Eurasian Institute of International Relations
Address: 46/2 Panfilov st., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 720010
Founded in 1994, Eurasian Institute of International Relations (EIMO) is experienced think-tank of Central Asia, that participates at variety of international scientific projects by providing analytical reports, scientific expertise on different levels and research activities almost in every area of science.
With a strong research capacity and an extensive network of partner institutes throughout the world, EIMO has amply demonstrated its ability to conduct research activities, engage regional scientific community, disseminate the outcomes and assist a science policy development in the region.
In 2002, the staff of the Institute has been involved in implementation of information technology project, funded by the «Eurasia» Foundation on the theme: «Improving public information service system of Kyrgyzstan». Employees were actively involved in the creation of a local computer network of the National Library of the Kyrgyz Republic, the automation of the processes of cataloging and maintenance of readers.
EIMO experts were participants in various projects of international organizations. For example, in the energy sector EIMO experts took part in next projects: Sustainable Management of Mountainous Forests and Land Resources in a Changing Climate (UNDP), Cleaner Production and Energy Efficiency Project (UNDP), Clean Energy Development Program (World Bank) and etc.
EIMO has experience in participating in the largest EU research programmes, as 7th Framework Programme and Horizon 2020. Within 7th Framework Programme EIMO participated in number of successful projects such as:
- PICTURE — together with 17 partners of the member states of the European Union and Central Asia, EIMO successfully completed the PICTURE project in the field of ICT. The project lasted from December 2011 to May 2014 (in total: 30 months);
- IncoNet CA — EIMO worked on STI International Cooperation Network for Central Asian Countries project (IncoNet CA). Within IncoNet CA project EIMO supported the advancement of the bi-regional STI (Science, Technology, and Innovation) policy dialogue between the EU Member States/Associated Countries and Central Asia, with an explicit focus on the Societal Challenges that have been identified to be of mutual interest for the two regions, namely: Climate Change, Energy and Health.
Within IncoNet CA, EIMO was initiator and organizer of Policy Stakeholders Conference on «EU-CA STI cooperation in addressing Climate Change” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 23-24 September 2014. Among over 150 participants of the conference were government officials, scientists, researchers from countries of Central Asia and European Union (over 20 countries), as well as representatives of international organizations. This Stakeholders Conference was organized in cooperation with the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic and Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic.
EIMO has been providing annual Country Reports on the state of science in Kyrgyzstan for 3 years, collecting information from different Ministries, state agencies, research institutes, universities and other organizations and combining them in one report.
In addition, EIMO with support of IncoNet CA project could organize meetings for Expert team of the Science and Technology Policy Mix Peer Review Exercise in Kyrgyzstan, 30 March – 3 April 2015. Expert team had interviews with the Vice Prime Minister of the KR, Vice Speaker of the Parliament of the KR, Head of the Department for Social Policy of the Office of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ministers and State Secretaries of Ministries of the KR, Members of the Parliament of the KR, Vice presidents of the National Academy of Sciences of the KR, heads of state and international organisations, directors of research institutes, rectors of universities, representatives of business community and NGOs. In total more than 40 meetings were held. The outcome of the Policy Mix Peer Review Exercise was the analysis of the science system in Kyrgyzstan and recommendations of experts in reforming the national system, that became one of the fundamental documents for new scientific and educational system.
Starting from December 2018 EIMO is working on another H2020 project – Trend in Global Governance and Europe’s Role – TRIGGER. The ultimate objectives of TRIGGER are to provide EU institutions with knowledge and tools to enhance their actorness, effectiveness and influence in global governance; and to develop new ways to harness the potential of public engagement and participatory foresight in complex governance decisions, thereby also tackling emerging trends. The TRIGGER consortium is composed of 14 partners, including four from non-EU countries.
For the TRIGGER project, EIMO is providing analytical expertise and an external view for European policymaking. In addition, EIMO is promoting EU-CA countries’ cooperation on global governance and increasing the actorness of the EU in the Central Asian region. In that framework, EIMO scheduled the International Conference “European Union and Central Asia: interactions and promising areas of cooperation” that should have been conducted on 29 May 2020 in Bishkek. The main goal of the Conference was to develop a further dialogue on the issues of political, economic and scientific relations between the countries of Central Asia and the European Union in the context of the development of the EU initiative “European Union Strategy for the Central Asian Region”. Also, the conference should have allowed exploring partnership opportunities in existing regional programs and projects. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference was postponed to 2021.
EIMO cooperates with all leading universities and scientific institutes of Kyrgyzstan. With support of EIMO many professors of universities, scientists and researchers in almost all fields of science and education, in particular energy, health care, climate change, ICT and others, had a chance to participate in international seminars and conferences.
EIMO also established a network with research institutes in other countries of Central Asia and the EU, China and Japan.
Since 2015 EIMO together with a major international fund “One Asia Foundation” (Japan) started to implement the “One Asia Convention”. The Foundation provides financial support to a lot of universities around the world, primarily in Asia. Lecture courses related to the development of the Asian community were created, inviting each year professors and scholars who share the vision of further development of the Asian community. The Convention held in Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan and China.
EIMO actively cooperates with the Shinzhan University of Pedagogy (Xinjiang, China). In 2014 implemented a project in the field of cultural heritage preservation.
In October 2016, EIMO together with the Climate-KIC organizes Climathon in Bishkek with the theme of «Air Pollution and its impact on public health».
Prof. Jyldyz Bakashova