On 26 November the OSCE Academy in Bishkek hosted the expert round table “Winning hearts and minds? Public diplomacy and norm entrepreneurs in Central Asia” organized in partnership with Volkswagen Foundation (Volkswagenstiftung) and Bielefeld University (Germany) and initiated by Dr. Aijan Sharshenova, Postdoctoral fellow, OSCE Academy.
The event was opened with a welcome note by Aigoul Abdoubaetova, Head of Research and Training Unit of the OSCE Academy, Dr. Aijan Sharshenova and Dr. Chiara Pierobon, Bielefeld University, Germany.
This half-day long expert roundtable brought together qualified speakers, researchers, policy stakeholders and all interested parties to discuss foreign public diplomacy actors and norm entrepreneurs in Central Asia.
The key purpose of this workshop was to increase awareness and understanding of soft power and public diplomacy and to facilitate a policy-relevant discussion on how and why external powers choose to have their norm entrepreneurs in Central Asia.
The recording of the event will be soon available on our YouTube Channel.