Panel Discussion OSCE and Security Challenges in Central Asia
- Madeleine Hosli
- Paul Meerts
- Bob Deen
- Dmitry Nurumov
- Peter Storer
- Heidemaria Gürer
- Thursday 28 September 2017
2511 DP The Hague
About the panel discussion
The OSCE, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, is the world’s largest regional security organization comprising 57 participating States in North America, Europe and Asia with more than one billion people. It is a forum for political dialogue and a platform for joint action covering a wide range of security issues (from politico-military, economic and environmental to human security). Through its consensual approach, the OSCE – with its institutions (such as the High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM) in The Hague), expert units and network of field operations (also in Central Asia) - bridges differences and builds trust. The OSCE Chairmanship is held this year by Austria; current Chairperson-in-Office (CiO) is the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
Central Asia plays a vital role also for European security. Its geographic position between Europe, Russia and China, its neighborhood to Afghanistan as well as its richness in hydrocarbons and its mixed Turco-Persian ethnic background makes it the ideal playfield for global rivalries and a new "Great Game" with all its implications.
Panelists are renowned experts on the region of Central Asia: Paul Meerts (Senior Research Associate at Clingendael), Bob Deen (Head of section for Eastern Europe & Central Asia at the High Commission for National Minorities), Dmitry Nurumov (Managing Director of Revanta BV) and Peter Storer (Head of Unit for Central Asia at the Austrian MFA).
The Austrian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Heidemaria Gürer, will give opening remarks. As former Director for Eastern Europe & Central Asia in the Austrian MFA and Roving Ambassador (1997-2006) for Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and the Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), she has huge expertise on this region. The panel discussion will be moderated by Prof. Madeleine Hosli from Leiden University.
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The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.
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