School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

Elzbieta Maria Pron

Elzbieta Maria Pron
Start Date:

Research Topic
China’s foreign policy towards Central Asia

Research Supervisors
Supervisor 1: Dr Stephen Morgan (School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham)
Supervisor 2: Dr Zhengxu Wang (School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham)

Short Research Summary  
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 several new states in Central Asia and Caucasus emerged. Due to the geographical location, geological potential and direction in which the World’s politics has developed, Central Asian states became the arena of interests of World’s major political players – USA, Russia and China.
The aim of this PhD project is to scrutinize the Chinese foreign policy towards Central Asia. The research covers the analysis of the main fields in which this policy is implemented including economic, energy and security strategies. The problem of this particular foreign policy will be analysed from perspectives of both mutual relations between China and its Western neighbours and well as the cooperation of China, Russia and the USA in the region.
This PhD topic, despite of its topicality and importance for the further evolution of international politics, still remains underdeveloped and carries significant research potential.


  • 2002 – 2007 M.A. in Chinese Studies. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland)
  • 2007 – 2009 M.A. in National Development. National Taiwan University (Taiwan R.O.C.)

School of Contemporary Chinese Studies

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Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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