Anna Gussarova

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Director at the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies.

Previously, she has served as a senior research fellow at the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the past 5 years, covering transnational and cyber security, violent extremism and deradicalization issues. She graduated with a major in American Studies and holds a master’s degree in Central Asia Security Studies. She is the president of national alumni association of the European George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany). She also graduated from Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (Honolulu, USA), Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (Washington D.C., USA), Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Institute (Moscow, Russia) and Elliott School of International Relations (George Washington University). Ms. Gussarova was awarded with a special National Anniversary Medal ‘20 years of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan’ for contribution to the social harmony in the country and unity of the people of Kazakhstan, promotion of Kazakhstan experience of peace and harmony abroad and development of mutually beneficial and friendly relations between the people of Kazakhstan and other nationals as well as with the Certificate of Honor from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Among other things, she teaches ‘Multilateral Diplomacy’, ‘International Terrorism’  and ‘Cyber Technologies and Cyber Security’ courses at the German-Kazakh University in Almaty.



Dr. Farkhod Aminjonov

Farkhod Aminjonov Photo Deputy Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies.

Previously, he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Eurasian Research Institute of Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh–Turkish University, where he contributed to Institute’s work on energy, finance, and security. Dr. Aminjonov is currently engaged in a number of collaborative projects with the Canadian, German, Norwegian, U.S. and Turkish research institutions as well as international organizations, such as International Organization for Migration. He also has an experience conducting research at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo, Norway. Farkhod Aminjonov holds a Ph.D. in global governance from Wilfrid Laurier University/ Balsillie School of International Affairs (Canada), an M.A. in international area studies from the University of Tsukuba (Japan), an M.A. in political science from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and a B.A. (Hon.) in international law from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan). Dr. Aminjonov has a track record of publications (journal articles, reports, policy papers, etc.) and teaching experience in the department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Energy security and security of the Central Asian energy systems, energy governance innovations, pipeline politics, trans-boundary water management and hydropower sector development as well as foreign and domestic energy policies lie in the hub of his research interests.


Daria Larionova

Senior Advisor at the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies.

Mrs. Larionova is in charge of CAISS development, strategic planning and project management. With the background of International relations, she has vast experience in  working for international corporations with the focus on Central Asia and Caucasus from the business and marketing perspective. Her research interests include the concept of soft power and international security.