[ROUNDTABLE] RECENT EVENTS IN CRIMEA & BEYOND: POWER POLITICS vs. LAW

RECENT EVENTS IN CRIMEA & BEYOND: POWER POLITICS vs. LAW

WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL
17:00–19.00 / HALL #3
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

Issues to be discussed:
What internal and external factors led to Ukrainian Maidan and Crimea referendum?
How can events in Crimea be assessed from the international law perspective?
What does it take to change international borders?
What geopolitical shifts are we witnessing in the Eurasian space?
What is the impact of Ukraine/Crimea events on Kazakhstan?

Panelists:
Jiri Melich (Department of International Relations and Regional Studies)
Dennis Soltys (Department of Public Administration
Selbi Durdiyeva (School of Law)
Nargis Kassenova (Department of International Relations and Regional Studies)
Nygmet Ibadildin (Department of International Relations and Regional Studies)

Jiri Melich is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, KIMEP University. He received his PhDs from the Charles University (Prague) in 1979 and Carleton University (Ottawa) in 1999. He has done research and published in the areas of comparative politics, political theory, and global politics, with focus on the transformation and integration processes in the post-communist Eastern Europe and the European Union.

Dennis Soltys is Associate Professor at the Department of Public Administration and Municipal Government. He received his PhD in Political Science from University of Toronto (Canada) in 1995. His main research interests are comparative educational policy and development of civic society institutions in CIS countries – with concentration on Kazakhstan and Ukraine – and the public policy of Kazakhstan.  Recently he co-authored a book on implementing the Bologna Process in Kazakhstan (2013).

Selbi Durdiyeva is Adjunct Lecturer at School of Law, KIMEP University. She holds an LLM in International Private Law from KIMEP and LLM in International Human Rights Law and Law of Armed Conflict from Essex University (UK).

Nargis Kassenova is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, KIMEP University. She holds a PhD from Nagoya University (Japan). Her research interests include Eurasian geopolitics, Eurasian economic integration, Central Asian security and energy security. Her recent publications are: “Central Asia: Contemporary Security Challenges and Sources of State Resilience” with Alessandro Frigerio (2013) and “Kazakhstan and Eurasian Economic Integration: Quick Start, Mixed Results and Uncertain Future” (2012).

Nygmet Ibadildin is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, KIMEP University. He received his PhD from the University of Tampere (Finland) in 2011. His research interests are political economy of resource rich countries, transition in post Soviet countries, institutional development

His latest published book is “Role of institutions in Kazakhstan in combating the resource curse” (2011).

DILEMMAS OF COMPATIBILITY: RETHINKING GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL – KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONS

DILEMMAS OF COMPATIBILITY: RETHINKING GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL – KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONS

BY LUCA ANCESCHI
University of Glasgow

WEDNESDAY, 9 APRIL
17:30–18.30 / HALL #1
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

The 21st century is often presented as the ‘Asian Century’, with media and international observers remarking that Asia is now as interconnected as  globalised as ever before. But there are part of the wider Asian continent that have continued not to interact with each other throughout the post-Soviet era. Come and listed to Central Asia-watcher, Luca Anceschi from University of Glasgow, presenting the reasons behind the failure to launch the partnership between Kazakhstan and the Gulf states.