Aide to the President of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Council on Foreign Relations (CASMO).
He is a member of the expert council under the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan; member of the Public Council on the rule of law under the General Prosecutor Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan; member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan; member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for System Studies "Parasat".
He was appointed Secretary of strategic development of the NDP Nur Otan (2008).
Visiting Professor, American University, Washington (2013–2014).
Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2014–2017)Research interests: national and regional security, history of Kazakhstan, the problem of terrorism.