an independent analyst specialising in post-Soviet processes in Central Asia and other former USSR countries. She is also interested in the international security issues, including the threat of religious terrorism. The alumna of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the John Hopkins University and master of international relations of the University of Westminster in London. Zainab has worked as Assistant Liaison Officer for countering drugs and organised crime at the Embassy of Italy in Uzbekistan. She has also worked with the Open Central Asia magazine staff in London.