is the Research Director of the Central AsiaCaucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program. He specialises
in security studies, state-building, and transnational crime in
Southwest and Central Asia, with a specific focus on the
Caucasus and Turkey. Dr. Cornell is the author of four books,
including Small Nations and Great Powers, the first
comprehensive study of the post-Soviet conflicts in the
Caucasus. Dr. Cornell holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, a B.Sc. with High Honor in International Relations from the Middle East
Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and an honorary doctoral degree from the Behmenyar Institute of Law and Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. He is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Military Science.