Gaziza Shakhanova, Ph.D.

Dr. Shakhanova obtained her Ph.D. from the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics in Prague. Before this, she worked for a number of Kazakh ministries and state-owned organizations. Her research interests include the regions of Russia-Central Asia and China-Central Asia. Currently, she is affiliated with the Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies and Anglo-American University.


2023 Ted Jelen Best Journal Article Award of the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the article “The Patriotic Turn in Russia: Political Convergence of the Russian Orthodox Church and the State?” by Shakhanova G, Kratochvíl P (2020), Politics and Religion (Cambridge University Press)


Shakhanova G (2023) China and Central Asia: Why is Central Asia Ignoring Xinjiang Reeducation Camps?, Europe-Asia Studies (accepted for publication in May 2023)

Shakhanova G, Kratochvíl P (2020) The Patriotic Turn in Russia: Political Convergence of the Russian Orthodox Church and the State? Politics and Religion (Cambridge University Press),

Kratochvíl P, Shakhanova G (2020) The Patriotic Turn and Re-Building Russia’s Historical Memory: Resisting the West, Leading the Post-Soviet East? Problems of Post-Communism,

Shakhanova G, Garlick JA. (2020) The Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union: Exploring the “Greater Eurasian Partnership Journal of Current Chinese Affairs,

Shakhanova G, Garlick JA. (2020) China’s faltering normative power drive in Kazakhstan. In “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Strategic and Economic Impacts on Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Eastern Europe” in Gerstl, A. (Ed.), Wallenböck, U. (Ed.). London: Routledge,

Shakhanova G (2018) Being in Close Neighbourhood with Russia: The Kazakhstan’s State-Framed Identity and Latinization of the Script – an Attempt for Westernization? Journal of Central Asian Studies. Vol. 25, pp. 1-24.

Shakhanova G (2017) The Architecture of Security in the Eurasian Region: Is Russia still a Guarantor of Regional Security? East-West Studies,

Shakhanova G (2017) The Chinese One Belt, One Road Initiative: Changes in Security Architecture in the Eurasian Region, The Kazakh Economic News, Vol. 2, pp.24-35.