Zeyno Baran

Senior Fellow (On Leave),
Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.

WORDE Specialist Zeyno Baran’s areas of expertise include the geo politics of energy, Turkey, the Black Sea region, South Caucasus and Central Asia and Islamist ideology. Her current work focuses on strategies to thwart the spread of radical Islamist ideology in Europe and in Eurasia and to promote democratic and energy reform processes across Eurasia. Baran received her M.A. in international economic development and her B.A. in political science from Stanford University.





BIOGRAPHY


Specialist Zeyno Baran with husband Ambassador Matt Bryza and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at swearing in ceremony.

In 2011, Zeyno Baran lived in Azerbaijan with her husband Matthew J. Bryza who served as the U.S. Ambassador. Since 2012, she lives in Istanbul, Turkey with her family. Ms. Baran joined Hudson Institute as Senior Fellow and Director of Hudson’s Center for Eurasian Policy in April 2006. As a WORDE Specialist, her areas of expertise include the geo politics of energy, Turkey, the Black Sea region, South Caucasus and Central Asia and Islamist ideology.

From January 2003 until joining Hudson, Baran directed the International Security and Energy Programs at The Nixon Center. Through writings, seminars and briefings, Baran helped American policy-makers and opinion-leaders to understand the Eurasian region’s political, economic and social dynamics and the U.S. interests served by an effective partnership with key allies.

She has testified numerous times before congressional committees on issues ranging from U.S.-Turkey relations to political developments in the South Caucasus and integration and radicalization issues in Europe. Her current work focuses on strategies to thwart the spread of radical Islamist ideology in Europe and in Eurasia and to promote democratic and energy reform processes across Eurasia.

From 1999 until December 2002, Baran worked as Director of the Caucasus Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). For more than a decade, she has written extensively on Caspian oil and gas pipeline projects and frequently travels to the region. In recognition of her prominent contribution to the development of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the South Caucasus gas pipeline projects, she was awarded with the Order of Honor by Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze in May 2003. Baran was a C.V. Starr Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin in January 2006.
Baran received her M.A. in international economic development and her B.A. in political science from Stanford University. Her work on the compatibility of Islam and democracy received the Firestone Medal for Stanford’s most outstanding political science/international relations honors thesis in 1996.


ARTICLES


Engaging with Muslim Communities Around the World,” Testimony for the US Senate, Committee on Foreign Relations, February 26, 2009
“Oh Brotherhood, What Art Thou?” Weekly Standard, April 16, 2007
“Fighting the War of Ideas,” Foreign Affairs, November/December 2005
“Uzbekistan: The Key to Success in Central Asia?Testimony for the US House of Representatives, June 15, 2004
“The Road from Tashkent to the Taliban -An Islamist Terror Group is Undermining a U.S. Ally,” National Review, April 2, 2004


BOOKS

Citizen Islam: The Future of Muslim Integration in the West, Zeyno Baran with Emmet Tuohy, The Continuum International Publishing Group, July 2011.

The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular, edited by Zeyno Baran, Palgrave Macmillan, March 2010

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