Central Asia Due Diligence

Political risks analysis of governance-related developments in post-Soviet Central Asia


Central Asia Due Diligence (CADD) is a UK based start-up civil society organization, having a legal status of a non-profit company limited by guarantee, registration No: 13871522.

CADD’s mission is to promote good governance, political and economic development, national sovereignty and regional security in Central Asian societies, by using state-of-the-art policy research and analysis, as well as program work.  The following directions of research and analysis are planned:

Central Asia Due Diligence (CADD) is a UK based start-up civil society organization, having a legal status of a non-profit company limited by guarantee, registration No: 13871522.

CADD’s mission is to promote good governance, political and economic development in Central Asian societies, and regional security, using state-of-the-art policy research and analysis of the anti-corruption, rule of law, and security related issues. The following directions of research and analysis are planned:

·        Anti-corruption, human rights, and security related sectoral analysis.

·        Political regimes due diligence – predicative analysis of the ongoing trends and directions of development in target countries or in the whole region.

·        PEPs database and advice – a collection of data on Uzbekistan’s politically exposed persons to create a database and provide a respective advice.   

·        Rapid reaction case analysis – in response to emergent issues, events, and developments in the region. 


Year we started the journey

Alisher Ilkhamov

The author of more than 100 publications  on development, nation-state building, nationalism, governance, anti-corruption and human rights in post-Soviet Uzbekistan and Central Asia. Scopus h-Index of citation – 7.

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Alisher Ilkhamov

Advisory Board members

Deniz Kandiyoti


Deniz KANDIYOTI is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the founding Chair of the Center of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus at SOAS (2001-2004) and editor-in-chief  of Central Asian Survey (2006- 2016). She is the author of Concubines, Sisters and Citizens: Identities and Social Transformation (in Turkish)  the editor of  Fragments of Culture: The Everyday of Modern Turkey (2002), Gendering the Middle East (1996) , Women, Islam and the State (1991) Gender, Governance and Islam (with Nadje Al-Ali and Kathryn Spellman Poots,  2019) and numerous articles on gender, Islam, post-coloniality, agrarian reforms in post-Soviet Central Asia and gender and conflict in Afghanistan. She has also acted as consultant for UNWomen, UNDP, UNESCO, OSCE, UNIFEM, British Council, DFID and UNRISD

Kristian Lasslett

Kristian LASSLETT is a Professor of Criminology at Ulster University, specialising in the areas of investigative methodologies, state crime and corporate crime. His primary research interests include grand corruption, money laundering, asset recovery and land-grabbing. He is co-founder of the International State Crime Initiative, Joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal State Crime, and Co-Director of UzInvestigations. Kristian has conducted dozens of complex transnational investigations into serious crimes committed by corporate and state actor, with regional specialisms in the Pacific and Central Asia. His most recent monograph was published in 2018 by Routledge, it is entitled Uncovering the Crimes of Urbanisation: Researching Corruption, Violence and Urban Conflict.

Richard E. Messick

Richard E. MESSICK is the co-founder and Senior Contributor to the Global Anticorruption Blog and a consultant to governments, international organizations, development agencies, and non-governmental organizations on legal development and anticorruption issues. As an attorney in the United States he advised political parties, office holders, corporations, and political committees on campaign finance and ethics issues and represented individuals and corporations in state and federal matters involving fraud and corruption. After serving as Chief Counsel of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, he joined the World Bank where he worked until his retirement on legal and judicial reform and anticorruption projects. His writings have appeared in scholarly and popular publications including the American Political Science Review, the World Bank Research Observer, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

John Heathershaw

John HEATHERSHAW is Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter.  His research addresses conflict, security, and development in authoritarian political environments, especially in post-Soviet Central Asia.  He is author of Post-Conflict Tajikistan (2009), co-author of Dictators Without Borders (Yale 2017) and was principal investigator of major research projects on Rising Powers and Conflict Management (2012-2016), Political Exiles (2015-2020) and Anti-Corruption Evidence (2019-2021).  In 2021/22 he is a senior fellow of British Academy studying relations between Eurasian kleptocratic elites and British professional service providers.  Heathershaw is a member of the Academic Freedom and Internationalisation Working Group (AFIWG) of the UK which campaigns for transparency and accountability in British universities international relations.  He has previously taught at the American University in Central Asia, the London School of Economics, Kings College London, and the University of Notre Dame. Prior to entering academia, Heathershaw was a research analyst at the Ministry of Defence and an aid worker in West Africa and Central Asia.  His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Department for International Development, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, and the Open Society Foundations.

Yurii Poita

Yurii POITA is the head of the Asian sections at the Ukraine-based New Geopolitics Research Network and at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies. In his research he specializes on regional security issues, the sociopolitical development in Central Asia, China’s influence in the post-Soviet space, as well as the hybrid methods used by some regional powers to promote their geopolitical interests. Yurii Poita was educated at the Zhytomyr Military Institute (Ukraine), with a degree in military sciences, at the Kyiv International University (Master degree in International Relations), and is currently working on his PhD dissertation at the Kazakh National University al-Farabi. Yurii has experience of studying issues related to defense industry, he has worked in and cooperated with a number of Ukrainian, Kazakh and European institutions and think tanks.