On 28 June the OSCE Academy and Riga Graduate School of Law signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. Within this new partnership both sides aim to develop long-term institutional ties that allow for student exchange using Erasmus+ funding opportunities and to engage into establishing contacts between faculty as well as into mutual educational capacity support.
From 17 till 28 June a ten-day intensive summer school on Investigative and Analytical Journalism took place at the OSCE Academy. Organized by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Central Asia jointly with the OSCE Academy, and supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this school forms part of the project “Giving Voice, Driving Change – From the Borderland to the Steppes”, jointly implemented by IWPR and the OSCE Academy within the course of the next three years.
From 4-15 June the two-week long International Certificate Programme in Conflict Sensitive Development was held at the OSCE Academy. This training is part of an annual training programme the Academy, with support from its partner, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, has designed for participants from all Central Asian states and Afghanistan.
On 5 June the Board of Trustees of the OSCE Academy met in the Hofburg, Vienna, under the chairmanship of the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, Ambassador Pierre von Arx. Director Dr Alexander Wolters presented on the activities of the Academy conducted and implemented since the last BoT meeting in Fall 2017, including a comprehensive overview of the master programmes, trainings, research & publications, new international partnerships, alumni relations and finances.
On 5 June the first European Alumni Chapter Meeting organized by the OSCE Academy and the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek was held at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. The meeting gathered nine alumni residing in Europe for the conference “Brain Drain or Brain Gain? Education, Migration and Development in Central Asia.”
On 24 May the first Alumi Chapter meeting was held in Kabul, gathering 16 graduates of both MA Programmes. Academy Professor Dr. Payam Foroughi met graduates to discuss the current regional issues.
On 25 May a Swedish Delegation headed by Ambassador Christian Kamille visited the OSCE Academy. Ambassador Camille was accompanied by colleagues from the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), namely Jakob Hedenskog, Deputy Research Director at FOI, Dr. Johan Engvall, Analyst at FOI and a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, and Erika Holmquist, Researcher at FOI.
On 23 May the OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger visited the OSCE Academy as part of his official visit to Kyrgyzstan. The Secretary General was accompanied by the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, Ambassador Pierre von Arx, and by Ms. Kristin Höltge from the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre.
On 17-18 May 2018 the OSCE Academy hosted its Conference on “Non-Traditional Risks and Challenges to Central Asian Security.” Thirty-five experts and researchers from Central Asia, Afghanistan and other OSCE participating States discussed non-traditional risks and challenges to the region’s security organised in seven panels.
On 16 May the OSCE Academy MA students and alumni had a chance to listen to a public lecture titled “The weaponisation of information and cognitive resilience”, delivered by Dr. Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, a Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies.