Beate Eschment is a Central Asia expert and has been a researcher at ZOiS since 2016. She obtained her PhD in Russian history at the University of Hannover in 1992. Since then, her research has focused on the history and the contemporary developments of the former Soviet republics of Central Asia. She has worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Ebenhausen, the Central Asia Seminar at Humboldt University, Berlin, the Institute for Oriental Studies at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen. From 2008 to 2019, she was the editor of the Zentralasien-Analysen. She has taught at various German and Central Asian universities, including the German-Kazakh University and the Al-Farabi University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the Bishkek Humanities University in Kyrgyzstan. She is currently also a lecturer at the Central Asia Seminar at Humboldt University.
- Interethnic relations, national minorities, nationality policy in Central Asia
- Political transformation in Central Asia
- Historical and contemporary perceptions of Central Asia in Germany and the West