Baktybek Beshimov, PhD

PhD (History), Kyrgyz State University
MA (History), Kyrgyz State University 

Baktybek Beshimov is a Professor of the Practice in the Global Studies and International Relations program. His research interests include the history of Central Asia and Eurasia; the security and foreign policies of the Central Asian states; post-Soviet transition and comparative state building in Central Asia; and extremism and terrorism in Central and South Asia. Dr. Beshimov’s current research projects include evaluating the influences of rivalry among the United States, Russia, and China on the post-Communist transition of Central Asia. He is the author of numerous book chapters, articles, and books, including Interethnic Relations at the Present Stage: Practice and Problems, Civil Movement in Kyrgyzstan and Ferghana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor to international media.

Previously, Dr. Beshimov was a visiting professor at Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies, and the Government department at Suffolk University from 2010 to 2014; vice president and provost for the American University of Central Asia from 2005 to 2007; and president of Osh University from 1992 to 1998. He was a member of parliament in his native Kyrgyzstan, where he was a leader of the Social Democrats’ faction from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Beshimov served as Kyrgyz Ambassador to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal from 2000 to 2005. He is a member of the editorial board of the Central Asia and Caucasus Journal (Sweden). Dr. Beshimov was a national manager of the United Nations Ferghana Valley Development Program and the United Nations Development Program’s LIFE Program in the 1990s and was a representative of the Kyrgyzstan Parliament in the Organization for Security and Economic Cooperation in Europe.

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