International Relations

 Message of the IR Programm's Head

So, you have decided to become a student of the International Relations (IR) Program. Welcome! We are pleased to see you at our department!

If you are ready to make this step, it means that you move forward and are willing to change your life. You are interested in foreign affairs and watch the policies of Dmitri Medvedev and Barack Obama closely. You know who the UN Secretary-General is, which country is currently chairing the OSCE, why we are building Kambarata, and why Kyrgyzstan’s neighbors oppose this construction. You mean you do not know? Well ... no problem! The most important thing is that you want to learn the answers to these questions. In addition, these are only facts - those are easy to learn. It is harder to learn how to analyze why this or that event took place, why the president of a country has reacted as he did, and not otherwise, why ... You never know how many interesting questions can be generated by the inquisitive minds of our students! And IUCA professors try not only to answer these questions, but also to make students think for themselves, analyze events and build scenarios for future developments.
What you should be prepared for? Of course, for constant learning and self-improvement. Since students of international affairs should always keep abreast of developments, both domestic and those of international significance. Daily reading of newspapers and browsing for news on the Web is part of the homework for each IR course. In addition, many hours are devoted to the study of languages at our university. After all, we are confident that an excellent knowledge of English and of a second foreign language of your choice (German, French or Chinese), will be useful to you in future, when you will be looking for a job or pursuing your profession.

But to study at our university means not only to burn the midnight oil, and sit at the computer, reading books in electronic versions. You must be willing to participate in various activities of our university - whether in Commencement, or Halloween, New Year's Day or Thanksgiving. Plays, comic sketches, dances, participation in Student Senate and trips to Burana-tower and other historic places – all this is part of student life at IUCA. 
And what comes from our side? What do we offer you? Computer labs and comfortable classrooms equipped with overhead projectors, wonderful teachers, diplomats, foreign professors, professionals who have graduated from foreign universities and who are willing to share their knowledge with you. We will make sure that visiting specialists will frequently give you guest lectures. They are the best in their fields, whether they are diplomats, members of government, political scientists or economists. These are the people you might have seen on TV or read interviews with in newspapers and magazines. Now you will have the opportunity to ask them your questions.

We plan to open a research center where students, together with their instructors, will be able to conduct research on social and political issues. In this center, we can apply the theoretical knowledge that you receive in our classes. 
Furthermore, we are opening a Discussion Club on issues of international policy. We are proud that we received this proposal from our students, and we will make it a reality.

We are very pleased that our students had their first internships in leading foreign international organizations and nongovernmental organizations in Kyrgyzstan: OSCE, UNDP, Freedom House, and the Institute for Public Policy. We hope to continue cooperation with these institutions in future. 

Our department is as young, as our university. But we do believe that we can achieve much. The ancient Chinese saying goes: "The road of a thousand miles begins with a single step". Students, who trusted us, have made their first steps in the exciting world of diplomacy and international relations. Do you want to join us? Then - welcome to the International Relations Program at IUCA! 

Nuria Asylbekovna Kutnaeva
Head of the IR Program


Faculty of the International Relations program

JohnJohn R. Clark is the first president of the American University of Central Asia (1997-2000). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Social anthropology of the Middle East from Harvard University (1964). Later he obtained the Master’s degree in Cultural Geography from the University of Michigan in 1970 and PhD in Cultural and urban geography of the Middle East from the University of Michigan in 1974 He has since worked at Dartmouth, UCLA, Harvard, Columbia and Georgetown.

He has been working in Central Asia since 1994. At first he taught as a Fulbright lecturer at Osh State University (1994-1995). From 1995 until 2000 he actively took part in the development of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Next, he worked at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Planning (KIMEP) (2000-2001, 2003-2007). He was Advisor to the Minister of Education of the KR (2001-2002) and at the Diplomatic Academy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic (2007-2008). Currently he is  the President of IUCA.

At IUCA, he teaches the following courses: Political Geography and Geopolitics, Political Philosophy, History of Civilizations, Internal History of the USSR, Foreign Policy of the Middle East, World War 1, World History.


 maszkaJohn Maszka is an International Relations scholar from the United States. He specializes in terrorism studies, national security, and asymmetric war. John's research interests include popular support for terrorism and non-military alternatives to the Global War on Terror. John currently resides in Tokmok with his wife May and teaches International Relations at IUCA where he is also the head of the International Relations program.

He teaches: "Leadership", "International Organisations" and "Comparative Foreign Policy".




dane Dane De Veau obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry (Forest Ecology/ Natural Resource Management and Policy), Utah State University (1989). He holds the Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Idaho (1994) In his studies there he specialized in natural resource, water and environmental law. He has practiced law in the United States from 1997 until 2005.

