In Brief…

I have more than thirty years of experience in study and teaching modern history of Central Asia with focus on Tajikistan. Since 1992 I am an independent scholar, policy analyst and consultant in international non-governmental research organizations involved in civil society building, education and conflict resolution in Central Asia. Since 1994 I have actively participated in the US-sponsored research exchange programs in the field of history and social sciences. I am a two-times Fulbright Scholar (1994, the George Washington University and 2005, Allegheny College, PA ), a Regional Exchange Scholar (1995, Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), and the British Academy visiting fellow (1996). From 2001 I have been teaching modern Central Asian and Soviet subjects from multidisciplinary perspectives at Yale, the Ohio State University and Allegheny College . I (co) authored and (co) edited eight books in English and Russian as well as over 40 articles in English, Russian, Tajik, and translated into French, and Japan .

From October 2010 to August 2011 I was Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). My USIP project entitled “The Afghanistan-Pakistan Conflict and its Impact on Central Asia” examined the impact of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan on neighboring Central Asian states including Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

In January 2011 I have been selected as a member Board of Directors for the Nowruz Commission in Washington DC more info.

Educational Background: Graduate, Tajik State University (1967); Candidate of History, Institute of History of the USSR, Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1983)

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My scholarly projects and interests include:

  • Modern History of Tajikistan
  • History of Basmachism in Central Asia (1918-1932)
  • History of the 20th Century Central Asia’s Emigration
  • History of Central Asia in the Early Period of the Soviet Rule
  • History of the October Revolution and Civil War in Russia (1918-1920)
  • Soviet History: Historiography and Historical Sources (Instochnikovedenie Istorii SSSR)
  • Soviet Turkestan’s Newspapers as a Historical Source (1918-1924)
  • The Tajik Conflict and Civil War 1992-1997
  • Warlordism in Tajikistan and Afghanistan
Teaching Disciplines

  • “History of Modern Tajikistan: Historiography and Historical Sources”
  • “History of Central Asia since the 1860s”
  • “Politics of Contemporary Central Asia”
  • “Central Asia in World Affairs: Introduction”
  • “Rediscovering the Silk Road Central Asia”
  • “National and Muslim Movements in Contemporary Central Asia”
  • “Nationalism in Post Communist Russia & the Chechen War”
  • “The Taliban: Struggle for Power in Modern Afghanistan