BACK TO THE FUTURE: GERMANY’S AFGHANISTAN POLICY AFTER 2014

BACK TO THE FUTURE: GERMANY’S AFGHANISTAN POLICY AFTER 2014

FRIDAY, 1 MARCH
17:00–18.00 / HALL#3
NEW BUILDING

BY SEBASTIAN HARNISCH
HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sebastian Harnisch is Professor for International Relations and the Executive Director at the Institut for Political Science (Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg). His research and publications encompass German and American Foreign Policy, European affairs, theories of International Relations, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and Korean Affairs. His last major theoretical work is Role Theory in International Relations. Contemporary Approaches and Analyses, co-edited with C. Frank and H. Maull (New York: Routledge, 2011).

GREAT GAMES, LOCAL RULES: THE NEW WORLD OF CENTRAL ASIA’S MULTIPOLAR POLITICS

GREAT GAMES, LOCAL RULES: THE NEW WORLD OF CENTRAL ASIA’S MULTIPOLAR POLITICS

SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY
11:00–12.30 / HALL#3
NEW BUILDING

BY ALEXANDER COOLEY
CHAIR AND TOW PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

The field of Central Asian studies needs this book. Cliché-ridden thinking blights much popular commentary on the region and the putative competition under way there among China, Russia, and the United States. Cooley brings firsthand research and a detached, sensible eye to a complex, fast-moving subject. In brisk steps, he demonstrates that the “game” today is not the same one played by the great powers in the nineteenth century. Although competition exists among the major players, so does a considerable degree of cooperation. In today’s game, the Central Asian states are not helpless pawns but more than adept at writing and then exploiting the rules. That said, the way the greater powers pursue their agendas has an ugly side: increased corruption, human rights abuses, and political entropy. In addition to crafting a refined assessment of Chinese, Russian, and U.S. policies in the region and the Central Asian response to them, Cooley also speculates about what the dynamic in Central Asia indicates about how an emerging multipolarity might figure in other key regions of the world.

KAZAKH PERSPECTIVES ON CHINESE INVESTMENTS [A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION]

FRIDAY, 15 FEBRUARY
10:00–13.30 / HALL#237
VALIKHANOV BUILDING
MODERATORS:
Dr. Nargis Kassenova (KIMEP University)
Dr. Alexander Cooley (Barnard College & Columbia University)
J. Edward Conway (University of St Andrews)

PARTICIPANTS:
Sabr Yessimbekov
President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the RK
Dr. Yelena Sadovskaya
International consultant on migration and migration policies
in the Republic of Kazakhstan
Dr. Wen-zhong Zhang
Director of the Institute of Central-Asian Economy and Trade
at the Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics
Dr. Zhanibek Saurbek
Lawyer and expert on energy policy