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- Caucasian security issues and unresolved conflicts, including Chechnya.
- Turkish politics and foreign policy
- Transnational crime and Narcotics in Eurasia.
- Security politics in Central Asia.

- Oil and Gas politics in the Caspian Sea.
- Domestic politics in Azerbaijan
and Georgia.
- Radical Islam in Central Asia and the Caucasus
- Ethnic Separatism and autonomy issues.


AzerSvante E. Cornell, Azerbaijan Since Independence, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2011.

Svante E. Cornell and S. Frederick Starr, eds., The Guns of August 2008: Russia's War in Georgia, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2009. Click for book flyer and Order form.

Svante E. Cornell & Niklas Nilsson, eds.,
Europe's Energy Security: Gazprom's Dominance and Caspian Supply Alternatives

Washington and Stockholm: CACI & SRSP, February 2008. Click for summary and chapters.

BTCS. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell, Eds,
The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline: Oil Window to the West
, Washington and Uppsala: CACI & SRSP, May 2005, 150pp. Click link for chapters or cover for entire book.

DissSvante E. Cornell,
Autonomy and Conflict: Ethnoterritoriality and Separatism in the South Caucasus - Cases in Georgia
, Uppsala University, Peace and Conflict Monograph Series No. 61, 2002, 260pp. Click to download, 2Mb.

SNGP Svante E. Cornell,
Small Nations and Great Powers: A Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict in the Caucasus
, Richmond, UK: Curzon Press, 2000, 480pp. [Table of contents, ordering and library information online.]

Svante Cornell
Research Director

Svante E. Cornell is the Research Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, and a co-founder of the Institue for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm. His main areas of expertise are security issues, state-building, and transnational crime in Southwest and Central Asia, with a specific focus on the Caucasus and Turkey. He is the Editor of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, the Joint Center's bi-weekly publication, and of the Joint Center's Silk Road Papers series of occasional papers.

Cornell is the author of four books, including Small Nations and Great Powers, the first comprehensive study of the post-Soviet conflicts in the Caucasus. His articles have appeared in numerous leading academic and journals such as World Politics, the Washington Quarterly, Current History, Journal of Democracy, Europe-Asia Studies, etc. His commentaries and op-eds appear occasionally in the U.S., European, and regional press. Cornell is an Associate Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Cornell holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, a B.Sc. in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and an honorary doctoral degree from the Behmenyar Institute of Law and Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. He is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Military Science, and a Research Associate with the Center for European Studies in Brussels. Formerly, Cornell served as Associate Professor of Government at Uppsala University, and as Course Chair for Caucasus Advanced Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State.

Recent and Major Publications________

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Featured Publications:

Svante E. Cornell, "Cause for Concern? The Transformation of Turkey's Internal Politics and Foreign Policy," inDealing with a Rising Power: Turkey's Transformation and Its Implications for the EU, Brussels: Center for European Studies, October 2010, pp. 8-69. 

Svante E. Cornell, "Georgia's Prison Abuse Scandal and Its Implications", Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 19 September 2012. 

Monographs and Policy Papers

Svante E. Cornell, The New Eastern Europe: Challenges and Opportunities for the EU, Brussels: Center for European Studies, 2010.

Svante E. Cornell and Halil Magnus Karaveli,
Prospects for a 'Torn' Turkey: A Secular and Unitary Future?, Silk Road Paper, October 2008.

Ron Asmus, Svante Cornell, Antje Herrberg, Nicu Popescu, "Internationalizing the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict Resolution Process: Why a greater European Role is Needed", German Marshall Fund Policy Brief, June 2008.

Niklas Nilsson and Svante E. Cornell, Georgia's May 2008 Parliamentary Elections: Setting Sail in A Storm, May 2008.

Svante E. Cornell, Johanna Popjanevski and Niklas Nilsson, Learning from the Georgian Crisis: Implications and Recommendations, CACI&SRSP Policy Paper, December 2007.

Svante E. Cornell, "Georgia after the Rose Revolution: Geopolitical Predicament and Implications for U.S. Policy", Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College, March 2007. 

Svante E. Cornell, Anna Jonsson, Niklas Nilsson and Per Häggström, The Wider Black Sea Region: An Emerging Hub in European Security, Washington & Uppsala: CACI&SRSP Silk Road Paper, December 2006.

Svante E. Cornell, The Politicization of Islam in Azerbaijan,
Washington & Uppsala: CACI&SRSP Silk Road Paper, October 2006.(75pp)

Journal Articles, etc

Svante E. Cornell, “What Drives Turkish Foreign Policy?, Middle East Quarterly, vol. 19 no. 1, Winter 2012.

Svante E. Cornell, "Nya Säkerhetshot längs Sidenvägen och europeisk säkerhetspolitik", [New Security threats along the Silk Road and European security], Kungliga Krigsvetenskapskademins Handlingar och Tidskrift [Journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of war Sciences] no. 2, 2011.

Svante E. Cornell, "The Caucasus in Limbo", Current History, October 2011.

