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The Caspian Region and the New Canon of Security

A presentation by BABAK HEDJAZI, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Geneva, at the conference on Security Issues and Impacts: Comparative Perspectives on Europe and Eurasia, UCLA, June 1, 2007

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A. Babak Hedjazi received his doctoral degree in Urban Planning at the Université de Grenoble in France in 2003.  He started his career in 1996 in Seoul, by conducting research on the urban infrastructure market for the French Embassy in Korea. Having joined the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1997, Dr. Hedjazi's work on the financing of urban infrastructures and Public-Private Governance contributed to the final document of OECD's Conference for Partnership in the XXI Century. A recipient of the Rhone-Alps and Fulbright scholarships since 1998, Dr. Hedjazi came to UCLA to conduct research on issues of regional development and security.  In this capacity, he has taught courses and organized multiple seminar series on this topic, bringing scholars and practitioners to UCLA to reflect on the nexus of development and security. In 2004 he participated in a multinational and comparative study of New York, Washington D.C., London, Paris, Madrid, and Tokyo conducted by the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and funded by the Mineta Institute and the UCLA International Institute. Bridging his academic research and his knowledge of Central Asia and the Caucasus, his latest work at the UCLA Center for Globalization and Policy Research concerns the impact of emerging economic and political insecurities on international cooperation and development. In 2006, Dr. Hedjazi lectured at the UCLA Global Studies program on Regionalization and Energy Security before joining the faculty of the University of Geneva.

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