Svante E. Cornell is Research Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center. He is Editor of CACIís bi-weekly publication, the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst. Cornell also founded Cornell Caspian Consulting, LLC. He previously served as Course Chair of Caucasus Advanced Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State. He holds a B.Sc. from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, a Ph.D. from Uppsala University, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Behmenyar institute of Law and Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan.