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Aynur Bashirova is a PhD student from Azerbaijan researching development of Israel's relations with Azerbaijan, 1991-2018, within the context of typology of bilateral relations. She holds Advanced Masters' degree from IES (VUB) on European Integration from which she graduated with a grade of Distinction, and Masters' degree from University of Kent in International Law. She completed her Bachelor's in Vesalius College (VUB) in International Affairs and graduated on Dean's List. She speaks Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish, English, and French. 

In 2017, she was a research fellow at Rubin Center (IDC Herzliya), Israel. In 2013, she functioned as a researcher at the Royal Higher Institute for Defense (RHID) in Brussels. She has also been an intern at the European Parliament in 2014 and Council of Europe in 2010. She has publications about South Caucasus and Israel. 


Oct’13 – ongoing: ULB. Brussels. PhD in Israel Foreign Policy.
Oct’12 – Aug’13: VUB. Brussels. Advanced Masters’ Degree in European Studies (Grade: Distinction).
Oct’10 – Aug’11: University of Kent. Brussels. Masters’ Degree in International Criminal Law.
Aug’06 – May’10: Vesalius College (VUB). Brussels. Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs (Grade: Dean’s List).

Languages: Azerbaijani (native), Russian (fluent), Turkish (fluent), English (fluent), French (good).

Work Experience:
Nov’18 – Present: Research Fellow. TUSIAD. Brussels, Belgium. Report and analysis writing on Belgium and EU, editing, coaching, knowledge transfer, leadership, project management, people management, communication, interpretation, and event organization.
Apr’13 – Present. Manager. YATA Belgium. Organization of roundtables on Trans-Atlantic security issue areas, leadership, management, communication, public relations, people management, project management, budget management, fundraising, and knowledge sharing.
May’17 – Dec’17: Research Fellow sponsored by the CCCI, ULB. Rubin Center. Herzliya, Israel. Analysis of Israel foreign policy with a special focus on energy and defense, communication, project management, and budget management. Nov’14 - Dec’14. Attached internship to a MEP. European Parliament. Brussels, Belgium. Public relations, translation, and people management.
Oct’13 – Aug’14. Assistant. CEVIPOL. Brussels, Belgium.. Organization of international events, report writing, research with a special focus on CIS region, project management, budget management, translation, and fundraising.
Jan’13 – Oct’13: Research Fellow. RHID. Brussels, Belgium. Research and presentation of defense and foreign policy aspects of NATO, EU, South Caucasus, organization and chairing of events on Trans-Atlantic issue areas, communication, public relations, and project management.
Jun’10 – Aug’10: Internship. Council of Europe. Strasbourg, France. Assistantship and translation for the visiting government delegations during the June session, interpretation, report writing, project management, and communication. 

17 February 2020. Actual Situation and Challenges to Security in the Black Sea Region. Organizer and Moderator. YATA/TUSIAD.
19 July 2019. Digital World. Moderator. TUSIAD.
10 July 2019. Liberal Democracy and Global Targets. Moderator. TUSIAD.
29 March 2018. Nagorno Karabakh: Trends and Developments. Moderator. YATA.
4-6 September 2016. 5th Annual Conference on Israel Studies. Thinking About Israel: Borders, Boundaries, and Cultures. Speaker. SOAS, University of London.20-21 February 2014. Sochi 2014: (Geo)Political, Economic, and Social Dynamics. Moderator. CEVIPOL.

Domaines d'intérêt

Israel, CIS region, security and defense, state cooperation, energy security, foreign policy.

Travaux sélectionnés

Hammond, J., Bashirova, A. 2022. Afghanization and the Prompt Collapse of the Nation. Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs

Hammond, J., Bashirova A. 2021. South Caucasus: Beyond a History of War Toward Reconciliation and Economic Integration? Caucasus Strategic Perspectives

Bashirova, A. 2021. What is Happening in Israel? Republic Underground (also exists in Russian)

Bashirova, A. 2021. What the Future Might Look Like for the S. Caucasus Post Karabakh Conflict. Republic Underground.  

Bashirova, A. 2020. Why the World Should Care About Nagorno-Karabakh. Freedom Gazette.  

Bashirova, A. 2018. Evolvement of the Azerbaijan-Israel Relationship. Interviewed by the Caucasus Watch.

Bashirova, A., Sozen, A. 2016. The Role of Azerbaijan in Israel’s Alliance of Periphery. MERIA. (Presented at the 5th Annual Conference on Israel Studies, London, UK).

Bashirova, A. 2014. The Institutionalized West in the South Caucasus: Role and Prospects. Royal Higher Institute for Defense: Center for Security and Defense Studies. Pp. 1-70.