Experts / Uzbekistan

Raufkhon Salakhodjaev

Raufkhon Salakhodjaev was born in the city of Kasansay in 1987. He graduated from the Tashkent Financial Institute. Scholarship holder Edmund S. Maski (Edmund Muskie), later studied at Binghamton University and did an internship at Cornell University (USA). He conducts research in institutions, development, human capital and well-being, both in Eurasia and around the world, the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles in leading journals in the social sciences. Associate Professor at Westminster International University in Tashkent and advisor to the Government of Uzbekistan. Conducts advanced theoretical and quantitative research on economic, socio-economic and institutional issues relating to countries in the regions of Europe and Asia.

Alisher Ilhamov

Alisher Ilhamov is a research fellow at the Center for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and a member of the International Council of the peer-reviewed academic journal Central Asian Survey. He is the author of more than 70 publications.

Dilmurad Yusupov

A member of the School of Analytics (Tashkent). He is a doctoral student at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (UK) and is currently conducting research in the areas of social protection for vulnerable populations, disability issues and inclusive development. He has a master's degree in economics from Waseda University (Japan) with a specialization in development economics and a bachelor's degree in economics with knowledge of foreign languages ​​from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University).

Rafael Sattarov

a graduate of the bachelor’s programme of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Tashkent) and master’s programme of the National Research University of Higher School of Economics, Moscow. A columnist of several periodicals in Russia and Kazakstan. Areas of expertise: issues of social and economic reforms in post-Soviet countries, issues of authoritarianism in CIS, Russian-American relations after the cold war, American politics in Central Asia.

Zainab Dost

an independent analyst specialising in post-Soviet processes in Central Asia and other former USSR countries. She is also interested in the international security issues, including the threat of religious terrorism. The alumna of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the John Hopkins University and master of international relations of the University of Westminster in London. Zainab has worked as Assistant Liaison Officer for countering drugs and organised crime at the Embassy of Italy in Uzbekistan. She has also worked with the Open Central Asia magazine staff in London.

Farkhod Tolipov

a political analyst, Director of non-state academic institution “Bilim qarvoni” (“Caravan of knowledge”), Candidate of Political Sciences, specialises in modern geopolitics, theory of international security, regional integration in Central Asia. He has been an intern in the NATO Defence College (Rome, 1997), Harvard University (USA, 1999), instructor at Georgia State University (USA, 2004). From 1998 to 2002, he worked in the Presidential Administration of Uzbekistan. Author of 80+ research publications in foreign and local academic periodicals, joint collections of articles and monographs. Author of monograph “Higher strategy of Uzbekistan amid geopolitical and ideological transformation of Central Asia”; co-author of collective monograph “Central Asia: geoeconomy, geopolitics, security.”

Farkhod Aminjonov

Deputy Director of Central Asian Institute for Strategic Studies (CISS). Until recently, he was senior researcher of Eurasian Research Institute at Ahmad Yasawi MKTU (Almaty, Kazakstan). He is a graduate of the department of international law of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He also has earned a master’s degree in policy and security from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and international regional studies at the University of Tsukuba (Japan). In 2015, he earned a PhD from Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Canada). He has been an intern at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Oslo, Norway) and the Parliament of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Tashkent. His research papers are published in English and Russian both in Central Asian and in foreign publishing houses. Areas of expertise: energy security, power system control instruments, regional water-power relations, domestic and foreign policy of Central Asian states.