Zhanibek Arynov

Position: Postdoctoral Scholar

Education Background:

Ph.D. in International Relations, 2019, University of St Andrews, UK

Research Areas

Central Asian geopolitics; EU-Central Asia relations; international identity, image and perception studies; legitimacy and (de)legitimation of international organizations.

Contact information

Zhanibek Arynov
Postdoctoral Scholar
Graduate School of Public Policy
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbay batyr Avenue
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan 010000
Email: zhanibek.arynov@nu.edu.kz


Zhanibek Arynov joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as a Postdoctoral Scholar in July 2019. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, UK. Dr. Arynov’s research interests include Central Asian geopolitics, Kazakhstan’s foreign policy, EU-Central Asia relations, and international identity, image and perception studies. He is currently working on a project related to legitimacy and (de)legitimation of international organizations with a specific focus on the Eurasian Economic Union.  

Prior to joining the GSPP, Zhanibek Arynov served as a Senior Expert of the Program of Eurasian Studies, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), a think-tank based in Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan.  


Journal Articles

  1. Arynov, Z. (2022, forthcoming), ‘‘“Nobody Goes to Another Monastery with Their Own Charter”. The EU’s Promotion of ‘European Values’ as Perceived in Central Asia’, Europe-Asia Studiesdoi.org/10.1080/09668136.2022.2032604.
  2. Arynov, Z. (2021), ‘Hardly Visible, Highly Admired? Youth Perceptions of the EU in Kazakhstan’, Journal of Eurasian Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1177/18793665211058187.
  3. Arynov, Z. (2021), ‘Opportunity and Threat Perceptions of the EU in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’, Central Asian Surveydoi.org/10.1080/02634937.2021.1917516
  4. Arynov, Z. (2018), ‘Changing Perceptions of the European Union in Central Asia’, L’Europe en Formation, Issue 385 , pp. 61-73, https://doi.org/10.3917/eufor.385.0061.

Book Chapters

  1. Arynov, Z. (2022, forthcoming), ‘Global Giant, Regional Dwarf? Perceptions of EU Actorness in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’ in eds. D. Nascimento, P. Lopes, and L.Simao, The EU’s Global Actorness in a World of Contested Leadership: Policies, Instruments and Perceptions. Palgrave MacMillan.
  2. Arynov, Z., Sharipova, D. (2020), ‘Russland in Zentralasien’, in Lempp, J., Mayer, S., and Brand, A. (eds.), Die politischen Systeme Zentralasiens, Springer VS.

Papers in Progress

  1. Arynov, Z., ‘Educated into Sinophilia? How International Graduates/Students of Chinese Universities Perceive China: The Case of Kazakhstan’;
  2. Arynov, Z., ‘Russia’s and China’s Leadership in Central Asia: What Does Kazakhstan Think about It?’;
  3. Arynov, Z., ‘Discursive (De)Legitimation of the Eurasian Economic Union by the EU’;
  4. Arynov, Z., ‘The EU’s Normative Power in Eastern Neighbourhood: The Cases of GSP+ Status in Armenia in Kyrgyzstan’.