Azerbaijan – COI

Bill Bowring


Prof Bowring has experience in Azerbaijan dating back to 1986 when he first travelled to the country. In the early 2000s he worked with the Council of Europe on ‘Education Policy and Minorities’. He has worked extensively on bringing cases at the European Court of Human Rights. Prof Bowring has close connections with various interlocutors to ensure he is constantly up to date with the situation on the ground. Please see the following link for a full breakdown of Prof Bowring’s work in Azerbaijan. Bill Bowring Experience in Azerbaijan.docx.

Dr Ohannes Geukjian


Dr Ohannes Geukjian is a Lebanese citizen of Armenian descent. He received his PhD in 2005 from the Department of Peace Studies in Bradford University UK and wrote his dissertation on the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Ethno-Territorial Conflict in the South Caucasus.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Studies and Conflict Resolution at the American University of Beirut. He has also taught Human Rights at the Lebanese American University for many years. He conducted field work in Nagorno-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) and Armenia. His main focus of research is on Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. He has published several articles on the South Caucasus particularly Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. He has particular expertise in the areas of ethnicity, identity, nation, socio-economic discrimination and human rights. He also has an in-depth knowledge of the situation on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh. He speaks Armenian, Arabic, as well as English.

Dr Hoehne Turaeva Rano


The Expert is a Country Expert and academic with extensive fieldwork experience and providing expert reports (100+) for more than 40 firms in the UK, US, Netherlands, and Canada with areas of expertise such as but not limited to:

  • Authentication documents originating from countries of expertise
  • Country reports on the indicated countries of expertise
  • Minority groups, religious groups
  • Political, social and cultural groups: LGBT
  • Organised crime and mafia, state crime
  • Extremist and violent groups, including religious groups
  • Human rights violations
  • Women issues: honour killing
  • Human trafficking
  • Psychiatry and prison conditions
  • Disadvantaged groups e.g. children, minorities, mentally ill, disabled, terminally ill
  • Availability of medical services
  • State structure, military and security services
  • Drug dealing and trafficking

Dr Sofie Bedford

Dr Bedford is a Researcher at Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies in Sweden. She holds Ph.D. in Political Science from Stockholm University and an MA in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University. Dr Bedford wrote her PhD thesis on Islamic Activism in Azerbaijan: Repression and Mobilization in a Post-Soviet Context. Currently she is engaged in two research projects both funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR) one focusing on political activism in Belarus and Azerbaijan and the other on security, conflict and gender in the South Caucasus.

Dr Adrian Florea



Dr Adrian Florea (PhD Indiana University) is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences and Convener of the Global Security Program at the University of Glasgow. He is currently engaged in three large research projects. The first investigates the survival and disappearance of post-WWII de facto states (breakaway entities, like Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Northern Cyprus, South Ossetia, Somaliland, Transnistria, or Western Sahara). The second analyses the variation in governance activities conducted by insurgent organisations. The third examines the link between ‘dark’ networks and civil war processes.