Dr. Leila Alieva is an affiliate of Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University School for Global and Area Studies, and a part-time tutor at the Oxford Department for Continued Education, previously Senior Common Room member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University and an academic visitor. She was founder and a president of two "think-tanks" in Azerbaijan. Her research is in the EU and the area studies – ENP, EaP and Azerbaijan, Caucasus, Former Soviet Union; along with Russia, energy security, democratization and civil society in the oil rich states. held fellowships at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, Kennan Institute (Washington, DC) the NATO Defense College (Rome), IFK (Institut Für Kulturwissenschaften) Vienna. Her research and publications cover Azerbaijan, the Caucasus, Russia, the broader Former Soviet Union; and range thematically from energy security and conflicts, to democracy in the oil rich states, as well as issues around integration into the EU (ENP and EaP) and NATO. Currently she is analyzing the role of religious identities in transition, as well as comparing the role of the opposition in rentier states.