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The OSCE Academy Team wishes you a wonderful holiday season! May the New Year bring you happiness, peace, and prosperity.

Wishing you a joyous 2021!

Latest News 
OSCE Academy Director presents at the Board of Trustees meeting

On 9 December the Board of Trustees of the OSCE Academy met online for the biannual meeting under the Chairmanship of the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, Ambassador Dr. Pierre von Arx. Following the introductory remarks made by Ambassador von Arx, Mr. Charles Lonsdale, OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre Deputy Director for Policy Support Service, and Ms. Delia Rahmonova – Schwartz, Senior Adviser, Regional and Thematic Issues Unit at OSCE 2020 Albanian Chairmanship, also welcomed the members of the Board and expressed their support for the activities of the OSCE Academy. Director Dr. Alexander Wolters delivered a presentation on the Academy’s activities that took place in the second half of 2020, with the adjustments to a new reality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the fact that all of the Academy’s activities were shifted to online format, the Academy managed to fulfill its obligations. Read more...

Certificate Training on International Human Rights Regimes and Law

From 7 till 11 December the OSCE Academy held online Certificate Training on International Human Rights Regimes and Law in Central Asia led by Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr, DAAD Associate Professor at the Academy, and a Human Rights expert with a vast academic and practical experience in the field. Participants from Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Vietnam received an opportunity to be introduced to the genesis, concepts, standards, laws, agreements, and treaties of today’s international human rights law and regimes. They also benefited from the guest lectures delivered by Gabriel Toggenburg, Policy Coordinator, Fundamental Rights Agency, European Union, Vienna, Austria, Hugh Williamson, Director, Europe & Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, Berlin, Germany, Syinat Sultanalieva, Human Rights Watch, Bishkek Office, Kyrgyzstan, and Graziella Pavone, Human Rights Officer, OSCE/ ODIHR, Warsaw, Poland. Read more...


Policy Brief No.66 "China’s Pursuit of Power in Central Asia"

By Niva Yau Download

Each Chinese administration since 1991 has showed different styles of engagement with Central Asia. While the significance of Central Asia has remained largely unchanged, these policy differences under each Chinese administration have been led by domestic drivers of foreign policy. Under the Jiang administration, policy towards Central Asia reacted to weak international bargaining power coupled with a Soviet-influenced Chinese government. This has resulted in a careful, impactful policy on the ground. Driven by the Chinese economic miracle, the Hu administration implemented various strategies to bring closer the Chinese and Central Asian economies. For the Xi administration, an ideologically driven foreign policy in Central Asia has failed to pursue a clear actionable policy in the region compared to previous administrations. China-Central Asia relations post-COVID19 will be largely driven by how quickly the Chinese economy recovers when financing becomes available to kick-start Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Academy Papers No. 6: Summary Report on Academic Conference "Value Transformation in Central Asia"

Conference Rapporteur: Dr. Michael Lambert Download

The conference of 16-17 October 2020, organised by the OSCE Academy in co-operation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Germany, was held online via the ZOOM platform, bringing together more than 42 participants from various locations. The event aimed to address the issue of value transformation in Central Asia, a complex contemporary thematic covering questions related to the relationship of individuals to political structures, the influence of media, nationalism, the relationship between neighbouring countries in this region, as well as the role of environment, religion, and gender in social structures. Due to their closeness to Russia, the People’s Republic of China, and the Middle East, Central Asian societies are torn between competing influences and cultures. In this respect, the conference, which brings together many participants from the Western world, and relates to fundamental themes such as the respect for Human Rights and Democracy, contrasts with the geopolitical context, which essentially refers to the growing influence of Beijing and Moscow in this part of the globe. Read more...

