NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Program
GWU’s Central Asia Program (CAP), Nazarbayev University and the National Analytical Center (NAC) have launched the NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Program. The Program will develop state of the art research and act as a hub for research on and in Central Asia. Over 2017 and 2018, the Program will work on 5 topics:
China’s OBOR project and its impact for Central Asia;
External and internal migrations in Central Asia;
Economic diversification in Central Asia;
Youth and national identity in Central Asia; and
Exchange rate policy and macroeconomic policy framework in Central Asia.
Madina Bizhanova To what extent and how can the Silk Road Economic Belt contribute to economic diversification of Kazakhstan?
Aziz Burkhanov Impact of Chinese Silk Road Strategy on National Identity Issues in Central Asia
Bhavna Dave Silk Road Economic Belt: Effects of China’s Soft Power Diplomacy in Kazakhstan
Paulo Duarte China in theHeartland: The One Belt One Road challenges and opportunities for Central Asia
Vera Exnerova Supporting China´s OBOR Initiative: Transnational Ties and Local Society´s Role in Improving the PRC Image in Central Asia
Azad Garibov Contemporary Chinese Labor Migration and Its Public Perception in Central Asia: The Case of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Safovudin Jaborov Chinese Loans in Central Asia: Development Assistance or “Predatory Aid”?
Marek Jochec and Janat Jenishova Chinese Investment in the Framework of the Belt & Road Initiative in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: Current Situations, Challenges, and Perspectives
Sobir Kurbanov The Importance of Anticorruption, Trade and Investment Climate Reforms in Central Asia in the Context of China One Belt One Road Project
Sarah Lain The Potential and Pitfalls of Connectivity along the Silk Road Economic Belt
Gaukhar Nursha Chinese Soft Power in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: A Confucius Institutes Сase Study
Yelena Sadovskaya and Leah Utyasheva Human Silk Road – People-to-people aspect of the Belt and Road Initiative: a perspective from Central Asia
Hao Tian China’s Conditional Aid and Its Impact in Central Asia –
Kemel Toktomushev One Belt, One Road: A New Source of Rent for Ruling Elites in Central Asia?
Alexander Wolters Hegemonial or Multilateral? Chinese Investments and the OBOR Initiative in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
Visiting Fellows on “External and internal migrations in Central Asia” (Spring 2018)
Ajar Chekirova is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her dissertation entitled “Citizens undocumented: the legacy of communist migration policy and new urban spaces in Kyrgyzstan and China”, investigates the effects of the enduring communist era policies aimed at rural-to-urban migration control: propiska in the former Soviet Union and hukou in China. Her research has been sponsored by the Open Society Foundation, PEO International Peace Scholarship, and Dean’s Fellowship among others. Ajar holds MA degree in International Affairs from Ohio University, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in law from Peking University in China.
Visiting Fellows on “China’s OBOR project and its impact for Central Asia” (Fall 2017)
Gaukhar Nursha is a non-profit expert and currently pursues her doctoral degree in International Relations at the Al-Farabi KazNU. Her thesis is titled «US and China in Kazakhstan: official agendas and public diplomacy». She analyzes two countries’ (US and China) approach in Kazakhstan, their repertoire of soft power tools and correlation with official foreign diplomacy. Another area, which she wants to emphasize, is peculiarities of soft power policies of authoritarian or illiberal states.
Gaukhar has a broad work experience in CSO sector of Kazakhstan. She worked at the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia as a manager of projects sponsored by the United Nations Democracy Fund, the European Union and NCOC. Her project on Strengthening Kazakhstani CSOs downward accountability practies was the first to research and raise these issues among the public. Gaukhar is also a curator of Global Shapers Almaty Hub, a world wide youth organization initiated by the World Economic Forum. She focuses on providing equal opportunities for teenagers from low-income families and gender issues.
Azizbek Abdurakhimov Are the Countries of Central Asia in the Emigration Trap?
Gulnaz Atabaeva Remittances and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Kyrgyzstan
Malika Bahovadinova and Isaac Scarborough Capitalism Fulfills the Final Five-Year Plan: How Soviet-Era Migration Institutions Came to Fruition in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Galib Bashirov Between Securitization and Accommodation: A Comparative Study of Russian and Turkish Approaches to Migration from Central Asia
Ajar Chekirova Citizens Undocumented: Challenges of Internal Migration in Kyrgyzstan
Farrukh Irnazarov The Impact of Russian Re-entry Bans on Central Asian Labor Migrants’ Coping Strategies
Jakhongir Kakhkharov Remittances as a Source of Finance for Entrepreneurship in Uzbekistan
Nodira Kholmatova Changing the Face of Labor Migration? The Feminization of Labor Migration from Tajikistan to Russia
Shoirakhon R. Nurdinova Analysis of Socio-Economic Factors Effecting of Uzbek Labor Migrants’ Decisions in Turkey
Nazira Sodatsayrova Domestic and International Mobility: Being Present and Living in the Present Moment through Educational Mobility
Bolat L. Tatibekov and Reuel R. Hanks Spatial Dynamics of External Labor Migration in Contemporary Kazakhstan
Rustam Urinboyev Migration, Transnationalism and Social Change in Central Asia: Everyday Transnational Lives of Uzbek Labor Migrants in Russia
Zhengizkhan Zhanaltay Social Remittance Dynamics in Central Asia: Potential and Limitation