Violent Extremism in Kazakhstan: The Role of Criminal Background

VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN KAZAKHSTAN: THE ROLE OF CRIMINAL BACKGROUND”
by Serik Beissembayev, Gumilev Eurasian National University

Monday, 3 October
17:00–18:15 / HALL 237
Valikhanov Building / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The research discusses the issue of intertwining of petty crime and violent extremism in Kazakhstan. On the basis of semi-structured interviews with prisoners serving sentences on charges of extremist and terrorist activities, the author concludes that involvement in the criminal subculture increases the risk of radicalization on the basis of radical ideology. The key mechanism of transition of criminalized youth to the ranks of jihadist ideology supporters is frame alignment, when the ideology of jihadism resonates with the worldview spread in the criminal subculture.

Serik Beissembayev is a research fellow/PhD candidate at the L.N.Gumilev Eurasian National University. He received his MA in sociology from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. In 2014-2015 he was a fellow of the Bolashak International Scholarship of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and of the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan Public Policy Initiative. He has extensive experience in planning and concept development of sociological surveys. He is the author of several analytical publications on social and political issues in Kazakhstan.

«Постколониальная Россия: В поисках туземца»

В пятницу 9 сентября Центр центрально-азиатских исследований Университета КИМЭП (CASC) и Фонд Фридриха Эберта в Казахстане приглашают Вас на открытую лекцию Вячеслава Морозова:

«Постколониальная Россия: В поисках туземца»

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Поворот России к традиционализму и культурному изоляционизму отнюдь не ведет к отказу от европейского наследия. Российское общество остро переживает факт своего отлучения (реального или воображаемого) от европейской цивилизации и ищет спасения, создавая для себя миф о традиционных ценностях, якобы не подверженных тлетворному Запада. Эта дискурсивная форма типична для постколониальных обществ. Главное отличие современной России от других постколониальных обществ – например, от стран Центральной Азии – состоит в том, что фигура туземца-крестьянина остается чистой дискурсивной формой, не имея при этом конкретных социологических референтов. Тем не менее большинство российского общества, включая интеллигенцию, занято поиском туземца в себе и своих согражданах, с тем чтобы либо заняться его изгнанием, либо, напротив, объявить носителем истинных ценностей. Тем самым россияне продолжают давно утративший всякий исторический смысл спор западников и славянофилов, а подлинно национальная повестка дня остается в России несформулированной.

Вячеслав Морозов — историк, политолог, профессор Института политологии Тартуского университета. Автор книг Россия и Другие: идентичность и границы политического сообщества (2009) и Russia’s Postcolonial Identity: A Subaltern Empire in a Eurocentric World (2015). Основная сфера интересов — постколониальная теория, постструктурализм, идеология и политические дискурсы современной России. Родился в 1972 г. в Восточном Казахстане.

Дата: 9 сентября (пятница)
Время: 17:00-18:15
Место: Холл №1, Новое академическое здание, Университет КИМЭП
Язык: русский

Вход свободный!

«Экономика Казахстана: Мифы и реальность. Новая экономическая политика»

В пятницу 20 мая Центр центрально-азиатских исследований Университета КИМЭП (CASC) приглашает Вас на открытую лекцию Айдархана Кусаинова:

«Экономика Казахстана: Мифы и реальность. Новая экономическая политика»

В лекции будут представлены основные тезисы новой книги Айдархана Кусаинова «Экономика Казахстана. Мифы и реальность. Новая экономическая политика» (2016 г.).

Айдархан Кусаинов –  директор консультационной компании «Almagest», специализирующейся на управленческом и стратегическом консультировании. Физик, МГУ им. М.В. Ломоносова (Москва), магистр экономики КИМЭП (Алматы), инженер, Атырауский Институт Нефти и Газа (Атырау).

С 1994 по 1998 года в консультационном бизнесе, в том числе в качестве консультанта Правительства РК. В 1998 – 2004 году работал на руководящих должностях в национальных нефтегазовых компаниях, Министерстве Энергетики и Минеральных Ресурсов. С 2004 года вернулся в консультационный бизнес, создав компанию “Almagest”. В разное время входил в Советы Директоров в качестве представителя акционера или независимого директора.

Член Российской и Казахстанской ассоциаций независимых директоров, экспертных сетей «Alphasights» и «Frontier Strategy Group»

Время: 20 мая (пятница), 17:00-18:00                                                                                                                         Место: Холл №3, Новое академическое здание, Университет КИМЭП                                                           Язык: русский

PERSONAL IS POLITICAL: GIFT-GIVING OR BRIBERY? / Roundtable

PERSONAL IS POLITICAL: GIFT-GIVING OR BRIBERY? / Roundtable
WEDNESDAY, 11 MAY
17:00–18:30 / HALL 1
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Practical is Political: Cultures of Corruption or Inadequate Incentive Structures?
by Scott Spehr (KIMEP University)

Informal Payments and Blat in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan
by Dina Sharipova (KIMEP University)

Gifts to Public Officials: Basic Rules
by Natalia Malyarchuk (Transparency Kazakhstan)

Scott Lawrence Spehr is an Associate Professor of political science and former chair of the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies at Kimep University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. His research focuses on the relationship between culture / identity and behavior. He holds a PhD in political science (comparative politics and international relations) from the University of Arizona.

