Shairbek Dzhuraev

Shairbek Juraev is co-founder and director of Crossroads Central Asia. He has defended his PhD at the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews (formal graduation in July 2020). He served as Deputy Director at OSCE Academy in Bishkek and as a Dean of Academic Development at the American University of Central Asia. Shairbek taught courses in Central Asian politics, Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations at American University of Central Asia, OSCE Academy and European University at St Petersburg. His research interests include a wide range of political and policy issues in Central Asia, with a particular focus on political institutions, foreign policymaking and water politics. Shairbek holds MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics.

Selected publications

Juraev, Shairbek. 2019. “Grand Strategies for Small States: What Connectivity for Central Asia?”, Around the Caspian,

Owen, Catherine, Shairbek Juraev, David Lewis, Nick Megoran, and John Heathershaw (eds.) Interrogating Illiberal Peace in Eurasia, (London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017).

Shairbek Juraev and Karolina Kluczewska, ‘Threats to Stability in Central Asia: What Role for the EU?’, in Threats to Stability in Wider Europe: Expert and Academic Analysis, ed. by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye and Rick Fawn, 2017.

Shairbek Juraev, ‘The Evolving Role of Political Parties in Kyrgyz Politics’, in Kyrgyzstan Beyond Democracy Island and Failing State: Social and Political Changes in a Post-Soviet Society, ed. by Marlene Laruelle and Johan Engvall (Lexington Books, 2015).

Shairbek Juraev, ‘Comparing the EU and Russia engagements in Central Asia’, L’Europe en Formation, n° 374.4 (2015), 77–93.

Sally N. Cummings, Shairbek Juraev, Alexander Pugachev, Azamat Temirkulov, Medet Tiulegenov & Bermet Tursunkulova, ‘State, Regime, and Government in the Kyrgyz Republic (1991–2010): Disaggregating a Relationship’, East European Politics, 29.4 (2013), 443–60.

Shairbek Juraev, ‘Kyrgyz democracy? The Tulip Revolution and beyond’, Central Asian Survey, 27.3 (2008), 253-64.