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Special Seminar on “Belt & Road Initiative and Central Asia” hosted by Religion and Global Security Division of RCAST

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2019/3/20(Wed) 15:00 - 16:30


Link of outside open a new window RCAST Building 3, M2F floor, Seminar room-1


Religion and Global Security Division of RCAST, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology of the University of Tokyo, is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Mr Daniyar Kosnazarov and Dr Farkhod Tolipov on Kazakhstan’s and Uzbekistan’s perspectives on China-related issues in Central Asia including Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).

Daniyar Kosnazarov, co-founder of the thinktank “Bilig Brains,” based in Almaty, Kazakhstan
Farkhod Tolipov, head of the thinktank “Knowledge Caravan,” based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Moderator: Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor of Religion and Global Security, RCAST, the University of Tokyo

Contents: Topics to be covered during the lecture and discussions include:
- China’s political and security presence in the Central Asia region
- Kazakhstan’s connectivity projects and BRI
- Kazakhstan’s and Uzbekistan’s balancing acts among external powers
- Reality of extremist threats in the region and external powers’ intents
- Central Asian states’ newer initiatives to enhance mutual coordination

Works by the speakers include:
- Daniyar Kosnazarov and Iskander Akylbayev, “The Great Bargain between Russia and China for Central
  Asia,” China in Central Asia (RUSI), November 6, 2016
- Daniyar Kosnazarov and Paolo Sorbello, “The Turkic Connection: Turkey-Central Asia Relations Explained,”
  Central Asian Analytical Network (CAAN), September 22, 2015
- Данияр Косназаров, «Глобальная коалиция по борьбе с Исламским государством и Центральная
  Азия,» Central Asian Analytical Network (CAAN), September 2, 2015
- Farkhod Tolipov, “One Belt, One Road in Central Asia: Progress, Challenges, and Implications,” in
  Alessandro Arduino and Xue Gong eds., Securing the Belt and Road Initiative: Risk Assessment, Private
  Security and Special Insurances Along the New Wave of Chinese Outbound Investments (Palgrave
  Macmillan, 2018).
- Farkhod Tolipov, “How to play the "Great Game" or what did the presidents of Central Asia consult each
  other about at their consultative meeting?” Knowledge Caravan, March 23, 2018
- Farkhod Tolipov, “One Belt, One Road and Many Countries,” China in Central Asia (RUSI), February 7, 2017

Categories: Open to RCAST and The University of Tokyo Staff, Faculty & Students and Invitees
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