On June 11, 2018, the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, hosted the international conference “Integration processes and state interests in Eurasia” conducted jointly with the Central Asian Program of the George Washington University.
The international conference served as a platform for expert discussion on international cooperation initiatives in the Eurasian region, mainly the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The presenters and participants explored the topics of why these institutions have emerged and what goals they pursue, as well as the need in these organizations, what areas of common interest they might represent, and what potential for cooperation they carry. A special session will be dedicated to the role the Central Asian states in these institutions.
The main discussion points were:
- Politics of Great powers in Central Asia;
- EAEU and BRI: cooperation and competition;
- Central Asia in international cooperation and integration institutes;
- Europe and Asia: cooperation, challenges and opportunities.
This scientific conference brought together academic scholars and experts from the USA, Europe, Russia, Kyrgyz Republic, and neighboring Central Asian States.
Yuri Kofner, editor-in-chief, Eurasian Studies, research assistant, IIASA was invited to take part in the event and gave a report on “Conjunction of EAEU and the Belt and Road Initiative: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe”.