Eastern Europe, Eurasia Senior Associate
Political and social developments; forms of power and normative foundations of politics; Islam and Islamism; regional relations; interests, strategies and instruments of Russian, European and American policy.
09/2015 to 12/2017 Head of FES offices in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
03-12/2013 and 03-07/2014 field research in Tajikistan
10-11/2009 SWP Fellow in Residence at SWP's Brussels Office
2004-2005 Policy Advisor, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
2002-2004 Senior Research Associate at SWP, Research Unit Russian Federation and CIS
1997-2002 Education Management and University Lecturing in Kazakhstan (Goethe Institute, German Academic Exchange Service)
1995-1997 Research associate and lecturer, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Munich University
The Taliban will find a more favourable international environment in Afghanistan today than when they first took power 25 years ago. With support from neighbouring states, they could stabilise their power. Andrea Schmitz and Christian Wagner outline the conditions.
A conflict over natural resources has flared into serious border skirmishes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Lasting solutions will be hard to achieve, given the losses on both sides and the complex background. Dumitru Minzarari and Andrea Schmitz argue that efforts must concentrate on confidence building.
Strategies and Perspectives
Until very recently Central Asia remained a blank on the maps showing the spread of Covid-19. In the meantime the virus has appeared there too, and most countries are implementing the same protective measures used elsewhere. But, as Andrea Schmitz observes, Tajikistan is following a different strategy.
After the change of power in Kazakhstan, the signs point to continuity. But in the future, social moods could become more important. It cannot be ruled out that this will lead to more turbulent times for the country. A classification by Andrea Schmitz.
Nursultan Nazarbayev shocked Kazakhstan on Tuesday with his resignation after nearly three decades in power. Central Asia expert Andrea Schmitz explains what the move could mean for Kazakh-China ties.
The challenges confronting the world's largest regional security organization