Dr. Zabikhulla Saipov is a linguist and a political scientist specializing in Central Asian studies. His research interests include diplomacy, education, elections and strategic approaches of foreign powers in Central Asian countries and their domestic policy. Earlier he undertook research on U.S. policy in the Muslim world at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, UWED (PhD Pol.Sci); studied international affairs at SIPA, Columbia University as an Edmund S. Muskie fellow (MIA), and English and Russian at the Uzbek State World Languages University.
Ph.D. in Political Science from the
University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent
Master of International Affairs from SIPA,
New York (2003)
Currently he is an associate at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Virtual Online Research Laboratory examining the issues related to three decades of relationship between Washington and five republics of Central Asia. Previously he was a visiting fellow at the Russian Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Centre, University of Graz; Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs, Brown University; Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; Center for Development Research, University of Bonn and Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster among others. He worked at local universities like TIU, MDIST, NUU, TSUULL and UWED developing and teaching modules like civil society, critical discourse analysis, lingua area studies, modern diplomacy, sociology, Uzbekistan’s foreign policy and world politics.
His analytical contributions have appeared in Central Asian Analytical Network, The Diplomat, The Global Voices, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, The Jamestown Foundation, Kun.uz, Open Central Asia, RFE/RL some of which have been translated into Chinese, Kyrgyz, Malagasy, Russian and Spanish. The following are the pieces that drew most citations:
China’s Economic Strategies for Uzbekistan and Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources and Beyond Eurasia Daily Monitor 2012
New Foreign Policy Strategy Paper Codifies Uzbekistan’s Reluctance Toward Restrictive Alliances Eurasia Daily Monitor 9 (153) 2012
Common Concerns and Threat Perceptions Force China and Uzbekistan to Closely Coordinate their Positions Eurasia Daily Monitor 9 2012
Factors that Influenced Uzbekistan’s Decision to Pull out of the CSTO: The View from Tashkent Eurasia Daily Monitor 9 (136) 2012
New Foreign Policy Strategy Paper Codifies Uzbekistan's Reluctance Toward Restrictive Alliances Eurasia Daily Monitor 2012
Strained Thaw between Tashkent and Ankara EDM 2014
Relations between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Continue Downward. Silk Road Reporters 2014