Dina Aldanova is from Kazakhstan. She graduated from Nazarbayev University, double majoring in political science, international relations, and history. Dina interned at Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting (CABAR.asia), a project of IWPR. At CERES, Dina aims to continue studying the politics of identity and nationalism in the late Soviet history, specifically in titular Republics, as well as expand her area of interest to EU-Russia relations and Turkish engagement in the region.