On 11 June the OSCE Academy and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MGIMO) established a framework for future cooperation. This cooperation aims to promote academic collaboration allowing the faculty exchange in the field of economics, law, security policy and international relations; internship opportunities for students of the OSCE Academy; implementation of joint research projects; exchange of information, scientific publications and experience, including participation in scientific conferences, seminars and symposiums.
On 6 June the OSCE Academy’s Associate Research Fellow Dr. Sebastian Mayer delivered a Public Lecture on "Regime Complexity in Central Asian Security." During the lecture Dr. Sebastian Mayer talked about the regime complexity and border management in Central Asian countries and Georgia. In the first part of his presentation Dr. Mayer identified “regime” and “regime complexity” and gave an overview over his preliminary work in Georgia and the South Caucasus, as well as examined the crisis and border management in Georgia.
On 27-29 May, faculty and staff members of the Academy MA Programme in Politics and Security, Dr. Emil Dzhuraev (Senior Lecturer) and Ms. Svetlana Dzardanova (Programme Manager), took part in the working meetings of the Strategic Security Network of the Near East – South Asia Center (NESA), “Difficulties and Opportunities of Connectivity”, held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Between 27 and 31 May students of the MA Programme in Politics and Security learnt about relations between China and Central Asia and China’s policy towards Central Asia within the framework of the module on “Central Asia and China,” taught by Dr. Yana Leksyutina, from St. Petersburg State University.
On 30 May students from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs visited the OSCE Academy within their annual trip to Central Asian countries. The delegation was welcomed by Ms. Indira Satarkulova, Academy Deputy Director, who introduced the main activities and projects of the Academy.
On 27 May the Academy’s Associate Research Fellow Miguel Iglesias Lopez delivered a Public Lecture on “Uneven Borderwork in Central Asia”. During the lecture, Mr. Iglesias Lopez talked about border controls and border management in Central Asia. In particular, he examined local arrangements and the role of international actors and international assistance in border security in Central Asian countries. Also, he tried to sketch a composite borderwork that differentially speeds, brakes or ignores certain people and goods in certain places at certain times.
On 23-24 May the International conference “The EU, Central Asia and the South Caucasus: new approaches on regional and international cooperation” took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This conference has been co-organized by the Institute for European Politics (IEP), Germany, the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), France, in cooperation with the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It is the fourth and last conference of the PhD Programme “EUCACIS” for Postgraduates and Doctoral Researchers in Central Asia and the South Caucasus, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and Volkswagen Foundation.
On 22 May the OSCE Academy hosted the official opening ceremony of the “Central Eurasian Transboundary Research Network” (CETRN) – an analytical centre under the Kyrgyz State Customs Service. The ceremony was opened by Ambassador Pierre von Arx, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek. “This centre was opened with the assistance of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek in October 2018 as part of the co-operation plan for 2018 between the State Customs Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek in order to raise awareness and increase the study of regional economic and trade initiatives” – underlined Ambassador and highlighted that the OSCE Academy was chosen as a venue, as “it gathers young professionals and future leaders for all Central Asian countries, Afghanistan and Mongolia.
On 21 May more than 40 participants of the Global Bridges’ XVIII European-American Young Leaders Conference visited the Academy as part of their 5-day programme in Bishkek. Academy Director Dr. Alexander Wolters presented the Academy’s programmes and activities as well as discussed with guests the current developments in the wider Central Asian region.
On 20 May Academy students had a chance to learn more about the work of the parliamentary system in Germany and discuss the upcoming election to the European Parliament with Dr. Michael Schäfer, Managing Director of the SPD Bundestag faction, who came to the Academy accompanied by Mr. Alexander Rosenplänter, Director of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in Bishkek. Dr. Schäfer came to Kyrgyzstan to develop links for future cooperation with the Kyrgyz Parliament.