In addition to teaching and training, the OSCE Academy is also a forum for dialogue and networking among the expert and policy communities with the purpose of free exchange of ideas and opinions on particular policy relevant issues in Central Asia. In this section of the website you will find information about the conferences, round tables, public talks and other events that the OSCE Academy has hosted in the past, including the links to the event summaries and photo/video materials, where applicable.

Kyrgyzstan 2010-2013:Civil Society, Political Change and the Role of International Community
Policy Briefing Seminar, 1 March 2013

On 1 March 2013, the OSCE Academy organized a discussion of the political developments in Kyrgyzstan since 2010. The discussion focused on three key themes that stood out in the international perception of Kyrgyzstan as a polity: a) the development of civil society after 2010, b) the development of the political system against the backdrop of questions over political stability, regionalism and North‐South division, and c) the changing roles of the Western and non‐Western donor community. Here is the summary of the discussion.


Making Aid Work: Security and Development in the Kyrgyz Republic
Video Link Bishkek-London, 23 November 2012
Chairs London: Sally N. Cummings, University of St Andrews, Balihar Sanghera, University of Kent, John Collis, Kyrgyz-British Society

Bishkek: Maxim Ryabkov, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

The international donor community has provided considerable aid to post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan for its development. In particular, Kyrgyzstan's location in Fergana Valley and turbulent political and social context marked with revolutions and ethnic clashes have drawn donors' attention to conflict management and peace-building. However, the effectiveness of donors' efforts have been exposed to serious criticism in light of such issues as donor competition and difficulties in building partnerships with the central and local government. The aim of the video conference in London and Bishkek is to bring together international and local academics and practitioners to discuss the effectiveness of aid on development and security in Kyrgyzstan, to shed insights into the areas of concern, and to identify lessons learned for further improvement of aid effectiveness.

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Regional Conference: The Impact of the Russian WTO accession on Central Asia 14 – 15 November 2012, OSCE Academy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The conference brought together practitioners and academics from Central Asian countries to discuss the implications of Russia having become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the repercussions this might have on regional integration in Central Asia. The seminar also helped clarify issues linked with the WTO accession of the members of the Customs Union of Russia, Belorus and Kazakhstan, as well as of those outside of it – issues like economic and administrative requirements as well as the expected impact of accession from an economic perspective.

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