13th October: Crisis in Kyrgyzstan 2010: Lessons for European Security?

Lecture by Dr. Paul Dunay on behalf of Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies. The lecture is held from 12:15 – 13:15 in the National Museum on Wednesday 13th October.

Dr. Pál Dunay is the Director of International Training Course of Security Policy and a resident faculty member at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). In 2007, he was the Director of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and before that, between 2004-2007, he was doing research at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). In addition, he held the position as Adjunct Professor at the International School of Law, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. Back in 1991, Dr. Dunay also worked for the Hungarian Foreign Ministry.

Dunay was introduced by former colleague and close friend Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor in Political Science at the University of Iceland. Dunay provided an overview of the current turmoil and uprisings in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgystan is a small landlocked country with only 5,4 million people located in the Central Asian region, bordering China, Kazaksthan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Of the Central Asian states, Kygyzstan is definitely the poorest country in the region with no real exports. The uprisings were the product of longstanding grievances over political and economic ineptness, corruption and rising living costs. However, clashes between the two main ethnic groups – Uzbeks and Kyrgyz – have led to fears the country may be heading towards civil war. The small size and remoteness of Kyrgystan, has given the uprisings and separatist movements little attention in the Western World. However, the Kyrgyz security concerns can have regional implications, and Dunay emphasised that Europe does not have to look to sub-Saharan Africa to find failed states.

The lecture was held in English and open to all. For further information, please contact Pia Hansson, Director of IIA/CSSS by phone; 525-5262, or by email; ams@hi.is.