On 13 March students of the OSCE Academy had a chance to meet Dr. Marcin Walecki, Head of the Democratization Department, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and Prof. Ghia Nodia, Chairman of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (CIPDD), and to discuss 'Policy-applied research on human rights and democracy from an IGO perspective.'
On 11 March the OSCE Academy's Associate Research Fellow Tamás Kozma delivered a public lecture on "Turkmen Natural Gas in the European Energy Security Discourse: Perceptions, Outlooks, Realities." Throughout the lecture Mr. Kozma offered a reality check on the future possibilities of EU-Turkmen gas relations and shed light on the possible policy options aiming at bringing the mutual interest in export and import diversification into fruition.
On 9 March the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) held a training on “Academic Writing by International Standards and Statistical Computing Introduction” at the OSCE Academy.
On 15 February the OSCE Academy welcomed a group of trainees from the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) and the EU Delegation in Kyrgyzstan.
On 14 February Dr. Niels Thevs, Coordinator for Central Asia for World Agroforestry – ICRAF, currently with the University of Central Asia, delivered a lecture on “Water Resources and Agriculture in Central Asia – Positive Contributions from Agroforestry” to students of the MA in Economic Governance and Development programme.
From 22 to 25 January, a new workshop was held at the OSCE Academy - Professional Skills and Assets for Successful Job Applications. The workshop was run by trainers Dr. Rolf Kuchenbuch, Visiting Professor (Langzeit-Dozent) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Ms. Amelia Hagen, TEDxAUCA Organizer and Curator and Social Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), who taught 28 participants from Central Asia on how to build personal branding.
The OSCE Academy would like to draw attention to the fact that recently, a former student has publicly, as well as directly to several institutions, spread allegations of violation of the Charter of the Academy and accused its management of corruption. The OSCE Academy’s staff and students have committed to a code of conduct, to be respected by all. The OSCE Academy is accountable to the OSCE’s 57 participating States and depends on the funding provided by them. The OSCE takes extremely seriously any allegations of violation of rules, discrimination or corruption and has activated well-established procedures in response to the above-mentioned allegations that will provide further assurance on the correct and efficient use of the Academy’s resources. In parallel, The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the OSCE Academy has conducted a preliminary inquiry into the implementation of the obligations set by the Charter of the OSCE Academy concerning the admission and the expulsion of students, which did not show any deviation from applicable procedures.
On 14 January the “CADGAT: Launch of new Datasets” seminar took place at the OSCE Academy. The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the OSCE Academy established the Central Asia Data-Gathering and Analysis Team (CADGAT) in 2009. The purpose of CADGAT is to produce new cross-regional data on Central Asia that can be freely used by researchers, journalists, NGOs and government employees inside and outside the region.
On 12 January the first NUPI-OSCE Academy Research Mentorship Internal Workshop took place at the Academy. This Research Mentoring programme was launched in summer 2018 and engages six OSCE Academy alumni. Mentees work jointly with Mentors at NUPI and will publish one academic article in a peer-reviewed journal in 2019.
From 16 till 17 December Ms. Svetlana Dzardanova, Programme Manager of the MA Programme in Politics and Security, presented at the Regional Conference on “Women’s Economic Inclusion: From Theory to Practice” in Kabul. The conference was organized by the Women’s Center (TWC) at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). Ms. Dzardanova presented “The Comparative Analysis of the Legal Gender Related Framework in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan: How National Laws and International Conventions Work in Practice” at the panel on Gender Inclusive Trade and Industrialization.