Public Lecture: "EU Prevention of Violent Extremism and Radicalisation in Central Asia: A Case Study on Civil Society Engagement in Kyrgyzstan" by Dr. Chiara Pierobon
On 2 October at 15:30 at the OSCE Academy (1A Botanichesky pereulok)
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Description: The public lecture is focused on the efforts of the EU in preventing violent extremism (PVE) in Central Asia through a case-study focused on the involvement of civil society in Kyrgyzstan. In particular, by offering a micro-level analysis of the projects implemented under the “Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace” (IcSP) and the program “Strengthening Resilience to Violence and Extremism” (STRIVE) in the country, it provides new insights on concrete outputs and impact of the EU’s PVE engagement at the societal level, a field that is still unexplored. During the public lecture, a typology of functions that CSOs can fulfil in the field of PVE will be presented and discussed, thus increasing the theoretical knowledge on civil society as central actor in tackling global security challenges at the local level.
Bio: Post-Doc Researcher Dr. Chiara Pierobon brings more than 10 years of research experience in the field of civil society and social movements, youth studies, and radicalization and violent extremism in Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Her PhD dissertation was explicitly focused on the instrumental use of music and social media on behalf of youth political organizations in Russia as tools to recruit new members, foster community cohesion and construct collective identities based on national and ethnic traits.
As senior research, she has collected extensive fieldwork experience in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where she has investigated the engagement of the European Union (EU) with civil society. In particular, in the past years, she has conducted micro-level analyses on the work of the EU in preventing violent extremism through the “Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace” (IcSP) and in tackling push-factors of radicalization through the “European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights“(EIDHR) and the thematic program “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development” (NSA/LA).
Between 2012 and 2017, Dr. Pierobon has served as manager of the St. Petersburg/Bielefeld Centre for German and European Studies (CGES/ZDES) funded by DAAD, of education exchange programs such as the ERASMUS Mundus Joint Doctorate “Globalization, the EU and Multilateralism (GEM)” funded by the European Commission and of collaborative research projects involving different universities and partners in Central Asia. Since 2017, Dr. Pierobon has been senior manager of the research professionalization project “Between Stability and Transformation: Regional and Transnational Cooperation in Central Asia and between Central Asia and Europe” funded by Volkswagen Foundation.
Dr. Pierobon is former Visiting Professor for Macrosociology and European Societies at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) where she was also responsible for the internationalization of the faculty of sociology. In the past years, she served as Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the Helmut Schmidt University - University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Germany), German Kazakh-University (Kazakhstan), American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), University of Malaya/Asia-Europe Institute (Malaysia), St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and University of California/Berkeley (USA) and as research intern at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) in Nuremberg (Germany) and at the Delegation of the European Union in Nur Sultan (Kazakhstan).