Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 5 PM to 7 PM
Kyrgyzstan: Prospects for Sovereignty and Stability
Kyrgyzstan went through two major political upheavals in the past decade--in 2005 and 2010, with the latter followed by serious inter-ethnic violence in the country’s south. At the same time, Kyrgyzstan embarked on the experiment--unique for the region--of introducing a parliamentary form of government. The country has also committed to join the Russian-led Eurasian Union.
How has Kyrgyzstan’s political system fared in the past four years? Have inter-ethnic tensions in the south been alleviated, and what is the role of Kyrgyz nationalism in the country’s politics?
And finally, what are the prospects for Kyrgyzstan’s sovereignty and independence in joining the Eurasian Union?
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 5 PM to 7 PM
CACI Forum / Book Launch
"Putin's Grand Strategy: The Eurasian Union and Its Discontents"
New book on Putin's objectives and tactics in Eurasia
Over the past year we have assembled a group of leading American and European experts to produce the first book-length study of Russian President Vladimir Putin's effort to create an Eurasian Union. The book indicates the ideological origins and character of this project, focusing not only on Putin's strategic objectives, but also the tactics he employs to achieve them.
The volume stresses the high degree of coordination that has been achieved among sectors of the Russian state that are accustomed to function as sovereign bureaucracies. Subsequent chapters analyze the response of eleven post-Soviet states to Putin's initiative, as well as the attitudes of China, Europe and the United States towards the initiative. The book suggests that Putin’s effort, if successful, would jeopardize the gains of two decades of independence in countries ranging from Moldova to Tajikistan. At the same time, however, the book traces processes by which those countries potentially affected have already worked to limit, dilute, and even undermine the union before it comes into being.
Monday, September 8, 2014, from 5 PM to 7 PM
"Looking Forward: Kazakhstan and the United States"
On September 8, Dr. Fatima Kukeyeva and Dr. Askar Nursha (Kazakhstan), together with Dr. Svante Cornell, Dr. Frederick Starr, and Mr. Enders Wimbush (U.S.), authors of the comprehensive report "Looking Forward: Kazakhstan and the United States," will discuss the future of this important strategic partnership. The forum will explore the Kazakhstan-U.S. relationship in the context of recent geopolitical developments in the region, including Ukraine.
Tuesday, June 10 2014
"The Ukraine Crisis, the Northern Distribution Network, and Continental Transport"
On June 10, CACI Forum's guest speaker, Dr. Andris Spruds, co-editor of an important new book on the Northern Distribution Network linking the Baltic and Afghanistan, will discuss the future of this network, including its prospective commercialization beyond 2014. He is joined by Dr. S. Frederick Starr, a chapter contributor to the book. Attendees are invited to participate in a wide-ranging discussion exploring the broad impact of events in Ukraine on this continental corridor, and on the emerging network of transport, trade, and security alliances in the Caucasus and Central Asia.