Dr. Karasik is currently a Senior Advisor to a number of consultancies based in the UAE and abroad. For the past 30 years, he worked for a number of US agencies involved in researching and analyzing religo-political issues across MENA and Eurasia including the evolution of violent extremism. Dr. Karasik has lived in Dubai, UAE for 10 years.
Dr. Karasik was an Adjunct Lecturer at the Dubai School of Government where he taught graduate level international relations. Karasik was a Senior Political Scientist in the International Policy and Security Group at RAND Corporation. From 2002-2003, he served as Director of Research for the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. He is a specialist in geopolitics and geoeconomics for the MENA and Eurasia regions and frequently conducts studies and assessments of future trajectories. Dr. Karasik received his Ph.D in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in four fields: Russia, Middle East, Caucasus and an outside field in cultural anthropology focusing on tribes and clans from Central Asia to East Africa. He wrote his dissertation on military and humanitarian operations in the northern port city of Arkhangel’sk and their impact on political institutions during the Russian civil war.