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#2 Eurasia on the Move - Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Inga Kjer / IEP
Inga Kjer / IEP

The second episode of our podcast deals with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The lack of a response by the governments mobilises civil society actors, who increasingly assumed the role of governments.

How are Tajik and Kyrgyz societies developing after the COVID-19 pandemic? What role do civil society actors play in the transformation process of the two Central Asian countries? Azizjon Berdiqulov, Muslimbek Buriev and Sergey Marinin, Fellows of the Eurasia Lab & Fellowship Program, were interviewed for our podcast. The researchers give us their insights into the current dynamics of developments and prospects they consider for Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Azizjon Berdiqulov is a research fellow at the European Centre for Minority Issues, where he analyses minority-related developments in post-Soviet countries, with a focus on Central Asia, and is responsible for recruiting interns and setting up the Minority Map and Timeline of Europe project.

Muslimbek Buriev is a contributing author and editor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and a consultant to the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia. He is responsible for producing the quarterly report Civil Society Monitor, which tracks all major developments, political changes, economic environment and civil society engagement in Tajikistan.

Sergey Marinin is an international office assistant at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and helps to provide all necessary logistical and organisational support within the framework of the Alumni Network and is responsible for the organisation and coordination of the Alumni Conference, Reunions, Chapter Meetings in Kyrgyzstan, and other Central Asian countries.

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The IEP podcast series “Eurasia on the Move” provides insights into current political and social developments in the countries of Central Asia, the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe. The podcast series discusses current developments in the Eurasian region with regard to democratisation, the rule of law, civil society and human rights. The content is tailored to researchers and non-experts alike. Eurasia Lab Fellows share their personal experience and knowledge of the dynamics in the region and their importance for the European Union’s relations with these countries. The scientists are currently working on a research project that analyses the developments affecting the region. In the podcast, they explain their project goals and methods, present initial results and give other researchers practical tips.

The countries of the Eurasian region are currently experiencing transformative political and socio-economic developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, political conflicts, the fight against corruption and the engagement of civil society actors. The IEP aims to network researchers working on these issues, to promote understanding of these processes and to strengthen the EU’s relations with these countries.

Team & authors

About the Eurasia Lab and Fellowship Programme project: Young researchers from Eastern Europe and Eurasia receive support through fellowships to realise their research projects. The Eurasia Lab & Fellowship Programme also helps them network with other researchers and activists working on the region.

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