Farkhod Tolipov, PhD, is a director at Bilim Karvoni (“Caravan of Knowledge”), a non-governmental research institution in Tashkent. Dr Tolipov graduated from Tashkent State University. In 1994-2005 he had taught at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, and in 2005-2010 – at the National University of Uzbekistan. Dr Tolipov served as a chief consultant for the office of the President of Uzbekistan in 1998-2002. He holds a PhD degree in Political Science the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent. Dr Tolipov’s research interests lie in geopolitics, regional security and regional integration in Central Asia, nationalism and democratization in Central Asian countries.