Elkhan Nuriyev

Research Area 2

Stay at EEGA: April – September 2020

Research Project: Competing Regionalisms in Post-Soviet Territory: Global Trends, Regional Implications for the EU’s Eastern Partnership Countries

Dr. Elkhan Nuriyev is a political scientist with expertise on politics, economics and security in post-Soviet Eurasia. His research interests include Russian foreign policy in the former Soviet states, European neighborhood policy and EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, conflict resolution and peace building in Ukraine, Moldova and the South Caucasus countries, and energy security strategies in the wider Black Sea-Caspian region. During July 2019 -March 2020, he was a Humboldt Senior Fellow at Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin. 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. Between 1997 and 2007, he worked as a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington, DC, the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. During 2008-2011, he served as the founding director of the Centre for Strategic Studies 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 Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. 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. He is the author of numerous publications on Eurasian affairs, including 4 books, 60 book chapters, 80 scholarly journal articles and over 600 opinion pieces in professional and popular media. His academic work has been published widely by Routledge, LIT, CEPS, Internationale Politik, Outre-Terre, and other publishers.

During his stay at EEGA, he will work on a research project, which examines how competing regionalisms are presented in the post-Soviet space, analyses different approaches of the EU, Russia and China to dynamics of regional identity building, and explores how these differences impact the EU’s eastern neighborhood. Nuriyev aims to look into the main characteristics of competing regionalisms by examining key factors that define the self-positioning of EU’s Eastern Partnership countries under the global condition. The project seeks to enrich the understanding of region-building processes by explaining these post-Soviet states’ engagement in competing regional integration projects.


In September 2020, Elkhan Nuriyev published an article on „The European Union, Russia and China: Competing Regionalisms in the Eastern Partnership Region“  in the e-journal Connections.

In February 2021, Elkhan Nuriyev published a review on “Russia, the EU, and the Eastern Partnership. Building Bridges or Digging Trenches?” by Vasile Rotaru (La Vergne 2018) in our e-journal Connections.