Zhulduz Baizakova is a Junior Researcher at the Eurasian Research Institute at H.A.Yassawi Kazakh Turkish International University. She graduated from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Department of International Relations. She also holds a Candidate of Historical Sciences (2005-2010) from the same institution. She served for seven years in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, including a foreign posting to the United Kingdom. Her research interests include international security, Central Asian studies and regional security, Western security assistance to Central Asian nations, Islamic movements and extremism in the region, Central Asian environmental issues.