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Fuad Shahbazov is a Baku-based policy analyst focusing on regional security, defense, and energy diplomacy issues. He frequently provides the local and international media with analytical insights regarding the major developments in the post-Soviet region and beyond. Also, Fuad regularly takes part in different conferences and roundtable meetings abroad to conduct presentations and lectures. He mostly covers the South Caucasus region, China-BRI, Turkey, and Iran.

Fuad got his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Baku Slavonic University and obtained his first master’s degree in Politics at the University of Bologna (2014-2016), and another Executive Master’s degree in Terrorism, Prevention, and Counter-Radicalization at the University of Bergamo (2020-2021). Currently, he pursues his third master’s degree in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development at the University of Durham (2021-2022).

Between 2012-2013 he was a Junior Advisor at the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), a Baku-based research organization. In 2015, he became a Research Assistant at the European Policy Center (EPC) in Brussels, Belgium. From 2016 to 2018, Fuad worked as a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SAM). In 2018, Fuad was a Visiting Scholar at the Daniel Morgan School of National Security (Prevention of Violence Program) in Washington D.C.

From 2018 to 2021 he has held a Senior Analyst position at the Center for Strategic Communications in Baku.

For inquiries:

        Twitter: @fuadshahbazov I E-mail: f.sahbazov@gmail.com