3:30-4:30 am EST (10:30-11:30 am EET)
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Ross Wilson, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
Sham Bathija, Minister Senior Economic Advisor to the President, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Patricia Flor, Special Representative for Central Asia, European Union
Fatema Sumar, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs
Ibrahim M. Turhan, Chairman and CEO, Borsa Istanbul
The transformation of Central Asia and the Caucasus that began twenty years ago remains as incomplete and uncertain as Afghanistan and its relations with South Asia. Despite progress, problems are many: governance, transparency, the rule of law, regional cooperation, inter-ethnic issues, and others. These isolated countries remain little connected with the world. What will be the role of new east-west and north-south transit and trade corridors being developed across the Eurasian landmass? What promise do they hold for Afghanistan’s future? What can outsiders do, and what are the countries in the heart of Eurasia looking for – from themselves, their larger neighbors, and the transatlantic and international communities at large?