Soft Infrastructure Development in Central Asia 2020

6 December, 2019 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
State Room, 7th Floor
Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E St NW
DC 20052

Effective Infrastructure Development Through Legislation, Regulation, Policies, Governance, and Public Private Frameworks

The resource-rich and geographically strategic region of Central Asia is continuing to evolve. Once isolated and impoverished, the Central Asian republics have broken free from their Soviet legacies to pursue new economic development strategies. Growing populations, rising energy demand, rapid urbanization, and increasing productivity necessitate the build-out of “hard infrastructure”: transportation, telecommunications, and energy networks. Policymakers in Central Asia therefore need to prioritize the “soft infrastructure,” policies, governance, taxes, laws and regulations, to support the construction of these critical projects.


Marlene Laruelle, Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Director, Central Asia Program GWU Elliott School; Co-Director, PONARS-Eurasia; Research Professor of International Affairs
Daniel Witt, President, International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC)
Dr. Ariel Cohen (author), Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Director, ITIC Energy Growth and Security Program
James Grant (author), Program Manager, ITIC Energy Growth and Security Program; Junior Fellow for Energy Security, American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)
Ambassador Robert Cekuta (ret.), former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State; U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan 2015 – 2018


Photo Credit: Kazakhstan Embassy in KL

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