Tuesday, 09 April 2013

CACI FORUM: The April 26 Almaty ‘Istanbul Process’ Meeting: Towards Clarity on Post 2014 Afghanistan?

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Wednesday, April 9, 2013

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The April 26 Almaty ‘Istanbul Process’ Meeting: Towards Clarity on Post 2014 Afghanistan?

 In November 2011 Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the UAE, and Uzbekistan met in Istanbul to develop a new agenda for cooperation in the "Heart of Asia." The U.S., U.K. and other countries became "supporting nations" to this effort, as did the UN, CICA, SCO, OIC, NATO, and ECO. So far, the "Istanbul process" has embraced confidence building measures in various areas, as well as the "Silk Road vision" of reopening transport channels between Europe and Asia via Afghanistan.

The forthcoming Almaty meeting holds promise of crystallizing many-sided initiatives for the development of Afghanistan and its region in the years after 2014. As such, it will be a fateful moment in the post-colonial and post-war evolution of the "Heart of Asia," of which Afghanistan is a central part. The distinguished speakers at this Forum presented their perspectives on prospects for this significant forthcoming event.


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H.E.  Kairat Umarov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the U.S.

Dr. Nargiz Gurbanova, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Azerbaijan

Mr. Timur Soylemez, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Turkey

Ms. Lynne M. Tracy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asia, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Moderating

S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins U.

Wednesday, April 9, 2013

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.silkroadstudies.org.

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