On 3 November the OSCE Academy in Bishkek hosted the “OSCE in Central Asia: National Perceptions” workshop. This workshop is part of a Project “The OSCE in Central Asia: National Narratives” coordinated by Dr. Irina Chernyh from the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies and run by the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions. The project examines the role of the OSCE in Central Asian states, focusing on narratives and expectations towards the OSCE by various groups. During the workshop the project leader Dr. Chernyh presented a joint report while the gathered researchers presented country reports. The final report will be shared by the end of the year after a further revision.
The event was attended by regional researchers and experts as well as OSCE representatives from the offices in Central Asia, including Mr. Fabio Piana, Deputy Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and Mr. Yuri Fenopetov, Senior Policy Advisor of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek.