Nicola Contessi (PhD Université Laval 2012) specializes in International Relations, multilateral institutions, and Security Studies, with a regional focus on Central Eurasia. Prior to joining the Harriman Institute, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University, where he also helped to organize a Eurasia study group bringing together scholars from Montreal's four universities and he co-chaired the inaugural Summer School on Diplomacy, Defence and International Security at the Université de Montréal. In 2010 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Kazakhstan Institute of Economics, Management and Strategic Research in Almaty, and at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek. Currently his research focuses on the roles of regional security institutions in Central Asia and on the foreign and security policies of Central Asian states.
His publications have appeared or are forthcoming in Asian Security, Central Asian Survey, the China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Canadian Military Journal, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Caucasian Review of International Affairs, International Journal, Oxford University Press, Presses de l’Université du Québec and Security Dialogue. Dr Contessi has also consulted with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and given invited talks at the Diplomacy Academy of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Toronto, and Harvard University.