On 7 May a week-long international training on policy paper writing started at the OSCE Academy. 12 participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Mongolia train their skills in writing policy briefs on various regional topics. It is essential for the success in regional development to work with local experts and scholars who know the region and can offer policy recommendations and solutions. However at times these are in need of additional experience and skills to present their ideas in the right format to selected audiences. The Policy Paper Writing Seminar contributes to solving this issue and helps to increase the potential pool of experts and prepares policy brief submissions to the Academy’s various publication series. The training is taught by Dr. Emilbek Dzhuraev (contents component) and Dr. Lance Tillman (academic writing component).