Dauren Aben

Dauren Aben

Senior Research fellow

Dauren Aben holds a Master’s in International Relations from Kainar University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, and a Master’s in International Policy Studies and certificates in nonproliferation studies, conflict resolution, and commercial diplomacy from the California-based Monterey Institute of International Studies. Dauren previously worked as a senior project manager and researcher at the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. In 2011-2014, he worked as a senior research fellow at the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In 2008-20

Staff's Publications


October 25, 2020

Eurasia Outlook 2019: Economic, Social and Political Perspectives in Eurasia

Since 2015, the Eurasian Research Institute (ERI) has been presenting to the readers weekly e-bulletins that contain current economic, political, cultural, and social developments in the Eurasian region. Over the past five years, many experts, diplomats, politicians, as well as ordinary readers from Turkey, Kazakhstan, and other Eurasian countries have […]
October 24, 2020

New Stage in Turkey-Uzbekistan Strategic Partnership

Since the change of the leadership in Uzbekistan in September 2016, relations between Ankara and Tashkent have been growing exponentially. The visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Turkey in February 2020, his second in two and a half years, has become another evidence of the parties’ genuine interest in […]
July 11, 2020

Renewable Energy as a Potential Driver of Kazakhstan’s Growth*

Kazakhstan has implemented important reforms and achieved major breakthroughs in its political and socioeconomic development, and the nation’s energy and mineral resources have played a crucial role in this transformation. At the same time, however, Kazakhstan has not largely succeeded in developing its non-resource-based industrial and tradable sectors, which results […]
May 11, 2020

Gender and Disarmament: Increasing Women’s Engagement

On October 31, 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted a landmark resolution that established the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Among other things, Resolution 1325 (2000) reaffirmed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peacebuilding, stressing the importance of their equal participation […]
February 10, 2020

The Iranıan Nuclear Deal: Recent Developments

In early January 2020, following a U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Corps’ expeditionary Quds Force, the confrontation between Washington and Tehran seriously escalated bringing the world to the brink of war.   2 Views / Көрулер / Görüntüleme / Просмотры
November 26, 2019

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula: Lessons from Kazakhstan

There were high expectations in the international community that the second Trump-Kim summit held in Vietnam in February 2019 would be a turning point in the nuclear disarmament of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) eventually leading to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.   3 Views / […]
July 18, 2019

Eurasia Outlook 2018: Economic, Social and Political Perspectives in Eurasia

Since 2015, the Eurasian Research Institute (ERI) has been issuing weekly e-bulletins that contain analytical articles on a wide range of topics related to political, economic and social developments in the Eurasian space, as well as the news block that covers recent activities in the region. As demonstrated by the […]
April 30, 2019

The Aral Sea: is Recovery Still Possible?

The Aral Sea used to be the world’s fourth largest lake but has lost 90% of its volume since 1960s due to the Soviet Union’s massive water diversion and irrigation activities, mainly for cotton production. It is now one of the world’s largest man-made ecological disasters as the desiccation of […]
December 27, 2018

Global Arms Race: Forecast for 2019

The continuation of the military-political confrontation between Russia and the United States in 2019 increases the risk of the beginning of a new arms race and the collapse of the international strategic arms control system. A possible return to a Cold War style full-scale nuclear and missile race would inevitably […]
November 27, 2018

Climate Change in Kazakhstan: Consequences and Solutions

For quite a long time, issues related to climate change and its consequences have not received due attention in Kazakhstan, and virtually no fundamental scientific research on the current situation and possible scenarios of its development has been conducted. Although Kazakhstan ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in […]