[ROUNDTABLE] RE-FRAMING EURASIA: EU-KAZAKHSTAN COOPERATION IN THE CHANGING WORLD

Time: 20 March 2015
Place: Hall 3, New Academic building, KIMEP University

15:00–15:10 Welcome note

15:10–16:30 Session 1: Views from Europe
Speakers:
Juris Maklakovs (Ambassador of Latvia to Kazakhstan)
Ole Johan Bjørnøy (Ambassador of Norway to Kazakhstan)
Kamen Velichkov (Head of Political Press and Information Section,
EU Delegation in Kazakhstan)

16:30–16:45 Coffee break

16:45–17:50 Session 2: Views from Kazakhstan
Speakers:
Nargis Kassenova (CASC Director, KIMEP University)
Tulegen Zhukeyev (Board of Trustees of Sarsenbayev Foundation)
Elnara Bainazarova (Security analyst)

17:50–18:00 Closing and tentative conclusions

Speaker biographies:

Juris Maklakovs is Ambassador of Latvia to Kazakhstan since 2011. He has a distinguished military and civilian career. After graduating from the Moscow Air Force Engineering Military Academy and USA Army War College he served as Commander of Air Forces (2004-06) and Chief of Defense of Latvia (2006-10). In 2010-11 he was Advisor of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Advisor of the Head of Directorate of Economical and Bilateral relations of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ole Johan Bjørnøy is Ambassador of Norway to Kazakhstan since 2012. His long and distinguished diplomatic career started with a posting as a Consul of the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk (1995-98). Later he served as Second Secretary at the Norwegian Embassy in Copenhagen and First Secretary at the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade (1998), Chargé d’affaires at the Norwegian Embassy in Skopje and Adviser for the OSCE Coordination Unit (Norwegian Chairmanship) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999), Adviser for the Department for European Policy (2000-02), Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy in Sofia (2002-04), Chargé d’affaires at the Norwegian Embassy in Tirana (2004-07), and Senior Adviser (Section for Russia, Eurasia and Regional Cooperation) for the Department for Security Policy and the High North (2007). He has an MA Degree from the Volda University College, Norway.

Kamen Velichkov is Head of the Political Section of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan since 2012. As a career diplomat he served in various positions, including charge d’affaires in Israel (1990-1992), Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Bulgaria (1992-1996), Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW (1996-2001), and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Observer to UNESCAP (2008-2012). He was National coordinator of the UN Alliance of Civilizations initiative (2003 – 2008) and member of the High Level Reflection Group of the Kazakhstan’s Initiative “Our Common World: Progress through Diversity.” Appointed as roving Ambassador of Bulgaria for Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (2004), Kamen Velichkov was deployed as Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office for Central Asia. He combines the work of a career diplomat with academic research and teaching at universities in Bulgaria and Europe. His areas of expertise include international relations and security issues, multilateral diplomacy and peacekeeping, comparative foreign policy of the Arab states, negotiations and conflict prevention, Islam and politics. A graduate of the Moscow Institute of International Relations, Kamen Velichkov conducted Ph.D. research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Nargis Kassenova is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University (Kazakhstan) and Director of the KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC). Her areas of research include Central Asian security, Eurasian geopolitics, energy security, and Kazakhstan’s foreign policy. She holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from Nagoya University, Japan.

Tulegen Zhukeyev is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sarsenbayev Foundation. In the 1990s and first half of the 2000s he served in a number of important government positions shaping the foreign and security policy of the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan as State Advisor and Deputy Chair of the Security Council (1992-93), Secretary of the Security Council (1994), Ambassador to South Korea (1995-1999), and Ambassador to Iran (2000-2004). In 2005 he returned to Kazakhstan to co-found the Block of Democratic Forces “For Just Kazakhstan.” Since then Tulegen Zhukeyev actively participated in politics and was a leader in a number of parties and movements, including “Azat”, “Ak Zhol”, “True Ak Zhol” and United Social-Democratic Party (OSDP).

Elnara Bainazarova is a security analyst and area studies specialist for Eurasia. She holds a PhD degree in International Relations from al-Farabi Kazakh National University and is currently working at the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan. She has extensive experience in research and analysis of regional security and multilateral institutions in the region with a special focus on the SCO, CICA and Kazakhstan’s official development assistance policy. Before joining the EU Delegation, Dr Bainazarova has worked as the Head of the International Studies Centre at the Institute for World Economy and Politics under the First President of Kazakhstan Foundation.

THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A DEMOCRATIZING ACTOR IN EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA: WHAT HAS BEEN DONE AND WHAT WENT WRONG?

THURSDAY,  16 OCTOBER
17:30–18:30 / HALL #2
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

By Vera Axyonova
Fulda University (Germany)

The European Union (EU) is commonly seen among the world’s leading democratizers. Over the past decades, the EU has developed a range of foreign policy instruments to promote democracy and human rights beyond its borders. However, the success of its democratization efforts remains questionable in the countries that lack the EU membership perspective. The present talk will shed the light on the functioning of the EU democratization policy, comparing its efforts across a range of post-communist states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Vera Axyonova is researcher at the Centre for Intercultural and European Studies, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and associate researcher with Europe-Central Asia Monitoring program. She has received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Bremen and currently pursues several projects in the field of security and democratization studies.

 

 

KAZAKHSTAN AND EUROPE: LINKING SECURITY AND STABILITY TO DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT

Date: Friday, 11 May 2012
Address: Conference Hall 237, Valikhanov Building KIMEP University
2 Abay Avenue, Almaty 050010, Kazakhstan

A seminar organized by the Europe-Central Asia Monitoring Programme (EUCAM) of FRIDE (Brussels/Madrid) and the Karelian Institute (Joensuu, Finland) in co-operation with the KIMEP University (Almaty)

Friday, 11 May
 

 

 

 

 

 

10.00 – 12.00

 Opening Remarks:

  • Ronald Voogdt, Associate Vice President for Advancement, KIMEP University, Almaty
  • Mikko Kinnunen, Ambassador, Embassy of Finland in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana
  • Aurélia Bouchez, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, Astana

 

 SESSION I: REVIEWING EUROPE-KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONS 


Chair and introduction:

  • Jeremy Smith, Professor of Russian History and Politics, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

 

Panel:

  • Jos Boonstra, Senior Researcher, FRIDE, Head of the EUCAM Programme, Brussels
  • Nargis Kassenova, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, KIMEP University
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.30

 

 

 SESSION II: CHALLENGES TO REGIONAL SECURITY: OPTIONS FOR INTEGRATION 

 

Chair and introduction:

  • Marlene Laruelle, EUCAM Researcher, FRIDE, Director of Central Asia Program, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

 

Panel:

  • Zhanat Zakiyeva, Political Group Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Astana 
  • Erica Marat, PhD, American University and New York University, fellow at the Central Asia Program at the George Washington University,Washington
  • Sebastian Peyrouse, EUCAM Researcher, FRIDE, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, John Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.

 

14.30 – 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 – 16.30 

 

 

 SESSION III: DEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT: HURDLES AND PROSPECTS 

 

Chair and introduction:

  • Anton Artemyev, Chair of the Executive Council, Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan, Almaty

 

Panel:

  • Nurseit Niyazbekov, Senior Lecturer, KIMEP University, Almaty
  • Vera Axyonova,PhD Fellow, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, EUCAM associate researcher, Bremen
  • Aida Aidarkulova,Director of Programs, Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan,Almaty

 

Closing remarks:

  • Nargis Kassenova, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations and Regional Studies, KIMEP University, Almaty