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Shushanik Minasyan

DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography

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Dr. Shushanik Minasyan is a DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Bonn in 2016. Her research focuses on the new security order in Eurasia and she is particularly interested in the nexus between power discourses with a view to the cross-border threats, energy security doctrines of Caspian powers as well as militarization of cyberspace. At SAIS, Dr. Minasyan is working on a project on the new geopolitical situation in the Black Sea region in order to identify the risks as well as opportunities for the Western world.

Over the past fourteen years she worked in a large variety of interdisciplinary research context – starting with her time as a Postgraduate scholar of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Open Society Institute (OSI) as well as a Ph.D. scholar of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and her academic position at the Technical University of Darmstadt with a regional focus on Central Asia and Caucasus before joining the University of Bonn and then continuing her involvements as research assistant. She is also a member of the Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS), a new interdisciplinary research centre of the University of Bonn in the field of strategic foreign, European and security research.