2016 CAMCA Regional Forum to be Held in Tbilisi, Georgia, June 17th-19th 

Regional meeting fostering an exchange of ideas on key issues throughout the Greater Central Asia region


March 30, 2016

Washington, D.C. — The 2016 CAMCA (Central Asia-Mongolia-Caucasus-Afghanistan) Regional Forum will be held on June 17th-19th in Tbilisi, Georgia, hosted by the Rumsfeld Foundation in partnership with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Over a three-day meeting, international and regional leaders across all sectors will convene to explore key issues, opportunities and challenges facing the CAMCA region.

The 3rd annual CAMCA Regional Forum will discuss ongoing developments in the region as well as outlooks on broader global trends. The Forum will consist of plenary sessions, keynote addresses and a variety of panels on topics including recent geopolitical and economic developments, intraregional trade and transport, business and investment opportunities in the region, regional security issues and much more.

The CAMCA Regional Forum is a non-political and non-partisan entity established to promote region-wide discussions on means of advancing economic growth and development in Greater Central Asia (Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  It promotes this goal by fostering dialogue and interaction among rising young leaders from various sectors in the 10 countries of the region, as well as with international leaders and stakeholders.

The CAMCA Regional Forum has evolved out of the Rumsfeld Fellowship Program at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, which has been bringing talented leaders from the region to Washington, D.C. since 2008.  As of June 2016, over 145 professionals will have completed the Fellowship.

For more information about the Rumsfeld Foundation, please visit or the Foundation’s Facebook page.  For more information on the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, please visit


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Central Asia and the Caucasus:
From Independence to Interdependence
Presentations by Spring 2016 Rumsfeld Fellows

Wednesday, 27 April, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.

(reception at 5 p.m., followed by the main program at 5:30)


The fall of the USSR enabled peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus (Greater Central Asia) to claim full independence and sovereignty. While bringing many obvious benefits, the strengthening of new sovereignties has also brought self-isolation and rivalry among peoples who had actively interacted for hundreds of years before the Russian conquest. The resulting isolationism has created needless tensions in the region, deepened poverty, and fostered  religious radicalization. Meanwhile, geographic proximity, interdependent infrastructure, and the presence of Russian media have maintained ties with Russia and rendered them appealing to many.

Is it time to  shift from the radical independence to intra-regional dialogue and economic integration within the region? And for the region as a whole to capitalize on its strategic location, cultural diversity, and human capital? 

Twelve participants of the Spring 2016 Rumsfeld Fellowship Program, representing nine countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, will share their answers to these questions. 

A video recording of the event may now be viewed on the SAIS Events YouTube channel.

  Mr. Ozodkhon Davlatshoev (Tajikistan)

  Mr. Nemuun Gal (Mongolia)

  Mr. Emil Gasimli (Azerbaijan)

  Mr. Sulkhan Glonti (Georgia)

  Ms. Raykhona Khashimova (Uzbekistan)

  Ms. Eliza Nishanbaeva (Kyrgyzstan)

  Mr. Mahmood Noorzai (Afghanistan)

  Mr. Rakhim Oshakbayev (Kazakhstan)

  Ms. Lilit Petrosyan (Armenia)

  Mr. Ruslan Ramanov (Uzbekistan)

  Mr. Narantuguldur Saijrakh (Mongolia)

  Mr. Barry Salaam (Afghanistan)

Moderator:  S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

Rome Building Auditorium
SAIS - Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave.,  NW
Washington, DC  20036

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