Aruzhan Meirkhanova received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. During a summer program in Prague, she participated in an OSCE model conference about the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, which shaped her interest in Russian foreign policy. As an undergraduate, Aruzhan extensively studied Russia's involvement in the Libyan and Syrian civil wars, the religious revival in Central Asia, and memory politics in Kazakhstan. She also interned at the Central Asian Bureau for Analytical Reporting. At Harvard, Aruzhan intends to continue studying Central Asia and Russia, focusing on foreign policy and regional organizations.