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Central Asia-related activities

The IFSH has been engaged in work on and in Central Asia for more than a decade. Defined narrowly, the region encompasses the five states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Central Asia has a shared pre-Soviet history and was particularly shaped by the Soviet period. The five republics created under the umbrella of the Soviet Union became independent in 1991. Though they share similar histories, they have developed distinct institutions and political systems. The region is heavily influenced by its two giant neighbours, Russia and China. It also has numerous links with Afghanistan to the south. The term Eurasia is increasingly used by the states of the region to signal communalities.

CORE has been active in research, mediation and consultancy projects in all of the Central Asian states except Turkmenistan. Fieldwork plays a key role in the research process, as do intensive and participatory exchanges with academics from the region. The IFSH has regularly worked with local partners to organize workshops and DAAD summer schools on urgent questions and current issues. It maintains good, frequent contacts with partner institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and has enjoyed occasional successful co-operation with partners from Uzbekistan. Since 2013, the IFSH has organized the interdisciplinary Hamburg Central Asia Day. IFSH staff present current research results on Central Asia at international conferences, including AFK, DVPW, ECPR, EUPRA, EISA, the OSCE-Academy Bishkek, the DAAD Cooperation-Forum Tbilisi and the Australian National University. IFSH researchers are currently working on a range of topics involving state and society in Central Asia, including

• The Eurasia Peace Research Exchange (2017-2019) with CPS Tromsø and partner institutes in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine (Kreikemeyer);

• Concepts for civilian prevention of extremism and radicalization in Central Asia (Evers/Klötzer/Seifert/Somfalvy);

• Peace research in Europe and Eurasia. Between liberal universalism, local social order and hegemonic interests (Kreikemeyer);

• Parliamentary representation in non-democracies. How parliamentarians matter in Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic (Somfalvy);

• The Afghanistan policies of the Central Asian states Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (Isabaev);

• European Union – Central Asia Research Academies Network (Lead in Horizon 2020 proposal, February 2017, not funded; Kreikemeyer/Somfalvy).

Since 2009, the IFSH, together with regional partner institutions, has regularly organized workshops (DAAD-Summer Schools) on current questions of conflict prevention and cooperation between Europe and Central Asia. In addition, it maintains regular contact with partner institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Ad hoc collaboration also takes place with partners from Uzbekistan. Since 2013, the IFSH has organized the annual Central Asia Day on selected and also interdisciplinary topics. The staff present results of the running Central Asian research at international conferences, among them the AFK, GPSA, ECPR, EURPRA, EISA, the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, the DAAD) Cooperation Forum and the Australian National University.

 

Ongoing and completed projects (in chronological order)

Eurasia Peace Research Exchange (2017-2019) with Centre for Peace Studies, University of Tromsø, and partner institutes in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine (ongoing cooperation project, Anna Kreikemeyer/Patricia Schneider)

Civilian prevention of religious radicalization in Central Asia
(Frank Evers/Jeanette Klötzer/Arne C. Seifert/Esther Somfalvy)

Peace research in Europe and Eurasia. Between liberal universalism, local social order and hegemonic interests (ongoing research and cooperation project, Anna Kreikemeyer)

Parliamentary representation in non-democracies. How parliamentarians matter in Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic (completed dissertation project, Esther Somfalvy)

Foreign and Security Policy of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan towards Afghanistan: Common Structures, Varying Outcomes (Current dissertation project, Azamjon Isabaev)

European Union - Central Asia Research Academies Network 
(Lead in Horizon 2020 proposal, February 2017, not funded; Anna Kreikemeyer/Esther Somfalvy)

Contradictory Nation-Building: Kazakhstan's Conservative Modernization [Completed dissertation project, Sebastian Schiek]

Multilateral Cooperation in and with Central Asia [Completed dissertation project, Elena Refec (Kulipanova)]

The Role of Traditional Informal ‘Networks of Trust’ for Peace in the Ferghana Valley (1992-2013). A Comparative Analysis [Completed dissertation project, Azamat Temirkulov]

Security through Democratization?  [completed, Anna Kreikemeyer]

Small Players in a Great Game: The Afghanistan Policies of the Central Asian States [completed, Diana Digol]

Creating a Peace-Building Dialogue to Promote Co-operation and Co-existence between Cultures and Civilizations in the OSCE Area [completed, Arne Seifert/Anna Kreikemeyer]

