Lale Sariibrahimoglu

Eurasia Analyst

Anvar Sattori

Anvar Sattori is an expert on Tajikistan and security issues in Central Asia.

Emanuele Scimia

Emanuele Scimia is an independent journalist and geopolitical analyst.

James Scott

James Scott is an expert on Central Asian security issues.

Farkhad Sharip

Farkhad Sharip is an independent journalist who lives in Alma-Aty, Kazakhstan.

Zaur Shiriyev

Zaur Shiriyev is an Academy Associate at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. He was a senior research fellow at ADA University, Baku, where he worked until May 2015. Prior to joining ADA, he worked as leading research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (2009-14), the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies, in Istanbul, and the International Strategic Research Organization, based in Ankara. He is currently a contributing analyst for The Jamestown Foundation's Eurasia Daily Monitor and has previous editorial and journalistic experience in Azerbaijan and Turkey. Zaur has published numerous articles and commentaries and co-edited The Geopolitical Scene of the Caucasus: A Decade of Perspectives (Istanbul, 2013) and Azerbaijan and the New Energy Geopolitics of Southeastern Europe (Washington, DC, 2015).

Vadim Shtepa

Vadim Shtepa is an Estonian-based freelance journalist, whose main research interests include Russian federalism and regionalism. He is a regular author for web-journals and newspapers, including (Russia), New Region (Ukraine), Intersection (Poland), Spektr (Latvia), Ru.Delfi (Lithuania), Venäjän Kauppatie Lehti (Finland), and others. He is the author of two books, "Rutopia" (Moscow, 2004) and "Interregnum" (Petrozavodsk, 2012). Mr. Shtepa graduated from the Journalism faculty of the Moscow State University, 1992, and graduated from the Moscow School of Political Studies, in 2012.

Myles G. Smith

Myles G. Smith is an analyst and consultant based in Central Asia.

Vladimir Socor

Vladimir Socor is a Senior Fellow of the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation and its flagship publication, Eurasia Daily Monitor (1995 to date), where he writes analytical articles on a daily basis. An internationally recognized expert on the former Soviet-ruled countries in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, and Central Asia, he covers Russian and Western policies, focusing on energy, regional security issues, Russian foreign affairs, secessionist conflicts, and NATO policies and programs. Mr. Socor is a frequent speaker at U.S. and European policy conferences and think-tank institutions; as well as a regular guest lecturer at the NATO Defense College and at Harvard University’s National Security Program’s Black Sea Program. He is also a frequent contributor to edited volumes. Mr. Socor was previously an analyst with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute (1983-1994). He is a Romanian-born citizen of the United States based in Munich, Germany.

Alexander Sodiqov


Aleksandr Stepanchenko

Sergey Sukhankin

Sergey Sukhankin is a historian from Kaliningrad and Associate Expert at the International Centre for Policy Studies (Kyiv). His area of scientific interest primarily concerns Kaliningrad and the Baltic Sea region.

Marta Ter

Marta Ter is a Slavic philologist and holds an M.A. in International Relations, Security and Development. Currently, she is a researcher at Observatorio Eurasia (University of Sevilla), where she coordinates the research line “Islam and politics in the North Caucasus.”

Fatima Tlis

Fatima Tlisova is a Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Tlisova is an independent journalist from the North Caucasus. She has worked for ten years as a correspondent for a number of independent Russian papers as wells and international media, including the Associated Press, "Novaya Gazeta", RFE/RL, BBC and has also served as chief of the North Caucasian bureau of the Russian news agency Regnum. Fatima is a regular writer for IWPR (London) and for the Jamestown Foundation (Washington DC). In her reports and analyses Tlisova has covered how Russian official policy has undermined human rights and exacerbated problems of the North Caucasus region. Fatima's work has receiving the Rory Peck award and the German Zeit-Stiftung award for her professional and brave reporting on the conflict in the North Caucasus and her efforts to help fellow journalists.

Brianne Todd

Jamestown analyst

Tetiana Tretiak

Tetiana Tretiak is an independent Ukrainian economic and political analyst.

Aybeniz Turan

Aybeniz Turan is an expert on the South Caucasus and an analyst for The Jamestown Foundation.

Seyitbek  Usmanov

Seyitbek Usmanov is the Head of Research at the Central Asian Free Market Institute

Tamerlan  Vahabov


Anar Valiyev

Anar Valiyev holds Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from University of Louisville in Kentucky. His areas of interest include urban terrorism, public policy of post-Soviet countries, governance and democracy.

Oleg Varfolomeyev

Oleg Varfolomeyev is a journalist based in Kyiv, Ukraine. He covers economic and political developments in Ukraine and Belarus for analytical network CEEMarketWatch and also writes regularly for a number of other Western sources. He received a Master's degree in Political Science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Cavid Veliyev

Cavid Veliyev is a senior research fellow in the Foreign Policy Analysis Department at the Baku-based Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he has worked since 2009. In 2005–2007, he was a researcher at the Middle East Department and then, in 2007–2009, he served as the head of the South Caucasus Department at the National Security Strategic Research Center (TUSAM). He has authored many academic and editorial articles. He has co-edited the books South Caucasus: Energy, Geopolitics Rivalry and Territorial Integrity (Ankara, 2011) and Turkey-Azerbaijan Relations (Ankara, 2012). He received his PhD in International Relations from Ankara University in 2013.

Mark Vinson

Mark Vinson is an expert on Tajikistan.

George Voloshin

George Voloshin is an international affairs expert widely published on issues related to Eurasian politics, with a special focus on Central Asia. More information about him can be found on his personal website

Richard Weitz

Richard Weitz, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Weitz would like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for supporting his non-proliferation research.

Marat Yermukanov

Marat Yermukanov is a journalist working for the Russian-language private newspaper "Panorama Nedely" in Petropavlovsk, North Kazakhstan, and is also a regional correspondent for the Almaty-based national weekly "Panorama."

Yuri  Zarakhovich

As the first and so far only Russian correspondent for TIME magazine since August 1988, Zarakhovich has been covering events like the breakup of the Soviet Union, the failed attempt of democracy in a new Russia, and the return of authoritarianism. He has also previously worked at the Associated Press, and in 1998 he was granted a Ph.D. in history for his research of the U.S. press coverage of Islamic Renaissance in the post-Soviet Space.

Vasily Zatsepin

Vasily Zatsepin is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department for Military Economics, Institute for the Economy in Transition, Moscow.

Sufian Zhemukhov

Sufian Zhemukhov is currently a visiting scholar at George Washington University.

Taleh Ziyadov

Taleh Ziyadov is a research fellow at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Ilia Zviadauri

Ilia Zviadauri is a Georgian researcher and analyst.