Shairbek Dzhuraev is co-founder and president of Crossroads Central Asia. He is also an Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Previously. Shairbek 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 a PhD in International Relations from University of St Andrews and MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics.