Events Calendar

Game Over? Shifting Energy Geopolitics in Central Asia
Oct 18 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Game Over? Shifting Energy Geopolitics in Central Asia

with Michael Denison, Research Director, Control Risks 

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Central Asia’s geopolitical salience, from inside and outside the region, has been predicated both on its oil and gas export potential and its proximity to several volatile security complexes. However, rapidly changing patterns of global supply and demand, allied to shifting perceptions of political risk, are altering both the stakes of external engagement and the region’s profile as a zone of geopolitical contestation. This seminar examines where Central Asia is likely to fit into the evolving global energy map and how these shifts might, in turn, reconfigure the region as a geo/political space.

Michael Denison is an Associate of IERES’ Central Asia Program and was formerly SpecialAdviser to the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. He is now ResearchDirector at Control Risks, London.
Book Launch: Globalizing Central Asia-Geopolitics and Challenges of Economic Development
Apr 2 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Book Launch: Globalizing Central Asia-Geopolitics and Challenges of Economic Development

Part of IERES’s Book Launch Series

Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor of International Affairs, GWU
Sebastien Peyrouse, Research Professor of International Affairs, GWU
Discussant: Johannes Linn
Former World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia
Central Asia, as it emerges from a political and economic system that was closed until the end of the twentieth century, is a textbook case for globalization. The book Globalizing Central Asia: Geopolitics and Challenges of Economic Development traces the region’s entry into the highly competitive global arena, not only through state interaction with numerous external players, but also in geo-economic terms. The region’s natural resources compel the attention of rivalrous great powers and ambitious internal factions. Russia and China dominate the horizon, with other global players close behind.The local regimes are caught between the need for international collaborations to valorize their resources and the need to maintain control over them in the interest of state sovereignty. Local patterns of development thus become a key driver of external actors’ involvement and shape the mechanisms by which the Central Asian states are forging a place for themselves in the globalized world.