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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: Security in Central Asia

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: Security in Central Asia

The ENC In-Depth podcast series looks into security challenges in Central Asia from three different angles: the corruption-human security nexus, border disputes and enclaves and security challenges from Afghanistan. The three podcast discussions are part of the EU-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) civil society writing and outreach online course, supported by the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

The discussions revolve around the role civil society organisation can play – if allowed – in addressing the security challenges while working together with other actors (local authorities and international donors and organisations).

The discussions were moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and feature the comments and insights of nine young and talented civil society representatives from Central Asia:

Civil Society Responses to Security Challenges in Central Asia from Afghanistan

  • Dinara Abuova (Kazakhstan), Institute of World Economics & Politics
  • Shynar Sarikenova (Kazakhstan), Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
  • Murat Gandymov (Turkmenistan), University of Bremen

Border Disputes and Enclaves in Central Asia

  • Zinatmo Mamadsalimova (Tajikistan), University of Central Asia
  • Ikramidin Zhakypaliev (Kyrgyzstan), Global Shapers Community Bishkek Hub
  • Dilshod Mirakilov (Uzbekistan), Doctors Without Borders

Corruption as a threat to human security: A case for civil society activity in promoting safety and women development

  • Arina Efremova (Kyrgyzstan), Smart Zharan Association
  • Kamila Yessenova (Kazakhstan), Central Asia Center for policy analysis
  • Nozanin Homaidjonova (Tajikistan),  National University of Tajikistan/NGO Shams

 You can listen the in-depth interviews here:

Civil Society Responses to Security Challenges in Central Asia from Afghanistan

Border Disputes and Enclaves in Central Asia

Corruption as a threat to human security: A case for civil society activity in promoting safety and women development

 

ENC In-Depth Podcast: EU – Turkey Relations

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ENC In-Depth Podcast: EU – Turkey Relations

Our 6th and last In-Depth Podcast of the Beyond Erasmus series is dedicated to EU- Turkey Relations, from a historical, cultural, political and economic point of view. The discussion is part of a series of podcasts included in the “Beyond Erasmus: Education, Exchanges and Employment opportunities for youth in the EU and Turkey” training programme which is supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Turkey. The programme involves topics such as promoting student mobility beyond the Erasmus+ framework, youth exchanges, internships, training courses, networking, access to funding for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and free market entrepreneurship and Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

The discussion between Çiğdem Nas, Secretary General of the Economic Development Foundation (İKV) and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director revolved around EU-Turkey relations in light of the historical ties between the two parties, current relations concerning migration and the state of democracy in Turkey and how geographic interpretation of the term “Europe” expands deep into Anatolia depending on the field of interest we look at. It was also mentioned how cultural and religious mixture in Turkey can be seen as a historical asset for Europe instead of a detriment. Finally our speakers highlighted the unique and strong economic ties between the EU and Turkey and shared their thoughts on what could be an alternative integrational framework if the path to EU ascension is out of the picture.

The discussion was co-moderated by Gülçin Sinav, Program Director at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Turkey and Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia.

You can listen and watch the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth podcast: Social Inclusion through Media and CSOs in Central Asia

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This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to Social Inclusion through Media and CSOs in Central Asia and is the first of a series of three podcasts which are part of the EUCAM writing and outreach online course, supported by the Open Society Foundations and the European Endowment for Democracy.

The discussion revolves around the role of independent media and civil society in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan and how increased cooperation among them can benefit vulnerable communities in the region.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of three civil society representatives from Central Asia, Assel Kurmantayeva, Development Manager at Innovation for Change Central Asia Hub, Erkinbek Kamalov, journalist & Programme Coordinator at Content-Media and Naima Kimatshoeva, Resource Mobilization Analyst at Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

https://soundcloud.com/enc/enc-in-depth-podcast-social-inclusion-through-media-and-csos-in-central-asia  

ENC In-Depth podcast: The EU accession process in the Western Balkans and the Roma

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This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the position of the Roma in the Western Balkan countries, EU’s “Roma policy” and on the effectiveness – or not – of the current EU and national approaches. The debate is part of the ENC in-depth podcast discussions with experts and academics assessing the developments in Western Balkans in the fields of Security, Foreign Policy, Economy, Democracy and Education. The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Yorgos Christidis, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics in the Balkans at the Department of Balkan, Slavonic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece). He is also a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Security Policy (ELIAMEP) and ENC Academic Council member. You can listen and watch the in-depth interview here:
 

ENC In-Depth podcast: Principle Pragmatism In Practice: The EU’s Policy towards Russia after Crimea

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This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published and peer-reviewed volume “Principle Pragmatism in Practice: The EU’s Policy towards Russia after Crimea”, edited by Dr. Fabienne Bossuyt and Dr. Peter Van Elsuwege. The volume is part of the Brill series: Studies in EU External Relations. As the EU’s relations with Russia remain at an all-time low and continue to be in a state of paralysis, marked by de-institutionalisation, inertia and estrangement, the EU’s policy towards Russia seems up for review. By taking stock of the implementation of the EU’s Global Strategy and the five principles that are guiding EU-Russia relations, this volume provides a forward-looking angle and contributes to a better understanding of the current EU-Russia relationship and the prospects for overcoming the existing deadlock. By bringing together European and Russian scholars and adopting an interdisciplinary perspective that combines insights from EU studies, international relations, and European and international law, the book provides a comprehensive and holistic view on the state of affairs in EU-Russia relations. The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Fabienne Bossuyt, Assistant Professor at the Centre for EU Studies at the Department of Political Science and co-director of the Russia Platform at Ghent University and Dr. Peter Van Elsuwege, Professor of EU law and Jean Monnet Chair at Ghent University and co-director of the Ghent European Law Institute. You can listen and watch the in-depth interview here: