Dr. Elkhan Nuriyev

Humboldt Senior Fellow
Tel. + 49 (30) 2005949-64

Elkhan Nuriyev is a political scientist and since July 2019 a guest researcher at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS). He is also a Global Energy Associate at the Brussels Energy Club and a Senior Expert on Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at L&M Political Risk and Strategy Advisory in Vienna. After receiving his PhD in political science from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1996, Nuriyev joined the George Washington University as a William Fulbright Scholar at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. Between 1997 and 2007, he worked as a senior research associate at a number of U.S. and European research institutions, including the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, the University of Bonn, the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). During 2008-2011, he served as the founding Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Azerbaijan’s first government-funded think tank headquartered in Baku, and was also a Professor of Political Science at Western University. From 2014 to 2015, he first worked as a DAAD Senior Policy Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and then was a Humboldt Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Since 2013, Nuriyev has been an expert member of the Partnership for Peace Consortium’s Study Group on Regional Stability in the South Caucasus at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Research project

The EU, Russia and the Eastern Partnership Countries: Realities, Challenges and Prospects for Triangular Relations

This project looks into contested developments currently underway in the post-Soviet territory, as well as explains how most recent changes have affected regional geopolitics and examines whether the triangular relations between the EU, Russia and Eastern Partnership countries will develop in a more cooperative or competitive mode.

Investigating conflict resolution prospects in the Eastern neighbourhood, as well as analysing energy strategies of individual Black Sea-Caspian countries and exploring major issues in EU and Russia foreign policy behaviours, the research project highlights new opportunities in the EU-Eastern Partnership-Russia triangular relationship and offers specific recommendations for Brussels, Moscow and leaderships of post-Soviet Eurasian countries.

Research interests

  • Russian foreign and security policy in the CIS territory
  • European neighbourhood policy and Eastern Partnership initiative
  • Conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts in Eastern Partnership countries (Ukraine, Moldova and South Caucasus)
  • Energy security and pipeline politics in the Black Sea-Caspian region
  • Foreign influences, strategies and interests of outside powers in post-Soviet Eurasia (Iran-Turkey-United States)

Selected Publications