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André Broome participates in OSCE workshop in Kyrgyzstan

On July 3-4 Dr André Broome participated in an Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) workshop in Kyrgyzstan.

Organised by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek in cooperation with the University Paris 13 (Paris), the American University of Central Asia (AUCA, Bishkek) and the French Institute for Central Asian Studies (IFEAC, Bishkek) within the framework of the research project GLOBALCONTEST funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), the workshop gathered high profile academics and experienced practitioners from the region and beyond working on international organizations and global governance questions.

Dr Broome spoke on the opening panel of the workshop on the topic of ‘Contesting Transnational Policy Paradigms: Conditionality, Capacity Building, and Global Benchmarking in Central Asia’, when he presented new research from the Global Benchmarking Project within the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation on the methodological flaws and political distortions inherent in country ratings and rankings and how these have been applied to countries in Central Asia.

An extended analysis of the politics and pathologies of global benchmarking by international organisations can be found in a new research paper co-authored with Alexandra Homolar and Matthias Kranke : 'Bad Science: International Organizations and the Indirect Power of Global Benchmarking'. The paper will be published in 2018 in the European Journal of International Relations. View the pre-print version at:

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