On 23 July, the OSCE Academy signed an Agreement with the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic for the establishment of internships for graduates under the Junior Public Officers (JPO) Programme. The Agreement was signed by Mr. Aidin Sharsheev, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, and Dr. Alexander Wolters, Director of the OSCE Academy.
From 15 to 19 July the OSCE Academy conducted regional training on writing feasibility studies for investment projects within the framework of state development policies (industrial development, export promotion and infrastructure development) for 22 junior and middle-level staff from the analytical departments of institutes, ministries and departments of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
On the 12th of July Ms. Karoliina Rajala, Associate Research Fellow of the OSCE Academy, gave a talk about the Russian military-industrial complex and its prospects for future development. This presentation aimed to provide an overview of the current state and workings of the Russian military-industrial complex by examining some of its recent successes as well as prevailing key issues. Ms. Rajala presented the historic development of the defense industry from the Soviet times until today and highlighted how the defense industry has served as a forerunner of the country’s innovation activity. Even today the Russian political elite sees it as a locomotive for economics, politics and society.
On 5 July the OSCE Academy was honored to welcome Mr. John D. Marks, the founder and former president of Search for Common Ground (SFCG), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on international conflict management programming. Mr. Marks delivered a guest lecture “At the Crossroad between Diplomacy and Peacebuilding” and elaborated on the notion of Track II Diplomacy, of its importance and the ways it works based on his decade-long personal professional experience. He explained the criteria that have to be fulfilled in order for Track II diplomacy to work on the example of the US-Iranian relations, a case he has worked on for more than 20 years.
On 1 July Mr. Rohan Titus, Political Affairs Department Director and Mr. Maciej Dachowski, Political Officer for Regional Affairs of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), visited the OSCE Academy and met MA students from Afghanistan. During the meeting, Dr. Alexander Wolters, Director of the Academy, provided general information about the OSCE Academy and presented the overall admission statistics as well as specific numbers on Afghan candidates and enrollment of Afghan students. Following the introduction, Mr. Titus presented the internship opportunities for Afghan students within UNAMA and elaborated on further opportunities for collaboration between the Academy and UNAMA.
On 1 July the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and the University of Valencia, Spain, signed an Agreement to reinforce the existing academic links and develop their relationship further. The new document aims at supporting various educational and research initiatives. In particular, as part of the new cooperation, it is planned to facilitate the exchange of lecturers and students, also by means of joint applications to Erasmus+ funding opportunities; to promote conferences, seminars and courses organized by both institutions; as well as to engage into the exchange and dissemination of publications, and the results of the joint activities following the implementation of the annual cooperation programme.
From 27-30 June OSCE Academy staff members participated in a Retreat at the picturesque lake Issyk-Kul.
From 24 to 29 June, the OSCE Academy conducted a regular Regional Training on the analysis of the impact of regulatory legal acts for junior and mid-level public officials from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in order to improve the public officials professional skills and qualifications.
On 19 June representatives of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek held Diplomatic Protocol Training for Academy staff members. The aim of this training is to improve and further develop staff professional skills and qualifications, due to constant growth of Academy interaction and cooperation with high-level representatives of the Diplomatic Corps. Mr. Yuri Fenopetov, Senior Policy Adviser and Ms. Nargiza Bogombaeva, National Executive Officer presented the history of establishment of the OSCE in conjunction with diplomatic history and shared their knowledge and professional experience of diplomatic protocol.
On 19 June students of the MA Programme in Economic Governance and Development had a chance to meet Mr. Temirbek Azhykulov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Business Association JIA, within the framework of the Economics and Regulation of Energy Sector course taught by Dr. Bedelbai Mamadiev. Mr. Azhykulov shared his personal and professional experiences of working in the Energy sector.