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Dr. Edward Lemon, President

edwardlemon@oxussociety.org

Edward Lemon is President of the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs and Research Assistant Professor at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, Washington D.C. Campus. He was previously Assistant Professor of Eurasian Affairs at the Daniel Morgan Graduate School, a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He earned a Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter in 2016. Dr. Lemon’s research focuses on authoritarianism and security issues in Central Asia. He has spent over three years conducting fieldwork in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is editor of the book Critical Approaches to Security in Central Asia (Routledge, 2018). His research has been published in Democratization, Central Asian Affairs, Caucasus Survey, Journal of Democracy, Central Asian Survey, the Review of Middle Eastern Studies and The RUSI Journal.

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Bradley Jardine, Research Consultant

Bradley Jardine is a Schwarzman Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. He is a former journalist in the post-Soviet space, having worked as an editor of The Moscow Times in Russia and as Caucasus correspondent for Eurasianet, where he documented Armenia’s Velvet Revolution. He holds a double MA in Russian and Eurasian Studies and Baltic Sea Region Studies from the University of Glasgow, as well as an MMS in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, Beijing. Jardine’s research focuses on the proliferation of surveillance technology in Central Asia and China’s growing security presence in the countries of the former Soviet Union. He is the author of the upcoming Kennan Institute monograph Great Wall of Steel: China’s Strategy to Secure Central and South Asia. His work has appeared in Washington Post, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, and the Nikkei Asian Review, among others.

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Sher Khashimov, Research Consultant

Sher Khashimov is a Research Consultant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. He holds a master’s in public affairs from Indiana University and a BA in Linguistics from Russian-Tajik Slavonic University in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Before moving to the U.S., Sher implemented U.S. Government-funded development programs on the ground in Tajikistan for six years, as well as monitored and reported on political and socio-economic developments in the country.

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Noah Tucker, Research Consultant

Noah Tucker is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Research Associate at the GWU Central Asia Program. He works primarily on social conflict and conflict prevention, from violent extremism and (Islamist and far-right groups) to ethnic and regional conflict. He also focuses on religious groups, religious freedom, and the interactions between social mobilization (often online) and politics.

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Frank Maracchione, Senior Researcher

Frank Maracchione is a PhD researcher at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Sheffield, recipient of an ESRC White Rose Pathway Award and co-convener of SPERI’s Doctoral Researchers’ Network. At the moment, he is spending some time in Washington DC as visiting scholar at the Institute for European Russian and Eurasian Studies at  George Washington University and as research  assistant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. He holds an MA in Social  Research from the University of Sheffield, an MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna and a BA in China  Studies from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He was also a visiting research student at the Renmin University of China in  Beijing, where he conducted research on Chinese counterterrorism. Frank’s interests include China’s normative power, foreign policy, foreign aid and investment (particularly in Central Asia).

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Yakhyo Kadyrov, Project Manager

 

Yakhyo Kadyrov is a development professional with over a decade of experience working in the spheres of peacebuilding, mediation and PVE. He has worked for a range of  NGOs and international organizations in Kyrgyzstan as a grant writer, program manager and monitoring and evaluation director.Yakhyo graduated from the Kyrgyz National Law Academy and is an alumni of the OSCE International School “United CVE.” Yakhyo speaks Uzbek and Kyrgyz. Since 2018, Yahyo has been a member of the Global Partnership for Preventing Armed Conflicts (GPPAC). His research interests include youth radicalization, online and offline recruitment, issues of nationalism and at-risk youth in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

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Cody Arigo, Research Assistant

Cody Arigo is a Master’s of Public Policy student at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where he studies international security policy and civilian security challenges with a regional interest in Central Asia and Afghanistan. He previously worked in the Kyrgyz Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2018-2020 in Naryn Oblast’s Kochkor Raion where he worked to build local English teacher capacity and wrote a small educational development grant with community stakeholders funded by USAID and Peace Corps. His research interests include counterterrorism,conflict stabilization operations, violent extremism and nation-building.

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Austen Dowell, Research Assistant

Austen Dowell is an MA student at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, where he focuses on Ukraine and Central Asia. He has spent half a decade living and working in Eurasia, including stints as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Boren Scholar, and university student. Recent engagement with the region involves disinformation research for a GEC-funded report and an ongoing role with Human Rights Watch.

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Samuel Elzinga, Research Assistant & Web Manager

Samuel Elzinga is a Research Assistant and Web Manager at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. He is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University, where he majored in Political Science, Russian Studies, and National Security Studies. He has worked at the national and international governmental levels to help policymakers better understand youth involvement in politics and security, especially as it relates to Central Asia’s mountainous republics. He is interested in modern security management in Central Asia and Afghanistan and finding computational solutions to complex regional issues in Eurasia. He is proficient in Russian and Kyrgyz.

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Natalie Hall, Research Assistant

Natalie Hall is an MA student at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, pursuing a degree in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies.Previously, she worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Eurasia Foundation. She lived in Kazakhstan for six months, and has traveled throughout Eurasia. She holds a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy from The George Washington University. Her research interests include Chinese engagement with Central Asia, national identity, and the politics of historical memory.

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Elvira Kalmurzaeva, Research and Development Assistant

Elvira Kalmurzaeva is an MA student of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. She is interested in international development, nonprofit management, and China. She also holds a master’s in Political Science and Security from the OSCE Academy and BA in International Relations from Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University. Elvira previously worked in international, regional, and local organizations, leading various development programs. For the last four years, she has run a youth-led-for-youth regional nonprofit organization, IDEA Central Asia. 

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Gulmira Kairzhanova, Research Assistant

 

Gulmira Kairzhanova is an undergraduate student at Nazarbayev University majoring in Political Science and International Relations. Her research interests include nationalism, nation-building, security, and migration policies in Central Asia.

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Jonathan Meyer, Research Assistant

Jonathan Meyer is an MA student at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he studies conflict management. He previously worked in the Kyrgyz Republic for two years with the Peace Corps, living in Jalal-Abad Oblast. His research interests include ethnic and border disputes, nationalism, and conflict resolution.

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Natalie Simpson, Research Assistant

Natalie Simpson is a Research Assistant at the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. She is an undergraduate student at Yale University studying history and international relations, and she previously worked as an intern for the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. Her research interests include security, disinformation, and social movements in Eurasia.

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Alimana Zhanmukanova, Research and Communications Assistant 

Alimana Zhanmukanova is a recent graduate of the OSCE Academy. She is interested in issues of ethnic minorities and nation-building, with a focus on the ethnic Russian community in Kazakhstan. Alimana has previously worked at the Central Asia Desk at the Conflict Prevention Centre at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna. She has extensive experience in project management and has organized dozens of projects with the support of donors including the Embassy of the United States in Kazakhstan and Freedom House.