Defence of Kamshat Saginbekova’s PhD thesis

The PhD thesis defence will take place on December 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. in the Salle du Conseil, 3rd floor, B31, University of Liege, Sart Tilman.

The PhD thesis is entitled “Politico-economic aspects of strategic trade control in Central Asian countries”.

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The jury members are:

  • Dr Azat Aituar, KAZGUU (jury member);
  • Dr Christos Charatsis, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (jury member);
  • Prof Dr Quentin Michel, University of Liege (supervisor);
  • Dr Galym Makhmejanov, Central Asian Institute for Developmental Studies (co-supervisor);
  • Dr Sylvain Paile-Calvo, University of Liege (jury member);
  • Dr Damien Piron, University of Liege (chair);
  • Dr Cristina Versino, Joint Research Centre, European Commission (committee member).


As a piece of interdisciplinary research, the thesis aims to consider the economic effects of a political tool such as strategic trade control after its adoption and implementation in various Central Asian countries, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

To study the economic effects of strategic trade controls in Central Asian countries, the structure of the thesis is built on understanding the political and historical backgrounds of implemented control systems and at grasping the current status of control systems based on the descriptive analysis of strategic trade control’s elements by applying the 3WH method (“Why Who, What, How”). It then analyses the economic effects of adopting and implementing control systems by applying two approaches to examine the implications of dual-use technology transfer. First, to explore the impact of strategic trade control on trade flows (exports and imports) of dual-use items. Second, to analyse the impact of imports of dual-use technology on total factor productivity.

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