To provide a forum for open political discussion, the Office supports the Social Partnership Club, which brings together some 70 representatives from State bodies, political parties and civil society to discuss and find consensus on pressing social issues. Among recently discussed issues were migration, information security, political parties and elections. The Social Partnership club has regional outreach with meetings in Tursunzade, Kurgan-Tyube, Garm, Kulyab, Khorog and Khujand.
To increase engagement and dialogue between Tajikistan and the wider OSCE community, the Office facilitates the participation of members of the Tajik Parliament in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly meetings, seminars and election observation missions. In 2009, the Office supported a regional parliamentary seminar on labour migration in Dushanbe. The Office also supported the international conference “Central Asia and Afghanistan: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects” together with the Centre for Strategic Studies under the President of Tajikistan.
In 2009, the Office supported a needs assessment of counter-radicalization in Tajikistan. On the foundation of this assessment, the Office has developed several programmatic activities to assess radicalization trends in the country and build the capacity of state agencies and civil society to jointly combat violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT). In December 2010, the Office organised an expert-level workshop to exchange ideas and national best practices to prevent VERLT. Panel members engaged in both practical and scientifically informed discussions about operative approaches to preventing and countering VERLT, policy advice on national strategies, domestic and regional co-operation as well as on community engagement and the need for a joint government/civil society approach. A country-wide research project to assess radicalization trends will be completed in the spring of 2011.