Kirill Nourzhanov has an MA from Moscow State University and a PhD from the ANU. His main academic interests include politics, international relations and conflict resolution in contemporary Central Asia. He has published in the Central Asian Monitor, Central Asian Survey, Europe-Asia Studies, and World Today, and his PhD thesis on “Politics and Change in Tajikistan” was published in mid-2000. He was appointed to CAIS as a lecturer in 2000. Kirill teaches 'Politics in Russia' and 'Politics in Central Asia' in the undergraduate program and 'Geopolitics of Central Asia' and 'Energy and Security in Centeral Asia and the Caucasus' and a number of other titles in the graduate program. Dr Nourzhanov's expertise on Post-Communist and Central Asian Studies is internationally recognised and as a result he has a strong record of supervision at both master and doctoral levels. His recent publications include “Central Asia’s Domestic Stability in Official Russian Security Thinking under Yeltsin and Putin: From Hegemony to Multilateral Pragmatism”, in Colin Mackerras, Michael Clarke, eds. China, Xinjiang and Central Asia: History, Transition and Crossborder Interaction into the 21st Century. London and NY: Routledge, 2009, pp.151-172; and ‘International Democratic Norms and Domestic Socialization in Kazakhstan: Learning processes of the power elite’, in Emilian Kavalski, ed. Stable Outside, Fragile Inside? Post-Soviet statehood in Central Asia, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 107-132.