Shairbek Dzhuraev is the co-founder and president of Crossroads Central Asia, an independent research institute. He holds PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE). Previously, Shairbek was the Deputy Director at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and the Dean of Academic Development at the American University of Central Asia. His areas of expertise encompass international relations, domestic politics and foreign policy linkages, and water and energy issues in Central Asia. He is a member of PONARS Eurasia and serves in advisory groups for the EU-Central Asia Monitoring and the European Neighbourhood Council.

Recent publications

Journal articles and book chapters

Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “Kyrgyzstan and the Changing Geopolitics of Central Asia.” In The Changing Geopolitics of Central Asia and the Caucasus, edited by Svante E. Cornell, 1st edition. AFPC Press, 2023.
Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “The EU’s Central Asia Policy: No Chance for Change?” Central Asian Survey 41, no. 4 (October 2, 2022): 639–53.
Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy in Central Asia.” In Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Central Asia, edited by Rico Isaacs and Erica Marat, 1st ed., 232–47. Routledge, 2021.
Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy Change: Kyrgyzstan’s U-Turns on the U.S. Air Base at Manas Airport.” Central Asian Affairs 8, no. 2 (October 13, 2021): 175–202.
Kluczewska, Karolina, and Shairbek Dzhuraev. “The EU and Central Asia: Nuances of an Aided Partnership.” In Managing Security Threats along the EU’s Eastern Flanks, edited by Rick Fawn, 225–52. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020.
Owen, Catherine, Shairbek Juraev, David Lewis, Nick Megoran, and John Heathershaw. , eds. Interrogating Illiberal Peace in Eurasia. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017.
Cummings, Sally N., Shairbek Juraev, Alexander Pugachev, Azamat Temirkulov, Medet Tiulegenov, and Bermet Tursunkulova. “State, Regime, and Government in the Kyrgyz Republic (1991–2010): Disaggregating a Relationship.” East European Politics 29, no. 4 (December 2013): 443–60.
Dzhuraev, Emilbek, and Shairbek Dzhuraev. “The Kazakh and Kyrgyz Sides of Afghanistan: So Near and Yet So Far.” In The Regional Dimensions to Security: Other Sides of Afghanistan, edited by Aglaya Snetkov and Stephen Aris. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Juraev, Shairbek. “Pipes, Roads and Rivers: Different Faces of Eurasia’s Central Asia.” Caucasus International 2, no. 3 (Autumn 2012).
Juraev, Shairbek. “Kyrgyz Democracy? The Tulip Revolution and Beyond.” Central Asian Survey 27, no. 3–4 (December 2008): 253–64.

Research reports and commentaries

Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “Zone of Insecurity: The Militarization of the Kyrgyz-Tajik Border.” Religion Und Gesellschaft in Ost Und West 51, no. 5 (2023): 23–25.
Vesterbye, Samuel Doveri, Shairbek Dzhuraev, and Andreas Marazis. “Central Asian Media Consumption and Disinformation: A Quantitative and Qualitative Assessment in the Context of Geo-Politics.” European Neigbourhood Council, 2023.
Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “A New President and Old Presidentialism in Kyrgyzstan.” Crossroads Central Asia (blog), February 4, 2021.
Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “How Southern Is Central Asia?” Newsletter of APSA Comparative Politics Section 31, no. 2 (2021): 97–105.
Abdulganiyev, Kurtmolla, Shairbek Dzhuraev, and John Sweeney. “Framing Futures: Kyrgyzstan Scenarios Exercise.” United Nations Kyrgyz Republic, November 2021.
Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “Learning and Adaptation for Effective Peacebuilding.” United Nations Kyrgyz Republic, 2021.
Vesterbye, Samuel Doveri, Shairbek Dzhuraev, and Andreas Marazis. “Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 and Media Consumption among Vulnerable Communities in Central Asia.” European Neigbourhood Council, 2020.
Dzhuraev, Shairbek. “Turbulence in Kyrgyzstan: A Hijacked Revolution or Business as Usual?” Crossroads Central Asia, October 12, 2020.