Crossroads Central Asia is a network of professionals dedicated to combining applied research, sound analysis and active engagement. The core team is based in Bishkek and include the following.

Shairbek Dzhuraev

Shairbek Dzhuraev (Juraev) is currently a research fellow and a PhD candidate in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. 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 policy making and water politics. Shairbek holds MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics.

Mehrigiul Ablezova

Mehrigiul Ablezova is one of the leading sociologists of Central Asia. She teaches Quantitative Research Methods, Applied Social Statistics and SPSS, Qualitative Research Methods and other related courses in the Sociology Department of the American University of Central Asia. Mehrigiul has extensive experience of leading and coordinating nation-wide surveys, focus groups in the country. The projects she oversaw included those by UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, GIZ, USAID, World Bank, OSCE Academy in Bishkek and other local and international agencies. Mehrigiul holds MA in Sociology from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA.

Emil Dzhuraev

Emil Dzhuraev is a political scientist and regular commentator on political trends in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. Emil holds PhD in Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and MA in Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington. His expertise includes political regimes and democratization processes in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia; issues of constitutional development; regional geopolitics. He also covers broader themes of theories of constitutionalism, republican political theory, democratic theory, institutional theories. Emil teaches politics at the American University of Central Asia and is involved in a variety of research projects in the region and internationally.

Karolina Kluczewska

Karolina Kluczewska is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the research centre CERAL, University of Paris 13; and a research associate at the Tajik National University. She holds a PhD degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. She was also affiliated with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and Tomsk State University. Karolina has a rich research and practical experience in the development sector in Tajikistan, including collaborations with civil society organisations, international organisations and local research institutions. Her research interests include development and aid, particularly in relation to migration, health and women’s rights.

Emir Kulov

Emir Kulov has recently defended his thesis, entitled ‘Party institutionalization in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan: Between Political Uncertainty and the Logic of Electoral Mobilization’, for the PhD degree in Politics and Government at the University of Kent (United Kingdom). The thesis has examined the contextual effects of political and institutional uncertainties on party elite behaviour in relation to prevalent strategies of party organization and voter mobilization and concluded that complementary factors, including broader social-structural influences and the logic of campaigning and mobilization trends, could be at play. Currently, Emir teaches undergraduate courses in the comparative politics track at the American University of Central Asia. Prior to this, he had worked as an Assistant Lecturer at the University Kent leading undergraduate seminar sessions in British Politics and Democratization. Emir’s research interests include party and electoral politics in new democracies, political regime typologies, contentious politics, representation and parliamentarism.