The OSCE Academy in Bishkek has published two new policy briefs as part of its Central Asia Security Policy Briefs series. The paper "China as security provider in Central Asia post 2014: a realistic perspective?" authored by Dr Fabio Indeo focuses on security challenges after the ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan and China's participation in the preservation of stability in the region. It argues that China views the stability and peace in Afghanistan and the wider region as "necessary preconditions in order to realise its strategic goals focused on security, energy, trade as well as to preserve its huge investments in the region, also comprising Afghanistan where China aims to develop the Aynak copper mine."
The second paper, titled "Lessons of the OSCE police assistance in Central Asia with a case study of Kyrgyzstan", is prepared by OSCE Academy alumna Reina Artur kyzy. The paper examines police support activities of the OSCE in Central Asia, with a particular focus on Kyrgyzstan, and suggests that the OSCE, as the biggest international provider of assistance to police, should seek opportunities to for deeper engagement with police forces, in order to address issues such as corruption and human rights violations. The OSCE should also cooperate with civil society and an array of political actors along with government and police forces.
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Central Asia Security Policy Briefs are intended to foster interaction among policy, expert and scholarly communities. It deals with current issues of comprehensive security relevant for Central Asia. This includes but is not limited to such themes as socioeconomic determinants of security, identity-based conflicts, political Islam, ethnopolitics, security organizations, bilateral relations, the situation in Afghanistan and other neighbouring states.