with Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia
Kazakhstan has used energy revenues to save for the future, invest in human capital, and diversify the structure of production with the goal of becoming one of the “fifty most competitive, dynamically developing countries in the world”. Agriculture has been a key part of the diversification strategy ever since the government committed a billion dollars to the 2003-5 Agriculture and Food Program. Since then agricultural policy has passed through several phases, mirroring evolving attitudes in Kazakhstan towards the role of government and of the market in economic development. This seminar analyses the content and consequences of agricultural policy, and agriculture’s role in Kazakhstan’s economic transformation.
Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and adviser to the Australian government and to international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Marlene Laruelle (CAP, IERES, GWU)
9:15am Session I. Governance Changes in Turkmenistan
Chair: Marlene Laruelle (CAP, IERES, GWU)
Myles Smith (IREX)
Forget political will – Would good governance even be possible in Turkmenistan?
Chris Miller (USAID)
Governance Challenges and Opportunities in Turkmenistan
11:15-12:45pm Session II. Economic Development, Progress and Challenges
Chair: Victoria Clement (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA)
Theresa Sabonis-Helf (National Defense University)
Casting a Wider Net: Turkmenistan and Regional Electricity
Jan Šír (Charles University, Prague)
Going Private? Denationalization and Privatization in Turkmenistan under Berdymukhammedov
Kenyon Weaver (Dentons LLP)
The Transformation of Commercial Law under President Berdymuhamedov.
1:30-3:00pm Session III. Turkmenistan in its Regional Environment
Chair: Myles Smith (IREX)
Nazik Muradova (Central Asia Fellow, GWU)
Revisiting Turkmenistan’s energy exports. Path toward a greater diversity of foreign partners?
Slavomir Horák (Charles University, Prague)
Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan. From personal approach to ordinary authoritarian regimes relations?
Sebastien Peyrouse (Central Asia Program, GWU)
Turkmenistan-Afghanistan: Political Pragmatism, Security Tensions?
3:15-4:45pm Session IV. Historical and Social Transformations
Chair: Sebastien Peyrouse (Central Asia Program, GWU)
Victoria Clement (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA)
Intrepid Reformers: Turkmen Jadids
Aynabat Yaylymova (Turkmenistan Health Initiative)
Reproductive Health: How do I say this in Turkmen?
Jahan Taganova (Syracuse University)
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