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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Understanding Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy Choices

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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Understanding Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy Choices

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Between Scylla and Charybdis: Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy in Pursuit of a New Equilibrium” by our Academic Council Member Nargis Kassenova.

In her article, Dr. Kassenova explains, among other things, Kazakhstan’s foreign policy choices, the country’s strengths and vulnerabilities, and what key topics and alliances will shape Kazakhstan’s foreign policy in the future.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of  Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow and director of the Program on Central Asia at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard University) and Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

 

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Analysis of Recent Developments in Central Asia

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

Analysis of Recent Developments in Central Asia

The in-depth discussion is dedicated to recent developments in Central Asia, including the recent high level summit that took place in Astana on the 14th of October, the UN Human Rights Council’s 7th of October vote and understanding the true purpose of military alliances such as the CSTO and SCO.

The debate is part of the ENC in-depth podcast discussions with experts and academics assessing the developments in Central Asia 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 Temur Umarov, fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

ENC Analysis – Between Scylla and Charybdis: Kazakhstan Foreign Policy in Pursuit of a New Equilibrium

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ENC Analysis – Between Scylla and Charybdis: Kazakhstan Foreign Policy in Pursuit of a New Equilibrium

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis on “Between Scylla and Charybdis: Kazakhstan Foreign Policy in Pursuit of a New Equilibrium”.

This article is written by our academic council member Dr. Nargis Kassenova, who is a Senior Fellow and the director of the Program on Central Asia at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, and Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has challenged Kazakhstan’s consistent foreign policy, making it almost impossible to find a balance between the West and Russia. In this ENC Analysis, Dr. Kassenova delves into Kazakhstan’s foreign policy choices between 2018 and 2022, current priorities and dilemmas, the country’s strengths and vulnerabilities, and what key topics and alliances will shape Kazakhstan’s foreign policy in the future.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Academic e-collaborations in Central Asia during COVID-19

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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Academic e-collaborations in Central Asia during COVID-19

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis* on the challenges and opportunities for academic collaborations in Central Asia during COVID-19.

In this episode, Andreas Marazis was joined by the two co-authors of the article, Chiara Pierobon, and Aijan Sharshenova, to discuss, among other topics, the new forms of online academic collaborations that have emerged in Central Asia during the Covid-19 pandemic, the benefits of building and strengthening virtual networks, and what will be needed to make online collaborations better in the future.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Chiara Pierobon, DAAD Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, and Aijan Sharshenova, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

*This working paper was produced within the Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme “Institutional Change and Social Practice. Research on the Political System, the Economy and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus” (2020-2023) funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and was first published in “Shaping Asia”.

ENC Analysis – Academic Life in Central Asia during Covid-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaborations

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ENC Analysis

Academic Life in Central Asia during Covid-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaborations

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis on “Academic Life in Central Asia during Covid-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaborations”.

This article is co-authored by Dr. Chiara Pierobon (DAAD Visiting Professor at the University of Washington and ENC Academic Council Member), Dr. Aliia Maralbaeva (Associate Professor of Law and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation at the Ala-Too International University), Dr. Aijan Sharshenova (Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and ENC Academic Council Member) and Dr. Zarina Adambussinova (social anthropologist and a postdoctoral fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek).

In this ENC Analysis, the authors examine new types of online academic collaborations that have emerged in Central Asia during the Covid-19 pandemic, by focusing on three empirical cases from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: 1) an informational platform for local medical doctors and workers in Kazakhstan called MedSupportKZ initiative; 2) the GYLYM FACES project for Kazakhstani journalists and scientists working in the country as well as abroad; and 3) an informal platform for Central Asians and Central Asianists known as ‘Central Asian Academic and Analytical Writing Support Community’ on Facebook and Telegram.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Understanding the “Sanarip Insan” (Digital Citizen) Project

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Understanding the “Sanarip Insan” (Digital Citizen) Project

