November 2, 2023
On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, the International and Comparative Politics Department, in collaboration with the Office of the President, continued its prestigious Ambassador Talks Series, featuring the esteemed presence of His Majesty, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Nicholas Bowler. This captivating event served as a platform for a comprehensive discourse on a multitude of critical topics.
Ambassador Bowler, with his extensive expertise, delved into the intricate nuances of bilateral relations between the United Kingdom and the Kyrgyz Republic. He expounded on the historical genesis of the Chevening State scholarship program and illuminated the diverse admission opportunities it offers. Furthermore, the Ambassador engaged the audience with an enlightening discussion on global political dynamics, offering insights into the state of affairs on the world stage, particularly in the context of climate change.
In addition to his diplomatic insights, Ambassador Bowler shared his personal experiences from his time in Jerusalem, enriching the event with a unique perspective. He underscored the tremendous potential for fruitful and mutually beneficial relations between the two nations, underscoring the value Kyrgyzstan brings to the United Kingdom. The cultural exchange between the countries also took center stage as the Ambassador recounted the recent visit of the Welsh National Rugby Team to Kyrgyzstan, offering vivid impressions of their encounters and the warm hospitality extended to the athletes by the Kyrgyz people.
With a vision for the future, Mr. Ambassador expressed his hope that cultural ties between the two countries would not only endure but also thrive. He envisioned an expansion of knowledge exchange between the prestigious universities of the United Kingdom and the esteemed American University of Central Asia (AUCA). In conclusion, Mr. Ambassador took a deep dive into the Chevening program, outlining the manifold opportunities it offers aspiring scholars and leaders.
To add an interactive element to the event, students were graciously given the opportunity to partake in a Q&A session with Mr. Ambassador. This session covered an array of intriguing topics, including the intricacies of UK foreign policy, the journey to becoming a diplomat, and an in-depth exploration of the Chevening program. The event was a captivating and enriching experience for all in attendance, offering a profound insight into the dynamic world of diplomacy and international relations.