Aida Yermekkaliyeva

A critical study of the role of the OSCE Minsk Group in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2010-2017: failure or success

Aida Yermekkaliyeva is a career diplomat from Kazakstan and a part-time PhD student in the Academy for Diplomacy and International Governance. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Ulster University.

Aida has always been interested in International relations and Diplomacy and has obtained Bachelor and Master degrees in International Relations from the Kazakh State University of World Languages and International Relations (Kazakhstan) and the Academy of Civil Service (Kazakhstan) and Ulster University (United Kingdom), correspondingly.
After graduation, Aida's career was related to the field of international relations, working as a policy analyst and a researcher of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy and regional affairs (Department of the Agency on Civil Service - associate officer, Department of Internal Policy (Local Government) - senior officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Third, Second Secretary of Europe and America Department, OSCE ODIHR - Seconded diplomat from Kazakh Foreign Office (First Secretary), Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Poland, Warsaw) - Second Secretary.
Aida currently works as a Counselor of the Analytical Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and specifically focuses on operational and long-term foreign policy planning.

PhD research description

The research objective of Aida's thesis is to evaluate the activity of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in resolution of the long-standing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in South Caucasus and critically examine the wider context in which the Minsk Group’s decisions and policy are implemented.
Investigation of the different types of works on this particular issue in the domain of conflict resolution shows us that there is a practical gap in this research area. Current thesis study will attempt to fill the gap in this topic, especially in the settlement of peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Two types of research methods - qualitative and quantitative will be used along with their advantages and limitations in order to fill the gap in this area. Moreover, the following research is concerned with the activity of one specific international organization, the Organisation on Security and Cooperation in Europe and its role in conflict resolution starting from the Kazakhstan Chairmanship in the OSCE in 2010 by revealing new ways of negotiations and approaches to transform OSCE policy concerning Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to better impact and manage the process of conflict resolution.
Furthermore, Aida's research seeks to specifically understand the OSCE’s capability as a facilitating organization for inter-state cooperation in particular in conflict zones.
Among the basic recommendations of the thesis in the conflict resolution area in general and the OSCE role in it in particular, the main contribution will be considered. It will be connected with the issue of the third players’ impact in this conflict and their level of the involvement/impact to the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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