Dr. Aijan Sharshenova is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Dr. Sharshenova holds a PhD in Politics awarded at the University of Leeds, UK. Prior to joining the OSCE Academy, Dr. Sharshenova has worked at the UN and UNDP country offices in the Middle East, and taught courses in International Politics and Academic Writing. Dr. Sharshenova’s research interests include public diplomacy, the EU and Russian policies towards Central Asia, and international development. Recently, Dr. Sharshenova published her book ‘The European Union’s Democracy Promotion in Central Asia’ available on Amazon.