On 3-4 October 30 alumni from Central Asia and Afghanistan participated in the OSCE Academy’s 4th Alumni Conference “Central Asia: Comprehensive Security and Sustainable Development" in Bishkek.
15 alumni presented their papers within the three OSCE dimension panels including politico-military, economic-environmental and human dimensions. Presenters touched upon different issues of the foreign policy, religious radicalism, energy security, good governance of the mineral recourses; foreign aid and corruption issues.
The best three papers were selected by all participants and announced during the reception, together with the name of the Alumna of the Year 2015 –Sakina Qasemi, a graduate of the MA in Economic Governance and Development Programme of 2014.
After graduating, Sakina worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan through the Junior Public Officers' Programme (JPO) of the OSCE Academy. After successfully completing JPO program, she shifted to Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education and worked as researcher and as a lecturer. Sakina held Project Management special training and training on strategic planning for top employees of GIHE. She has then developed a project from UN Women of the total budget of 110,000 USD. Finally she has been assigned the Dean of Economics and Management faculty and now leads more than 40 lecturers and control 1000 students.
The topics of the Best three papers “Governance Innovations to Improve Security of the Central Asian Energy System?” by Dr Farkhod Aminjonov ’09; “Youth's Contribution to Fight against Corruption” by Mr Aziz Berdikulov ’13; and “Kyrgyzstan vs. the Islamic State: The Capacity of the New Concept of State Policy in the Sphere of Religion to Curb the Threat of Religious Radicalism” by Mr Nurbek Bekmurzaev ’14 will be the basis for next Policy Briefs issues.
The conference was concluded by a guest lecture of Mr Bektour Iskender, Co-founder of the news portal Kloop.kg on the topic of the freedom of media in the region. Bektur shared his experience on the media production, as well as the issues of freedom of the media in the region.
The OSCE Academy expresses its deepest appreciation to the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs (NUPI) and the OSCE for their generous support of the OSCE Academy's Alumni Network.
On behalf of the Academy's graduates, we would also like to convey sincere gratitude to the visiting and permanent faculty of the OSCE Academy who numerously contributed to professional and academic growth of our alumni.