Dr Elkhan Nuriyev is currently DAAD Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin and is a leading expert on Eurasian affairs and international security. He is frequently called on by government agencies, international organizations, think-tanks, media, and private-sector institutions for comment on Russian foreign policy, Azerbaijan's energy diplomacy, Caspian energy politics, Central Asia geo-strategy, conflict resolution in the Caucasus and regional security issues in post-Soviet Eurasia. He began his career in the early 1990s as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Between 1996 and 2008 he held senior associate positions with a number of U.S. and European research institutions, including the George Washington University, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
In February 2008, Dr Nuriyev was appointed Strategic Adviser to the President of Azerbaijan and he also served as the Founding Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, Azerbaijan's premier think-tank, which he headed until late January 2011. After his resignation, he was a Humboldt Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations in 2011. He has been active as an international speaker at public and private universities, institutions and conferences in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia and elsewhere in Europe and throughout the world since 1996. He is the author of numerous publications on Eurasian affairs, including four books and monographs, 20 book chapters, 60 scholarly journal articles and over 400 opinion pieces in professional and popular media.