The Central Asian Republics – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan – are in a period of transition. Leveraging their critical geography between the world’s largest markets, Central Asian governments are embarking on development strategies to increase connectivity and diversify and modernize their economies. Behind their varying strategies for growth lies a common thread: infrastructure growth and a need for investment.


Jun 21, 2019

Kazakhstan: The thorn in the side of Russia’s energy colossus

By Paddy Ryan

Kazakhstan, a rising regional power in the midst of economic and political transformation, may prove to be the weak link in Russia’s energy empire.

Central Asia Energy & Environment

At this event, the International Tax and Investment Center announces the launch of its new Energy, Growth, and Security Program, which has drafted its inaugural report on Central Asia’s infrastructure development initiatives. A panel of experts discuss topics such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative, renewable energy resource technologies, digital infrastructure, and investment potential. Keynote remarks are given by H.E. Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States, Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the United States.

The panel is joined in conversation by Dr. Ariel Cohen, senior fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council; Mr. Catullus Helmer, co-founder and partner, Enovid LLP; Ambassador Richard Hoagland, former ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Kazakhstan, US Department of State; Ms. Emilia Puma, deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, US Department of State; and is moderated by Ambassador John Herbst, director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

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