Past Associate Research Fellows

Past Associate Research Fellows

Ana-Maria Anghelescu, 2019

Policy Brief: Drawing Lessons from Past Cooperation between EU and Central Asia for the Implementation of the 2019 Strategy

Ana-Maria Anghelescu holds a BA in International Relations and European Studies, a MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania. Ana-Maria also works in the International Relations Department of the Ministry of National Education of Romania, while being a teaching assistant for international relations courses at her university.

Her thesis explores possible areas of cooperation between Romania and Central Asia, in the context of the European Union’s strategy for the region. During her stay at the OSCE Academy, Ana-Maria Anghelescu conducts research regarding the local perceptions of the European Union in general and Romania in particular, while better understanding the place of Central Asia in the regional security complex.


Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva, 2019

Policy Brief: Regulating Corporate Social Responsibiliy (CSR) in the Large-Scale Mining Sector in Kyrgyzstan

Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva is an Assistant Professor at the American University in Central Asia. She obtained her PhD at the University of Exeter (UK). Her doctoral research was focused on the study of political change from below: protest politics in Kyrgyzstan. Asel holds her Master's degree from Sciences Po Paris (France). Her Master thesis was focused on the study of labor migration of Central Asians in Russia.
Asel has published on the topics of social mobilizations, religiosity and gender, democratization and institution-building, authoritarianism and rent-seeking of natural resources, and migration. Her current interest is focused on Islamic institutionalized and private education in Kyrgyzstan.


Tamás Kozma, 2019

Policy Brief: Turkmen Natural Gas in the European Energy Security Discourse: Perceptions, Realities, Outlook 

Tamás Kozma heads the Asian and African Relations Office of the Antall József Knowledge Centre, in Budapest, Hungary. Also he is a doctoral candidate in Geopolitics at the University of Pécs. Obtained his BA and MA degrees in International Relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest. His primary research interest is energy geopolitics in Turkey, South Caucasus, Central Asia, and in the broader Middle East. His doctoral dissertation is focusing on Turkey’s energy policy aspirations, its participation in international energy projects, and its energy-based cooperation with different countries. Tamás Kozma’s articles are published by the Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, by Turkish Policy Quarterly, and also by a number of Hungarian journals and textbooks.



 Dr. Sebastian Mayer, 2019

Policy Brief: Walking Alone, Walking Together? OSCE-EU Relations in Central Asia

Dr. Sebastian Mayer is currently DAAD Associate Professor of International Relations at the Kazakh-German University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Associated Researcher, Institute for International and Intercultural Studies, University of Bremen, Germany. He serves as the Founding Director of the GKU’s Centre for Research & Graduate Education. Dr. Mayer obtained his PhD at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. He has been working as Assistant Professor at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Bremen, including with the collaborative research centre “Transformations of the State”.
Dr. Mayer’s research activities include problems of collective action, IO policy cohesion and transatlantic relations in the security realm. He is particularly interested in institutional change in, and regime complexity among, international security organizations such as NATO, the EU’s CFSP and the OSCE. His regional expertise covers Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus.


Niva Yau, 2019

Policy Brief: China’s Pursuit of Power in Central Asia

Yau Tsz Yan is a Junior Researcher at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and a graduate from the University of Hong Kong. Ms Yau’s research focuses on China’s Western Peripheral Diplomacy, including Central Asia and Afganistan. Her research interests center on China’s strategic thinking in the 21st century, including the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese private military security companies (PMSCs) and authoritarian technology. Ms Yau frequently writes for Eurasianet and the Diplomat to update China in Central Asia affairs. Prior to the Central Asian focus, Ms Yau was a Research Assistant at the Belt and Road Strategic Research Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where she worked with Belt and Road actors and issues in the South East Asian region.




Rigina Syssoeva, 2019

Policy Brief: Eurasian Integration: Achievements and Obstacles toward a Regional Security Community

Dr. Rigina Syssoyeva, from Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), received her PhD degree in “International Studies” at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) in 2015, after obtaining her BA and MA degrees in “International Relations” at the L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan) and studying as an exchange student at the University of Lapland (Finland) and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea). She currently works at "Astana International University" and the Embassy of Cuba (part-time). Her research interests include theories of regional integration, development of the Eurasian Economic Union, international cooperation in the post-Soviet area, internal politics of members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, cooperation in the Arctic region and conflict in Afghanistan. Rigina speaks Russian, English and Spanish languages.


Dr. Ana B. Perianes, 2019

Research Topic: Women, Peace and Security in Western and Central Asia: Overview of the Current Situation and Implications for Women and Societies

Dr. Ana B. Perianes Bermúdez from Spain received her PhD in Peace and International Security at the General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute on Peace, Security and Defence. She also holds a University Specialized Degree in Mediterranean, Near and Middle Eastern Security from the same University.
Dr. Perianes has an extensive experience in Women, Peace and Security and Sustainable Development Goals affairs. She currently coordinates Women in International Security-Spain and she has an extensive list of publications in specialized reviews. Her main current research interests are in the area of Women, Peace and Security; The Sustainable Development Goals; Human Security; Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Security; Sahel; EU Affairs; European Security and Defence and US Foreign Affairs.



Srdjan Uljevic, 2019

Policy Brief: Assessing India’s Efforts in Central Asia

Srdjan Uljevic is Assistant Professor at American University of Central Asia where he teaches at Department of General Education and School of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration. His academic background is multidisciplinary and includes Bachelor of Laws from University of Split, M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University, Master in Contemporary China Studies from Renmin University, and Master of Social Sciences from Department of Political Science of National University of Singapore.

For about a decade, as a member of Croatian environmental NGO SUNCE, Srdjan worked with state and non-state actors in order to address and solve various environmental problems. In 2006 he went to China to conduct research on how China perceives international climate change negotiations. Ever since then Srdjan has been closely following Chinese foreign policy and international relations of Asia. More recently, he has been interested in India's grand strategy and foreign policy. Srdjan is deeply concerned with rising nationalism across Europe and devastation that climate change will soon wreck on our societies.


Yazid Suleimani, 2019

Research Topic: Policy Framework for the Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia

Yazid is an Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering with Honors and is currently a postgraduate student in Economics at Istanbul Commerce University. He is an avid researcher, teacher and business executive. His research interests include Policy, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Banking, Finance and International Economics. His business interests include Private Equity and Investment Banking. Yazid is working on ‘Policy Framework For The Implementation of The Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia’ at the OSCE Academy. The research aims to study and delineate optimal policy framework for the successful implementation of the Belts and Roads Initiative across Central Asia. The in depth project will include studies into Entrepreneurship, Firm and Industrial Organization, Banking and Finance, and Macroeconomic aspects of the Belts and Roads  Initiative in order to produce an optimal policy framework that will ensure the initiative’s success in Central Asia and  beyond.


Miguel Iglesias Lopez, 2018

Research Topic: Geographies of European Security Cooperation in Central Asia

Miguel Iglesias Lopez is an Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy and a PhD student in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute in Geneva (IHEID), where he obtained an MA in International Relations and Political Science. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. His doctoral research is centred on European security cooperation on the borders of Central Asia.




Olivier Korthals Altes, 2018

Research Paper: Security Sector Reform in Central Asia: Exploring the Policy - Practice Gap of Police Reforms and the Civil Society Factor in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

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.





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