CESS

Staff

EUCAM

Jos Boonstra

EUCAM Coordinator

Before joining the Centre for European Security Studies in 2016, Boonstra worked as senior researcher, and later as head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia programme at FRIDE, a think tank with offices in Madrid and Brussels. He completed MAs in Contemporary History and International Relations at the University of Groningen. His work focuses on Eurasian and transatlantic security issues (in particular EU, NATO and OSCE policies) as well as on development policies and democratisation in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Boonstra is member of several internal research networks and regularly comments on international issues in the media.

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Aigerim Duimagambetova

Web Editor

Freelance journalist, editor, web consultant. Worked for various international organizations and media outlets, including UNDP, UNEP, RFE/RL. Currently, assists non-profit organizations in building their corporate identity, online presence, strengthening communities in social media. Has been involved in EUCAM since 2009. Studied International Journalism at the Kazakh National University (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt (Germany). 

Merijn Hartog

EUCAM Associate Researcher

Merijn is a senior programme manager at CESS. In 2001 he graduated from the University of Groningen in Central and Eastern European Contemporary History. At CESS Hartog was responsible for the multi-year Starlink training programmes on democratic governance in the security sector in seven countries in Eastern Europe, the South-Caucasus and Central Asia. He was also the main programme manager of three successive multi-year projects on good governance in Turkey. He is currently running projects on parliamentary oversight in Macedonia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan and the EUCAM initiative where he combines work as a trainer, programme manager and researcher.

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Marlène Laruelle

EUCAM Associate Researcher

Marlene Laruelle is Research Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She is co-director of PONARS-Eurasia and director of the Central Asia Program at GW. She explores contemporary political, social and cultural changes in Russia and Central Asia through the prism of ideologies and nationalism.

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Tika Tsertsvadze

EUCAM Associate Researcher

Tinatin Tsertsvadze joined IPHR’s Brussels team in January 2015 as International Advocacy Manager. She maintains regular contacts with EU institutions, monitors EU policies towards Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries and coordinates advocacy actions targeting EU and other international institutions. Before joining IPHR, she worked for four years at FRIDE, a European think-tank based in Brussels and Madrid, as Central Asia programme manager and conducted research and advocacy on EU policies towards Central Asia and the South Caucasus. She authored several publications on the EU’s human rights and democracy policies in these regions. Prior to that Tinatin briefly worked at the Open Society Institute in Brussels, and for the European Socialist Party, assisting in the 2009 European Parliament Election campaign. She was involved in the pan-European youth network AEGEE, and served one year as its Brussels director for European Institutions. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (specializing in European Studies) from the Georgian University (Georgia).

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Andreas Marazis

EUCAM Associate Researcher

Andreas Marazis is Project Manager and Researcher specializing on the Eastern Partnership countries and Central Asia at the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), a Brussels-based think tank. His research is focused at the post-Soviet space, particularly on socio-political developments in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Before joining ENC, Andreas worked as a Junior Researcher and EUCAM Programme Officer, at FRIDE in Madrid and Brussels. He also worked as a Project Manager for Eurasian Dialogue in Brussels. Andreas holds a MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, UK) and an MA in Black Sea Cultural Studies from the International Hellenic University (Thessaloniki, Greece).

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Vera Axyonova

EUCAM Associate Researcher

Vera Axyonova is a postdoctoral researcher / assistant professor at the Justus Liebig University Giessen and an adjunct lecturer at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. She completed her PhD in Political Science at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences and holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and European Studies and a Diploma in International Relations. Her primary research interests are external democratisation and human rights promotion, security in the post-soviet space, and Central Asian affairs.

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Sébastien Peyrouse

EUCAM Associate Researcher

Sébastien Peyrouse is a research professor of International Affairs at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC. Next to this Sébastien joined FRIDE as an associate researcher and is also an associated fellow at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations, Paris. Sébastien was a doctoral and postdoctoral fellow at the French Institute for Central Asia Studies in Tashkent (1998-2000 and 2002-2005). His main areas of expertise are political systems in Central Asia, Islam and religious minorities, and Central Asia's geopolitical positioning toward China, India and South Asia.

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Erica Marat

EUCAM Associate Researcher

Erica Marat, PhD, is an assistant professor and director of Homeland Defense Fellowship Program at the College of International Security Affairs of the National Defense University in Washington DC. She specializes in law enforcement and policing in former Soviet states. Before joining CISA, Marat was a visiting scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. She previously worked at the Voice of America's Russian Service and was a research fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program affiliated with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.

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Nafisa Hasanova

EUCAM Associate Researcher

Nafisa Hasanova is project manager for the Reporters without Borders (RSF) project ‘Media Ownership Monitor’ (MOM) in Serbia. In 2016 she implemented the MOM project in Ukraine and Turkey. Before joining RSF Nafisa worked on the Transnistrian settlement process for the Finnish Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) MarttiAhtisaari Centre. From 2012 to 2014 she worked as a policy officer for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at APRODEV in Brussels. In 2008-2012 Nafisa worked as a EUCAM project manager in Brussels for CEPS and FRIDE. Nafisa, holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and European Studies from the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda, Germany. She completed a BA in English Philology at the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages in Uzbekistan.

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Policy Briefs

Policy Brief

No. 34

Reviewing the EU’s approach to Central Asia

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Working Papers/Reports

Report

No. 19

Implementation and review of the European Union - Central Asia Strategy: Recommendations for EU action

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Commentaries

Commentary

No. 27

Mastering a Façade democracy: elections in Uzbekistan

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Newsletters

Newsletter

No. 17

On a positive note...

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