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Bachelor of International Relations

The Bachelor of International Relations program is designed to produce graduates capable of taking on leadership roles in the challenging area of world affairs, including positions within the diplomatic corps, multinational corporations, education and non-governmental organizations.
This multidisciplinary program provides a cutting-edge, well-rounded education, modeled on and delivered according to the highest international standards. Duration of study is 4 years. A student should earn 146 credits for completion of the program.

International accreditation
The program has received full European accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQAAA).

Faculty
The faculty team is comprised of experienced international educators with terminal degrees from the leading universities of Canada, Japan, Turkey, the United States of America, and Kazakhstan.

Bachelor of International Relations (BIR) Curriculum

The BIR Program is designed to:

  • produce graduates capable of taking on leadership roles in the challenging arena of world affairs, including positions within the diplomatic corps, multinational corporations, education and non-governmental organizations.
  • offer an integrated multidisciplinary curriculum program that compares favorably in standards and quality to comparable programs in Western universities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES OF THE BIR PROGRAM

In line with the Institute’s development strategy to 2014, which has at its heart the development of a transparent learning process, learning objectives have been developed. The BIR program’s learning objectives are to ensure that graduates have:

  • A satisfactory level of knowledge of:
  • the concepts and theories that inform the field of international relations, political theory, comparative politics and regional studies;
  • the nature of the international system and its relationship to individuals, socio-economic and cultural groups, states, international organizations, international law, global civil society, and private multinational corporations;
  • the economic perspectives on global, international and regional governance;
  • ethics as they apply to international affairs;
  • the differences between political systems in terms of constitutional frameworks, social and cultural traditions and practices, and political participation;
  • one or more areas of specialization in international and regional studies (including security, natural resources, geopolitics, foreign policy history and decision-making, bilateral relations, diplomacy, and governance of international organizations);

and the necessary cognitive, inter-personal and self-management skills to:

  • undertake research that synthesizes, integrates and applies theoretical constructs to define, analyze and address issues in the fields of international relations, comparative politics, and regional studies;
  • communicate ideas and information clearly and effectively in oral and written English;
  • make appropriate use of information technology for the retrieval, analysis, and presentation of information;
  • work effectively with others in the pursuit of common objectives.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE BIR PROGRAM

At the successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

1. describe and articulate the key concepts, major paradigms and theoretical perspectives within the discipline;

2. appraise the impact of cultural, historical, geographic, and economic factors on the formation of different states, regions and civilizations within the international system;

3. analyze the structure and dynamics shaping the contemporary international system and regional structures such as the European Union, NATO, the Eurasian Economic Community, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and others;

4. explain the behavior and interactions of the primary actors within the international system and regional subsystems, so as to be able to explain their impact on state-level policy decision-making, risk assessment and conflict resolution;

5. appraise the structure of political systems and the impact of social classes, ethnic groups, social/political movements and interest groups on the formation of foreign and domestic policy in various states;

6. evaluate the role of global institutions, international law, and fundamental values or ethical considerations in the formulation of foreign and domestic policy;

7. assess the impact of major threats to the global order, including the breakdown of the global financial system, economic and social polarization, geopolitical rivalry, resource scarcity, environmental degradation,  terrorism and nuclear proliferation;

8. utilize the skills and knowledge noted above to frame the policies of Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states in a global context;

9. implement basic social scientific research skills, critical thinking models and effective communication techniques in the  preparation of original compositions in the field of international relations and regional studies; and

10. work effectively with others in the pursuit of common objectives.

BIR Curriculum

To earn a Bachelor of International Relations a student must complete 146 credits

General Education Requirements 33
Physical Education 8
Program Foundation Courses 64
Major Requirements 41
Total Required for Graduation 146

General Education Requirements (33 credits)

Students should take the General Education required courses.

The General Education Requirements are explained in Undergraduate General Education section of this Catalog.

Physical Education Requirements (8 credits)

Students should take the Physical Education required courses.

The Physical Education Requirements are explained in Undergraduate General Education section of this Catalog.

Program Foundation Courses (64 credits)

Program Foundation Required Courses (58 credits)

Pre-requisites: All International Relations majors are required to take POL2511/GEN2701 “Fundamentals of Political Science” and IRL2512 “Fundamentals of International Relations” prior to admission into other program-foundation and program-major classes.

All language courses offered by the Language Center are exempted from these prerequisites (GEN1110, GEN1121, Kazakh or Russian Professional Language).

Also exempted from these prerequisites are GEN/POL2600 “History of Civilizations 1”, GEN/POL2601 “History of Civilizations 2” and IRL3541 “Contemporary World History”.

Course Code Course Title Credits
GEN 1110 Academic Listening and Note-taking 3
GEN 1121 Academic Reading and Writing II 3
KAZ2101.2/

RUS2101.2

Professionally oriented  Kazakh (Russian) Language 2
IRL2510.2 Professional Foreign Language: Strategic Communications in International Affairs 2
GEN1711/IRL 1512 Fundamentals of International Relations 3
IRL3517 International Institutions and Law 3
IRL 3521 Theories of International Relations 3
IRL 3545 Diplomatic Protocol and Documents 3
IRL3544 Diplomatic and Consular Service 3
IRL 3523 International Political Economy 3
IRL3539 History of Diplomacy 1648 to 1815 3
IRL3540 History of Diplomacy 1815 to 1945 3
IRL/POL 3515 Political Geography 3
IRL3547 Security Studies 3
POL 3534  Social and Political Theory 3
IRL3548 Comparative Foreign Policy 3
POL3512 Comparative Politics 3
IRL3541 Contemporary World History 1945 to Present 3
IRL 4527 Ethics in International Affairs 3
IRL3595 Research Design and Methods 3
Total 58

Program Foundation Elective Courses (6 credits)

All International Relations majors are required to take two of the following courses following the requirements of the table.

Program foundation elective courses are normally offered once a year. Students should carefully decide what courses to take on a yearly basis.

Course Code Course Title Credits
POL 4534 Politics of the European Union 3
IRL4519 Globalization: Current Issues 3
IRL3550 United Nations: Structure and Practices 3
GEN/POL

2600

History of Civilizations 1 3
GEN/POL 2601 History of Civilizations 2 3
Total 6

Program Major Requirements (41 credits)

Major requirements

The Department of International Relations and Regional Studies offers the following two specializations to students:

Major in Global Security and International Affairs

Major in Regional Studies and Energy Politics

Students of this major are required to take the 26 credits major required courses and 15 credits among the elective courses specific of the major (following also the specifications reported in the tables).

Common Major Required Courses (26 credits)

The following courses are required for all students of all majors in the BSSIR program.

Major required courses are normally offered once a year. Students should carefully decide what courses to take on a yearly basis.

Course Code Course Title Credits
IRL 3520 Foreign Policy of Kazakhstan 3
IRL4590 Undergraduate Seminar in International Relations 3
IRL4512 Multivector Diplomacy: Central Asia in Global Politics 3
IRLXXX Any Major Elective of the BIR Program[1] 3
IRLXXX Any Major Elective of the BIR Program[2] 3
See table below for the codes Internship 3+3  (see table below)
IRL4599.4 Thesis 4
IRL4599.1 State Examination 1
Total 26

Internship requirements

All students are required to complete 6 credits of internship choosing among the options below:

CSS3001.1

AND

CSS3001.2

Introductory Internship (Kazakhstan Parliament) Foundation Course (3 credits)

AND

Introductory Internship (Kazakhstan Parliament) (3 credits)

CSS3002.1

AND

CSS3002.2

Introductory Internship (Ministry of Economics) Foundation Course (3 credits)

AND

Introductory Internship (Ministry of Economics) (3 credits)

IRL4596

AND

IRL4597

Academic Internship (3 credits)

AND

Professional Internship in International Relations (3 credits)

Major in Global Security and International Affairs Elective Courses (15 credits)

Major elective courses are normally offered once a year. Students should carefully decide what courses to take on a yearly basis.

