A Special Collection is a select group of contributions focused on a central theme, topic, or research direction. Special collections are initiated and supervised by Research and Training Unit at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.
Special Collection #1: "Migration in Kyrgyzstan" (Download)
Elnura Kazakbaeva, Unattended Health of Kyrgyz Migrant's Children
Altynai Arstanbekova, Deprived Childhood in the Shadow of Migration
Meerim Samieva, How Do Local Media Portray Kyrgyz Migrant Women?
Aikerim Sagynbekova, Coverage of the Kyrgyz Migrants in Russian Media Outlets
Maksat Tularbekova, Tornment with Cargo-200
Language: Kyrgyz and Russian
Five analytical papers on the problems of migrants have been selected for this collection. This theme was chosen in line with the AGRUMIG project goals ("Leaving something behind" - Migration Governance and agricultural change and rural change in "home" communities: comparative experiences from Europe, Asia and Africa). This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 grant and focuses on migration and agricultural research and community change. In their articles, the authors have tried to explore some aspects of the migration process in Kyrgyzstan.
Special Collection #2: "China's Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia: Ambitions, Risks, and Realities" (Download)
Fabio Indeo, China and Russia: Cooperation or Rivalry along the Belt and Road Initiative?
Li-Chen Sim and Farkhod Aminjonov, Avoiding the Potholes along the Silk Road Economic Belt in Central Asia
Niva Yau Tsz Yan, Making Sense of the Belt and Road Initiative
Niva Yau Tsz Yan, Operation Reality of the Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia
Sherzod Shamiev, China’s Policy of Political and Lending Conditionality: Is there a "Debt-Trap Diplomacy" In Central Asia?
In this issue, we present five analytical papers that look into the growing role and significance of China in Central Asia and its grandiose Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). While the study of China’s BRI has gained a lot of attention in the scholarly community in different parts of the world, research on the role and potential impact of the BRI on the Central Asian region still remains scarce.
Special Collection #3: "The COVID-19 Crisis and Its Impact on Central Asia" (Download)
Savia Hasanova, How the Government Contributed to an Infodemic during the COVID-19 Crisis: The Case of Kyrgyzstan
Bekchoro Aliiaskarov, Fear of COVID-19 and Its Impact on Police Officers During the Pandemic in Kyrgyzstan
Pia De Gouvello, Volunteering during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kyrgyzstan: Challenges and Opportunities for Civic and Political Engagement of the Post-Soviet Generation
Hanna Siarova and Loes van der Graaf, The Digital Challenge: Distance Education in Central Asia during COVID-19
Doriyush Soliev and Sherzod Shamiev, Labour Migration in the Shadow of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Case Study of Tajikistan
Gulnoz Akhmedova, Ignored Victims of Pandemic: Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Uzbekistan
Niva Yau Tsz Yan, China’s Aid Diplomacy in Uzbekistan: Insights into Issues and the Future
Language: English and Russian
The present collection of case studies about various aspects of the impact of the pandemic in Central Asia is a first attempt to discuss further implications of COVID-19 in the region. Covering developments in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, the authors shed light on the scope of challenges the governments of the respective countries are facing and how their actions mitigated, or, in some cases, exacerbated the situation.