He came to Kyrgyzstan in 2005 and until 2009 worked as a volunteer of the United States Peace Corps. From 2009 until present he is a chairman of a Kyrgyz NGO located in the Issyk-kul Oblast. The purpose of this NGO is to establish and implement a secondary system of social security for the rural elderly population in the village of Ananyevo and surrounding communities


At IUCA, he taught the following courses: International Law, Ecology, US Government.


A.S. Alamanov Salamat Kulembekovitch is an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic, PhD in geographic sciences, associate professor, head of the Department of the regional problems of the Kyrgyz Government. He is also the permanent head of the Intergovernmental Commission for delimitation of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, the author of more than 60 scientific works on environmental issues of water, historical and geographical and legal aspects of the establishment of state borders.

At IUCA, he teaches the following course: Border and water issue s in Central Asia.


makarovMakarov Anatoliy Viatcheslavovitch- graduated from History Department of Kyrgyz State National  Unvierstiy in 1995. From 1996 he is teaching “General Politology”, “Political Socilology”, “Theory of politics and power”, “History of Philosophy”, “Modern problems of History and theory  of political science”, “Political systems and institutes” at Kyrgyz Slavonic University. Head of section “Politology” at Philosophy and Social-Political sciences Department. He was coordinator of the project “Civil Education” at Higher School of KR realized by CSR(ЦСИ) of AUCA supported by Aga-Han  foundation (2007-2009); designer and consultant on program “ Association of School Parliaments” by “Soros’Kyrgyzstan” (1998-2000);  trainer- Methodist on courses: “Law(Legal)  education”, Сonflictology, Сivil Studies, methods of interactive teaching conducted by “Soros-Kyrgyzstan” (1998-2000); consultant on development and conducting interactive business days-long games for school students “Evergreenia” and “School republic” programmed by “Soros-Kyrgyzstan”. He is co-author of following 3 tutorials and teaching-methodical aids on Civil Studies and author of more than 30 scientific articles on theory of politics, political sociology, methodology and methodics of teaching at Universities.

Winner of Republic contest “The Best teacher of 1996”, teacher of highest category, high achiever of national education.

He teaches “Political Philosophy”, “Political processes in KR” at IUCA.




O.A.Orozbek Abdysalamovich Moldaliev an alumnus of the KGB Red Institute of the USSR named after Yuri Andropov who also attended the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School and took a course on the "Civil-military strategy for internal development". He also graduated from the College of Strategic Studies and Defense Economics at the European Center of Security named after G. Marshall with honours which was held in Garmisch – Partenkirchen (Germany).

He is a political scientist and an expert on national and regional security, issues of religious extremism and terrorism. PhD of Political Sciences, Professor, Director of the Center for Foreign Policy of the Diplomatic Academy of the KR. Scientific specialization is a national and regional security, terrorism and religious extremism.

Orozbek Abdysalamovich is an author of over 30 scientific papers, among them there are the most famous monograph "Modern Challenges to Security in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia" (2001), "Islamism and international terrorism: the threat of Islam and the threat to Islam?" (2004) used as textbooks in universities of Kyrgyzstan and abroad.

In September 2012 he was appointed the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President in the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic.

At IUCA he taught "International Security", "Conflict and Cooperation of Defense", "Modern foreign policy of Kyrgyzstan."



E.N.Elmira Abylbekovna Nogoibaeva graduated from History Department of the Kyrgyz State National University. She is a participant in international and regional research projects, conferences and seminars, also the author of many articles in scientific journals of Europe, Russia and Central Asian countries. Elmira Abylbekovna is a Director of the Research Center "Polis Asia" and a member of the European Network of Political Studies (INTAS, Brussels). Area of research interests is creating a modern political elite in Kyrgyzstan, recruitment of elites and social and political communication.

At IUCA she teaches "Methods of Political Research", “The political process in the Kyrgyz Republic”.



EsengulChinara Esengul holds a MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan and a diploma in International Relations from the Kyrgyz National University; and is also expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

 At IUCA she teaches "Conflicts and Cooperation in International Relations", "Modern Foreign Policy of Kyrgyzstan."




tyyuAinura Akmatalieva Mayrambekovna is a Candidate of Political Sciences, a senior lecturer of the International Relations faculty at KRSU, a permanent member of the European Community for Central Asian Studies since 2009, a Director of the Institute for Advanced Policy and a chief editor of «Homo Politicus». Ainura Akmatalieva graduated from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University and got her bachelor’s degree with honours in 2006, and a master's degree in 2008. She also holds a Master’s degree from the OSCE Academy (2007). In 2011 she defended her candidate dissertation on the problem of the "Transatlantic Partnership on security issues in Central Asia."

