New challenges and approaches to regional and global security in Central Asia were the focus of an OSCE-supported international conference held in Astana on 26 October 2018.
The event was jointly organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations, with support from the Institute of Diplomacy under the Academy of Public Administration and the Public Opinion Research Institute.
The conference aimed to promote dialogue between stakeholders from OSCE participating States on ways to address security challenges. The conference’s sessions focused on ways to enhance the co-operation of regional security organizations in Central Asia and the OSCE, to counter the involvement of youth in violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism and the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes, and to rehabilitate and reintegrate foreign terrorist fighters.
Some 100 government officials, representatives of international and civil society organizations, national institutes of strategic studies, think tanks and academia, as well as international experts from Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, the United States and Uzbekistan participated in the event.
The conference is part of the OSCE Programme Office’s activities to promote dialogue and regional co-operation across all three dimensions of the OSCE’s comprehensive approach to security, as well as to engage experts in finding creative solutions to contemporary threats and challenges.