Dina Sharipova is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at KIMEP University. Her research interests include nation and state-building, formal and informal institutions, identity politics, and current political developments in Central Asia. She received her PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2013.

Natalia Malyarchuk is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Transparency Kazakhstan. After graduating with a major in international relations from the Central Asian University in 2003, she worked as coordinator of the discussion club “Polyton”, deputy director of Transparency Kazakhstan and director of the PR company “Motivation”.

LANGUAGE CHANGE IN CENTRAL ASIA / Book Launch

Central Asian Studies Center (CASC) and KIMEP Language Center are hosting a launch of the book

LANGUAGE CHANGE IN CENTRAL ASIA
Editored by Elise S. Ahn and Juldyz Smagulova

FRIDAY, 22 APRIL
17:00–18:00 / HALL 2
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are still undergoing numerous transitions. This book examines various language issues in relation to current discussions about natural identity, education, and changing notional of socio-cultural capital in Central Asia. [for more information click here]

Panelists:
Juldyz Smagulova, “The Re-Acquisition of Kazakh in Kazakhstan: Achievements and Challenges”;

Maganat Shegebayev, “Corpus Building in Kazakhstan: An Examination of Terminology Development in the Oil and Gas Sector”;

Elise Ahn, “Language Teaching in Turkmenistan: An Autoethnographic Journey” and “Language-in-Education: A Look at Kyrgyz Language Schools in the Badakhshan Province of Tajikistan”

Juldyz Smagulova (KIMEP University, Assistant Professor and Acting Executive Director, Language Center)
Juldyz Smagulova received her Candidate of Sciences degree in Language Theory from the Kazakh National University in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from the King’s College London (London, UK) in 2011. Her publications include: the co-authored Dictionary of Sociolinguistics (bilingual in Kazakh and Russian) and Dictionary of Linguistics (bilingual in Kazakh and Russian), as well as articles in Journal of Sociolinguistics, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. Her current research interests focus on language socialization at home and school, classroom literacy practices, language policy and planning.

Maganat Shegebayev (KIMEP University, Assistant Professor, Language Center)
Maganat Shegebayev’s research interests include topics related to linguistics, language planning and corpus building in Kazakhstan, critical thinking and educational management. Dr. Shegebayev has co-authored a number of international publications and has led various educational projects across Kazakhstan and abroad, including serving as a task force member to develop national program Intellectual Nation–2020 for the Kazakhstani government.

Elise S. Ahn (KIMEP University, Assistant Professor, Language Center)
Elise S. Ahn graduated with her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in May 2011 in Education Policy Studies with a concentration on comparative and international education and program evaluation. Her research interests focus on the intersection of space, structure, and scale in examining the effects of internationalization in education and policy production processes. She is also interested in issues related to language, education and equity/access with a focus on urban contexts.

CHANGING GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ENERGY TRADING DYNAMICS AND CENTRAL ASIA

CHANGING GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ENERGY TRADING DYNAMICS AND CENTRAL ASIA
by Farkhod AminjonovEurasian Research Institute (Almaty)

FRIDAY, 18 MARCH
17:00–18:30 / HALL 1
NEW BUILDING
KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The talk will address the following trends and developments and their impact on energy policies of Central Asian states:
  • dropping oil and gas prices
  • weakening of Russia
  • growing dependence on China
  • lifted sanctions on Iran
  • prospects of the Afghan energy corridor.

Farkhod Aminjonov is a Senior Research Fellow at the Eurasian Research Institute of Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh–Turkish University. As a Senior Research Fellow, he contributes to Institute’s work on energy, economics, and security. He is also currently engaged in a number of collaborative projects with the Canadian, German, Norwegian and Turkish research institutions. Farkhod Aminjonov holds a Ph.D. in global governance from Wilfrid Laurier University/ Balsillie School of International Affairs (Canada), an M.A. in international area studies from the University of Tsukuba (Japan), an M.A. in political science from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and a B.A. (Hon.) in international law from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan). Energy security and security of the Central Asian energy systems, energy governance innovations, pipeline politics as well as foreign and domestic energy policies lie in the hub of his research interests.

