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Begum's research focuses on the stability of authoritarian and hybrid regimes. She explores the factors that contribute to stability, with a particular focus on how legitimacy plays a part. Her research takes a comparative approach with a focus on Turkey and post-Soviet states. She is supervised by Dr. Durukan Kuzu and Prof. Matt Qvortrup.


Begum is a PhD student in Politics at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. She holds an MSc in Democracy and Comparative Politics from UCL and a BA in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University.  

Research Interests

Authoritarianism; Hybrid Regimes; Authoritarian Stability; Legitimacy; Belarus; Russia; Turkey; post-Soviet countries

Education/Academic qualification

Democracy and Comparative Politics, MSc, University College London

Sep 2016Sep 2017

Political Science, Degree, California Polytechnic State University

Sep 2011Jun 2016


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