In my third year I’ve got to write a dissertation. My time in Kazakhstan provided me with a quite comprehensive overview of the situation in Central Asia, so it would probably be a good idea to write about that. One of my professors was investigating what happened to the Communist Party of Kazakhstan and suggested I take up where he left off. Unfortunately, despite visitng their office a few times I never actually got to meet with anyone from the CPK. There’s probably information out there, but I’m already at a disadvantage given I don’t speak Kazakh or Russian.

Another option is to write about outer space as a domain of international relations. I’ve had an interest in the soviet space program ever since reading about the sputnik satellite and studying for the Astronomy GCSE. I understood fairly quickly that Kazakhstan is an important place in the history of space exploration, and I’ve decided I want to explore that. Here are some things I could talk about: