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  Round Table discussion „Building Bridges Between the Regions: Central Asia and Eastern Europe“

2010 08 30

On 2-4 September 2010, PI Centre for Geopolitical Studies (Lithuania), together with the Central Asian Foundation for Developing Democracy (Kazakhstan), organizes the Round Table discussion „Building Bridges Between the Regions: Central Asia and Eastern Europe“.  The workshop is funded by the Open Society Institute and the East-East: Partnership Without Borders Program.

Experts from Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia will take part in the discussion. Its main objective is to introduce the issues of energy security, ethnic conflicts, regional security, religious and international influence in Central Asian countries to civil societies of Central Asian and Eastern European countries and state institutions.

The workshop agenda will include:

  • Interests of USA, Russian Federation, China and EU in Central Asia and policy implementation instruments;
  • Baltic region and Central Asia areas of cooperation in the context of OSCE;
  • Islam and ethnicity as identity elements in Central Asia;
  • Building bridges between the regions: possibilities for cooperation and mutual projects;
  • Tajikistan: before and after civil war;
  • Turkmenistan: before and after Turkmenbashi’s death;
  • Uzbekistan: Regime of Islam Karimov – what will be after?
  • Kyrgyzstan: before and after the 2005 “March Events“ (Tulip Revolution) and 2010 “April events”;
  • Backgrounds of stability in Kazakhstan.

Draft agenda in English (working languages: English and Russian)

                      

                                                                                           

Building bridges between the regions: possibilities for cooperation and mutual projects

Radisson Blu Astorija, Didþioji str. 35/2, Vilnius

1-4 September 2010

Draft Agenda

Wednesday, 1 September

Participants Arrive

19.00  Dinner (Radisson Blu Astorija, Didþioji str. 35/2, Vilnius)

Thursday, 2 September

Part I. Regional problems and international interests in Central Asia

9.00 – 9.30   Registration, Coffee and Pastries

9.30 – 9.45   Opening remarks
                    
· Greta Tuèkutë, director, Centre for Geopolitical Studies (Lithuania) (confirmed)
                     · Tolganay Umbetalijeva, director, Central Asian Foundation for Developing Democracy (Kazakhstan) (confirmed)

9.45 - 11.15  Interests of USA, Russian Federation, China and EU in Central Asia and policy implementation instruments
                     · Arkadij Dubnov, Political Analyst, Vremya Novostey newspaper(Russia) (Confirmed)
                     · John Schoberlein
                     · Aleksandr Sinyagovskiy, Leading expert, Center for Foreign Analysis and Forecasting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan) (confirmed)
                     · Vadim Volovoj, senior expert, Centre for Geopolitical Studies (Lithuania) (confirmed)

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30  Baltic region and Central Asia areas of cooperation in the context of OSCE
                        · H.E. Mr. Galymzhan Koishybayev, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Lithuania (confirmed)
                        · Vytautas Nauduþas, Ambassador for Energy and Transport Policy Issues, Economic Security Policy department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania)

12.30 – 13.30  Lunch

13.30 – 15.30  Islam and ethnicity as identity elements in Central Asia
                        · Valentin Bogatyriov, (Kyrgyzstan) (confirmed)
                        · Sanat Kushkumbayev, Chief Research Fellow, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President (Kazakhstan) (confirmed)
                        · Oybek Machmudov, Senior Lecture, Institute of requalification teachers under Ministry of Public Educations (Uzbekistan) (confirmed)

15.00 – 15.15  Coffee Break

15.15 – 17.00  Building bridges between the regions: possibilities for cooperation and mutual projects
                        · Wojciech Tworkowski, director, Grupa Zagranica (Poland) (confirmed)
                        · Artur Laast (Estonia)
                        · Kanat Berentayev, Depute director, Public Policy Research Center (Kazakhstan) (confirmed)
                        · Ainis Razma, PhD of Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) (confirmed)

19.00               Dinner (Restaurant “Medininkai”, Ausros Vartu str. 8, Vilnius)

Friday, 3 September

Part II. States of Central Asia: yesterday, today and tomorrow

9.30 – 10.00  Tajikistan: before and after civil war
                      · Rashid Gh. Abdullo, Political analyst, “Nigoh” weekly, LCG law firm (Tajikistan) (confirmed)

10.00 – 10.30 Turkmenistan: before and after Turkmenbashi’s death
                       · Slavomir Horak, Research Fellow, Institute for International Studies, Charles University Prague (Czech Republic) (confirmed)

10.30 – 11.00  Uzbekistan: Regime of Islam Karimov – what will be after?
                        · Alisher Abidjanov, Coordinator of civil society curriculum, National University of Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan) (confirmed)

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.45 Kyrgyzstan: before and after the 2005 “March Events“ (Tulip Revolution) and 2010 “April events”
                       · Elmira Nogoibaeva, Director, Center Polis Asia (Kyrgyzstan) (confirmed)

11.45 – 12.15  Backgrounds of stability in Kazakhstan
                       · Prof. Murat Laumulin, Chief Researcher, The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan) (confirmed)

12.15 – 12.45  Closing Remarks

12.45 – 13.45  Lunch

Some participants depart

19.00  Dinner (place will be determined)

Saturday, 4 September

Participants Depart

Working languages: English and Russian.

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