Students need to take:

– Any two courses from Group A

– Any two courses from Group B

– One course from any Group (A, B, C)

Course Code Course Title Credits
GROUP A
IRL3526 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the USA 3
IRL3527 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation 3
IRL3528 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China 3
GROUP B
IRL 4525 Asian Security: Theory and Practice 3
IRL3524 Global Security and International Conflict Resolution 3
IRL 3516 Terrorism and Security 3
GROUP C
IRL4550 Emerging Powers 3
IRL 3546 Selected Topics in International Relations 3
Total 15

Major in Regional Studies and Energy Politics Elective Courses (15 credits)

Major elective courses are normally offered once a year. Students should carefully decide what courses to take on a yearly basis.

Students need to take:

–          Any two courses from Group A

–          Any two courses from Group B

–          One course from any Group (A, B, C)

Course Code Course Title Credits
GROUP A
IRL4531 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of Central Asia and the Caucasus 3
POL 4530 Middle East Politics 3
POL 4537 Society and Culture of Central Asia 3
GROUP B
IRL4531 Political Economy of Central Asia 3
IRL 4521 Petropolitics 3
IRL 4540 Geopolitics and Political Economy of Natural Resources 3
GROUP C
IRL 4528 Central Asia-Russia Relations 3
POL 3546 Selected Topics in Regional Studies 3
Total 15

Program Foundation Required Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
GEN 1110 Academic Listening and Note-taking 3
GEN 1121 Academic Reading and Writing II 3
KAZ2101.2/

RUS2101.2

Professionally oriented  Kazakh (Russian) Language 2
IRL2510.2 Professional Foreign Language: Strategic Communications in International Affairs 2
GEN1711/IRL 1512 Fundamentals of International Relations 3
IRL3517 International Institutions and Law 3
IRL 3521 Theories of International Relations 3
IRL 3545 Diplomatic Protocol and Documents 3
IRL3544 Diplomatic and Consular Service 3
IRL 3523 International Political Economy 3
IRL3539 History of Diplomacy 1648 to 1815 3
IRL3540 History of Diplomacy 1815 to 1945 3
IRL/POL 3515 Political Geography 3
IRL3547 Security Studies 3
POL 3534  Social and Political Theory 3
IRL4526 Comparative Foreign Policy 3
POL3512 Comparative Politics 3
IRL3541 Contemporary World History 1945 to Present 3
IRL 4527 Ethics in International Affairs 3
IRL3595 Research Design and Methods 3

ENG1110 Academic Listening and Note Taking (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENG1100 Academic  Speaking

Common European Framework: B2 to C1 low upon completion

The Academic Listening and Note-taking course develops students’ abilities in these two essential academic skills, while at the same time ensuring that listening is not a passive activity.  Students improve their understanding of academic discourse in a variety of contexts, including lectures and less formal situations.  They are exposed to a variety of dialects of English and levels of formality.  They refine their note-taking skills and then use these notes as the basis for questions, responses and requests for clarification.  In addition, their notes will be useful for revision and for developing essays, presentations and debates.  Mere noting of facts will not be the primary goal.  Rather, students will use their notes to write responses and develop their own critical thinking.  As far as possible, authentic audio and video materials will be used in preference to the artificial materials specially prepared for such courses.

ENG1121 Academic Reading and Writing 2 (3 credits)

Prerequisites: ENG1120 Academic Reading and Writing I

Common European Framework: B2 to C1 low upon completion

This is an advanced-level academic reading and writing course, in which students undertake a major research project on  an academic topic of their own choice.  Building on the research and writing skills developed in previous courses, students select a project of substantial scope within an area of interest to them.  They offer a sound defence of their choice of topic, using criteria appropriate to an academic context, and then prepare to undertake research.  In preparing their research essays, students make extensive use of library and online resources, as well as field research such as interviews and off-campus research, depending on the nature of their topic.  Reading tasks include finding, analyzing and evaluating a variety of sources.  A process-approach to writing is adopted, with specific attention to planning, outlining, surveying the literature, drafting, rewriting, reviewing and using feedback constructively.  Attention is paid to both peer and instructor feedback.  At the final stage, editing, citations and bibliographical components are the focus of attention.

IRL2512 Fundamentals of International Relations

Prerequisites: None

This is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with the various theories and concepts used in the field. This course will examine and analyze the emergence and evolution of the modern world-system, its nature and characteristics as well as the emerging issues and challenges faced by the world today. The focus will be also roles and functions of states, non-state actors and institutions. The course is not only designed and developed for students in Political Science and IR but it will also fulfill the needs and interests of students from other disciplines.

POL3512 Comparative Politics

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This is an introductory course in the field of Comparative Politics. The course will acquaint students with various paradigms in the field, while also offering practical case studies to illustrate different political orientations of nation states and regions.

IRL3517 International Institutions and Law

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts of international organization and international law. It will focus on the history, administration, and politics of key international institutions and the machinery of international law. We will discuss and analyze how institutions and legal frameworks function in the areas of international peace and security, human rights and humanitarian relief, and environment and sustainable development.

IRL3521 Theories of International Relations

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

This a basic course on theories of international relations. The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the historical evolution of the theories of IR and to focus on various theories, concepts, approaches and methodologies used in the field. Instead of focusing on any particular group of theories, this course will critically review and analyze all theories: old and new, traditional and modern. Recent theories like feminist theories, post-modernist theories, globalist theories, ecological theories will also be discussed here.

IRL3523 International Political Economy

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the field of International Political Economy and to discuss the scope boundary and methodologies used in the study of IPE. Students will critically examine and analyze major international economic processes and institutions, such as international monetary and financial organization, globalization of production and distribution, international trade and investment, development, dependency and foreign aid.

IRL3539 History of Diplomacy from 1648 to 1815

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

This is an advanced survey course on the development of modern international relations in Europe from the inception of the Westphalia System to the rise and fall of Napoleon. Special emphasis will be placed upon the role of history in shaping the modern international system.

IRL3540 History of Diplomacy from 1815 to 1945

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course task is to give to the students the history of European affairs beginning from 1815 from the point of Europe international relations. Among the main problems of the course are:  the XIX century history could be explained by “congress system”, middle class discontent that caused revolutions of 1848:  Napoleon III “overthrew’ the Second Republic and his regaining the Russian friendship by the Reinsurance Treaty; Bismarck unification of Germany and Polish policy of Russia in 1863, Crimean War and causes of it; Anglo-Japanese alliance of 1902 and a decade of anarchy existed in international affairs before the Would War I and the settlement of 1919 that “balkanized” Central and Eastern Europe. The new “Versailles-Washington” system established in 1919-20-s led to paradoxical results – intensification of the tensions between defeated and victorious countries which finally broke a peace and led to World War II.

IRL3541 Contemporary World History: 1945 to Present

Prerequisites: None

This course presents the major historical events from 1945 to the present. It starts with the end of the Second World War and covers the years of the Cold War and Decolonization up to the fall of the Soviet Union. It then considers the end of the second millennium with the fragmentation of states and the beginning of the third millennium with the emergence of new threats such as international terrorism, challenges such as environmental problems, opportunities such as technological developments, and the new distribution of power.

IRL3544 Diplomatic and Consular Service

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course covers theoretical and practical problems and issues of diplomacy, organization and functioning of diplomatic and consular services in Kazakhstan. This course will also discuss and debate the process and mechanisms of foreign policy decision-making in Kazakhstan and the forms and methods of their realizations.

IRL3545 Diplomatic Protocol and Documents

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course instructs students in diplomatic protocol in the context of preparing them for diplomatic service. Diplomatic privileges and immunities, the presentation of the credentials of diplomatic representatives, the protocol of diplomatic correspondence, diplomatic receptions, personal visits and conversations, international courtesy, the structure of staff protocol and the personal activity of diplomatic representation abroad will be covered. Various kinds of diplomatic documents will also be examined.

IRL3547 Security Studies

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course is designed as a foundational course for students majoring in International Relations aimed to complement their general knowledge of international issues with an understanding of the challenges of globalizing world. The course will address conceptual problems of defining the ‘threat’, as a key notion in Security Studies. Threats could range from the survival of individual to groups, nations, and the whole world. By investigating definitions of security as state provision of defence in realist and neorealist conceptions we will set up an analytical departure point. Then we will move towards exploring the notion of threat by ‘broadening’ and ‘deepening’ its definitions. Expanded definitions enable us to engage with the constructivist, structuralist and post-modern analytical frameworks within Security Studies.

IRL3562 Professional Foreign Language: Strategic Communications in International Affairs

Prerequisites: POL2511/G GEN2701 and IRL2512

The course focuses on international relations and effective communications with a special attention to international treaties, memorandums and speeches of key decision makers in international relations. In particular we will study the theoretical frameworks behind the communications in International Relations and how to employ them in order to reach the targeted audience and goals.

IRL4526 Comparative Foreign Policy

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course centers on the foreign policies of states, and more specifically, on the various factors that produce these policies. It is not an easy task to analyze policy “outputs”. The complexity of the matrix makes clear that we cannot attribute the adoption of one foreign policy rather than another to any single factor. Clearly, the interactions between and among all the various sources of “input” makes any such analysis that much more difficult. Nevertheless, it is possible to discern patterns in policy process and the broad outlines of policy goals, and this is what will be accomplished in this course. In this task we will be aided by the use of “case studies” and foreign policy profiles of selected countries.

IRL4527 Ethics in International Affairs

Prerequisites: POL2511/ GEN2701 and IRL2512

The course presents students a normative approach centered on ethics for studying international affairs. The main purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the moral dilemmas that political leaders, activists and citizens have to face in a globalized world. The theoretical approach is combined with case studies in fields such as just war theory, conflict and reconciliation, humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect, sovereignty and social justice, and environmental and technological challenges in the international arena.

POL3534 Social and Political Theory

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course provides a historical background to the development of social and political thought in European and Asian civilizations from antiquity to the present day. Readings from primary sources, such as Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, the Dhammapada, Augustine, al Farabi, ibnKhaldoun, Aquinas, Machiavelli, as well as modern thinkers from Hobbes to the post-moderns will help students to comprehend the theoretical underpinnings of research on political systems, political economy, social hierarchy and comparative civilizations.

Program Foundation Elective Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
IRL/POL 4534 Politics of the European Union 3
IRL4519 Globalization: Current Issues 3
IRL3550 United Nations: Structure and Practices 3
GEN/POL

2600

History of Civilizations 1 3
GEN/POL 2601 History of Civilizations 2 3

IRL3550 United Nations: Structure and Practices

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course provides an overview of the major contemporary international institution. The course will have three parts. First, it presents a review of the structure and functions of the UN in general and of specific agencies (for example, the UNHCR and UNICEF) in particular. Second, it offers a normative theoretical knowledge for interpreting the institution. Third, it reviews case studies with the help of experts involved in the field.

IRL4519 Globalization: Current Issues

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

The term “globalization” has quickly become one of the hottest buzzwords in the field of international relations and in the academic debate. This course will cover a wide range of distinct contemporary political, economic, and cultural trends, like liberalization, global civil society, global crisis, and the value of information technology.

IRL/POL4534  Politics of the European Union

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

European politics has never been so topical and exciting. With the end of the Cold War division of Europe into East and West, Europe is uniting under the umbrella of the European Union and is moving ahead with a unique experiment whereby European law supersedes national law and a single European currency is used. The purpose of this course is to offer students an informed and accessible overview of European government and politics as well as of the structure and policies of the European Union.

GEN/POL2600 History of Civilizations 1

Prerequisites: None

The course provides a comparative analysis and overview of the cultural and political development of human society from the earlier civilization until Renaissance, providing background for the analysis and understanding of the political, legal, ideological, cultural and religious achievements of the world civilization.

GEN/POL2601 History of Civilizations 2

Prerequisites: None

The course provides a historical analysis and overview of the cultural and political development of human societies from the Renaissance to the end of World War II. It aims to provide a general knowledge of major events in different areas of the world.

Common Major Required Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
IRL 3520 Foreign Policy of Kazakhstan 3
IRL4590 Undergraduate Seminar in International Relations 3
IRL4512 Multivector Diplomacy: Central Asia in Global Politics 3
IRLXXX Any Major Elective of the BIR Program 3
IRLXXX Any Major Elective of the BIR Program 3
See table below for the codes Internship 3+3  (see table below)
IRL4599.4 Thesis 4
IRL4599.1 State Examination 1

IRL3520: Foreign Policy of Kazakhstan

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This is an advanced survey course on Kazakhstan’s foreign policy making since 1991. Special emphasis will be given to the impact of the Soviet legacy on Kazakhstan’s foreign policy and the present relationships between Kazakhstan and the West. Other topics include the Kazakhstan’s present role in the War on Terror and regional security.

IRL4512 Multivector diplomacy: Central Asia in Global Politics

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

The course analyzes multivector diplomacy, using elements borrowed from political realism and constructivism, as a tool for foreign policy. After studying the theory of multivector diplomacy and some historical examples, the course will focus on post-independence Central Asia in order to understand how multivector diplomacy is used in this region.

IRL4590 Undergraduate Seminar in International Relations

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This seminar course is designed to offer students an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to a specific issue in international relations. Students will participate in ongoing research projects headed by individual faculty members. Topics will vary every time the course is offered, and may include issues in bilateral relations, international security, international political economy and the international legal order.

IRL4598 Thesis

Students will write a thesis on a topic of their choice, in line with the international relations bachelor program, under the supervision of a qualified faculty member. For further details see the CSS Undergraduate Thesis Guidelines on the L-Drive.

IRL4599 State Examination

Students will take an exit test that evaluates their competencies in the filed of international relations.

CSS3001.1

AND

CSS3001.2

Introductory Internship (Kazakhstan Parliament) Foundation Course (3 credits)

AND

Introductory Internship (Kazakhstan Parliament) (3 credits)

CSS3002.1

AND

CSS3002.2

Introductory Internship (Ministry of Economics) Foundation Course (3 credits)

AND

Introductory Internship (Ministry of Economics) (3 credits)

IRL4596

AND

IRL4597

Academic Internship (3 credits)

AND

Professional Internship in International Relations (3 credits)

CSS 3001.1 Introductory Internship (Kazakhstan Parliament)

The purpose of this course is to provide quality preparation for an internship at the Kazakhstan Parliament. The course covers material related to the structure and processes of the Parliament and introduces the essential foundations of representative politics.

CSS3001.2 Introductory Internship (Kazakhstan Parliament)

The internship is designed to provide the student with an experiential learning opportunity by placing the individual in the Parliament of Kazakhstan.

CSS 3002.1 Introductory Internship (Ministry of Economics)

The purpose of this course is to provide quality preparation for an internship and the Ministry of Economics. The course covers material related to the structure and processes of the Ministry and introduces the essential foundations of Economic policy.

CSS3002.2 Introductory Internship (Ministry of Economics)

The purpose of this course is to provide an internship in the Ministry of Economics. During their internship, students will have opportunity to work in one of the Ministry’s departments, so as to gain a better understanding of how economic analysis is undertaken and how economic policies are developed and implemented.

IRL4597 Professional Internship in International Relations

Students will engage in a supervised internship with a consulate, NGO, private company or other agency. A program of study and activities is collaboratively designed by the students’ advisor and the participating agency. In the past, departmental internships have been pursued at the Foreign Ministry, US and UK consulates, the UN, the OSCE, and the EurAsEC. Students may either extend their original internship to cover two semesters, or they may select two distinct professional internships covering one semester each.

POL4597 Professional Internship in Comparative Politics

Students will engage in a supervised internship with a consulate, NGO, private company or other agency. A program of study and activities is collaboratively designed by the students’ advisor and the participating agency. In the past, departmental internships have been pursued at the OSCE, and the EurAsEC. Students may either extend their original internship to cover two semesters, or they may select two distinct professional internships covering one semester each.

