Farkhod Aminjonov

Farkhod Aminjonov

Senior Research fellow

Farkhod Aminjonov is an expert on energy security with a particular focus on Central Asia and the broader Eurasian region. He holds a Ph.D. in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs (offered jointly by the Center of International Governance Innovation, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo), Waterloo, Canada. In 2015, Farkhod Aminjonov successfully defended his Ph.D dissertation titled “Security of the Central Asian Energy System Through Regional-Level Energy Governance Innovations.” Dr. Aminjonov received his M.A in international area studies

Staff's Publications

September 19, 2018

Energy Security Policies of the Central Asian Countries: Hydrocarbons and Electric Power Sectors

The Central Asian countries’ energy sectors were built during the Soviet period and designed without concern for what are today national borders. The resource sharing mechanism ensured the security of the Central Asian Energy System (CAES)—reliable and stable energy supplies to meet the needs of both the people and the […]
February 2, 2017

Central Asian Regional Energy Initiatives: Challenges and Opportunities

The Central Asian Energy System (CAES) was designed and built during the Soviet period, when political borders and sovereignty issue were not an obstacle to ensure parallel operation of national energy sectors. Resource sharing mechanism ensured stability and reliability of energy supplies to meet population and economic needs. The mechanism […]
May 30, 2016

Alternative Energy Sources of Uzbekistan*

There is a huge potential for the development of renewable energy sources (RES) in Uzbekistan. While the World Bank statistics mention 100 percent access of the population to the electricity,[1] according to some estimates for about 1500 rural settlements of 1,5 million people are not properly connected to the central power […]
May 21, 2016

Natural Gas Pipeline Infrastructure in Central Asia

Central Asian region possesses huge amount of gas reserves: Turkmenistan – 17.5 trillion m3 , Uzbekistan – 1.6 trillion m3 , Kazakhstan – 1.9 trillion m3 . However, in the land–locked Central Asian context, it is not the amount of resources beneath the ground that determines gas market interactions, but […]
May 6, 2016

Oil Sector Development of Uzbekistan: from Net Exporter to Net Importer

Uzbekistan is a large producer of oil and oil products in Central Asia. The supplies, however, no longer meet the demand for oil products in the country. Because Uzbek authorities are guided by the belief of self-sufficiency and do not show willingness to import oil, its consumption level has been […]
May 6, 2016

Competing Interests of Iran and Kazakhstan in the Oil Market?*

Kazakhstan is rich for natural resources, especially crude oil. It possesses 30 thousand million barrels, which places it in the top 15 in the world’s ranking. The country is also one of the major producers with the daily production rate of 1701 thousand barrels in 2014 (top 20 major producers).1 More […]
April 1, 2016

Kazakhstan’s Countrywide Gasificaiton Initiatives are under Threat!

Kazakhstan enjoys abundance of energy resources, including natural gas. Yet, having possessed nearly 2 trillion cubic meters of gas, the production level in the country is rather limited. Kazakhstan consumes only half of its produced gas and exports the other half, because it lacks extensive internal gas supply networks to […]
March 14, 2016

Central Asian Countries’ Power Systems Are Now Isolated, But Not Everyone Is Happy!*

The Central Asian Power System (CAPS) was established in the 1960s and 1970s. The system consisted of mainly 30 percent hydro power plants (HPP) of Central Asian upstream and 70 percent thermal power plants (TPP) of downstream countries.[i] The Integrated Dispatch Center Energia, based in Tashkent, controlled the electric power supply […]
February 23, 2016

Overview of Prospects for the Central Asia–Afghanistan Energy Cooperation*

Afghanistan is one of those cases where security, energy and economic development are so closely inter-related. Without any single link of the chain ensuring political stability, economic prosperity and social security in the country would be highly problematic. At the moment, due to limited energy production capacity the country is […]
February 17, 2016

The Central Asian Countries’ Electric Power Sector and the Problem of Energy Inefficiency

Central Asian countries’ electric power sectors were initially designed during the Soviet Union to operate within a unified Central Asian Power System (CAPS). After gaining independence Central Asian governments started pursuing independent energy policies, which strained the coordinated operation of the system. Turkmenistan left the CAPS in 2003. Withdrawal of […]