Dr. Viktoria Akchurina is a Lecturer at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Her research focuses on
state-building in Central Asia and the Middle East, comparatively. She is an author of a number of
academic publications on elite formation (Routledge 2021), power and hegemony (Routledge 2020), the
incomplete state (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), security and radicalization (Routledge 2015), border and
water management in central Eurasia (Lexington 2018). She co-edited a Special Section on ‘Power and
Competing Regionalism in a Wider Europe’ in the Journal of Europe-Asia Studies (2018). In her previous
capacity as a Researcher at TRENDS Consulting in Abu-Dhabi, she published a number of policy papers
on the Belt and Road Initiative in the Middle East and conducted research on Russian foreign policy in
Syria, among other projects. Previously, Viktoria worked for EXOP-Consulting in Germany, International
Women’s Media Foundation in Washington D.C., and taught at the MA program in Peace and
Development at Dauphine University in Paris. Viktoria received her PhD in International Relations from
the University of Trento (Italy) and her MA in Social Theory and Global Governance from Jacobs
University Bremen (Germany). She is fluent in English, German, French, Russian, Italian, and is now
working on her Kyrgyz and Arabic languages.