 

Major in Global Security and International Affairs Elective Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
GROUP A
IRL3526 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the USA 3
IRL3527 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation 3
IRL3528 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China 3
GROUP B
IRL 4525 Asian Security: Theory and Practice 3
IRL3524 Global Security and International Conflict Resolution 3
IRL 3516 Terrorism and Security 3
GROUP C
IRL4550 Emerging Powers 3
IRL 3546 Selected Topics in International Relations 3

IRL3516 Terrorism and Security

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course studies the origins and nature of contemporary terrorism, terrorist groups: tactics and trends on the world-wide scale starting from the ancient times to the present. It examines threats and challenges posed by the terrorist groups to state security and to the security of the international system.

IR3524 Global Security and International Conflict Resolution

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

Since the end of the Cold War, multiple conflicts, both global and regional in nature, have seriously undermined and threatened world security. This course will study and analyze the roots and causes of modern conflicts and their effects and implications for international peace and security in Central Asia.

IRL3526 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the USA

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This is an advanced course on American domestic politics and foreign policy since the birth of the Republic to the modern era. This course will focus on American government and foreign policy as a whole, but will also give special attention to present-day American foreign policy, and American-Kazakhstan relations in particular.

IRL3527 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This is an advanced course on the formation and development of Russian government and foreign policy from Ancient Russia to the modern era. This course will focus on Russian foreign policy as a whole, but will put special emphasis on present-day Russian foreign policy-making, and Russia-Kazakhstan relations in particular.

IRL3528 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This is an advanced course on government and foreign policy making in China since the formation of the Chinese State to the modern era. This course will focus on Chinese foreign policy as a whole, but will also give special attention to present-day Chinese foreign relations, and in particular China-Kazakhstan relations.

IRL3546 Selected Topics in International Relations

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course examines various topics of international relations. Topics vary according to the interests of students and instructors.

IRL4525 Asian Security: Theory and Practice

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

The main goals of the course are to give a brief introduction to the field of security studies and its current debates and to apply this theoretical knowledge to the study of Asian security at different levels of analysis: national, regional and global. The discussion of key issues in each region (Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Central Asia) will be combined with the in-depth consideration of various aspects of security: military (including nuclear), political, economic, environmental and societal security.

IRL4550 Emerging Powers

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course focuses on the domestic structure and the foreign policy of selected emerging powers, and their new influence in their regional systems and in the global arena. In particular, the course will review the factors that contributed to the growth of these countries and foreign policy strategies that they are adopting in order to assert their role in international affairs.

Major in Regional Studies and Energy Politics Elective Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
GROUP A
IRL4531 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of Central Asia and the Caucasus 3
IRL/POL 4530 Middle East Politics 3
POL 4537 Society and Culture of Central Asia 3
GROUP B
IRL4531 Political Economy of Central Asia 3
IRL 4521 Petropolitics 3
IRL 4540 Geopolitics and Political Economy of Natural Resources 3
GROUP C
IRL 4528 Central Asia-Russia Relations 3
POL 3546 Selected Topics in Regional Studies 3

IRL4521 Petro Politics

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course examines the geopolitics of energy in the Caspian Sea region. The subject is a broad, complex one that is constantly shifting and evolving even as policymakers try to manage and influence affairs from day to day. The emergence of independent states in the Caspian Sea region has created a new environment of great importance to the world. The region’s geopolitical position between Europe, the Persian Gulf, and Asia, and its unresolved ethnic conflicts have made it both a magnet and potential flashpoint for its neighbors, including Russia, Turkey and Iran. Also, the Caspian Sea is the energy world’s latest frontier. The development of Caspian energy resources and their transportation to international markets is one of the most controversial and pressing issues in the post-Cold War era.

IRL4528 Central Asia-Russia Relations

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This is an advanced course on the development of relations between Russia and Central Asia from the 18th century to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the development of Central Asia-Russia relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

IRL4531 Political Economy of Central Asia

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

The course analyzes the economic development of Central Asian states starting from the Soviet legacy and going through the years of independence until possible future developments. In particular, the course will try to understand how the common past has been starting point for new and different forms of political economy adopted by different countries. Differences in natural resources, infrastructure and political decisions of different economic paths of developments will be considered in order to understand how to shape future decisions.

IRL/POL 4540 Geopolitics and Political Economy of Natural Resources

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course is devoted to geopolitical and economic aspects of countries endowed with different types of natural resources. Natural resources shape the economy and economy shapes political choices. However processes of discovery and use of natural resources have to be analysed in geographical and institutional context.

IRL/POL4530 Middle East Politics

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

A survey of the twentieth and twenty –first century political history of the Middle east and its regional issues, such as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, ethnic and religious nationalism, the geopolitics of oil, the two Western wars in Iraq, and both Western and Islamic alliances. This course will also compare the governments and political ideologies of the Middle East region, focusing on social and institutional structures and development issues. Concepts and ideologies like Arabism, Islam, modernization, and the nature of states and political systems will be studied.

IRL4531 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course focuses on the domestic politics and foreign policies of post-communist states. In particular, it will examine the transition that has taken place in the former USSR during the last two decades. Students will be required to analyze the myriad of challenges facing the post-communist sphere in the political, cultural, social and economic spheres. Special emphasis will be placed upon the international relations between the new states of Central Asia and the Caucasus and the rest of the world.

POL4537 Society and Culture of Central Asia

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

The course offers a theoretical background for understanding issues in the general field of political sociology and then moves on to review the similarities and differences between the social, political and cultural aspects of Central Asian states.

POL3546 Selected Topics in Regional Studies

Prerequisites: POL2511/GEN2701 and IRL2512

This course examines various topics in comparative politics and regional studies. Topics vary according to the interests of students and instructors.

Scholarship opportunities
There are many merit-based scholarship opportunities for Kazakhstani and international students.
While studying at KIMEP University, students may also apply for part-time positions available on the University campus.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, contact the Office of Financial Aid. .

Tuition & Fees

Study abroad opportunities
One- or two-semester exchange programs with many international partner universities offer students the opportunity to discover the world. Credits earned abroad count towards KIMEP degrees.

Innovations
We are proud to announce a new course “Model UN” in collaboration with UN Kazakhstan starting from Spring 2017 semester.

Future perspective careers

  • Diplomatic corps
  • International companies
  • Multinational corporations
  • Governmental, non-governmental and private sectors

BIR alumni work for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Counterpart International, the World Bank, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Nations, Embassies, and other prestigious Kazakhstani and international organizations.
Internships are available in the Kazakhstani Parliament (Senate and Majilis), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, akimats, and international development agencies.

Extracurricular activities

  • Diplomatic Day Club
  • Political Film Series
  • Research Talks offered at the International Relations and Regional Studies Department
  • Central Asia Studies Center (www.casc.kz)
  • Various projects in collaboration with foreign embassies
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Gianluca Spezza, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies

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Dr. Gianluca Spezza completed his Ph.D. in international relations at the International Institute of Korean Studies, University of Central Lancashire (UK) at the end of 2017 under the guidance of professor Hazel Smith, a foremost expert on North Korea. His current research interests include North Korean society – particularly the education sector – and the relationship between North Korea and International Organizations, specifically UNICEF, UNDP, and UNESCO. Dr. Spezza is also interested in comparative analyses of North Korea vis-a-vis other totalitarian regimes, the national identity and national interest of the two Koreas, state compliance with international norms, and the influence of beliefs on politics. Aside from his academic work, he writes as a freelance analyst and op-ed writer for NK News and IRIN news. Since 2012, his work has on North Korea been either published or featured on The Guardian, BBC, Newsweek Korea, Business Insider, Asia Newsdesk, DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), and Radio RAI (Italian National Broadcast). His publications include a chapter in the North Korea Atlas (Damdi, 2014), and a chapter in the forthcoming “De-demonizing North Korea”, by NIAS Press in Copenhagen. Dr. Spezza also co-authored Icons of Rhetoric, a media-literary project on North Korean media and society, together with UK photographer Chris Barrett, in 2015. Dr. Spezza holds a Master in Contemporary History from the University of Torino, Italy, and a Master of Social Science in Asian Studies (IR) from the University of Turku, Finland.


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JeongWon Bourdais Park, P.D.

Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies

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Books (research monographs)

  • Regional Environmental Politics in Northeast Asia: Conflict and Cooperation (London & New York: Routledge 2018)
  • Identity, Policy and Prosperity: Border nationality of the Korean diaspora and regional development in Northeast China (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan 2017)

Translated book

  • Politics: A Very Short Introduction (1st edition, Oxford University Press) by Kenneth Minogue, published by Jo-eun-nal publishing Ltd., April 1998, Seoul Korea (English into Korean)

Articles in refereed journals

  • ‘Ethnic Relations in Northeast China: ethnic revival or de-ethnicization in the Korean diaspora?’ European Journal of East Asian Studies (Brill Publishers) Vol.16. pp.36-66 (June 2017)
  • ‘Sub- and Trans-national Actors in South Korea’s Island Disputes: the cases of Dokdo and Ieodo’ (co-authored/50%), Asian Affairs: An American Review (Taylor and Francis) V44 No.1 pp.9-29 (March 2017)
  • ‘Out of the comfort zone, towards greener public development aid’, Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press) Vol.16 No.4 pp.1-11 (November 2016)

Major policy commentaries

  • ‘The Strategic Duality and Convergence of China’s Transition in the Global Climate Regime: “From a Vetoing to a Leading Country”’ Journal of Global and Area Studies, 2(1): 65-79, June 2018


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Milen Nikolaev Filipov, Ph. D. in Public Communications and Information Sciences

Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Filipov. M. et. al. (2017).  Do Bulgarian Schools Effectively Communicate with Their School Communities? Journal of School Public Relations,  37(2):163-202.

Filipov. M. (2016). Media Release – A Basic Genre in Public Relations. Journal of Contemporary Humanitaristics, 2016(1): 7-18. (co-authorship with Galya Hristozova).


Bahtiyar Kurambayev (1)

Bahtiyar Kurambayev, Ph.D. Mass Communications

Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Communication/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Kurambayev, B. (2017). Social Media Users Collectively Speak Up. Evidence from Central Asian Kyrgyz Republic. In S. Gordon. (Ed.), Online Communities as Agents of Change and Social Movements (pp. 44-66). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.

Kurambayev, B. (2017). Bribery and Extortion in Kyrgyz Journalism or Simply Profitable Profession? Asia Pacific Media Educator, 27(1), 170-185.


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Gautham Bhattacharya, Ph. D.

Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Bhattacharya, G., &  Koyuncu, C.(2007). Predicting Corrupt Practices in the Public Sector for 23 OECD Countries. Applied Economics  and International Development.

Bhattacharya, G., & Simons, G. (2013). Predatory Government and the Informal Sector. International Journal of Education and Research.


Aigerim Kalybay (2)

Aigerim Kalybay, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Kalybay, A. (2017). One-dimensional differential Hardy inequality.  Journal of Inequalities and Applications, 21; (Published: January 2017).

Kalybay, A., Karatayeva, D.,  Oinarov, R., & Temirkhanova, F. (2017). Oscillation of a second order half-linear difference equation and the discrete Hardy inequality.  Electronic Journal of Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations, No. 43, 1-16; (Published: May 2017).


Dina Sharipova (4)

Dina Sharipova, Ph. D. in Political Science

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies/College of Social Sciences (On leave for AY 2018-19)

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Research and Publications:

Book: “State-Building in Kazakhstan: Continuity and Transformation of Informal Institutions“, Rowan and Littlefield Publishers, Lexington Books, 2018”

Sharipova, D. (2015). State retrenchment and informal institutions in Kazakhstan: people’s perceptions of informal reciprocity in the healthcare sector. Central Asian Survey, 34(3), pp.310-329. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Cf2xA2Sczgt54MaVIbAY/full.

Sharipova, D.,  Burkhanov, A. & Alpeissova, A. (2017). The Determinants of Civic and Ethnic Nationalisms in Kazakhstan: Evidence from the Grass-Roots Level. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Volume 23, Issue 2, 2017, 203–226.


Dilyara Nartova (1)

Dilyara Nartova

Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences, Adjunct Senior Lecturer

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Research and Publications:

Nartova, D., &  Dr Br Fezzani  (2014). An empirical analysis of the determinants competitive advantage. Population Dynamics: Analysis, Modeling. ISSN: 2335-2566, Forecast 3(3): 71-89.

Nartova, D., &  Dr Br Fezzani (2011). Oil Prices Fluctuation Impact on Iraq’s Economy.  European Journal of Social Sciences:  ISSN 1450-2267 Vol.26 No.4. 626-633, © Euro Journals Publishing, Inc. 2011


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Kanat Kudaibergenov, Doctor of Science

Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Kudaibergenov, K., (2016). On model-theoretic properties in the sense of Peretyat’kin, o-minimality, and mutually interpretable theories. Siberian Advances in Mathematics. ISSN: 1055-1344,  vol. 26, No. 3,  190 – 195.

Kudaibergenov, K. (2017). The small index property and the cofinality of the automorphism group. Siberian Advances in Mathematics. ISSN: 1055-1344, vol. 27, No. 1, 1 – 15.


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Kristopher White, Ph.D. Geography

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

White, K.D.  (2014). Nature and Economy in the Aral Sea Basin.  In The Aral Sea: The Devastation and Partial Rehabilitation of a Great Lake Micklin, Philip; Aladin, N.V.; Plotnikov, Igor (Eds.) Springer Earth System Sciences series, Chapter 12 pp. 301-335.  (Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag).

White, K.D.  (2013). A geographical perspective on the Aral Sea crisis: Three interpretations of an image.  Bulletin of Geography Socio-economic Series 21: 125-132.


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Aliya Nurtaeva, Ph. D. in Chemistry

Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences

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Dr. Nurtaeva holds an Honors Diploma (1974) and Candidate of Science degrees in Chemistry from Moscow State University (1979 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University (1999). She has more than 30 years of teaching experience including at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Oklahoma State University, New Hamphire Technical College, Southern New Hampshire University. She has done research in Chemistry, Technology and Radiation Dosimetry at KazGU, Moscow State University, Oklahoma State University and the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda (USA) and registered 17 patents.


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Nurseit Niyazbekov, Ph. D. Politics

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration and Municipal Government/College of Social Sciences

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Dr. Nurseit Niyazbekov holds Ph. D. in Politics and MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford. He is teaching and researching as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at KIMEP University in Kazakhstan. He often consults international think tanks and media on issues related to political risks, democratization, social welfare and protests in Kazakhstan. His research interests revolve around post-communist transitions, social movements, social capital and protest mobilization.


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Nadeem Naqvi, Ph. D.

Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences, College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Naqvi, N., & Egbert, H. (2015). Market-Dependent Domestic Production Set.  Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 14 (1), 31-40

Naqvi, N. (2017).  Production Possibility Frontier: New Concepts for Post-Crisis Economics Textbooks in Ploehn, Juergen and George Chobanov (Eds.), Sustainability and Welfare Policy in European Market Economies, Peter Lang, pp 11-12.


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Gerald Pech, Doctorate of Economics

Associate Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences
Acting Dean, College of Social Sciences

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Gerald Pech held teaching and research positions at the Graduate School Bochum and Dortmund, the University of St Andrews, National University of Ireland in Galway, American University in Bulgaria and Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz. His fields of specialization are game theory, public economics and the economic analysis of institutions.


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Francis Amagoh, Ph. D. in Public Policy and Administration

Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Amagoh, F. (2017). Healthcare in Kazakhstan in The Future of Healthcare in Developing Countries in Asia( Eds. C. Aspalter and K. Pribadi).  London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Amagoh, F., & Rahman, T. (2016). Tapping into the Potential of Academic Diaspora for Homeland Development: The Case of Nigeria. Journal of International Migration and Integration .Vol. 17 No. 1, 35-53.


