Current Public Positions
Past President, Foreign Policy Section, American Political Science Association (APSA)
Research Areas & Other Interests
natural gas, energy and politics, resource curse
Central Asia, Caucasus, Iran, Russia
Culture and foreign policy
national identity of the Azerbaijanis; ethnic politics in Iran
1999-2007 Post-doctoral Fellow, International Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Research Director, Caspian Studies Program, Harvard University.
2000 Ph.D. School of History, Tel Aviv University. Dissertation topic: “The Formation of Azerbaijani Collective Identity: in Light of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the Soviet Breakup.”
"Natural gas supply stability and foreign policy," Energy Policy 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.11.03.
Beyond the Resource Curse (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012
“Israel—new natural gas producer in the Mediterranean,” Energy Policy, 39 (2011), pp. 5379-5387.
Avinoam Idan and Brenda Shaffer, “The Foreign Policies of Landlocked States,” Post-Soviet Affairs Vol. 27, No. 3 (July 2011), pp. 1-37
Energy Politics (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).