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Senior Lecturer, Politics of Central Asia, SOAS, University of London

Bhavna Dave (PhD in Political Science from Syracuse University, NY) is Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London. She is the author of the book Kazakhstan: Ethnicity, Language and Power (Routledge: London, 2007). She is editor of Modern Central Asia (London: Routledge, 2009), a four-volume reference collection which is part of Routledge’s series on Critical Issues in Modern Politics. She has published works on issues of labour migration in Kazakhstan and Russia, language and ethnic identities, minorities, elections and patronage in Kazakhstan, and EU-Central Asia relations, labour migration in Kazakhstan and Russia, the role of the Russian Far East in Russia’s ‘pivot to Asia’ policy, social and security implications of China’s Silk Road economic development initiative in Central Asia and India-Central Asia relations. Her current research and writing are centred on: 1) the political economy and legal framework of labour migration, migrant and diaspora networks in Russia and Kazakhstan; 2) geopolitics and alliances in Eurasia, and the consequences of China’s Belt and Road initiative for Central Asian states and the Russian Far East; 3) the strategic role of the ‘priority development programme’ of the Russian Far East as part of Russia’s pivot to Asia policy and the implications for the East-Asian region.


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    Senior Lecturer in the Politics of Central Asia, SOAS