Nygmet Ibadildin (2)

Nygmet Ibadildin, Ph. D. in Political Science and International Relations

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Ibadildin, N. (2012). Role of institutions in Kazakhstan in combating the resource curse: Transition from the Soviet legacy to something else. London: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Ibadildin, N. (2009). Oil and Authoritarianism in Kazakhstan, in Ostrov, B. (Ed.) From Silk Road to Oil Slick: Kazakhstan Reemergence to Modernity. Norwalk: EastBridge.


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Saltanat Kazhimuratova, M.A. in International Journalism

Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication/College of Social Sciences

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A professional journalist, experienced university professor, worked as an editor in the newspapers and magazines, taught Journalism courses at universities. Was a visiting scholar in the J-School at Michigan State University, USA and Lund University in Sweden. Is a member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). Was awarded an “Y. Altynsarin” medal by the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan for the remarkable contribution to teaching and upbringing the young generation. “The Best Faculty of the AY 2016-2017”.


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Frederick Emrich, MA in Media Arts

Assistant Professor/Acting Chair, Department of Media and Communication/College of Social Sciences

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Frederick Emrich earned BA in Media Arts and an MA in Media arts from the University of Arizona. His previous appointments were as Sessional Lecturer at Carleton University, as Consultant on Web Site Redesign with the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan and as researcher for the Credibility Project at the American Library Association. He also was an editor for the Information Commons Project at the American Library Association.


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Alma Kudebayeva, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Kudebayeva, A., & Barrientos, A., (2017). A Decade of Poverty Reduction in Kazakhstan 2001-2009: growth and/or redistribution? Journal of International Development. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jid.3278/full

Kudebayeva, A., &  Janbaouva A., (2017) Multidimensional Poverty: An Application to Kazakhstan. Central Asia Business Journal, Vol.8, No.1 Summer 2007.


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Nickolay Povetkin, MA in Economics

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences

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Nickolay Povetkin earned a Diploma in English language teaching from Ablay-Khan Kazakhstan State University in 2000 and an MA in Economics from KIMEP University in 2002. He joined KIMEP in 2002.


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Altay Mussurov, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences

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Dr. Altay Mussurov obtained his doctorate in Economics from the University of Wales. Before joining KIMEP, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank and then as a tutorial leader at the LSE Summer School, after which he was a research associate at Sheffield University. He has taught courses in macroeconomics, development economics and labor economics, and he is also involved in supporting the internship program. His recent research focuses on questions concerning marital sorting and compensation for danger. In a project supported by the International Development Research Centre (Canada), he examined questions concerning employment decisions and earnings in the formal and informal wage employment.


Eldar Madumarov (1)

Eldar Madumarov, Doctorate in Economics

Chair, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Alimbekov, A.,  Madumarov, E., &  Pech, G. (2017). Sequencing in Customs Union Formation: Theory and Application to the Eurasian Economic Union. Journal of Economic Integration 32.

Madumarov, E. (2008) External Factors of Economic Growth: Transition Economies of the Baltics and Central Asia. VDM Verlag, Saarbrücken, August 2008. (Book).


Leon Taylor (1)

Leon Taylor, Ph.D. in Economics

Associate Professor, Department of Economics/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Taylor, L., Coats, R. M., & Dalton, Th. (2006) Economics and the Easter Island metaphor. Rapa Nui Journal 20:2. 97-110.

Taylor, L., Johnson, J., & Pecquet, G. M.(2007). Gains from trade in ‘dirty’ industries: Lawrence Summers’ memo revisited. Cato Journal 27:3. 397-410.


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Aliya Tankibayeva, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences

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Aliya Tankibayeva holds a master degree of Public Administration with specializations in Public Management and Public Finance. She defended her PhD dissertation on  women executive leadership capabilities at the University of Northampton, UK. Aliya also has management experience in international corporations in Kazakhstan and in Japan. Aliya’s current research interests include innovative organizational models, technology for sustainable development, individual and societal well-being, new literacies and digital epistemologies.


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Aliya Kabdiyeva, MPhil

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Kabdiyeva, A. (2015). Development of NGOs in Kazakhstan. European Journal of Business and Social Sciences 4 (2), pp. 159-169.

Dixon, J., Kabdiyeva A. (2014). Collaboration between the State and NGOs in Kazakhstan. International Journal of Community and Cooperative Studies 1(1), pp. 27-41.


Saule Bakenova

Saule Emrich-Bakenova, Ph.D. in Public Policy

Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences

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Education:
• Doctor of Philosophy, Public Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
• Master of Study in Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
• Master of Public Administration, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY, New York, U.S.A.

Selected Publications:
– Janus-Faced Dysfunctional Law: Case of Kazakhstan’s Socioeconomic Support to Refugee Community. Central Asia and Caucus: Journal of Social and Political Studies March: 125-135. 2015

– Mapping the Legislation, Policies and Programmes on Child Labour and Youth Employment in Kazakhstan. ILO-IPEC. 2012.

– Study on Self-Reliance Opportunities for Urban Refugees in Kazakhstan. UNHCR. 2011.

– Sex-workers in Kazakhstan Seek Legalization and Regulation of Their Trade, A EurasiaNet commentary, 2016. http://www.eurasianet.org/node/80201

– Kazakhstan: New Labor Code Squeezes Older Workers, A EurasiaNet commentary (with Frederick Emrich). 2016. http://www.eurasianet.org/node/80201


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Azhar Baisakalova, DBA

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Baisakalova A.B. (2015). Grounded Action Research: Systems Thinking Approach to Promoting CSR in Kazakhstan. Abstracts of the Papers Presented at the ISSS2015 International Conference “Governing the Anthropocene: The greatest challenge for systems thinking in practice?” pp.131-132. Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 2-7 August, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-906740-13-9.

Baisakalova A.B. (2016). Responsible Business and Social Entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan. Chapter in the book: The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise (ed. Wayne Visser), v. 2, 78-83. Greenleaf Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-78353-462-3.


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Dennis Soltys, Ph. D. in Political Science

Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Soltys, D. (2017). Social transformation with conflict avoidance in Ukraine between the maidans of 2004  and 2014. Post-Soviet Affairs, USA, (submitted, September, 2017).

Soltys, D. (2017). The central role of humanities and social sciences education in powering economic innovation.  Vcheni zapysky (Scientific Notes), Kyiv, (forthcoming, July 2017).


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Gulnara Dadabayeva

Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies
Phone: 270-42-79, 270-42-88 ext. 3077
Office:129 /ac
E-Mail: dgulnara@kimep.kz

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Associate Professor

Education:
D.Sc. (Historical Sciences), Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi, Kazakhstan

Work experience:

2005 – present, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, KIMEP, Kazakhstan

1987 – 2005, Lecturer, Department of History, in Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi, Kazakhstan

Primary teaching areas and teaching experience:
History of Kazakhstan,  “Nation-state building in Asian Republics of Soviet Union” ”Government and Politics in Central Asia”, ”Central Asian – Russian  Relations”, “History of Diplomacy from 1648 to 1815”, “History of Diplomacy from 1815 to 1945”

Research interests:
Nationalism and nation-state building processes in modern Central Asia.

Selected publications:

Articles

Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: Nationalism and Language Issues. The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, vol. 37 no. 2 2010, Brill The Netherland, ISSN 1075-1262, e-ISSN 1876-3324 (co-author A. Adibayeva)

Kazakh Nationalism in Eurasian Context. History Research, vol.2, Number 7, July 2012. USA, David Publishing Company, ISSN 2159-550X, ISSN 2159-5518.

