Nargis Kassenova, Ph.D.

CASC Director

Associate Professor Nargis Kassenova received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University (Japan). Since then she has been teaching at KIMEP University conducting research on Central Asian security, Eurasian geopolitics, energy security, and Kazakhstan’s foreign policy. Dr, Kassenova is a member of the Advisory Group of the EUCAM (Europe — Central Asia Monitoring).

Selected publications:

“EU-Central Asia Bilateral Cooperation” in The European Union in Central Asia, edited by Alexander Warkotch, Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2010;

“Central Asian Regional Security Cooperation: Constraints and Prospects” in Security Sector Reform in Central Asia: Exploring Needs and Possibilities, edited by Merjin Hartog, Greenwood Papers, Groningen: The Centre for European Security Studies (CESS), 2010 (;

“The SCO Energy Club: Purpose and Prospects” in Petroleum Politics of the Caspian, edited by Indra Øverland, Heidi Kjaernet and Andrea Herschman Kendall-Taylor, Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2009;

“China as an Emerging Donor in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan” in Russie.Nei.Visions 2009. Understanding Russia and the New Independent States, edited by Thomas Gomart and Tatiana Kastueva-Jean, Paris: Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), 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, edited by Mario Esteban and Nicolas de Pedro, Madrid: Fundacion Alternatives, 2009 (;

“Kazakhstan: Rich in Natural Resources, Poor in Social Capital” in Human Beliefs and Values in South and Central Asia, edited by Takashi Inoguchi, Tokyo: Akashi shoten, 2008;

“A View from the Region” in Engaging Central Asia: The European Union’s New Strategy in the Heart of Eurasia, edited by Neil J. Melvin, Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Paperback, 2008 (;

“The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on Central Asia and Its Implications for the EU Engagement”, EUCAM Working Paper No.5, October 2009 (;

“Beyond Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policies: EU’s Central Asia Strategies”, EU4seas project papers, October 2009 (;

“Kazakhstan and the South Caucasus Corridor in the Wake of the Georgia-Russia War”, EUCAM Policy Brief, No.3, January 2009 (;

“The New EU Strategy towards Central Asia: A View from the Region”, CEPS Policy Brief, No.148, January 2008;

“The EU in Central Asia: Strategy in the Context of Eurasian Geopolitics” in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Vol.4 (46), 2007;

Kazakhstan’s National Security: Conceptual and Operational Aspects” in Central Asian Survey, No.24 (2), 2005.