Azamat Sakiev is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include democratization & (non)transition, critical security issues, political leadership, with regional emphasis on Russia and Eurasia. He holds the following degrees: Ph.D. & M.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University, M.A. in International Relations & European Studies from Central European University, B.A. in International and Comparative Politics from American University of Central Asia.