Elham Gharji is a Senior Fellow at HAS and a Ph.D. Candidate in International Politics and Conflict Resolution at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research focuses on foreign policy and security dynamics around the wider Caspian region, particularly the question of the post-Soviet regional order and Russia’s leadership and power recognition. His research interests include also regional cooperation and international politics of connectivity, Central Asian international politics and security, terrorism and radicalization.
Mr. Gharji’s most recent research appointments include Senior Central Asia Analyst at SecDev Group, Ottawa, Canada; Marie S. Currie Caspian fellow at Center for Social Studies at University of Coimbra, Portugal; Davis Center Fellow at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, USA; Visiting Fellow at Center on Governance, University of Ottawa, Canada; Researcher in-residence at OSCE Documentation Center in Prague; and Marie Curie Seconded Fellow at Center for Social Sciences, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Elham has also worked as Deputy Director-General for Regional Cooperation at MFA, Afghanistan, and as President of Gawharshad private University in Kabul, where he also taught subjects in Central Asian Politics and International Relations.