The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has named Kamola Kobildjanova '11 one of its nine junior fellows for next year, selected from a field of about 100 applicants.
Each junior fellow works as a research assistant in one of the Endowment projects (e.g., nuclear policy, Middle East, energy and climate, South Asia). Kobildjanova will work in the Russia/Eurasia and Energy and Climate programs, which address the issues of energy and climate, and of Eurasian security, including strategic nuclear weapons and nonproliferation, development, economic and social issues, governance and the rule of law, respectively.
Kobildjanova, of San Jose, Calif., majors in economics and minors in international relations and law and society in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her honors thesis explores a dynamic optimization model of the water flow in the Aral Sea Basin, focusing on a contractual incentive mechanism for efficient water allocation among Central Asian states claiming water rights. Last summer she interned at a London law firm and in the United States has interned with a California district attorney's office and a strategic communications company.
On campus she has been involved with Cornell University Mock Trial as a mock attorney or a team captain. She speaks Russian and Uzbek fluently, and has working knowledge of Spanish, Turkish and French.
Kobildjanova is the seventh Cornell senior to win this award since 2000.