ENTERING A NEW ERA

Caspian Security Conference 2021

WHAT COMES NEXT FOR THE CASPIAN REGION FOLLOWING THE U.S. AND OTHER NATO FORCES’ WITHDRAWAL AND THE RESURGENCE OF THE TALIBAN IN AFGHANISTAN

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Hosted by Caspian Policy Center and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Caspian Security Conference organized by the Washington-based Caspian Policy Center and the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) of the U.S. National Defense University, will explore what comes next for Afghanistan and the Greater Caspian Region.

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AGENDA

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Panel 1 – Formulating  A Unified Regional Response to Afghanistan

Panel 1 – Formulating  A Unified Regional Response to Afghanistan

Overview: Afghanistan possesses significant cultural, historical, and economic ties to the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. It borders three Central Asian republics – Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The political happenings in Afghanistan directly affect regional stability, and discussions about Afghanistan’s uncertain political future should include Caspian countries. Panelists will speak about Afghanistan’s ties to the Caspian region and the role that Caspian countries can play to further engage Afghanistan in regional discussions. 

Panel 2 – Intraregional Security Cooperation After the Destabilization of Afghanistan

Panel 2Supporting Intraregional Security Cooperation

Overview: Whilst conflicting interests often collide within this organization, the Chinese-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) provides a platform for intraregional security cooperation in post-conflict settings. In addition, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Russian-led military alliance is designed to provide military support to its member states. Afghanistan currently holds only observer status in the SCO and CSTO. Both institutions have interests in the Caspian Basin and remain engaged in the region to help build stability and security. After the resurgence of the Taliban, security cooperation among the Caspian states is more important than ever. Panelists will examine the current security environment in the Caspian region and mechanisms that could be employed to foster intraregional security cooperation amidst ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan. 

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SPEAKERS

  • Ambassador (ret.) Farid Shafiyev 

  • Timur Shaimergenov

  • Dr. Akram Umarov

  • Ambassador (ret.) Ali Ahmad Jalali 

  • Yar Mohabbat
  • Dr. Rashmini Koparkar

  • Salman Zaidi

  • Victor Kipiani 

  • Ambassador (ret.) Ron Neumann
  • Dr. Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili 

  • Ambassador (ret.) Alper Coşkun 

  • Ambassador (ret.) Farid Shafiyev 

  • Timur Shaimergenov

  • Dr. Akram Umarov

  • Ambassador (ret.) Ali Ahmad Jalali 

  • Yar Mohabbat

  • Dr. Rashmini Koparkar

  • Victor Kipiani

  • Salman Zahidi
  • Ambassador (ret.) Ron Neumann

  • Dr. Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili
  • Ambassador (ret.) Alper Coşkun 

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