Public lectures

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek holds public lectures on regular basis. Lectures deal with current issues relevant for Central Asia and aim to provide the wider public, and the Academy’s students with an opportunity to enrich their knowledge on the most relevant and timely topics and get acquainted with independent opinions. The speakers are international and regional experts, representatives of government, non-governmental and commercial structures. This section presents the videos of public lectures.

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 “Critical Connections: Promoting Economic Growth
 and Resilience in Europe and Central Asia”
David M. Gould is currently Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region and the lead author of the ECA Critical Connections flagship. He is the author of several books and peer-reviewed journal articles on international trade and finance, migration, and economic policy. Currently, he is leading Europe and Central Asia regional studies on the development impact of disruptive technologies.
During his 15 years at the World Bank, he has led teams to deliver country development strategies and analytical and lending operations in Europe, Latin America, and South Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank, he served as the Director of Global Economic Analysis at the Institute of International Finance and as Senior Economist and Policy Advisor at the US Federal Reserve. He has held visiting research positions at the Central Banks of Mexico and Chile. He holds a PhD in International Economics (with honors) from the University of California at Los Angeles and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.


"The Role and Capacity of the CSTO in Addressing Regional Security Challenges in Central Asia"
Mr. Nikolai N Bordyuzha (Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)). In the 1990s, served as First Deputy Head of the Human Personnel Directorate of FAPSI under the President of the Russian Federation (RF); Deputy Commander of the RF Border Guard; Director of the RF Federal Border Guard; Secretary of the RF Security Council; Head of the Presidential Administration; Chairman of the RF State Customs Committee; Ambassador at large of the Russian MFA. From 1999 to 2003, Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Denmark.On 28 April 2003, was elected at the Collective Security Treaty Organization summit of heads of states and governments to be Secretary General of that institution. Remains in this capacity to this day.

"Selected aspects of Russia - CIS countries relationships"
H.E. Ambassador Andrey A. Krutko (Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Kyrgyzstan.)
Ambassador Krutko has a long-standing diplomatic career in the Russian Foreign Service (since 1979). For outstanding contribution to the implementation of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation and many years of dedicated service H.E. Krutko was awarded the Medal of the Order "For Services to the Fatherland" II degree.

"Russia in Central Asia: The Fight for Influence?"
(Russian language)
Dr. Alexey Malashenko (–°hair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Religion, Society, and Security Program).
Dr. Malashenko is a professor of political science as well as a member of the RIA Novosti advisory council.
Dr. Malashenko is the author and editor of more than twenty books in Russian, English, French, and Arabic, including: The Fight for Influence: Russia in Central Asia,   Islam in Central Asia, Russia’s          Restless Frontier and other.


"U.S. and OSCE Policy Priorities and Security Cooperation
in Central Asia"
H.E. Pamela Spratlen (U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan 2011-2014)
A career member of the Foreign Service, Ambassador Spratlen has over 20 years of policy and leadership accomplishment across a wide variety of assignments. Before serving as the Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ambassador Spratlen’s senior Washington assignments include her roles as Director of Western European Affairs (2007-08), Director of Central Asian Affairs (2006-2007), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia (December 2007 - May 2008) and Special Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department (2005-2006).


“The West, Afghanistan and Central Asia: Looking Beyond
the 2014” (Part 1)
and (Part 2)
Mr. Ahmed Rashid is a former Muhajir-Pakistani militant, a journalist and best-selling foreign policy author of several books about Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. His book Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia has been a world-wide best seller. It has been translated into 22 languages and one million copies have been sold since September 11, 2001. He has also written The Resurgence of Central Asia: Islam or Nationalism? (1994), Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia (2004), Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia (2008), and Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (2012).