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12th Issyk-Kul Forum   Last Updated ( Monday, 04 December 2006 )

"Central Asia and South Caucasus. Internal and External Dynamics"
12th SPF Issyk-Kul Forum

Participants of the 12th SPF issyk-Kul Forum


The 12th SPF Issyk-Kul Forum (IKF) on the subject of “CENTRAL ASIA & SOUTH CAUCASUS. Internal and External Dynamics” took place in Goa on November 6 – 7. IKF was jointly organized by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) of Japan and the International Center, Goa, India, and was devoted to social, economic and political developments of the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. The purpose of these international gatherings conducted annually in a framework of the project initiated in 1995 by the SPF, has been to discuss the results of an analysis of the situation in the countries of the region which has been embodied in the papers presented at four sessions of the Forum:

  • Security Challenges for the States of Central Asia and South Caucasus;
  • Intraregional Stability and Prospects for Cooperation;
  • Economic Trends of Central Asia and South Caucasus;
  • Countries of Central Asia and South Caucasus as Energy Suppliers.

Forum

The Forum was concluded by Roundtable, the objective of which was to reemphasize particularly salient points that emerged during the previous sessions and to suggest a “research menu” for going forward.

Presenters to the Forum were experts from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia; they examined the external and internal conditions and challenges in the countries of the region, explored the character and stability of the existing socio-political systems, analyzed factors of economic growths in these countries.

Also See: Program of the 12th SPF Issyk-Kul Forum

Papers presented during the 12th SPF Issyk-Kul Forum

            Vadim Dubnov, New Times Magazine  (Russia)

            Victoria Panfilova, "Independent newspaper" (Russia)


The SPF Issyk-Kul Forum

In 1995, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) initiated a multi-disciplinary
Project devoted to the study of the social, economic, and political development of the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. At various stages, the research from this project has been the focus of animated, productive discussion by scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Great Britain, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Singapore, United States, and Uzbekistan at international conferences  sponsored by SPF and convened in Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), Tashkent, Washington D.C., Moscow, Beijing, Almaty, Kuala Lumpur, Baku, Goa (India), Oxford (jointly with Saint Anthony College), Ashgabat, Tbilisi, Yerevan.
The project embraces the post-Soviet period. In other words, the focus is essentially on the last decade of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first. In the course of this stormy period, both the domestic and foreign situation in these countries has undergone profound change. If in the first half of the 1990s the most important questions dealt with the formation of new statehood and problems associated with the transition to a market economy, in the second half the top-priority questions concerned stability and the threat posed by the claims of Islamic radicalism to power. It is hardly possible to imagine any aspects of the foreign and domestic condition of these newly sovereign states that has not received attention at these conferences.