Adjunct Senior Research Scholar
Rafis Abazov is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He has been a faculty member at Columbia University since 2003.
Rafis Abazov’s research interests include public policy, environmental policy, governance and egovernance, democratization and population movement with focus on the history of population movement in Russia and Central Asia. His teaching interests cover developmental studies, public policy and governance, and modern world history, particularly the history of Russian/Soviet Union and Afghanistan.
He began his career as a Central Asian regional analyst and international consultant for regional media agencies and international organizations. Dr. Abazov consulted different international projects, including the Freedom House’s Nations in Transit project, the Transition-On-Line (TOL) annual reports on Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Bertelsmann Foundation project on Transformation and Development, UNDP project on international migration, UNIFEM project on labor migration in the CIS and UNECE project on Kazakhstan. He was awarded the NATO research fellowship for research on foreign policy formation in Central Asia; visiting fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University (Japan) and the British Academy (UK), and the Kennan Institute Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (USA) and IREX EPS fellowship (USA).
Rafis Abazov has written several books and a number of articles on public policy, economic and political development in Eurasia and the Middle East. His works won the Harriman Institute’s Publication grant in 2006 and 2008, Kazakhstan’s Academy of Journalism award in 2007 and Central Asian Geographic Society award in 2008 ans McGraw Hill Award (Global Studies Series) (2012).
His research articles were published in Asian Politics and Policy, Eurasian Studies, the Central Asian Survey, Nationalities Papers, Post-Communist Economies, Central Asia - Caucasus Analyst (SAIS) and some others. He has also contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (2003), the Encyclopedia of Nationalism (2001), the Encyclopedia of National Economies (2002), and some others.
Between 2005 and 2012 Rafis Abazov supervised several SIPA student-led international projects, including a project on good governance in Kyrgyzstan (in cooperation with the UNDP), project on SME development in Kazakhstan (in cooperation with the World Bank), project on media sector development in Russia and projects on innovation policies in Kazakhstan.
Rafis Abazov earned his M.A. in History (1989) and Ph.D. in Political Science (1994).