December 6, 2017
The Department of International and Comparative Politics of American University of Central Asia held on November 30, 2017 an inaugural workshop of a newly created Regional Center for Central Asia of Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem).
V-Dem is developing one of the largest data in social sciences with more than 350 indicators for 177 countries for 1900-2016, and is co-hosted by Universities of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Notre-Dame (USA). The regional center is envisioned to be not only a hub for data collection, but also a place for academic and policy research on political developments in Central Asia.
The workshop brought together scholars from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, as well as experts and civil society organizations and discussed how the new center could facilitate studying and measuring political regime dynamics in the region.