CHINESE ENERGY DIPLOMACY IN CENTRAL ASIA: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

CHINESE ENERGY DIPLOMACY IN CENTRAL ASIA: TRENDS AND PROSPECTS

THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER
16:00–17.30 / HALL#3
NEW BUILDING

BY ELZBIETA MARIA PRON
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
School of Contemporary Chinese Studies
OSCE Academy in Bishkek

 

 

 

 

Over the past 20 years China has acquired a position of a major partner of Central Asian energy markets. Today, China is a second largest oil importer from Kazakhstan, important player in Turkmen and Uzbek gas sector, and an investor in Tajik and Kyrgyz energy transportation.

This lecture looks at Chinese energy relationships with states in the region. It examines the geopolitical context of the energy cooperation between China and Central Asia. While the bilateral energy relations will remain the main corridor in the near future, China is actively promoting the multilateral framework of the SCO Energy Club. This shift in Chinese energy diplomacy derives from the new geopolitical conditions after 2011, its increasing domestic demands and a relative vulnerability vis-à-vis its energy partners.

RIGHTS OF ORALMANS, STATELESS PERSONS & REFUGEES IN KAZAKHSTAN

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION ON THE REPORTS

  • ON THE SITUATION CONCERNING THE RIGHTS OF ORALMANS, STATELESS PERSONS & REFUGEES IN KAZAKHSTAN
  • ON THE SITUATION CONCERNING  THE  HUMAN RIGHTS IN KAZAKHSTAN IN 2011

Discussants:

Tastemir Abishev
Secretary, Commission on Human Rights to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Saber Azam
Regional Representative / Coordinator of UNHCR for CA

11:00–11:20 / Welcome speech

11:20–12:10     / Discussion of the report

12:10–12:30 / Questions & answers / Wrapping up

co-hosted by
CENTER FOR MEDIA AND SOCIETY

On October 19, 2012 KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC), in cooperation with the Center for Media and Society hosted the presentation of two recent reports of the Commission on Human Rights to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan: “Special report on the situation of oralmans, stateless persons and refugees in the Republic of Kazakhstan” and “Report on the human rights situation in the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2011”.

The invited guests were Dr. Saber Azam, Regional Representative/Regional Coordinator of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for Central Asia and Mr. Tastemir Dautovich Abishev, the Secretary of the Commission on Human Rights to the President of the Republic Kazakhstan.

The two reports presented are strongly related and are part of the series of efforts of the United Nations and the Republic of Kazakhstan to resolve the issue of refugees and other migrants arriving to the country. As Mr. Abishev noted, there are approximately 8000 stateless persons on the territory of Kazakhstan and it is the task of the government to ascertain that their basic rights are protected.

Above this number there are around 3-4000 refugees in the country, mostly arriving from Afghanistan, for whom setting up a new life is difficult due to the existing rigid regulation. This is why the UN report recommended to expand the terms of the refugee status for an indefinite period, so that it would enable the younger generation of refugees to access higher education, as Mr. Azam highlighted.

The event was organized as a part of the cooperation between the United Nations agencies in Kazakhstan and KIMEP University, based on the Memorandum signed by the two parties last year. The lecture was attended by approximately 80 KIMEP students and professors, outsider attendees and several news agencies.

CYCLIC AUTHORITARIANISM: TURKMENISTAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

CYCLIC AUTHORITARIANISM: TURKMENISTAN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

THURSDAY, 18 OCTOBER
17:30–18.30 / HALL#3
NEW BUILDING

BY

DR. LUCA ANCESCHI / LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late last August the Turkmen media reported about the launch of the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the country’s second political organisation after the regime-controlled Democratic Party of Turkmenistan. Come and listen to long-term Turkmenistan-watcher, Luca Anceschi from La Trobe University in Melbourne, arguing that, in 21st century Turkmenistan, the formal establishment of multipartitism, rather than being a sign of democratisation, is an indicator of authoritarian consolidation.