Working Group on Eurasian Affairs‏

  • Professor Akbota Zholdasbekova

    Professor Akbota Zholdasbekova

    Coordinator: President,Eurasian International Studies Association;Professor, UNESCO Chair for Ethnic and Religious Tolerance, Astana, Kazakhstan.



    Individual Particulars

    Name                            Akbota Niyazovna Zholdasbekova

    Date of Birth                            April 6, 1981

    Education                        Ph.D (Global Politics and Political Studies)

    Tehran International School, high school; Kazakh National University, specialist in international relations; Russian Academy of Governmental Service, PhD in Global Politics and Political Studies.

    Nationality                      Kazakh

    Languages                        Kazakh, Russian, English, French, Turkish, Spanish

    Contact                             Imanov str. -26-95, Astana

                                       Ph:     007 7015202470, 007 7172 946186

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    Work Experience

    A-Research and administrative


    - 2014 - till present UNESCO Chair for Ethnical and Religious tolerance, Professor

    - 2014 - till present Eurasian International Studies Association, President

    - 2014 - till Present Ocean Security International, Coordinator for Eurasian Region, Scientific Advisory Board

    - 2014 - till present Asia Pacific Peace Research Association, Member of Council

    - 2014 – sep 2014- Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Institute of Diplomacy, Department of external policy, Chair

    - 2012 – 2013 - Eurasian National University, Department of World Regions, Chair

    - 2007 – 2012 - Eurasian National University, Department of International relations, associate professor

    - 2010 – 2012 - Eurasian National University, Department of Eurasian Studies, associate professor

    - 2009 – 2013 - Eurasian National University, Center of International Studies, director

    - 2012 – till present Eurasian International Studies Association, (EISA), Lead coordinator

    Working with Eurasian National University, one of two top Universities of Kazakhstan for 10 years and Academy of Public Administation

    Works as Guest Scholar at Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad Pakistan from 2010

    Special Expert on Policy and Foreign languages issues at “…as it was said” TV program on National Broadcasting Company “Khabar”.



    B-Publishing House

    Director, Kultegin Publishing House, 2003 to date. Issued and edited more than 40 books on wide ranging history, policy, literature, national image subjects. A 116 volume serie: “Republic of Kazakhstan: A Chonology of Independence” was approved by the President of the State. ( 25 volumes have been published already). “A Complete Atlas of Ancient Turcic Written Monuments” by Myrzatay Zholdasbekov have been announced a revolution in turcology



    • Winner of “Best University Professor”, governmental grant (highest University distinction in Kazakhstan) in 2010.

    International Exposure: Attended, conducted, spoke in, presented papers in courses, conferences, seminars in France, India, Pakistan, Russia, GB, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey.



    • Over 50 articles, reports, papers on wide ranging international and domestic issues
    • Monograph: The transformation of Political Systems of RK and RF

    Recent edited/co-edited and authored-coauthored books include:

    • Kazakhstan at Twenty (20 years of Sovereignty)(co-author with Irfan Shazad, Pakistan)
    • A monograph on Pakistan 2011: A look at the State and Society
    • Kazakhstan: 20 years of Independence (co-editor with K. Warikoo prof. at JNU)
    • Central Asia in international relations (co-authors Gregory Gleasson, Mirzokhid Rakhimov)
    • Geopolitics of the Caspian Region (co-authors Houman Sadri, Mandana Tishehyar)
  • Dr. Mandana Tishehyar

    Dr. Mandana Tishehyar

    Chief of International Cooperation Office of Allameh Tabataba'i University, Tehran, Iran. She is also Editor of the Journal International Politics.


    Mandana Tishehyar is:

    • Iranian Ph.D. graduated from school of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) located in New Delhi, India.
    • She was a member of Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Parliament Research Centre during 2001-2006 and a member of Institute of Strategic Studies in Tehran from 2008 to 2010.   
    • She is directing the bi-annual journal of International Politics.
    • She is also a member of Central Eurasia Program (CEP) in International Research Centre of University of Tehran.
    • She is working as Acting Director of Institute of Iran and Eurasia Studies (IRAS) since March 2013.
    • From November 2013, she began her new work as director of international academic cooperation in Allameh Tabataba’i University (ATU)
    • As an assistant professor, she is faculty member of ECO collage in Allameh Tabataba’i Uuniversity and also teaches in Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran.

