Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva teaches graduate courses in Political Science at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. She earned her PhD from the University of Exeter (UK) in Politics and her Masters’ degree from Sciences Po Paris. Previously, she was a Visiting Fellow at College Mondial, FMSH (Paris, France). Her academic interests include social mobilizations, regime transition and democratization, postsocialism, and political economy of resource extraction in Central Asia.

Book project: “Micro-dynamics of protests in trust deficit societies”
Keywords: Problems of collective action, mistrust, regime change, Central Asia

Selected publications

“Despite the fiction: making gold frontiers through institutional discourses in post-socialist Kyrgyzstan”, in Extraction/Exclusion: Beyond Binaries in Resource Knowledge and Practice, Rowman Littlefield International, forthcoming 2022

“The 2020 violent change in government in Kyrgyzstan amid the Covid-19 pandemic: three distinct stories in one” in Anja Mihr (ed.), Transformation and Development in the Organization and Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Region, Springer Publisher, forthcoming, 2021

“Populism à la Kyrgyz: Sadyr Japarov, Nationalism, and Anti-Elite Sentiment in Kyrgyzstan”, Illiberalism Studies Program Working Papers N4, 2021

“Madrasa-based Religious Learning: Between Secular State and Competing Fellowships in Kyrgyzstan”, Central Asian Affairs, Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2020, 211-235, https://doi.org/10.30965/22142290-bja10010

“Regulating Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Large Scale Mining in Kyrgyzstan”, OSCE Academy’s Policy Briefs, 2020, 1-11

“Uncertainty Perpetuated? The Pitfalls of a Weakly Institutionalized Party System in Kyrgyzstan”, with Alexander Wolters, Central Asian Affairs, Issue 4, January 2017, pp. 26-50, https://doi.org/10.1163/22142290-00401002

“State as Resource, Mediator and Performer: Understanding the Local and Global Politics of Gold Mining in Kyrgyzstan”, with John Heathershaw, Central Asian Survey, Vol. 34, Issue 1, March 2015, 93-110, https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2015.1010853

Work in Progress

Convener of a Special Issue: Political subjectivities and spaces of contestations within social mobilizations in Eurasia, Journal of Democracy, 2023 (anticipated date)

Convener of a Special Issue: Kyrgyzstani revolutions in perspective, Journal of Illiberalism Studies, 2022 (anticipated date)

Policy Analysis

World Bank Group: “Crisis Risk Monitoring Framework. Kyrgyz Republic: Monthly Situation Reports (4 briefs)”, 05/2021-10/2021

IOM Kazakhstan: “Youth migration from Central Asia” Research study, 04/2019-09/2019

UNICEF Switzerland: “Situation analysis of children affected by migration in Central Asia”, Research study, 01/2019-05/2019

IGF Canada and Kyrgyz Government: “Mining Policy Framework (MPF) Assessment in Kyrgyzstan”, Assessment study, 12/2017-07/2018