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Central Asia is at a pivotal point, facing significant geopolitical, economic, and environmental challenges that could have global consequences. The Central Asia Program Security Workshop aims to address these issues by fostering dialog among experts and stakeholders, particularly in light of Russia’s war on Ukraine and China's rising influence. The conference will explore shifting dynamics in the region, the potential for economic growth through enhanced cooperation, and the importance of environmental sustainability. Additionally, it will assess the role of civil society in promoting democratic governance and respect for human rights. The goal is to develop actionable insights to improve US engagement and support the region’s stability, prosperity, and democratization.


8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks

Sebastien Peyrouse, Central Asia Program, IERES, GWU


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker

Central Asia’s Changing Security Dilemmas

Eric Rudenshiold, Caspian Policy Center


9:45 – 11:00 a.m. Panel 1

The Geopolitical Kaleidoscope: Central Asia amidst Global Turmoil


11:10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel 2

Empowering Central Asia: Advancing Economic Growth and Business Opportunities


12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch Break


1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Panel 3

Preserving Central Asia’s Environment: Strategies for Sustainability


2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Panel 4

Strengthening Cooperation: Enhancing US Engagement in Central Asia


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