    Iran’s Position in Regional Economic Cooperation in Afghanistan

    based on Neo-regionalism Theory


    Mandana Tishehyar



    Regional and continental convergence represents a contradiction in itself in an era that is known as the era of globalization. However, it is a fact that in the past decades political units while accepting globalization of some patterns, they also have tried to redefine their interests and identities in the regional frameworks.

    The new kind of regionalism that constructed identities and norms within the framework of institution building has considered being a new political discourse in the international era. In this new discourse, sometimes multiple identities have been defined in a geographical area and have overlapped each other. Subsequently, several layers of regionalism could be formed simultaneously with different functions and each country defines its regional relations according to its identity and interests in one or more layers.

    The main purpose of this paper is to analyze the potentialities and challenges of Iran’s participation in a regional economic cooperation to improve economic development programs in Afghanistan. The author will try to examine the idea of the importance of common identity as the basis of economic cooperation in the framework of neo-regionalism theory. 

  • Ms.  Marina Lapenko

    Ms. Marina Lapenko

    President of a think tank “Information - Analytical Center Eurasia - Povolj'e.” and Editor of the Journal Eurasian Studies. Kazakhstan.



    January 2014 – present – responsible editor of the scientific journal "Contemporary Eurasian Studies"

    February 2010 – present associate professor at the Chair of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia, SSU

    December 2005 – February 2010 – associate professor at the Chair of History of Modern and Contemporary Times, SSU

    September 2003 – December 2005 –at the Chair of History of Modern and Contemporary Times, SSU

    Administrative experience:

    September 2014 – present – Director of the "Eurasia - Volga Region Research and Information centre”

    2007 – March 2012, September 2013 – present – head of the Scientific and educational centre for the study of CIS countries and Baltic States of N. G. Chernyshevsky Saratov State University

    2013 – present – President of the management board of the Fund “Eurasian Workshop”

    2003-2008 – head of trade-union bureau of historical faculty (IHIR) SSU


    October 2000 - March 2004 – postgraduate student of the Department of History of Modern and Contemporary Times, Saratov State University Title of dissertation: "Unification" of the armed forces of the United States and George. V. Forrestal. Scientific supervisor: doctor of historical sciences, professor S. Y. Shenin

    September 1994 – May 1999 – full-time student of the historical faculty of Saratov State University, specialty "history"

    Diploma with honours (BCS 0883871) Title of the diploma "The ideological origins of the American Constitution" Scientific supervisor: doctor of historical sciences, professor Creder A. A.



    October 14-29, 2014 Euroacademy, Tallinn, Estonia

    March 28 – April 2, 2013 Winter school UNDP in Uzbekistan 2013

    September 3, 2012 - December 30, 2012 – training сourses "Teaching socio-humanities in the modern higher school"

    July 2-12, 2012 Summer University in Budapest, Hungary

    "Comparative Regionalisms: Changing Forms of Governance in Asia, Africa and the Americas and the Effects on the World Order»

    2009 -2012

    Regional seminar on improving the quality of teaching

    "Rethinking the international security agenda"

    Central European University (Budapest, Hungary).

    and Kazakh-German University (Almaty, Kazakhstan).

    November1-10, 2010

    training courses. Central European University (Budapest, Hungary).

    July 5 – 17, 2007

    Summer school. "Russia and the world. XX century. Migration and the nation

    state". (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).

    June 22-30, 2004

     Summer school.

    "The end of the cold war and the problem of security".

    Kuban state University.

     Archive of U.S. national security.

    The NATO information office in Russia. (Gelendzhik, Russia).

    October 18 – November 7, 2002

     participation in the Mega-project "Development and education in Russia".

    IGH RAS. (Moscow, Russia).

    February 18 – March 1, 2002

    Winter Academy.

    "Relationships: the NATO – Russia – EU". (Moscow, Russia).

    July 1-5, 2002

    Summer school "the Cold war: the facts, people, events" (Voronezh, Russia).

    July 5 – 10, 2001

    Summer school "The Cold war: new approaches and interpretations".

    (Saratov, Russia).

    March 20 - April 20, 2001 participation in the Mega-project "Development and education in Russia". IGH RAS. (Moscow, Russia).


