Events Calendar

May
17
Thu
2012
Afghanistan’s Stability and Regional Security Implications for Central Asia @ Dushanbe, Tajikistan
May 17 @ 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Afghanistan's Stability and Regional Security Implications for Central Asia @ Dushanbe, Tajikistan
A conference organized by the Central Asia Program (George Washington University), and EUCAM (Europe-Central Asia Monitoring),with the support of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program.

Afghanistan’s Stability and Regional Security Implications for Central Asia 

Oct
18
Thu
2012
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.
Jan
8
Tue
2013
Diversification of an Energy-Producing Economy Agricultural Policy in Kazakhstan @ Conference Room 505
Jan 8 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Diversification of an Energy-Producing Economy Agricultural Policy in Kazakhstan @ Conference Room 505

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.

Oct
16
Wed
2013
The Family Business: Turkmenistan Economy Starts to Look Like its Neighbors
Oct 16 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
The Family Business: Turkmenistan Economy Starts to Look Like its Neighbors

with Myles Smith,  Senior Program Officer and Assistant Managing Editor for the Media, Sustainability Index at IREX

Turkmenistan’s business sector has evolved during the short reign of Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. What was once the province of a small handful of foreignbusinessmen with close personal relationships with first president Niyazov is now aslightly more open field. The first family and new patrons are prying openopportunities for Turkmenistan-based businesses. Meanwhile, old favorites like Itera, MTC, and Bouygues have struggled to maintain their positions. What are the implications for Turkmenistan’s economy and political system, and what does this shift preface about Turkmenistan’s future development.