El Nasionalismo Kazajo en el Contexto Eurasia Tico, Eurasiatica Revista Online Sobre Asia Central, 2011, 2

Post-Crisis World: The Chinese Factor in The Transformation of Kazakhstan” , co-author A. Adibayeva (submitted for publication by Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (USA)

Problems of Refugees from Central Asia as Consequences of Stalin’s Modernization [Проблема Беженцев из Центральной Азии, как Последствия Сталинской Модернизации], Vestnik KazNU, Seriya Istoricheskaya, 2009, 2 (31): С. 11-18

Nationalism in Modern Kazakhstan Language Policy, Otan Tarihy, 2009, 2: 54-63

The Peculiarities of “Russification Processes” in SovietRepublics and Kazakh Language Problems [Особенности Процесса «Русификации» в Советских Республиках и Проблемы Казахского Языка], Аlash, 2009, 1 (22): 104 – 111

Kazakhstan – Russian relations in 2000-s geopolitical context (p. 21-27)// Kazakh civilization, # 3, 2012.

“Great Powers Politics in Central Asia in 2000-s: The New “Great Game”? // KazNU Herald [Вест. КазНУ, сер ист.] – 2013 – №3 (70).- с. 96-103.

Book chapters

“Mackinder’s legacy today: new challenges for Kazakhstan and Central Asia” in Central Asia in International Relations, ed. by Nick Megoran & Sevara Sharapova, Hirst and Co, London, 2013. (coauthor A. Adibayeva)

Государственная языковая политика в независимом Казахстане: внешне- и внутриполитические факторы.(с. 270-282) –/ Центральная Азия. Традиции и современность. Под ред. А.О. Чубарьяна. Институт всеобщей истории РАН РК.- Москва, 2011.- 330 с. ISBN 978-5-94067-326-2.

Нациестроительство в Центральной Азии: от советских наций к постсоветским нациям-государствам.(с. 295-317)  /Центральная Азия. Традиции и современность. Под ред. А.О. Чубарьяна. Институт всеобщей истории РАН РК.- Москва, 2011.- 330 с. ISBN 978-5-94067-326-2.

Kazakhstan during civil war [Казахстан в годы гражданской войны] //History of Kazakhstan  since ancient times to nowadays [История Казахстана с древнейших времен до наших дней (курс лекций)]. – Алматы: Уш Киян, 2003. – С. 360-382.

Textbooks

  • The Modern History of the World [Новейшая История Мира (Учебник для 9 классов 12-летних Школ)], (with G. Kokebayeva, M.Baisymakova), Mektep, Almaty, 2011
  • The Modern History of the World (Reading Materials Collection), [Новейшая История Мира] (Хрестоматия для 12-летних Школ), (with G. Kokebayeva, M.Baisymakova), Mektep, Almaty, 2011

Conference presentations

  • Russia and Kazakhstan: Searching for a New Partnership in 2000s, The Dragon and the Bear: Strategic Choices of China and Russia, 11th Aleksanteri Conference, Helsinki, Finland, November 2011
  • Kazakh Nationalism in Eurasian Context, CESS XII Annual Conference, Ohio State University, USA, September 2011
  • Nationalism Issues in Language Policy of Modern Kazakhstan, ICCEES XIII World Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010
  • The Issues of Nationalism in Kazakhstan Language Policy, Osnovnite Problemi na Sovremenna Nauka, International Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2009:  29-34
  • The Establishment of State Nationalism in Independent Kazakhstan, Strategiczne Pytania Awiatowej Nauki, International Conference, Przemysl, Poland, 2009: 72-78

Involvement in academic and professional associations:
Member of “Kazakhstan Historians” Association.
Member of Central Eurasian Studies Society (USA).

Contact info:

Phone: 270 42 79/88, ext 3077
Office: 129 Valikhanov bld.
E-Mail: dgulnara@kimep.kz


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Aigul Adibayeva

Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences
Candidate of Science
Phone: 270-42-79, 270-42-88 ext. 3275
Office: 130/ac
E-Mail: aigula@kimep.kz

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Assistant Professor/Associate Dean/College of Social Sciences

Education:
Candidate of Science in Political Science, Almaty State University named of Abay, Kazakhstan, 2009

Primary teaching areas and teaching experience:
Areas: Political Science, International Relations
Teaching experience: 12 years

Courses taught at KIMEP:

-Fundamentals of Political Science

-Foreign Policy of Kazakhstan

-Russia-Central Asia Relations

-Ethics in International Affairs.

– Management of International Organizations

Research interests:
Research experience involves the following areas: Central Asian integration, issues in foreign policy of Kazakhstan, political and economic situation in Turkmenistan, Caspian region.

Joint Research and Curriculum Development Project “Excellence in Teaching on Global Business and International Relations” with Agder University (Norway), with support from the Norwegian Centre for Cooperation in Education (SIU) in May 2012-2014; curricular development and teaching the course of “Ethics in IA”.

Selected publications:

  1. A. Adibayeva, D. Saari, A. Tleuzhanova (2016). To the Question of Legal Regulations of International Trade in the Context of Multi-dimensional Diplomacy. International Economic Law, issue 1, Moscow, November, 2016.
  2. J. Melich, A. Adibayeva. Nation-building and Cultural Policy in Kazakhstan. European Scientific Journal, ISSN: 1857 – 7431, December 2013, special edition, vol. 2, pp.265-279.
  3. G. Dadabayeva, A. Adibayeva: A Post-Crisis World: The Chinese Factor in the Transformation of Kazakhstan. Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Villanova University, Villanova PA, issue XXXVII no. 2, 2013.
  4. “Kazakhstani-Turkmenistan Relations at Modern Stage”, chapter in the edited book Historical Dictionary of Kazakhstan. Scarecrow Press Inc. Lanham, Toronto, 2012.           
  5. A. Adibayeva (co-authored with G. Dadabayeva). “H. Mackinder’s Legacy Today: New Challenges for Kazakhstan and Central Asia”, – a chapter in the edited book: H. Mackinder and the International Relations in Central Asia (Editor: Nick Megoran)//Published by: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd., London, ISBN-13: 978-1849042437/ December 2012.
  6. A. Adibayeva, (co-authored with G. Dadabayeva)Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: Nationalism and Language Issues, published in peer-reviewed journal The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, volume 37, No.2, 2010, p. 127-141. – BRILL, the Netherland.

Contact info:

Phone +7(727) 270-43-12 (ext. 3189)
Office: 205 A Valikhanov bld.
E-Mail: aigula@kimep.kz


Didar Kassymova (1)

Didar Kassymova, Candidate of Science

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Kundakpayeva, Zh. & Kassymova, D., (2016). Remembering and Forgetting: The State Policy of Memorializing Stalin’s Repression in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan.  Nationalities Papers. The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity. Volume 44, Issue 4,  611-627.

Kassymova, D. (2012).   Kazakhstani Koreans: ethnic identity and adaptation strategy in transforming Kazakhstan. Journal of Central Asian Studies, 2012.


Zharmukhamed Zardykhan (7)

Zharmukhamed Zardykhan

Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Phone: 270-42-84 ext. 3196
Office: 115/ Valikhanov Building
E-Mail: zhar@kimep.kz

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Assistant Professor

Education:

Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History, Bilkent University, Turkey, 2007
Visiting Doctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Germany, 2006
MA in Eastern European History, Central European University, 2001
MA in International Relations, Bilkent University, Turkey, 2000

Courses taught at KIMEP:

History of Civilizations I, Introduction to International Relations, Middle East Politics, Government and Politics in Central Asia, Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the Post-Communist World, Politics of Ethnicity and Religion in Central Asia and Caucasus

Research interests:

Central Asian History, Central Asian Politics, Islamic History, Russian and Soviet Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies

Selected publications:

1) Zardykhan, Zharmukhamed.“Değişen Avrasya ve Şanghay İşbirliği Örgütü: Hayaller ve Gerçekler.” In Eraslan, E. (Ed.), 21. Yüzyılda Türk Dünyası Uluslararasi Sempozyumu. Ankara: EkoAvrasya Yayınları (2011)

2) Zardykhan, Zharmukhamed. “Turkey and Central Asia: From Fraternity to Partnership.” In Great Powers and Regional Integration in Central Asia: A Local Perspective, edited by Mario Esteban and Nicholás de Pedro, 79-93. Madrid: Exlibris Ediciones, (2009).

3) Zharmukhamed Zardykhan, “Ottoman Kurds of the First World War Era: Reflections in Russian Sources,” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 42, Issue 1 (January 2006) pp. 67-85.

4) Zharmukhamed Zardykhan, “Post-Soviet Integration in the Light of Kazakhstani-Russian Relations,” Asia Insights (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS)), No. 2 (June 2004) pp. 17-18, 24.

5) Zharmukhamed Zardykhan, “Russians in Kazakhstan and Demographic Changes: Imperial Legacy and the Kazakh Way of Nation-Building,” Asian Ethnicity, Vol. 5, Issue 1 (February 2004) pp. 61-79.

6) Zharmukhamed Zardykhan, “Kazakhstan and Central Asia: Regional Perspectives,”Central Asian Survey, Vol. 21, Issue 2 (June 2002) pp. 167-183.

Work in progress

Books in progress:

History and Heritage of Medieval Khanates of Central Asia [co-author]

Papers in progress:

  • Ethnicity and Politics: the Ethnic Kazakh Repatriation and the Formation of Kazakhstani Identity
  • Fighting in the Way of God: The Holy War in Ottoman and Russian Propaganda during the First World War
  • The Ottoman Minorities and the Great War Propaganda: Kurds and Armenians

Ongoing joint research projects:

  • Community, Place and Pastoralism: Nature and Society in Post Soviet Central Asia (Universities of Leicester and Cambridge, MongolianAcademy of Agricultural Science)The Kazakh Diaspora and repatriations (University of Zurich)
  • Turkic khanates of Central Asia (The Chokan Valikhanov Institute of History and Ethnology, Kazakh Academy of Science)

Contact information:

Phone: 270 43 25, ext 3017
Office: 115 Valikhanov bld
E-Mail: zhar@kimep.kz


Nargis Kassenova (3)

Nargis Kassenova

Ph.D., Associate Professor (On leave for AY 2018-19)
Phone: 270-42-84 ext. 3078
Office: 116
E-Mail: nargis@kimep.kz

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Associate Professor / Director of Central Asian Studies Center

Education:

PhD in Political Science, Nagoya University, Japan, 2006
MA in Political Science, Nagoya University, Japan, 2001

Work experience:

2008-2010, EU-Central Asian Monitoring (EUCAM) project

2005-2006, Asia Barometer Survey Project

Selected involvement in public service activities
Chair of the Board of Trustees of Soros Foundation – Kazakhstan, 2011 – present;
Member of the Board of Trustees of Soros Foundation – Kazakhstan, 2009-2011.

Courses taught at KIMEP:

  • Asian Security: Theory and Practice
  • Central Asia in Global Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Fundamentals of International Relations
  • Russia-Central Asia Relations
  • Undergraduate Seminar in International Relations (Japan in Global Politics)
  • US-Kazakhstan Relations

Research interests:

Central Asian security; Asian security; Eurasian geopolitics; Eurasian energy security; political development in Central Asia

Selected publications:

Articles

  • Central Asia: Contemporary Security Challenges and Sources of State Resilience, (with Alessandro Frigerio), Security and Human Rights, 2013, 24
  • Kazakhstan and Eurasian Economic Integration: Quick Start, Mixed Results and Uncertain Future, Russie.Nei.Visions Reports No.14, Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Paris, November 2012
  • Kazakhstan: Constructing Identity in a Post-Soviet Society, (with Scott Spehr), Asian Ethnicity, 2012, 13(2)
  • Prospects and Hurdles in EU-Kazakhstan Energy Cooperation, EUCAM Commentary, November, 2011
  • The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Central Asia and Its Implications for the EU Engagement, EUCAM Working Paper, October 2009, 5
  • Beyond Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policies: EU’s Central Asia Strategies, EU4seas project papers, October, 2009
  • The Gas Crisis and the Financial Crisis: The Impact on EU-Central Asia Relations in the Energy Sphere, ISS Opinion, European Union Institute for Security Studies, April, 2009
  • Kazakhstan and the South Caucasus Corridor in the Wake of the Georgia-Russia War, EUCAM Policy Brief, January, 2009, 3

Books

  • Kazakhstan and Eurasian Economic Integration: Quick Start, Mixed Results and Uncertain Future, in Eurasian Economic Integration: Law, Policy and Politics, Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolszuk (Eds), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2013
  • EU-Central Asia Bilateral Cooperation, in The European Union in Central Asia, Alexander Warkotch (Ed), Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2010
  • Central Asian Regional Security Cooperation: Constraints and Prospects, in Security Sector Reform in Central Asia: Exploring Needs and Possibilities, Merjin Hartog (Ed), Greenwood Papers, Groningen: The Centre for European Security Studies (CESS), 2010
  • The SCO Energy Club: Purpose and Prospects, Petroleum Politics of the Caspian, Indra Overland, Heidi Kjaernet and Andrea Herschman Kendall-Taylor (Eds), Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2009
  • China as an Emerging Donor in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, Understanding Russia and the New Independent States, Thomas Gomart and Tatiana Kastueva-Jean (Eds), Russie.Nei.Visions, Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI), Paris, France, 2009
  • Japan’s Hesitant Embrace of Central Asia: Will There Be a Strategy?, in Great Powers and Regional Integration in Central Asia: A Local Perspective, Mario Esteban and Nicolas de Pedro (Eds), Fundacion Alternatives, Madrid, Spain, 2009

Conference presentations

  • Russia and China in Central Asia: Soft Power Policy Instruments in Comparative Perspective, The Dragon and the Bear: Strategic Choices of China and Russia, 11th Aleksanteri Conference, Helsinki, Finland, November 9-11, 2011
  • Kazakhstan’s Regional Economic Ambitions and Eurasian Customs Union, The Eurasian Trade Task Force Roundtable, French Institute of International Affairs (IFRI), Paris, France, October 17, 2011
  • Russia and China: Stabilizers or Destabilizers in Central Asia?, IFRI Breakfast Debate with Bobo Lo and Didier Chaudet, Paris, France, June 25, 2011
  • Kazakhstan’s Foreign and Regional Policies, REP Seminar on Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship of OSCE and Prospects for Democracy and Human Rights, Chatham House, UK, December 17, 2010
  • Solving the Energy Puzzle: Regional and European Energy Security, Reviewing EU Policy toward Central Asia: Meeting the Upcoming Challenges, Berlin, Germany, November 11, 2010
  • Kazakhstan’s Political Development and Social Democratic Values, EU and Central Asia: Roles and Prospects, Almaty, Kazakhstan, November 6-7, 2010
  • Central Asian Regional Security Cooperation: Constraints and Prospects, Security Sector Reform in Central Asia, Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 24-25, 2009

Contact information:

Phone: 270-42 84, ext. 3078
Office: 116 Valikhanov bld
E-mail: nargis@kimep.kz


Scott Spehr (7)

Scott Spehr, Ph. D. in Political Science

Professor and Chair, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Spehr, S., & Dixon J. (2014). Protest Suicide: A Systematic Model with Heuristic Archetypes. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, Volume 44, Issue 3.

Spehr, S., Adibayeva, A., & Saari Tamyr, D. (2014). Problems and Perspectives of the Party Systems of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan at Present. Fall issue, 2014.


Jiri Melich (2)

Jiri Melich, Ph.D. in Political Science

Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies/College of Social Sciences

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Research and Publications:

Melich, J, &  A. Adibayeva. (2014). Nation-building and Cultural Policy in Kazakhstan. European Scientific Journal, ISSN: 1857 – 7431, special edition, vol. 2, 2014, 265-279.

Melich, J. (2011). The Politics of Multiculturalism or Pragmatic Integration Policy? The Cases of Canada and Europe. VDM Publishers, Saarbrücken, Germany.