Azam Isabaev, from Bukhara, Uzbekistan, studied International Relations at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and worked as a researcher at the Center for Political Studies. From October 2013 until November 2018, he was a PhD candidate at the IFSH. In the framework of his studies, he investigated questions related to the foreign and security policies of Central Asian states towards Afghanistan. He conducted a comparative analysis focusing on perceptions. His doctoral study was supported by DAAD/OSI (2013-2016), the University of Hamburg (Merit Scholarship, 2017) and IFSH (2018). In November 2018, he received his doctorate in political science from the University of Hamburg.
Azam Isabaev’s regional expertise includes Central Asia, the post-Soviet space and Afghanistan. Thematically, he concentrates on questions regarding the foreign and security policies of Central Asian states. In particular, he investigates perceptions and styles in order to reveal their explanatory potentials for varying foreign political views and practices. In addition, his research focuses on current regional developments in Central Asia, which demonstrate a new dynamism in terms of intra-regional cooperation and connectivity.