This ENC in-depth podcast is dedicated to “Promoting Equal Economic Opportunities and Resilience of Youth” in the Kyrgyz Republic – Sanarip Insan (Digital Citizen), a project that is implemented by the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) in collaboration with the Public Association “Internet Society Kyrgyzstan Chapter” (ISOC) with the financial support of the EU Delegation in the Kyrgyz Republic. The aim of the project is to provide knowledge of the work of the digital and green economy to young people and women living in rural regions of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In this in-depth discussion, Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and Talant Sultanov, co-founder of the Internet Society-Kyrgyz Chapter, talked about, among other topics, youth employment in rural Kyrgyzstan, the implementation phase of the project, the level of engagement, and the impact of the project activities on the target groups. Mr. Sultanov also added that new partnerships are being set up with universities, women’s organizations, and digital tourism professionals to reach out to more people in the rural areas of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Talant Sultanov, co-founder of the ISOC.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Assessment on EU-Turkiye Economic Relations

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Assessment on EU-Turkiye Economic Relations

This ENC in-depth discussion looks into the issues surrounding EU-Turkiye economic relations and Customs Union reform, as well as Turkiye’s role in the EU’s supply chain, particularly for German, French, Italian, and Benelux industries and companies.

The Presidents of the French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Benelux Chambers of Commerce in Turkiye visited Brussels to meet with officials and parliamentarians from different EU institutions. They came to present their new assessment on EU-Turkiye economic relations due to changing international markets while presenting the views of thousands of European companies that are currently operating in Turkiye and that provide an indispensable part of the EU’s supply chain. In this podcast, Franck Mereyde, the President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Istanbul, and Livio Manzini, the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Istanbul, discussed the importance of Turkiye as a reliable economic partner at a time in which protectionist laws and COVID-19 have re-located the European supply chain away from China and into South Eastern Europe.

The discussion was moderated by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director, and features the comments and insights of Franck Mereyde, the President of the French Chamber of Commerce in Istanbul and the Chairman of the Executive Board of TAV airports and a member of Groupe Aeroports de Paris and Livio Manzini, the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Istanbul, CEO of Bell Holding and Vice President of the Institut du Bosphore.

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ENC In-Depth Podcast: Music, Underground Art & the Realpolitik Dilemma

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Music, Underground Art & the Realpolitik Dilemma

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Music, Underground Art, and the “Realpolitik” Dilemma: A Vision of the Future?” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Leila Alieva, a Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and an affiliate of Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University School of Global and Area Studies.

In her article, Dr. Alieva applies the metaphor of music and underground art to explain the challenges and contradictions of the current Western foreign policies while representing a model of world affairs, where not only big powers but also smaller states and most importantly their societies are co-creators of their future.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Leila Alieva.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC Analysis – Music, Underground Art, and the “Realpolitik” Dilemma: A Vision of the Future?

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Music, Underground Art, and the “Realpolitik” Dilemma

A Vision of the Future?

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis on “Music, Underground Art, and the “Realpolitik” Dilemma: A Vision of the Future?“.

This article is written by our academic council member Dr. Leila Alieva, a Richard von Weizsacker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy and an affiliate of Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University School of Global and Area Studies.

Art is frequently recognized for being the first form of expression of the nature of global trends, even if they are just emerging. In this ENC Analysis, Dr. Alieva uses the metaphor of music and underground art to illuminate the contradictions and challenges of Western foreign policy and the shifts in contemporary international relations. The author suggests three phenomena—shared responsibility, transcending boundaries, and shifting away from a Euro-centric foreign policy paradigm—instead of realpolitik while analyzing, among other topics, the war in Ukraine, Biden’s policies, environmental issues, and German politics.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine

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Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine: between Ideals and Reality 

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Managing Regional and Global Order after Ukraine: between Ideals and Reality” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Kevork Oskanian, lecturer at the University of Exeter and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

In his article, Dr. Oskanian examines the future of the European regional and global order in light of the ongoing Ukraine war while shedding light on key internal and external dilemmas that might lead to cracks within NATO and the EU.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Kevork Oskanian.

You can listen the in-depth interview here: