Anastasiya Bayok is an OSCE Network Research Associate at the Centre for OSCE Research at the IFSH. She was previously a researcher and a project coordinator of the Einstein Foundation project “Sovereignty and international law in the PR China” at the Freie Universität Berlin and taught courses on Chinese foreign policy and China-Russia relations at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science. In 2016 she held the Manfred Wörner scholarship at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. She studied international relations, diplomacy and East Asian Studies at the Belarusian State University and received her MPS degree from the University of Hamburg. She completed her PhD on security in East Asia at the School of Advanced International and Area Studies of East China Normal University in Shanghai, where she worked as a project manager, translator and interpreter.
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Anastasiya Bayok’s research focuses on international politics, Chinese foreign and security policy and security and cooperation in Eurasia. An important part of her research is dedicated to Sino-Russian cooperation and confrontation in the international arena, both regionally, especially in Central Asia, and in bilateral relations. Drawing on the Sino-Russian example, she investigates how, by cooperating with each other, authoritarian states alter the existing system of international relations, thus contributing to the spread and strengthening of authoritarianism. Her research also examines China’s interactions with major powers such as the USA, the EU and Japan. Her current research project analyses China’s role in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, especially in connection with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and identifies possible areas of cooperation between China, the EU and the OSCE.