Darina Zhunussova is from Kazakhstan, Saumalkol. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Nazarbayev University. Darina worked as a Research Assistant at the largest COVID-related policies database worldwide, the CoronaNet Research Project. She also studied environmental migration and presented an IOM report on “Climate Change, Water Security and Migration in Central Asia: A Dialogue with Stakeholders and Partners.” Her research interests at Georgetown include, but are not limited to, Russian and Central Asian politics of immigration control, nationalism, and state propaganda.