Academy Papers No. 7: Summary Report on Online Conference "The COVID-19 Crisis and Its Impact on Post-Soviet Central Asia"

Conference Rapporteur: Ivana Vuchkova Download

This year's joint Alumni/Expert Conference was devoted to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the region.  Over the course of the three days online conference, the agenda was structured in three-panel discussions. Researchers and alumni presented their papers in three thematic sessions focusing on the topics of COVID-19 and its influence on human rights, migration, and foreign policy, respectively. Looking deeper into the influence that this pandemic had on human rights, as we understand them, Central Asia has experienced a tremendous downturn, especially when it comes to women’s rights, the right of education, personal safety and security, freedom of movement, and finally, the right of having a decent job. The discussions during the first two panels that focused on human rights and migration underline once again the fact that COVID-19 is not a virus of equal opportunities. On an international level, the countries of Central Asia need to reconsider their ties with key partners as Russia, China, and the EU. Read more... 

Alumni Magazine SalamAlum


The 10th-anniversary edition of SalamAlum, an annual magazine about the Alumni Network of the OSCE Academy, includes the stories of great accomplishments of more than 30 alumni, as well as provides updates about the Academy’s life and new developments within the Alumni Network. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all programmatic activities had to be transferred to online mode, discovering different modalities to keep our community strong. And although many plans had to be put on hold, the Academy managed to fulfil most of its commitments within the multiple alumni initiatives. The Academy successfully held its Alumni Conference in the virtual format this year. Additionally, several important virtual workshops devoted to the topics of storytelling, effective online functioning, preparing job applications for international organizations, and project management were organized for alumni. Of course, this year’s edition could not be complete without the stories of our Alumni activism efforts to help their local communities fight the pandemic’s negative impact. Read more...

Researcher's Updates
Dr. Michael Lambert
Associate Research Fellow

At the end of November, Dr. Lambert delivered a talk on "The CIA and the US State Department at work in Nagorno-Karabakh, 1988-2020"  at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) Thematic Doctoral Seminar organized by the TAPRI seminar in Finland in collaboration with the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki. 
Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva
Associate Research Fellow

On 2 December Dr. Doolotkeldieva participated in the online webinar on Kyrgyzstan’s Third “Revolution” and the Future of the Country organized by the York Politics Society and the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs. 
The recording of the webinar is available at:

Life with Corona 

Life with Corona survey has been tracking the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 around the world since March this year. The first round of the survey received 12,000 responses from more than 130 countries. Key findings from the first six months of data collection can be accessed here.

The survey has now been re-launched with updated questions and is now available in 27 languages. New languages added are 

The project is run by an international research consortium, including ISDC – International Security and Development Center, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau (IGZ), the University of Konstanz, and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS). It is also supported by various volunteers and a network of collaborating organizations and institutions from around the world.

By taking the 15-minute online survey, respondents can help the research team to uncover how COVID-19 shapes lives and livelihoods around the world, and enable them to develop responses to the pandemic and to the various counter measures that people and governments have implemented. All respondents from the round one are encouraged to also take the updated survey. 

You can take the Life with Corona survey in your language at
See key findings from the first six months of the survey here


The OSCE Academy Library serves as information center of the institute and plays a crucial role in supporting the educational process as well as ongoing research activities at the Academy. The Library contains a specialized collection of books on political sciences and economics and development, with focus on International Relations, Conflict and Security Studies, Economic Governance, Human Rights, Development Studies, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. Additionally, the library regularly receives publications from the OSCE and other related partner institutions. Additions to the Library’s stock are made in line with the needs provided in the curricula of the Academy’s programmes, and requests made by faculty, students, and permanent and visiting researchers.
In December the Library received:


Research Fellowships

Application Deadline: 17 January 2021 
Fellowship Duration: 9 months (March-October), 2021, part-time

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek welcomes applications for 3 short-term Research Fellowship positions (part-time). The aim of the Fellowship is to help increase the research capacity and research output of the OSCE Academy. Prospective applicant is asked to propose a topic in line with the overall mission in academia and education that guide the Academy’s various activities. Research topics on education and labour migration focusing on Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries are given a special consideration. It is furthermore desired that the Fellowship holder takes an active part in ongoing projects and contributes to events at the Academy if they fall in line with the Fellowship holder’s area of expertise.

The OSCE Academy expresses its sincere gratitude to its old as well as newly acquired donors and partners for their continuous support and investments into its activities, making the Academy’s input into the development of the region possible.

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