On 3 December OSCE Academy MA in Politics and Security students visited the US Embassy in Bishkek and met Lieutenant Colonel Donald Kyle Perry, US Defense Attaché and Senior Defense Official to the Kyrgyz Republic.
On 30 November Ambassador Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, visited the OSCE Academy and delivered a speech on the new EU strategy for Central Asia to the Academy students. Ambassador Burian was accompanied by Ambassador Auer, Head of the EU Delegation to Kyrgyzstan, Ambassador Dr. Pierre von Arx, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, Raimonds Vingris, Head of the Political, Press and Information Section.
On 29 November Mr. David Michael Gould, Lead Economist of the World Bank Europe and Central Asian Region delivered a lecture on “Critical Connections: Promoting Economic Growth and Resilience in Europe and Central Asia” to Academy students of the Economic Governance and Development Programme. Mr. Gould presented the report on this year’s World Bank’s flagship report – “Critical Connectivity”, written by him and his colleagues from the World Bank and outside contributors and explained its importance.
On 28 November the Academy was honored by the visit of Ms. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of ODIHR, accompanied by Ambassador Greta Gunnarsdóottir, Senior Political Adviser/Head of Director's Office, Ambassador Dr. Pierre von Arx, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek and Dr. Marcin Walecki, Head of ODIHR’s Democratization Department.
In the beginning of November a joint Small Pitching School was launched by the OSCE Academy, DAAD Bishkek, Falling Walls Lab Bishkek and ololohaus. This Small Pitching School aims at enhancing the presentation skills of 25 participants, 5 of whom are OSCE Academy MA students, and at preparing them to compete in the Falling Walls Lab Bishkek 2019.
On 6-8 November 2018, Dr. Nazgul Jenish, Senior Lecturer at the OSCE Academy, participated in the Conference “Global and Contemporary Trends in Social Science”, Barcelona. The objective of the conference was to bring together social scientists from all around the world in order to share and disseminate state-of-art research on critical socio-economic issues, ranging from financial management, poverty, migration to environmental protection, urbanization and technology diffusion.
On 15 November Mr. Scott Smith, Political Affairs Department Director and Mr. Maciej Dachowski, Political Officer for Regional Affairs of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) paid their second visit this year to the OSCE Academy to deliver a lecture to the new group of MA students and to discuss possibilities for internships for Afghan alumni within the UN Volunteers programme in Afghanistan.
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.
On 2 November, following the Academy MA students’ excursion to the EU Delegation, Ambassador Eduard Auer, Head of the EU Delegation to Kyrgyzstan, and Mr. Raimonds Vingris, Head of the Political, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation, visited the OSCE Academy.
On 30 October the OSCE Academy welcomed the Ambassador of South Korea to Kyrgyzstan Mr Ha Tae-youk for an introductory visit.