Current Associate Research Fellows


  Aykokul Arzieva

   Research topic: Understanding Normative Implications of Development as Perceived and Experienced by  People in Post- Soviet Kyrgyzstan                              Download Abstract


Aykokul is an Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy and a PhD student in Anthropology and Sociology of Development at Geneva Graduate Institute. She has MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology with Specialization in Urban and Global Studies from the The Central European University and BA in Sociology from the American University of Central  Asia and Bard College. Aykokul also has a Pre-Degree Certificate in Tourism Guidance, Diploma of Higher Honor from the Vocational School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Kyrgyzstan-Turkey ''Manas'' University.


  Olivier Korthals Altes

  Research Topic: The policy-practice gap of European assistance of Security Sector Reform to Central Asia Download Abstract



Olivier Korthals Altes is an Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy, and an Erasmus Mundus exchange student to Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty. He’s enrolled in the MSc program Conflicts, Territories and Identities at his home institution Radboud University Nijmegen, and has a BA degree in History at the University Utrecht. At the OSCE Academy, Olivier conducts research for his master thesis on the policy-practice gap of European assistance of Security Sector Reform to Central Asia.


  Dr. Aijan Sharshenova

   Research Topic: Arab Aid in Central Asia: A Study of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Development Assistance in Kyrgyzstan Download Abstract



Dr. Aijan Sharshenova is an independent researcher based in Manama, Bahrain. Dr. Sharshenova obtained her PhD in Politics at the University of Leeds, UK. Her doctoral research focused on EU democracy promotion in Central Asia and will soon be published as book. 
Dr. Sharshenova holds Master’s degrees from the University of Leeds (2009), and the Institut für Europäische Politik and the Centre international de Formation européenne (2012). Previously, she has worked at the International Peace Institute, Middle East and North Africa, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, in democracy and development assistance projects in Kyrgyzstan, and provided research and communications consultancy internationally.
Dr. Sharshenova’s current research interests are in the area of South-South development cooperation. Her research interests also include democracy promotion, autocracy promotion, and development aid. Dr. Sharshenova’s regional expertise covers Central Asia, the European Union and, most recently, the Middle East and North Africa.



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