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.
09/2015–12/2017 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
Between Liberalisation, State Ideology and Islamisation
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan on 15 and 16 September has been interpreted as the gathering of an anti-Western alliance. Such assessments misconceive the complex constellations in non-European political spaces, says Andrea Schmitz.
At the beginning of the year, Kazakhstan was rocked by violent protests. The intervention of the CSTO, initiated by President Tokayev, set a precedent with far-reaching consequences for the post-Soviet region, argue Margarete Klein and Andrea Schmitz.
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.
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.