Shairbek Dzhuraev is a political scientist and a research consultant. He co-founded the Crossroads Central Asia research institute and is a visiting lecturer at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Previously, he served as the deputy director at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and as the dean of academic development at the American University of Central Asia. At the American University of Central Asia, Shairbek taught courses on international relations, foreign policy analysis, Central Asian politics, and Central Asia and Russia relations. He is a member of PONARS Eurasia and serves in advisory groups for the EU-Central Asia Monitoring and the European Neighbourhood Council. Shairbek holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).