Performance Records of UN and OSCE Field Missions of Varying Size [completed, Wolfgang Zellner]

Conferences and DAAD Summer Schools

2. Interdisciplinary Central Asia Day: "On the Relationship of State and Society: Persistence and Change in Central Asia" 5 December 2014, Hamburg 

DAAD Summer School "Modernization and Conflict in Central Asia", 4-9 August 2014, Almaty, Kasachstan

1. Interdisciplinary Central Asia Day on the State of Central Asia Research in Germany, September 2013, Hamburg

DAAD Summer School on the Significance of the Afghanistan Conflict for Central Asia, 2-9 August 2013, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

IFSH Summer School on the Significance of the Afghanistan Conflict for Central Asia, 25 June to 1 July 2012, Astana, Kazakhstan

Democratization Conference 2008

Seminars and Supervision of Master's Theses

"'Crisis Region Central Asia? Political and Social Conflicts on the former Silk Road" (Advanced Seminar in WS 2013/14 and WS 2014/15 at IFSH/University of Hamburg)

2007, one-day seminars and lectures at five Kazakh universities in Almaty, Astana, and Karaganda, in co-operation with the OSCE Centre in Almaty.

Master's Theses

Elena Krastina, Social Media in the Ukrainian Crisis. New Task: Overcoming Enemy Images, Hamburg 2016 (Reviewers: Volker Franke/Anna Kreikemeyer) 

Anastasiya Bayok, Are China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Learning from Each Other? On the Example of counter-terrorism Policies, Hamburg 2015 (Reviewers: Anna Kreikemeyer/ Michael Staack) 

Elmuradov, Aziz, Trans-boundary water conflict in the Amu Darya River Basin: a source of conflict or cooperation? Case study of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Hamburg 2014. (Supervisor: Anna Kreikemeyer/Christiane Fröhlich/Götz Neuneck)

Alikulov, Mirzohid, Die Außenpolitik der Republik Usbekistan gegenüber Afghanistan, Hamburg 2014. (Reviewers: Sebastian Schiek/Martin Kahl)

Khushbakov, Izzat, The protection of the Russian Citizens and the Russian Minority as an instrument of Russian Foreign Policy. Comparative analysis of the Russian-Georgian war in 2008 and the Crimea crisis 2014, Hamburg 2014 (2nd Reviewer: Sebastian Schiek)

Gerber, Mélanie, US strategies in Greater Central Asia: Analysis of the conflicting aims pursued by the United States of America between 1991 and 2010, Hamburg 2011. (Reviewers: Wolfgang Zellner/Martin Kahl)

Bayer, Anna-Karina, Russian Interests in Central Asia and the Consequences for NATO’s Policy in the Region, Hamburg 2011. (Reviewers: Johann Schmid/Ralf Lasinski)

Mukhtarova, Akbikesh, A comparative analysis of confidence and security-building measures in European and Asian security structures: The OSCE and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Hamburg 2010. (Reviewers: August Pradetto/Wolfgang Zellner)

Linke, Anne-Kristin, Conflict factors in Tajikistan: The current relation between the secular state and Islamic forces, Hamburg 2008. (Reviewers: Wolfgang Zellner/John Schoeberlein)

Inoyatova, Nodira, Exploring the obstacles for development in Central Asia through the prism of social capital. Case studies: Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan, Hamburg 2006. (Reviewers: Anna Kreikemeyer/Frank Evers)

Lada’a, Munir Ibrahim, Transboundary issues on the Caspian Sea: opportunities for cooperation, Hamburg 2005. (Reviewers: Michael Brzoska/Lars Wirkus)

Abbasova, Irada, Asymmetrische Ressourcenallokation und Sicherheitsbildungen in Zentralasien: Die grenzüberschreitende Nutzung vom Wasser und ihre sicherheitspolitische Instrumentalisierung, Hamburg 2004. (Reviewers: Frank Evers/Anna Kreikemeyer)

Institution building

OSCE Academy in Bishkek - In 2001-2004, in co-operation with the OSCE Centre in Bishkek
and the German delegation to the OSCE, CORE developped a concept  for an OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, assisted with fundraising, curriculum development, selection of teaching staff and students as well as teaching and supervision.

Training

OSCE-Chairmanship Training -  Since 2007 CORE offers specialized OSCE-Chairmanship Trainings:

2008 and 2007, two four-week-long OSCE-related training courses
were held for altogether 15 officials from the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs (...)