Annette has more than 30 years’ experience as an analyst of Central Asia, specializing in the domestic, energy and foreign policies of the region.
She regularly advises corporate investors and has prepared briefings and reports on political risk and strategies of engagement in the Central Asian states for international financial institutions, oil and gas companies, UK and US government departments and non-governmental organizations.
Annette has provided expert witness services and has testified to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee in connection with its inquiry into Autocracies and UK Foreign Policy.
She acts as an expert for the Bertelsmann Stiftung, and is a frequent panellist at international conferences and events and a regular commentator on a wide array of global media outlets.
Annette is the author of a number of monographs, book chapters, journal articles and Chatham House reports and papers, including Turkmenistan: Power, Politics and Petro-Authoritarianism and, most recently, Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition.
For ten years she wrote for Freedom House’s annual research publication on democracy, Nations in Transit.
Her research has been supported by grants from the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, Open Society Foundations and IREX.
Annette holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa), the University of Cambridge and Harvard University.
|2005 - present||Independent analyst and consultant|
|2001-2004||Research fellow, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester|
|1999-2000||Research associate, Department of Geography, Cambridge University|
|1994-1998||Research fellow, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University|
|1987-1990||Analyst, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Inc., Munich, Germany|
|1985||Information specialist, USSR Division, Voice of America, Washington, D.C.|