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Dec 07

After the Kazakhstan Elections: U.S. Policy in the Caspian and Central Asia

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Kazakhstan, the largest Eurasian oil producer after Russia, is scheduled to elect a new President on December 4. As the home to one hundred ethnic and religious groups who live in harmony - an important achievement in the Muslim world - Kazakhstan has been hailed as a model of economic reform in Central Asia. At stake for the United States are the future of democratic and economic reforms, stewardship of immense energy wealth, and complex geopolitics of a sparsely populated country, sandwiched between Russia and China.

Regionally, the geo-strategic map has been redrawn in Moscow's favor with the recent U.S. departure from neighboring Uzbekistan's Karshi-Khanabad military base and Russia moving in - thus making Uzbekistan effectively Russia's main ally in Central Asia. Therefore, Washington's position in Eurasia and its future relations with Astana, the Kazakhstani capital, will be particularly affected by the electoral outcome. Join us as our distinguished panel takes an in-depth look at the election results and other challenges faced by the U.S. in this critical region of the world.

More About the Speakers

Matthew J. Bryza
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for
European and Eurasian Affairs,
United States Department of State

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow,
Russian and Eurasian Studies and
Energy Security,
The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Fiona Hill, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow,
Foreign Policy Studies,
Brookings Institution

Professor Angela Stent
National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia,
National Intelligence Council

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Helle C. Dale Helle C. Dale

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