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CORE’s Contribution to the Establishment of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, 2002-2005

Acting at the request of the German Federal Foreign Office, CORE made a significant contribution to the establishment of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek in the years between 2002 and 2005.

The Academy was officially established in December 2002, following the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Kyrgyz Republic and the OSCE Centre in Bishkek. CORE supported this multilateral project from the start. Long before the Academy was officially founded, CORE made a substantial contribution to the political process that led to its creation. In particular, CORE researcher Anna Kreikemeyer developed the first detailed concept paper outlining a draft plan for the Academy. This was to serve both Kyrgyz authorities and the OSCE as a key point of reference in the further conceptual and practical planning of the Academy. CORE staff members Frank Evers, Andrea Berg, Delia Rahmonova-Schwarz and Wolfgang Zellner played a key role in drafting the Academy’s founding documents.

In 2003, CORE was invited by the OSCE Academy itself, the OSCE Centre in Bishkek and the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre in Vienna to make a further contribution to the Academy's ongoing development. CORE was one of a number of European think-tanks that co-operated with the Academy in this respect. The others included the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael”.

CORE developed close working contacts with the first Co-ordinator and later first President of the OSCE Academy, Anara Nasyrova; the then Minister of Education and Culture of the Kyrgyz Republic, Prof. Ishengul Boldjurova; the then Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek, Ambassador Aydin Idil; and his successor, Ambassador Markus Müller. CORE staff visited Bishkek in February 2003 to participate in intensive consultations and deliver lectures. CORE co-operated closely with the first director of the Academy, Annette Krämer, the staff of the Vienna Conflict Prevention Centre and representatives of the various national delegations involved in the project. The curriculum-development expertise CORE has acquired in establishing courses in European security policy allowed it to participate in designing the postgraduate master's course "Political Science (Central Asia)", which is now the flagship of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. CORE was also involved in the work of the Advisory Board, the Curriculum Development Group and the Admission Committee of the Academy. The Academy opened for business in 2004.


Contact: Dr Frank Evers