Zhulduz Baizakova is a graduate of the Faculty of International Relations, Kazakh National University and holds an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her current academic affiliation is with the Institute for Security and Cooperation Studies at Kazakh National University in Almaty. Baizakova recently joined the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University as a Visiting Research Scholar (Fulbright Program). Her areas of research cover regional security, including defense and environment issues of Central Asia.
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