From 18 March in accordance with the government's decision, the OSCE Academy is working remotely in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This resulted in the postponement of a number of activities planned for March and April, including the admission to the MA Programmes 2020-2021. Administration and relevant departments are working on the development of a new admission scheme and schedule. Current students of the MA Programmes continue their studies distantly in line with their curriculum.
On 13 March the OSCE Academy was represented at the Employers Information Session at the University of Central Asia (UCA) Naryn campus. This event was organized as part of the Cooperative Education programme and served as a platform where undergraduate students could meet their potential employers from private business and IT companies, communication and media organizations, international organizations, banks, and financial service agencies.
On 12 March Mr. Romain Luscher, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, UN Peacebuilding Fund in Kyrgyzstan, delivered a guest lecture on "Conflict and Peace Analysis and Evaluation". In the course of the lecture Mr. Luscher reflected on some practical applications of research methodology and its importance for evaluation of conflict and peace scenarios.
On 3 February Ms. Lidia Chikalova, Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy, delivered a Public Lecture on "Geopolitics in Times of Information Confrontation. The Middle Eastern Case. Series 1: Information Confrontation between Russia and the USA in Times of Syrian Conflict." The first part of the lecture was devoted to the literature review of information confrontation phenomenon, its definition and stages during the Syrian conflict.
From 20 to 27 January, three MA students of the OSCE Academy and a recent graduate participated in the 2nd ECPR-OSCE/ODIHR Winter School on Political Parties and Democracy held in Warsaw. Academy Director Dr. Wolters also attended several days of the School and contributed as Discussant to the session on gender aspects in voting and women participation.