Dr. Leila Alieva is President of the Center for National and International Studies (CNIS). She is one of the leading experts on the issues of security, democracy, energy security, conflict analysis and resolution, EU integration of the South Caucasus. Dr. Alieva was a Research fellow at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins, Kennan Institute National Endowment for Democracy, and the NATO Defence College in Rome. She is a member of international scholarly associations such as AAASS, Association for the Studies of Nationalities, International Political Science Association. She has served on the editorial board of the NATO PFP consortium journal ‘Connections’.