Michael Cain is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Democracy and professor of Political Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Mary’s College (1999), Dr. Cain taught political science at the University of Mississippi, the University of Warsaw and the University of Maryland. He publishes and lectures in international public policy and teaches courses in international policy and political methodology. Since 2002 he has served as a senior technical adviser on energy development projects for the US government, working in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Tajikistan and Ukraine. In 2007, he published an edited volume entitled, Fighting Poverty and Reforming Social Security: What Can Post-Soviet States Learn from New Democracies of Central Europe? In 2011, he was a Fulbright Scholar in government at the University of Macau, Macau SAR, China. He received post-doctorate fellowship awards from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Kennan Institute and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). His most recent work “Linking the Caspian to Europe: Repercussions of the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline,” was published by the Rethink Institute in Washington DC where he also serves as a visiting fellow.