PhD in International Politics
Dr. Viktoria Akchurina is a Researcher at TRENDS Research & Advisory. She is an expert in foreign policy analysis, governance, social engineering, and state-building, with the focus on Central Asia, Russia and Eurasia. She obtained her PhD in International Politics from the University of Trento (Italy) with a dissertation titled “State as Social Practice: Sources, Resources, and Forces in Central Asia,” which examines state-building processes comparatively in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Viktoria conducted independent field research on Islamic resistance movements in Central Asia in 2012 and 2014. She previously worked as a researcher at the Sorbonne University in Paris, International Women’s Media Foundation in Washington, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forced in Geneva, and the OSCE Office in Dushanbe.