On February 5, 2020 KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan held a working meeting with representatives of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) Central Asia: Marlies Linke, the Head of the RLS Regional Office in Central Asia, and project managers of RLS Office in Almaty Leyla Muzaparova and Daniyar Kusainov.
KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was represented by Director Zarema Shaukenova, Deputy Director Sanat Kushkumbaev, Secretary for Academic and Research Affairs Kazbek Isaev and Head of the Department of International Studies Asel Nazarbetova.
The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is a non-governmental political foundation of the Marxist type, one of six German foundations close to the Bundestag parties. Since 1992, it has joined the Die Linke (Left) party. The foundation is engaged in political education, cultural activities and analysis of social development. Its keynotes are democratic socialism and internationalism, anti-fascism and anti-racism, the rejection of dogmatized Marxism-Leninism.
The Regional Office of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Central Asia was opened in October 2019, funded through German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung is one of the long-term foreign partners of KazISS. The cooperation between KazISS and the RLS was started in 2008 as part of partnerships with the RLS branch in Russia, and was actively developing until November 2014.
The purpose of the meeting was to establish contacts with the management of the RLS Office in Central Asia and to renew partnerships with the Fund.
Marlies Linke spoke about the main directions of the RLS activity in Central Asia:
- social justice, inclusion, gender equality, the possibility of civic participation in improving the situation in their countries, socio-cultural and economic rights of citizens;
- the geostrategic position of the region, relations between countries within the region and with neighboring countries, with Europe and the USA, the participation of Central Asian countries in solving global problems, such as climate change, environmental issues, water use, migration, etc .;
- attitude to the past, a critical analysis and assessment of the history, issues of the formation of new identities in the region - linguistic, national, religious, self-determination issues of the society and understanding of the region's place in the global world.
During the meeting, prospects for further cooperation were discussed, in particular, relevant topics of possible joint activities with practical results for interested parties.