    March 19, 2005 – present

    Professor of the Academy of Military Sciences

    April 25, 2015 – present

    Member, Central Eurasian Studies Society

    2013 – present

    Member, Association for European studies



    May 6, 2015 – second visiting meeting of the RIC Eurasia-Volga region, the international round table "Interaction of Kazakhstan and Russia: inter-state and inter-regional aspects (in the context of Eurasian integration)", Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan. Presentation title: "Eurasian integration from theory to practice – from the region to the capital"

    April 7, 2015 round table with international participation: "Kazakhstan in the XXI century: a strategy for success (experience in the construction of the political system)" to "the 20th anniversary of the Assembly of people of Kazakhstan." the city of Saratov. Status – organizer.

    March 26, 2015 – the first visiting meeting of the RIC Eurasia-Volga region international round table on "Kazakhstan in the Eurasian integration project". Uralsk, Kazakhstan. Presentation title: "Long-term development strategy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the context of integration processes".

    February 19, 2015 – round table with international participation "Problems and prospects of development of humanitarian cooperation in the frontier regions of Russia and Kazakhstan”. Saratov. Status – organizer.

    February 17, 2015 – international video conference "Russian-Kazakh relations in the context of the beginning of work of the Eurasian Union: inter-state and inter-regional aspects". Saratov-Moscow-Astana-Uralsk. Presentation title: "Theoretical and methodological approaches to the border zones and potential cross-border cooperation in the context of Eurasian integration"

    February 3, 2015 – round table with international participation: "The Beginning of the work of the EAEU and the role of media in the information support of the project: the regional dimension", Saratov, Presentation title: "Development of the Eurasian integration in the context of cross-border cooperation and regional media"

    December 23, 2014 – round table with international participation "Eurasia-2015: the main directions of development of the EAEU", Saratov, Presentation title: "Agenda 2015 for cross-border cooperation of Russia and Kazakhstan"

    December 11, 2014 – round table with international participation "Russia and the Central Asian Region – problems and prospects of joint modernization project", Samara. Presentation title:

    "Designing the region of Central Asia and the problem of modernization"

    November 27, 2014– round table with international participation "Mechanisms of development of information and expert communications between the regions of Kazakhstan and Russia", Saratov, Presentation title: "Analysis of the development of information and expert communications between the regions of Kazakhstan and Russia"

    November 14, 2014 – scientific and practical conference "Foreign market: reducing dependence, the path to integration and localization", Saratov, Status - participant

    September 23-26, 2014 – the all-Russian Internet-conference "Historical memory and contemporary assessment of the Second world war", status – organizer

    September 23, 2014 – interuniversity scientific conference "The War that changed the world: the 100th anniversary of the First world war", Saratov, Presentation title: Russian-Serbian relations in the context of the First world war

    September 9-10, 2014 – the First meeting of the Eurasian Club of Young Political Scientists (Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan). Organizers: Political science center "North-South", RIC MSU with the support of the Interstate Fund for humanitarian cooperation of States-participants of the CIS, the status – participant

    August 29-30, 2014 – the international scientific and practical conference "Society, science and innovation", Ufa, Presentation title: "Methods of investigation of complex socio-economic structures in the context of implementation of innovative technologies"

    June 16-17, 2014 – the international conference "Common historical space – the Foundation of the future of Russia", Moscow. Presentation title: "Political analysis and indexing as an option for the development of communication of CIS countries experts (on the example of an Index of Security in Central Asia")

    April 22, 2014 – University round table on "Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan: achievements and prospects of transformation into the Eurasian Union (EAU) Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia Presentation title: Ukrainian political crisis and its impact on the process of creation of the Eurasian Union

    April 7-18, 2014 – international Internet conference V international educational Forum "Personality in a single educational space" Zaporozhye, Ukraine Presentation title: Russian-Ukrainian scientific and public communication in the information confrontation

    February 24-27, 2014 – international Internet conference "Models of migration behavior in the conditions of transformation of Eurasia”, status – organizer

    December 24, 2013 – "Civil forum of Saratov region 2013", Plekhanov Economic University (G. V. Plekhanov Saratov State Socioeconomic University REU).Saratov. Presentation title: "Ethnic, national and civic identity: the definition of notions"

    December 3, 2013 – scientific conference "Tehran conference and the modern world" (to the 70th anniversary of the meeting of leaders of the allied powers), Saratov. Presentation title: the Eurasian Union as a geopolitical project in the multi-polar world

    November 20-24, 2013 – international Internet conference "Eurasia: the integration models and strategy" the Internet portal of REC together with the Fund of the Eurasian ideas Presentation title: Translation of the Eurasian project: problems of perception