Svante E. Cornell, "No Reset in the Post-Soviet Space", Journal of International Security Affairs, No. 20,Summer 2011.

Svante E. Cornell, "'Moderate Islam' in Turkey," in SAISPHERE 2009-10: Religion's Grasp on World Affairs, p. 16-19.

Svante E. Cornell and Niklas Nilsson, "Georgian Politics since the August 2008 War", Demokratizatsiya, vol. 17 no. 3, Summer 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "Finishing the Job: Russia Tightens Its Grip on Georgia's Breakaway Regions", Foreign Policy, July 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "Pipeline Power: The War in Georgia and the Future of the Caucasian Energy Corridor", Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, vol. 10 no. 1, Winter 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "War in Georgia, Jitters All Around", Current History, October 2008.

Svante E. Cornell and Kemal Kaya, "Turkey's Elections: Democratic Islamists?", SAISPHERE 2007.

Svante E. Cornell, "Finding Balance: The Foreign Policies of Central Asia's States", in Ashley Tellis and Michael Wills, eds., Strategic Asia 2007-08: Domestic Political Change and Grand Strategy, Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2007.

Svante E. Cornell, "Narcotics and Armed Conflict: Interaction and Implications", Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol. 30 no. 3, 2007.

Svante E. Cornell and Niklas L.P. Swanström, "The Eurasian Drug Trade: A Challenge to Regional Security", Problems of Post-Communism, Volume 53, Number 4 / July-August 2006, 10-28.

Svante E. Cornell, "The Interaction of Narcotics and Conflict", Journal of Peace Research, vol. 42 no. 6, November 2005.

Svante E. Cornell, 'Autonomy as a Source of Conflict: Caucasian Conflicts in Theoretical Perspective', World Politics, vol. 54 no. 2, 2002. ( html version )

Svante E. Cornell, "The Kurdish Question and the Turkish Political System", Orbis, vol. 45 no. 1, 2001.


Book Chapters

Svante E. Cornell, "Cause for Concern? The Transformation of Turkey's Internal Politics and Foreign Policy," inDealing with a Rising Power: Turkey's Transformation and Its Implications for the EU, Brussels: Center for European Studies, October 2010, pp. 8-69. 

Svante E. Cornell, "The Caucasus and the Obama Admnistration's Foreign Policy", in Ariel Cohen, ed., Russia and Eurasia: A Realistic Policy Agenda for the Obama Administration, Washington: Heritage Foundation Special Report, 2009.

Svante E. Cornell & Anna Jonsson, "Expanding the European Area of Stability and Democracy to the Wider Black Sea Region", in Daniel Hamilton & Gerhard Mangott, eds., The Wider Black Sea Region in the 21st Century, Washington DC, Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS, 2008.

Svante E. Cornell, "La Approximación de Estados Unidos a las Cuestiones Energéticas y de Seguridad en Eurasia" [US Policy in Energy and Security in Eurasia], in Alex Gonzalez & Carmen Claudin, eds., Asia Central y la Seguridad Energética Global, Barcelona: Fundacio CIDOB, 2008.

Svante E. Cornell, “Taliban Afghanistan: A True Ideoogical State?”, in The Limits of Culture: Foreign Policy, Islam, and the Caspian, ed. Brenda Shaffer, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

Svante E. Cornell, “Pakistan’s foreign Policy: Islamic or Pragmatic?”, in The Limits of Culture: Foreign Policy, Islam, and the Caspian, ed. Brenda Shaffer, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.

Analyses and Op-eds

Svante E. Cornell, "Georgia's Prison Abuse Scandal and Its Implications", Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 19 September 2012. 

Svante E. Cornell, "The May Protests and the Prospects for Political Normalization in Georgia", Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 8 June 2011.

Svante E. Cornell, "Europe Exposes Russia's Guilt in Georgia", Wall Street Journal, 1 October 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "EU Inquiry Rejects Russia's Justification for Georgia War", Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 30 September 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "Obama's Eastern European Problem", Realclearworld.com, 24 September 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "Russia Shuts Out the International Community," Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "Why a Russian 'Reset' Won't Work", Real Clear World, 3 April 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "Turkey's Turn Away from the West", Jerusalem Post, 15 January 2009.

Svante E. Cornell, "Turkish Constitutional Court Sets Framework for Politics", Turkey Analyst, 24 October 2008.

Svante Cornell "L'avenir de l'Europe se joue dans le Caucase", Le Monde, September 1, 2008.

M. K. Kaya and Svante E. Cornell, "Turkey and the Georgian War: A Bungled Initiative", Turkey Analyst, 29 August 2008.

Svante Cornell, "Uteslut Ryssland ur Europarådet" (Expel Russia from the Council of Europe) Expressen, August 13, 2008.

Svante Cornell, "Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Differences Matter" New York Times, August 12, 2008.

Svante Cornell, "Russia Blames the Victim" The New York Times, August 11, 2008.

Svante Cornell, "The war that Russia wants", The Guardian, August 08, 2008.

Svante E. Cornell, "Finding a Place: the PKK's Efforts to Remain Relevant", Turkey Analyst, 18 July 2008.