AN UPDATED EU STRATEGY FOR A STRONGER PARTNERSHIP IN CENTRAL ASIA

AN UPDATED EU STRATEGY FOR A STRONGER PARTNERSHIP IN CENTRAL ASIA
By H. E. Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia

TUESDAY, 15 MARCH
10:00–11:10 / HALL 237
Valikhanov Building / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

Registration: Required (please, send an email to nelli.sarova@kimep.kz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Burian is EU Special Representative for Central Asia. Born in Slovakia, he
graduated in Oriental Studies at St. Petersburg University in the USSR and entered
the service of the Czechoslovak foreign ministry in 1983. Following the breakup
of Czechoslovakia in 1993, Burian was appointed Chargé d’Affaires at the newly
independent Slovakia’s embassy in Washington, D.C. and, shortly after, deputy
chief of mission. In 1999, he became the Slovak Ambassador to NATO, based in
Brussels, Belgium. He was also Slovakia’s permanent representative to the UN from
22 December 2004 to November 2008 and sat on the Security Council when Slovakia
was a Member (being the Security Council President for the month of February 2007).
He became the Slovak Ambassador to the US in December 2008. He also served as the
State Secretary at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

COLLECTIVE IDENTITY AS A CATALYST FOR SECURITY COMMUNITY IN CENTRAL ASIA

COLLECTIVE IDENTITY AS A CATALYST FOR SECURITY COMMUNITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
By Dina Iglikova

FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY
17:00–18:00 / HALL 237
Valikhanov Building / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The security community theory has become one of the most dominant tools in the regionalism studies. The approach to study regional integration through the prism of norms, identity and values, has increased significantly the potential to study the “missing” dimensions of regional dynamics. The theory allows seeing the regions not only from geopolitical angle, but also as socio-political constructs. Three conditions are required for a security community to emerge: collective identity, strong interstate ties, and institutions. This talk explores briefly the theory, the state of collective identity, and outlines the pressing reasons for the security community in Central Asia.

Dina Iglikova is an independent consultant for nonprofits and business. She implements projects on public diplomacy, youth, healthcare, and climate change in Central Asia. She has worked for the IOM on countering human trafficking and for the OSCE on politico-military affairs. Dina is an alumna of the OSCE Academy and holds an MA in Political Science and an MA in International Security from the University of Warwick. Her research interests include the concept of security community, collective identity, political Islam, Central Asia’s place in the globalizing world. Dina is a keen supporter and a public diplomacy activist on the issues of Central Asia’s integration across economic, political, and cultural trajectories.

FILM, IDENTITY AND NATION-BUILDING IN KAZAKHSTAN

FILM, IDENTITY AND NATION-BUILDING IN KAZAKHSTAN
By Rico Isaacs, Oxford-Brookes University (UK)

THURSDAY, 18 FEBRUARY
17:30–18:30 / HALL 1
New Academic Building / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rico Isaacs is a Reader in Politics at Oxford Brookes University. He holds as MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Politics from Oxford Brookes University. His broad research interests lay in Central Asian politics, nation-building, party development, authoritarianism and formal and informal post-Soviet politics. He is the author of Party System Formation in Kazakhstan: Between Formal and Informal Politics (Routledge, 2011) and has published articles on formal and informal institutions, charismatic authority, nation-building and Central Asian authoritarianism in a number of leading academic journals including Europe-Asia Studies, Democratization, Nationalities Papers and Electoral Studies. He is the co-editor (with Abel Polese) of a forthcoming volume on Nation-Building and Identity in the Post-Soviet Space: New tools and approaches (Ashgate 2016) and has a further two books forthcoming Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and post-Soviet Culture (I.B Tauris, 2017) and Politics: an Introduction 3rd Edition (with Barrie Axford, Victoria Browne and Richard Huggins, Routledge, 2017). Rico has supplied consultancy for a number of agencies including Exclusive Analysis, The Electoral Integrity Project, V-Dem Varieties of Democracy Project, K2 Intelligence, Aprodev and the EU-Central Asia Monitoring Group (which is part of the Centre for European Policy Studies). He has also provided media commentary for Al Jazeera International, Eurasianet.org, The Guardian, The Washington Times, Business New Europe and Jylands-Posten on political developments in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

WHO WILL BLINK FIRST? SIGNALLING IN CONFLICT ESCALATION: CASES OF UKRAINE AND SYRIA

WHO WILL BLINK FIRST? SIGNALLING IN CONFLICT ESCALATION: CASES OF UKRAINE AND SYRIA
By Galymzhan Kirbassov (UN Assistance Mission in Somalia)

WEDNESDAY, 20 JANUARY
16:00–17:00 / HALL 237
Valikhanov Building / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galymzhan Kirbassov is an Information Analyst-Political Affairs in United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia which is one of the field missions of the UN Department of Political Affairs. Before, has been involved in the multi-stakeholder negotiations on the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda, with particular attention to the effects of peace on sustainable development. He served as a member of several steering committees in the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and UN DPI/NGO and organized discussion panels on the effects of traditional and formal institutions on building trust and lowering the cost of bargaining among groups in post-conflict states. His PhD dissertation is on signalling models in international conflict escalation and how competition among political parties affects strength of threats to use military force. Recently, Mr. Kirbassov taught classes at Columbia University as an adjunct faculty.