    October 2-10, 2013 – XLI international conference. XI international conference of young scholars. Information technology in science, sociology and business. Fall session. Ukraine, Crimea, Yalta-Gurzuf. Presentation title: "Problem of regional development in long-term strategies of the CIS countries"

    September 30 -  October 6, 2013 – the international economic forum "New economy". XVIII international scientific and practical conference "Problems and prospects of innovative development of economy" Miskhor, Yalta, Autonomous Republic Of Crimea, Ukraine). Presentation title: "Russian-Belarusian relations in the sphere of high-tech and nanotechnology: challenges and perspectives"

    August 23-24, 2013 – international scientific-practical conference "Forms and methods of state regulation of national economies” Kiev, Ukraine. Presentation title: "Long-term development strategy of the CIS countries in terms of the modernization process: a comparative analysis"

    August 23-24, 2013 – the II international scientific and practical conference "Modern trends in Economics and management: a new view", Donetsk, Ukraine, Eastern Institute of Economics and management Presentation title: Eurasian integration as a factor of innovative development of post-Soviet States

    September 25-27, 2012 international conference "Social Construction of Reality:

    Chances and Risks for Human Communications". (Yerevan, Armenia). Presentation title: "Russias nanotehnology policy: major achievements and challenges in the education system".

    June 6, 2012 – X annual Almaty conference "Topical issues of security in Central Asia" (Almaty, Kazakhstan).

    May 25, 2012 – III international scientific and practical conference of students, postgraduates, teachers, practitioners of "Modern customs regulation in the functioning of the common economic space".

    May 17, 2012 – scientific and practical seminar "Problem of security in the post-Soviet space in the context of transformation challenges and threats in the XXI century".

    March 20, 2012 – Volga region Institute name P. A. Stolypin round table "Eurasian world." Saratov. Status – participant.

    February 28, 2012 – Russian-Ukrainian round table on the theme "Identity of the peoples of Russia and Ukraine: political and educational measurement”.

    February 4-14, 2012 – the final session of the three-year project "Rethinking the international security agenda. (Budapest, Hungary).

    December 8-9, 2011 – international conference "Russia – CIS: integration strategy in the context of a multidimensional development of the post-Soviet space". (Saratov, Russia).

    November 23-25, 2011 – Russian-Ukrainian Internet-conference "Russia and the Eastern partnership: multi-level integration in the post-Soviet space". The website of REC for cooperation with the CIS countries and Baltic States

    October 25-26, 2011 – international scientific forum "Kazakhstan and Eurasian idea in the new world". (Astana, Kazakhstan).

    August 7-13, 2011 – summer session of the three-year project "Rethinking the international security agenda. (Izmir, Turkey).

    May 26, 2011 – international conference "Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan: problems of formation and development prospects". (Saratov, Russia).

    May 17-20, 2011 – Russian-Azerbaijani interregional forum "Russia-Azerbaijan: towards new horizons of interregional cooperation". (Astrakhan, Russia).

    April 26-29, 2011 – the spring session of the three-year project, "Rethinking the international security agenda”, (Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan)

    April 29-30, 2011 – international conference: "European neighbourhood policy: the Eastern partnership and Central Asia Department of international relations of Euroacademia”. (Tallinn, Estonia).

    April 4, 2011 – round table dedicated to the Day of unity of peoples of Belarus and Russia and the Russian-Belarusian relations. (Saratov, Russia).

    March 29-31, 2011 – Internet – conference "Post-Soviet space in the 21st century: problems, tendencies, prospects". The website of REC for cooperation with the CIS countries and Baltic States

    March 23-24, 2011 – V international scientific and practical conference "Fundamental and applied problems of geopolitics, geoeconomics and international relations. The expansion of NATO and the European Union to the East — security problems of the CIS countries, Europe and Asia." (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).

    March 15, 2011 – round table "Russian-Ukrainian relations and the experience of interregional cooperation on the example of Saratov and Zaporozhye. (Saratov. Russia).

    February 17, 2011 – round table " Identity of the peoples of post-Soviet States in the cases of Ukraine and Belarus". (Saratov, Russia).

    May 18, 2010 – international conference " Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan: problems of formation and development prospects". (Saratov, Russia).

    May 7, 2010 – round table "Ukraine in the Second world war and the great Patriotic war (1939-1945): actual problems of history." Dnipropetrovsk national University. (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine).

    May 5-6, 2010 – the first international educational Forum "Personality in a single educational space". Zaporizhye Institute of postgraduate education. (Zaporozhye, Ukraine).

    April 23-26, 2010 – spring triennial session of the seminar "Rethinking the international security agenda". (Almaty, Kazakhstan).

    April 23-24, 2010 – III international scientific and practical conference of universities "Universities and society. Cooperation and development of universities in the twenty-first century". MSU. (Moscow, Russia).

    April 20-22, 2010 – Internet-conference "The Great Patriotic War in the political discourse of post-Soviet States". The website of REC cooperation with the CIS countries and Baltic States

    MAIN PUBLICATIONS (2014-2010.)


    Lapenko M.V. Regionalnyj podhod ES k      Centralnoj Azii: povestka 2014 goda // Aktualnye problemy sovremennyh mezhdunarodnyh otnoshenij. Vypusk 4. Saratov. 2014. S. 77-87.

    Lapenko M.V. Konstruirovanie regiona Centralnoj Azii: vnutrennie i vneshnie aspekty // Aktualnye problemy sovremennyh mezhdunarodnyh otnoshenij. Vypusk 3. Saratov. 2014. S. 15-23.

    Lapenko M.V. Problema regionalnogo razvitija v dolgosrochnyh strategijah stran SNG // Informacionnye tehnologii v nauke, sociologii i biznese. Moskva, 2013. S. 25-27.

    Lapenko M.V. Perspektivy sotrudnichestva Rossii i stran-uchastnic EvrAzJeS v oblasti vysokotehnologichnoj mediciny // Problemy sozdanija v Rossii biosensornyh sistem, ispolzuemyh dlja lechenija i nepreryvnoj diagnostiki socialno-znachimyh zabolevanij. № 2. Moskva. 2013. S. 58-66.

    Lapenko M. V., Ajrapetjan A. S. Strategii razvitija stran SNG v uslovijah modernizacionnogo processa: sravnitelnyj analiz dolgosrochnyh programm // Форми i методидержавногорегулюваннянациональнихекономiк. Киев. 2013. С. 65-67.

    Lapenko M.V., Ajrapetjan A. S., Leshukov V, S. Evrazijskaja integracija kak faktor innovacionnogo razvitija gosudarstv postsovetskogo prostranstva // Sovremennye tendencii v jekonomike i upravlenii: novyj vzgljad. Doneck. 2013. S. 124-126.

    Lapenko, Marina The EUs Policy toward Central Asia and the South Caucasus: a Brief Comparison // Baltic Horizons. No. 20 (117). August 2013. P. 37-44. ISSN: 1736-1834.

    LapenkoM. V.ProektsozdanijaEvrazijskogosojuzaiegovosprijatievpoliticheskojjeliteijekspertnomsoobshhestveperspektivnyhstran-uchastnic // IzvestijaSaratovskogouniversiteta. Novaja serija. Serija: Istorija. Mezhdunarodnye otnoshenija. Saratov. 2013. S. 69-79.

    Lapenko M. Recognition of Independence of Abhazia and South Ossetia by Belarus and Ukraine Rossija-SNG: integracionnye strategii v uslovijah mnogovektornogo razvitija postsovetskogo prostranstva. Saratov: IC «Nauka». 2012. ISBN 978-5-999-1230-5. S. 164-169.

    Lapenko M. V., Leshukov V. S., Balajan A. A. Razvitie sotrudnichestva Rossii i Ukrainy v sfere nanotehnologij. Hayka в Iнформацiйному просторi. Мaтерiaлы VII Мiжнародноi науково-практичноi конферецii. Днiпропетровськ. 2012. ISBN 978-617-645-078-8 (Т. 7). С. 48-52.

    Lapenko M.V., Leshukov V.S. Sistema obrazovanija v Kazahstane, Rossii i Ukraine v kontekste societalnogo sektora bezopasnosti // Sbornik nauchnyh tezisov III Mezhdunarodnogo obrazovatelnogo foruma "Lichnost v edinom obrazovatelnom prostranstve". Zaporozhe, 2012.  S. 64-66.

    Lapenko M.V., Leshukov V.S. Perspektivy vstuplenija Kyrgyzstana v Tamozhennyj Sojuz // Tamozhennyj Sojuz Rossii, Belorussii Kazahstana: problemy stanovlenija i perspektivy razvitija. Materialy mezhdunarodnoj nauchno-prakticheskoj konferencii. Vypusk II. Saratov. 2012. ISBN 978-5-91879-189-9 S.28-33.

    Lapenko M. V. Politicheskij sektor // Indeks bezopasnosti Centralnoj Azii. IV kvartal 2010 g. Institut politicheskih reshenij. Evrazijskij centr politicheskih reshenij. Almaty. 2011. 66 s. ISBN 978-601-7223-05-2 S.21-26.

    Lapenko M. V. Politicheskij sektor // Indeks bezopasnosti Centralnoj Azii. I kvartal 2011 g. Institut politicheskih reshenij. Evrazijskij centr politicheskih reshenij. Almaty. 2011. 51 s. ISBN 978-601-7223-06-9. S.19-23.

    Lapenko M. V., Alekseev D. Cevernyj marshrut tranzita NATO v Afganistan: struktura, vyzovy i perspektivy. structure, challenges and perspective. Doklady Akademii Voennyh nauk. 2011, № 11. Saratov. S. 149-153.

    Lapenko M. V., Arshinov Ju. E. «ES na postsovetskom prostranstve: strategicheskie celi ili oboznachenie konturov prisutstvija?» // Geopolitika, mezhdunarodnye otnoshenija, gosudarstvennaja bezopasnost. Fundamentalnye i prikladnye issledovanija. S-Pb., 2011. ISBN 978-5-7422-2981-0 S. 144-147.

    Lapenko M. V. Ternistyj put k innovacionnomu razvitiju SNG // Rezultaty monitoringa nanoindustrii v RF //

    Lapenko M. V., Arshinov Ju. E. Politika ES v otnoshenii novyh nezavisimyh gosudarstv postsovetskogo prostranstva // Postsovetskoe prostranstvo v XXI veke: problemy, tendencii i perspektivy. Saratov. 2011. ISBN 9785999910516   S. 45-48. 

    Lapenko M. V. «Kiprskij scenarij» dlja Abhazii: vyzov processu uregulirovanija ili neizbezhnaja realnost? // Turcija - Rossija- Blizhnij Vostok: istorija, kultura, politika: Materialy nauchnoj konferencii. Saratov. 2010. S. 61-67

    Lapenko M. V. Problema identichnosti i vospitanija molodjozhi na postsovetskom prostranstve // “Основи громадянської освіти”. Матеріали Всеукраїнськогонауково-практичного семінару . 22 - 24 вересня 2009 року. Запоріжжя. 2009. С. 87-91.


    International conflict in the twenty-first century (Bachelor)

    International integration and international organizations (Bachelor)

    Economic and political processes in the CIS (Bachelor)

    Conflicts in the CIS (Bachelor)

    Central Asia in international relations (Bachelor)

    New risks in the system of international relations (Master)

    The Security of Central Asia (Master)

    Theory and history of Eurasian integration (Master)

    Experience of integration in Europe (Master)


    1. The competition for grants of the President of the Russian Federation for state support of young Russian scholars (MK-2007).

    2. Grant MGIMO "Russia's Future: a view from the center and regions". Network interregional project. Direction: "scenarios for the future relations of the Federal center and regions of Russia in the context of the development of the international environment until 2015".

    3. RFBR grant for the international conference "Russia-CIS: forming patterns of interregional cooperation", July 2008

    4. RGNF grant 10-02-00262 (2011 -2012)

    5. RFBR project №13-06-00842 A (2012-2014) Project title: "Study of features of long-term forecasting of development of regions on the basis of mathematical modeling of complex hierarchical socio-economic systems".

    6. Grant of the President of the Russian Federation for NGOs. January – September 2015 project Title "Social dimension of the prospects of the Eurasian integration in the context of cross-border and regional cooperation of Russia with the Central Asian States". Status – project manager.


    Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), Internet, Photoshop, etc., programs




    Russian – native speaker, English– advanced level

  • Dr. Irfan Shahzad

    Dr. Irfan Shahzad

    Lead Coordinator of Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan. He is also editor of the journal “Policy Perspectives”.


    Mr. Muhammad Irfan Shahzad is working as Lead Research Coordinator at the Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad-Pakistan since July 01, 2008. He is leading a team of 15+ young and mid-career researchers and is also the Assistant Editor of the Institute’s flagship journal, Policy Perspectives. During the past about 15 years of association with this leading independent think-tank of the country’ (before 2008, he was serving as Research Coordinator for Globalization, Development, and China Section) he has specifically focused on China, Central Asia and Eurasia. Within Central Asia, his prime focus has been on Kazakhstan and Chinese policy towards the region. He is presently engaged in research (along with Dr. Akbota Zhaldesbekova of Eurasian National University, Astana) on the power-politics being played in the region in the name of revival of “Silk Road’ by China, Russia, the West led by the US and its Asian allies. He has co-edited/co-authored 7 volumes, more than 20 research articles, edited 25 six-monthly issues of the journal mentioned above; organized more than 50 conferences, and has partially contributed to some 100 reports/monographs produced by the Institute he is working with, over a period of 15 years. Mr. Irfan has also worked as a freelance journalist, contributing for national and international media outlets, contributing more 300 stories/articles, and his services have been recognized in the form a national and two international awards. He is a visiting faculty in a coupled of universities in Islamabad, and Yunnan University of Economics and Finance, Kunming-China. 

  • Dr. Seyit Ali Avcu

    Dr. Seyit Ali Avcu

    Formerly Turkish International Aid Agency TIKA Coordinator, Bishkek, Kirgistan, and now Director of ORASAM (Central Asia Studies)in Manas University, Bishkek, Kirgizstan.


    Areas of Interest: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Middle East, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Eurasian Economic Union Religion and Politics, Ethnic Conflict, Political Parties, Turkey.

    Languages: Turkish(native) English, Russian, Kyrgyz, Arabic

    Date of Birth: 27.06.1971


    Degree Major University Year
    Ph. D. Political Science/International Relations University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA 2010
    M.A. Political Science Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA 1997
    B.A. Public Administration Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara, Turkey 1993

    PhD Thesis: “Economic Reforms and Political Party Fragmentation in Developing Democratic Countries”.

    -Advisor: Prof. Dr. William B. Quandt.

    Academic Positions:

    2011-2015: Assistant Professor, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University, Bishkek. 2011-present: Assistant Professor, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, Turkey. 2009-2011:       Lecturer, Kırıkkale University, Turkey

    2006-2007:       Adjunct Faculty, Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, USA

    Administrative Positions:

    Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency

    Country Coordinator

    Seyit Ali Avcu

    July 20015


    Central Asian Research Center Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University

    Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN


    Seyit Ali Avcu

    Feb 2012

    July 2015

    Publications: Books

    Avcu, Seyit Ali. (2015), Economic Reforms and Party System Fragmentation in Turkey,

    Germany: Omniscriptum Gmbh & Company Kg. ISBN: 3659688746, 9783659688744

    Articles Published in International Editorial Journals

    Avcu,  Seyit  Ali.  (2011),  “Struggle  for  Democracy  in  Armenia  In  1990s”  Alatoo Academic Studies, v. 6, n. 1, pp. 26-36.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali.  (2013).  “Fragmentation  of  Political  Party  System  in  Kyrgyzstan”

    Central Asia and the Caucasus.  v. 14, n. 2, pp. 78-92.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali. (2014).   “Hegemonic Stability Theory and Secessionist Movements in the Middle East During the 1990s” Manas Journal of Social Studies, v.3 n. 10, pp. 1-26.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014). “Political Consequences of Economic Reforms in the Middle East” Reforma-International Economics Journal, 2 (62) , pp. 7-15.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014). “Terrorism and Organized Crime: Threats to National Security of Central Asia” Reforma-International Economics Journal, 4 (64) 2014. pp.58-62.

    Avcu,  Seyit  Ali  (2014).  “Avrasya  Gümrük  Birliği  ve  Kırgızistan:  Avantajları  ve Dezavantajları” Avrasya Etüdleri, v.20 n.1(45), pp.269-297.

    Papers presented and published in International Congress Proceedings

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2012)."Political Advertising in 2011 Turkish Parliamentary Elections" New Communication Technologies and Social Transformation Symposium , Bishkek, 2-4 May,

    2012,  pp. 55-65.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali  (2013). “Political  and Social Behavior of the Meskhetian Turks in Kyrgyzstan” AUCA Anthropology Conference, April 30 2013, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali. 2013.   “Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Relations: Obstacles and Solutions” International Symposium on Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Relations on 22nd Years of Independence, Kyrgyzstan - Turkey Manas University May 24-25, 2013.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2013). “Terrorism and Organized Crime in Central Asia” South-East Europe Workshop on The Links between Terrorism and Organized Crime 4 -5 November 2013 Antalya, Turkey,

