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Central Asia (ZAS)
The first Executive Seminar for young diplomats from Central Asia took place in September 2017. Attendees came from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.
The focus of the four week course is on conflict prevention and deradicalisation, topics that are relevant to our participants’ countries of origin in particular right now. Another aim is to convey a positive image of Germany and to familiarise our guests with the objectives of German foreign policy. Talks and discussions are held at the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Chancellery, and also with GIZ, political foundations and academic institutes. Participants also attend lectures on German and European contemporary history, the German federal political system and international law, and receive media training.
A study trip to the Free State of Saxony with visits to Dresden (State Chancellery), Leipzig (BMW factory), Görlitz (German Polish border management) and Freiberg (mining university) offers them practical insights.
Other components of the further training initiative include another study trip to Vienna (to the OSCE and other international organisations). Mediation training, a case study on the role of religions in foreign policy and a planning exercise on deradicalisation are also part of the programme. German approaches and practical experiences regarding the focal topic of the programme are presented by the Directorate for social cohesion and integration at the Federal Ministry of the Interior.
Visits to the Violence Prevention Network NGO and the Neukölln borough authority, where an integration model ispresented, are intended as examples of the operative implementation of policies.
The Executive Seminar is held in English.