Climate change in Central Asia between 1991 and 2021
This article assesses the extent to which the academic community engaged with climate change in Central Asia between 1991 and 2021. The article finds that climate change has been neglected in the field of Central Asia area studies. Out of a total 13,488 journal articles in eight key journals for Central Asia research, only 33 articles (0.24%) were on climate change or a related topic. Climate change has been similarly neglected at the events of 17 Central Asia area studies associations. Out of 1305 conference panels, none was focused on climate change. Out of 10,249 individual presentations, only two (0.02%) were focused on climate change. The very same scholars who have been most active in the securitization of Central Asia have ignored the severe security threats that climate change poses to the region. The article contributes to the field of Central Asian studies by drawing attention to severe knowledge gaps that hinder the Central Asian countries from adapting to climate change. It concludes with six recommendations. Read more
Engaging with Muslim Civil Society in Central Asia: Components, Approaches, and Opportunities
When Western policymakers and development practitioners turn their attention to Central Asia, they too often overlook Muslim civil society as a potential partner for addressing the region’s economic and social problems. This report, which is based on dozens of interviews with representatives of Muslim civil society organizations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, is intended to help generate a much-needed conversation about Muslim civil society in Central Asia and how Western donors and practitioners can begin tapping their potential.
Read the report here: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/12/engaging-muslim-civil-society-central-asia-components-approaches-and?fbclid=IwAR3gaFWLNG6SJoBO2RDvFFEnbZ9LiLKcFqBPHMOInLXnpXWRNkU7nP7qs8E10 December 2021
Community policing in Central Asia: Lessons and experiences from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
Despite multiple efforts by governments, often in cooperation with civil society and international organisations, trust and cooperation between the police and the public in Central Asia largely remains low. Saferworld, civil society partners, national and local authorities, and other organisations – both national and international – have been working to implement the ‘community policing’ approach to security provision. This approach brings together communities and the police to jointly identify, prioritise and address community security concerns. This report – built on past programming experiences of Saferworld and civil society partners, as well as on interviews in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – illustrates many of the challenges, successes and lessons learnt from the last decade of community policing in the region. We present a range of recommendations to governments and authorities, civil society and international organisations who are looking to improve community-police cooperation and strengthen security provision.
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June 23, 2021 Saferworld