The Gorchakov Fund took part in the international conference dedicated to the anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and the Central Asian states

15 June 2017

International conference “Russia and Central Asia: New Prospects”, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the countries of Central Asia, was held at MGIMO. Representatives of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund attended the forum.


Participants were welcomed by Rector of MGIMO, Head of the Academic Board of the Gorchakov Fund Anatoly Torkunov.


“All that connects Russia with Central Asia has continued importance. We can protect our national interests only by developing regional cooperation in the era of competition among global players with enormous resources. That is why we should not allow the Commonwealth of Independent States receding into the past. Our duty to the young generation is not just to keep, but also to strengthen existing ties and cooperation”, press service of MGIMO quotes Anatoly Torkunov.


The rector reminded about the history of collaboration between Russia and the states and the nations of Central Asia and also about new processes developing in the region, in particular about the initiative “One Belt, One Road”; about prospects for further cooperation and providing collective security. According to Anatoly Torkunov, it is important to preserve ties in religious and cultural spheres as well.


As an example of successful cooperation, the rector used MGIMO where representatives fr om all the countries of the region studied together.


Director of the Third CIS Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Alexander Sternik, in his turn, stated that the time had come not just to give credit to the history of relations between Russia and the nations of Central Asia, but also to analyze trends and prospects of those relations from expert perspectives, identify areas wh ere we could bring together our comparative advantages to make life of the friendly nations more comfortable and secure.


He stressed importance of the common past, of the experience as a common state. Much of what we were able to achieve during the past decades was also due to continuous co-existence as part of one state, metnioned the source.


The conference was moderated by Vice-Rector for Research of MGIMO Evgeny Kozhokin. The following speakers presented at the event: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan Bakhrom Ashrafkhanov, Deputy Secretary-General of OSCE Amanzhol Zhankuliyev, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Russia Marat Syzdykov, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Russia Aygozel Aramedova, Rector of University of World Economy and Diplomacy of MFA of Uzbekistan Abdumalik Djumanov, Director of Information and Analytics Department of the CIS Executive Committee Alexander Zavarzin, acting Rector of the K. Dikambayev Diplomatic Academy of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Chinara Adamkulova, Head of Administration for CIS Affairs of Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo Sergey Malenko, Deputy Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan Sanat Kushkumbayev, Deputy Director of the Department of External Economic Relations of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia Alexander Tolparov, Deputy Director of the Integration Development Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission Rimma Kiselyova, and Press Secretary of the Russkiy Mir Foundation and member of the Gorchakov Club Maria Mokhovikova.

Speakers of the second part of the conference  included: Associate Professor of the Department of World Political Processes Ivan Safranchuk (“Countries of Central Asia in the Modern World: Achievements and Challenges”), Head of Research Group of the Center for Central Asia and Caucasus Research of the Institute of Oriental Studies RAS, member of the Gorchakov Club Stanislav Pritchin (“25 Years of Independence of the Central Asian States: Search for Adequate Foreign Policy and Economic Strategies”), Director of Research Center of the Institute of International Studies Andrey Kazantsev (“Cooperation of Russia and the Central Asian States in the Area of Security”), leading researcher of the Center for Post-Soviet Studies of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations RAS Marat Murtazin (“State and Religions in the Post-Soviet Countries of Central Asia”), and senior researcher of Research Center of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations Leonid Gusev.