On 18 February the OSCE Academy hosted an online workshop for current students and recent alumni, who are looking to launch a career in international development. The workshop was initiated by the Academy Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Aijan Sharshenova. Dr. Sharshenova has an extensive experience working in USAID projects in Kyrgyzstan and the UN agencies’ in the Middle East that she shared with the participants of the workshop.
19 February, 2021
On 15 February the OSCE Academy hosted an online event to discuss a new special issue on Environmental Peacebuilding in International Affairs. In this issue the authors advance the theories, methodologies and policy implications of this rapidly developing field. This event was initiated by Dr. Mirza Sadaqat Huda, Academy’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow and author of the article “An Ecological Response to Ethno-Nationalistic Populism: Grassroots Environmental Peacebuilding in South Asia.” The discussion featured presentations by contributors who shared new insights on environmental peacebuilding in the context of Liberia and Sierra Leone, Columbia, South Asia, and Central Asia.
15 February, 2021
On 4 February the OSCE Academy welcomed representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kazakhstan for an introductory visit. Dr. Nout van Woudenberg, Deputy head of Mission, and Ms. Irina Buchinskaya, Political, Human Rights & Project officer, met Dr. Alexander Wolters, Director of the OSCE Academy. Dr. Wolters presented the Academy’s programmes and activities and informed about the Academy’s work to cope with the challenges posed by the global pandemic.
4 February, 2021
On 22 January 34 students of the MA Programmes in Politics & Security and in Economic Governance & Development received their degrees and graduated from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. This has been the first Graduation Ceremony held in a hybrid format, which was a forced measure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bishkek-based graduates and invited guests joined the ceremony in person, whereas some of the students coming from other countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan joined via Zoom.
25 January, 2021
Congratulations to Niva Yau, OSCE Academy Researcher, on winning the Albie Award 2020 from the Washington Post for her article, jointly written with Tristan Kenderdine, entitled "China’s Policy Banks Are Lending Differently, Not Less." "I am committed to monitoring China’s latest trends and activities abroad because I know that the world is driven by them in every way, winning the Albie award shows to me that I am on the right track. As a young researcher from Hong Kong, I sincerely thank the OSCE Academy for the generous support in the past two and a half years in my research journey studying various topics focusing on China in Central Asia and Afghanistan...” – says Ms. Yau.
13 January, 2021
On 17 December 2020 during the session of the Dissertation council, approved by the Highest Attestation commission of the Kyrgyz Republic, Satarkulova Indira Sabatbekovna, Deputy Director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, has successfully defended her PhD thesis, titled: "Theoretical, legal and constitutional mechanisms ensuring the recognition and enforcement of the decisions of international commercial arbitration in modern Kyrgyzstan", prepared at the edge of 2 specialties.
24 December, 2020
From 7 till 11 December the OSCE Academy held online Certificate Training on Certificate Training on International Human Rights Regimes and Law led by Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr, DAAD Associate Professor at the Academy, and a Human Rights expert with a vast academic and practical experience in the field. Overall, 16 participants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam received an opportunity to be introduced to the genesis, concepts, standards, laws, agreements and treaties of today’s international human rights law and regimes.
11 December, 2020
On 9 December the Board of Trustees of the OSCE Academy met online for the biannual meeting under the Chairmanship of the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, Ambassador Dr. Pierre von Arx. Director Dr. Alexander Wolters delivered a presentation on the Academy’s activities that took place in the second half of 2020, with the adjustments to a new reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 December, 2020
From 23 November till 3 December the OSCE Academy conducted Project Management training, led by Mr. Ivars Rungis, Chairman of the Board in Latvian National Project Management Association (LNPMA) and a Trainer with more than 20 years of experience in the field. This was an intensive 10-day online training for participants who plan to develop their careers within International Organizations, International Non-Governmental Organizations, etc., and need to improve their theoretical knowledge of Project Management.
3 December, 2020
Between 23 and 27 November students of the MA Programme in Politics and Security get familiar with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in its evolution and current shape within the special Module taught by Dr. Pal Dunay, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
26 November, 2020