Central Asia – Caucasus Institute

Current Dynamics in Eurasia Region: Political and Economic Implications

Recent developments in the Eurasia region demonstrate that regional superpowers stepped into a vigorous race for shaping a geopolitical picture that suits their own political interests and security considerations. Russia has formed a union of allies that helps to destabilize countries that did not pledge their loyalty to Russia:  the Eurasia Economic Union, established by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, will extend its borders as far as Armenia and Kyrgyz Republic (pending ratification in May).  Thus Russia uses political and military leverage to form a comfort zone in the Caucasus and Central Asia; meanwhile, China uses trade and massive infrastructure projects financing to increase influence in Central Asia and  Mongolia.  At the same time, the European Union has been cooperating with Ukraine and republics in the Caucasus to sign EU association agreements on free trade within the European Union. 

Countries in Central Asia, Caucasus and Mongolia are at the crossroads of choosing their destinies. What will be the future of the region?  What will be the role of Eurasian Economic Union?  Will China’s role in Central Asia grow? 

CACI Rumsfeld fellows will discuss possible scenarios of development in the Eurasia region, with relevant political, social, and economic implications, based on their personal experience in public sector and business.   





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May 4, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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Kazakh Presidential Elections

Kazakhstan conducted snap elections for the presidency on 26 April, 2015, with President Nazarbayev winning by 97% of vote.  While critics question whether opposition candidates were given adequate time to mobilize their campaigns, defenders argue that this vote of confidence in the existing leadership of the country is reassuring to the country's international partners and investors at a moment of considerable stress throughout the region. Speakers will provide first-hand insights on the election and broader perspectives.





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May 5, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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Climate Change in Central Asia: Existential Threat or Chimera?

S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (Moderator), Dr.Kulsum Ahmed, Practice Manager, Europe and Central Asia, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, The World Bank, and Dr. Amanda E. Wooden, Associate Professor of Environmental Politics & Policy, Director of the Environment Studies Program, Bucknell University, will discuss the topic.





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April 14, 2015
9:00pm - 11:00pm Local Time

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Latvian Presidency and EU Policy Towards Central Asia

When Latvia assumed the EU presidency in January, 2015, it immediately identified Central Asia as a main focus of its presidency. It moved quickly to organize several high profile events and activities aimed at greater political and economic engagement of the EU with the region, and has more yet to come. Speakers will discuss recent initiatives by the EU to enhance political and security contacts and greater trade between European countries and the states of Central Asia, and the implications of this policy for the region and also for the United States. 





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April 28, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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