September 21, 2017, 15:00
The Eurasian Research Institute invites you to participate in the Politics, International Relations and Security Studies Seminar titled “Prospects and Challenges of Regional Integration in Central Asia” by Abulkhairkhan Zhunisbek, Research Fellow of the Eurasian Research Institute, on September 21, 2017.
The collapse of Soviet Union in 1991 propelled the five Central Asian republics (CARs), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan into independence. They possessed all the necessary prerequisites for successful regional integration including common political, economic, and cultural links. It seemed obvious that the CARs would undertake efforts to build regional organizations and institutions that would regulate their interactions. Although, within the next two decades various regional organizations of different nature were founded only the organizations involving at least one country external to Central Asia still exist. Therefore it seems that the CARs are more integrated with extra-regional powers like China or Russia than with each other.
During the seminar the presenter will review the factors that complicate interregional cooperation. Among them are differences of the region have taken in approaching political and market oriented reforms.