 Her academic interests include Transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy and the EU, issues of political modernization in Central Asia, the phenomenon of "color revolutions" and political processes in the former Soviet Union.


At IUCA she teaches “American Foreign Policy” and “US Government”.





BeshovAyzatbek Beshov – a Senior Lecturer of the Department of International Relations and Oriental Studies at the Bishkek Humanities University, he is also a correspondent of BBC Russian Service. He graduated from the Bishkek Humanities University in 2000, specializing History of Asia and Africa. In 2002, he worked as a newscaster on the radio station "Tatina" in Kara-Balta, 2002-2003 - newscaster, news editor, reporter, "Nashe radio", 2003-2004 - news editor at the radio station «Love Radio».

At IUCA he teaches: "International Organizations".



Madina Ednanovna Karabaeva graduated from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University (KRSU), the Department of International Relations in 2000. She is a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Master of Jurisprudence. She has been working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic since 2001. 2006-2009 - The Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations and other international organizations, the attaché. She is currently the First Secretary of the Department of International Economic Cooperation.

At IUCA she teaches "Diplomatic and Consular Service", "Foreign Economic Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic."


Marina Geraevna Tsoy was the first Head of the IR Program (2008-2010). She graduated from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KRSU), where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and a Specialist’s degree in International Relations (1994). She got her Master’s Degree in Political Science at Eichstaett University, Germany (2004) and PhD in Political Science from Eichstaett University, Germany (2009).

At IUCA she teaches the following courses: Introduction to political science, Political philosophy, Conflict and cooperation in international relations.




M.N. Natalya Mikhailovna Mazharova graduated from the philological department of the Kyrgyz Pedagogical Institute in 1982. In 1985 she held a fellowship at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. She has 25 years of teaching experience, including 12 years at AUCA (1995 - 2007). At AUCA she was responsible for the official protocol ceremonies including the receptions held for Hillary Clinton and George Soros.


At IUCA she teaches Diplomatic Ceremonial and Protocol.


phTatyana Alexandrovna Osipovitch
graduated from Saratov University in 1983, majoring in Psychology. She worked at the Frunze Medical Institute and at the Psychology department of the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University. She is also Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA).


She teaches psychology at IUCA.




Dj.A. Altynai Djumasheva graduated from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University in 2010. Together with Nurlan Abdaliev won the Debate Tournament "Cup of Almaty 2010".  


At IUCA, she teaches Debates and Argumentation.







Nuria Asylbekovna Kutnaeva – Head of the International Relations (IR) program. She graduated from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (KRSU), where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and Specialist’s degree in International Relations (1994). She got her Master’s Degree in Political Science at the Eichstaett University, Germany (2003). In addition she received a Master’s Degree in Political Science of Central Asia at the OSCE Academy (2005).Currently the PhD student at the Slavic University.

She has taught at the Diplomatic Academy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.


At IUCA she teaches Introduction to International Relations, Comparative analysis of the Political Processes in Central Asia, Theories of International Relations, Methods of Political Research, International Security, Religion and Politics.

Every week IUCA hosts the guest lecturers, where lecturers are the leading specialists and recognized expert in their spheres.  The system of guest lectures encourages professional adjustment of students.

—On September 24, 2010 AtakhanovAvazbek K., advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kyryzstan, delievered a lecture on Foreign Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic.
—On September 24, 2010 AtakhanovAvazbek K., advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Kyryzstan, delievered a lecture on Foreign Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic.
—IshenbayAbdurazakov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, State Secretary of the Kyrgyz Republic (1996-1999) tells about Kyrgyzstan's foreign policy to IR students (October 2010).
—On October 15, 2010 CholponDjakupova, prominent human rights defender, delievered a lecture on human rights in Kyrgyzstan, parliamentary elections and events in Osh.
—Murat Suyunbaev, prominent political scientist, professor of the Kyrgyz National University delievered a lecture on natural reasons for desintegration processes in Central Asia (November 2010).
—Professor Dr. NurOmarov, political scientist and Vice-prinicpal of the Diplomatic Academy under the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs delivered a lecture "Foreign policy of the Kyrgyz Republic since 1991" (November 2010).
—Elmira Nogoybaeva, political scientist and director of the NGO "Polis-Asia" delivered a lecture "Political Elites: Myths, approaches, models" (January 12, 2011).
—Marat Kazakpaev, political scientist and professor of the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University delivered a lecture "Parliamentary systems: Model of Kyrgyzstan" (January 19, 2011).
Elena Voronia, prominent civil society activist delivered a lecture "Civil society in Kyrgyzstan" (January 25, 2011).

Her academic interests include Transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy and the EU, issues of political modernization in Central Asia, the phenomenon of