Dr. Stephen Blank, Senior Fellow for Russia, American Foreign Policy Council
Dr. Svante E. Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Alexandros Petersen, Advisor, Wilson Center, and Co-Editor, ChinainCentralAsia.com
Wednesday, December 4, 5-7 p.m.
Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl., the Rome Building
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Reception and refreshments 5-5:30 p.m., program 5:30-7 p.m.
Since invading Georgia in 2008, Moscow has demanded a "sphere of privileged interests" in all the lands once ruled by the USSR. One main vehicle for realizing this is the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the security sphere; another is the Eurasian Custom Union and the projected Eurasian Union, which Moscow wants to launch by 2015. Regarding America's response, Moscow has--rightly or wrongly--interpreted the Obama Administration's "Reset" policy as tacit acquiescence to Russia's claim of a "sphere of privileged interests”. But there has been pushback, and from two less expected quarters. West of the Caspian the EU's Eastern Partnership is offering Association Agreements and Free Trade Agreements to the countries of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus; to the east, China in 2013 moved, with economic packages adding up to billions of dollars, to build a "Silk Road Economic Belt" with Central Asian states.
This Forum will assess these various moves, consider how they interact with one another, weigh the preferences and responses of regional states, and consider America's appropriate responses to these important developments.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, forms part of a Joint Center with the Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.cacianalyst.org.