Gulshan Pashayeva is Deputy Director of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She previously worked at the United Nations Office in Azerbaijan as National Programme Coordinator for the UN Women (UNIFEM) project “Women for ConflictPrevention and Peacebuilding in the Caucasus” (2001-2006), and as a Public Information Associate for the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI). From 1996 to 2001, Pashayeva directed the NGO Conflict Research Center and taught at various state and private universities in Azerbaijan. She was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted a six-month post-doctoral research at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University in 1998/99. She specializes in conflict resolution and security studies, as well as gender and language policy. She authored more than 100 scientific publications and one monograph.