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014). “Kırgızistan’da Siyasal Partilerin Kurumsallaşması” I. Uluslararası Türk Devlet Yönetimi Geleneği Kongresi, 3-4 Nisan 2014 Bişkek, Kırgızistan.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014). “Behavior of Uzbekistan During 2010 Events in Osh” Interethnic Relations and Peace-Building in Central Asia  18 April, 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014). “Globalization in Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan” Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) Joint Regional Conference, May 22-24, 2014, Astana, Kazakhstan

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014). “Ukraınıan Crısıs And Central Asıa: Russıa’s Strategıc Communıcatıon” III. Uluslararası İletişim " Stratejik İletişim Yönetimi" 5-7 Haziran 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014)." Why a Democratic state wants to restrict religious freedom? The case of Kyrgyzstan” Conference on Peace and Religion in Central Asia, 24-25 October 2014. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014)."Small States and Economic Integrations: Eurasian Customs Union and Kyrgyzstan” III. Avrasya Sosyal Bilimler Forumu, 15-16 Kasım, 2014, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014)." Overlapping Integration Processes in Central Asia: Eurasian Economic Union and Silk Road Economic Belt” Common Development and Prosperity of the States along the Silk Road, 28 November, 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2014)."Entegrasyon Teorileri Işığında Türk Birliği” Gaspıralı İsmail Bey'in Ölümünün 100. Yılında Dilde, Fikirde, İşte Birlikte Neredeyiz. 25-26 Aralık 2014, Bişkek, Kırgızistan.

    Avcu, Seyit Ali (2015)” Ethnic Conflict and Kin-State: The case if Uzbekistan” International Studies Association 56th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA 17-21 February 2015.

    Avcu,  Seyit  Ali  (2015)  “Globalization  in  Central  Asia:  Comparing  Kyrgyzstan  and

    Uzbekistan” International Studies Association 56th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA 17-21 February 2015.

  • Dr. Punit Gaur

    Dr. Punit Gaur

    Director of Central Asia Studies of CRRID Chandigarh, India.


    Dr. Punit Gaur is Visiting Professor at L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan. He is associated with CRRID as Associate Fellow and is engaged in a project “Central Asia between many Silk Roads: Indian Policy at the Crossroads” as Project Director, sponsored by ICSSR, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Prior to this he was working as Assistant Professor with CRRID in the programme/project titled “Cooperative Development, Peace and Security in South and Central Asia” sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He has published research papers in books and journals which have direct foreign policy implications for India. He has presented papers in number of national and international seminars in India and abroad. Over the period of his career he has developed significant contacts with people of important stature in the sphere of academia in various countries of South and Central Asia. He is also actively engaged in research activities with many associations and organizations of international repute.
  • Prof. Svetlana Kozhirova

    Prof. Svetlana Kozhirova

    Professor of the Eurasian National University. She is also the founder of Eurasian International Studies Association.


    personal data

    St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation,

    Speciality: Political Science

    1991– 1993 Academy of Science of the USSR, Institute of Oriental Studies, China office – postgraduate study
    1989 –1990 Academy of Science of the USSR, Institute of Oriental Studies, China office – internship
    1983–1988 Kazakh Pedagogical Institute named after Abay, Department of History
    2012 - till present

    Сenter of strategic researches of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

    Сhief researcher

    1999 – till present

    Eurasian National University:

    Professor of International Relations Department

    Head of Eurasian Studies Department

    Scientific Secretary

    Assistant Professor of General History Department

    1999 – 1993

    Kazakh Pedagogical Institute named after Abay, History Department,

    General History Department, Senior lecturer

    1997 Candidate’s thesis «Russian – Chinese relations in Xinjiang between 1881-1917»
    2009 Doctorate’s thesis «Chinese migration to Kazakhstan and regional security problems»

    - Seminars at the Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

    - Research and Education Forum on International Relations, Moscow (Russia)

    - Fund «BilimCentral Asia»


    - Political Science Department of Sofia University named after K. Okhridskiy (Bulgaria)

    - Oriental Studies Department of Institute of Political Science of Warsaw University (Poland)

    - New Mexico University, Albuquerque (USA)

    - Hankuk University, Seoul, Korea

    Scholarships NATO Committee within the program «Science for peace and security», 2010
    Project of nongovernmental organization TIRI (Great Britain) «Integrity in Public Administration», 2009, 2013