ASTANA, 12-13 Nov: The international Astana Club discussion platform hosted a presentation of the report, ‘2019 Global Risk Rating’ for the Eurasian Region’.
The rating was prepared by the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP). The opinions of more than 30 leading thinkers from around the world were collected and approximately 1,000 experts from 60 countries participated in the survey.
Among the outstanding minds and Nobel laureates to contribute as authors to the report were: Vladimir Yakunin, the chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute’s supervisory board; Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center; Dan Smith, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); Matthew Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks initiative; Mohammed Elbaradei, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; and Rajendra Pachauri, chief mentor to the international POP (Protect Our Planet ) movement and the president of the World Forum on Sustainable Development.
The purpose of the rating is to assess current geopolitical and geo-economic processes both in the Eurasian region and throughout the world. According to the survey, among the major ten risks are the relationship between global powers such as Russia, the US, and China, which includes the escalation of confrontation between China and the US, and deterioration in relations between Russia and the West. The list also includes trade wars; war in the Middle East; the ‘defrosting’ of hot spots in Eurasia; the growth of separatist and ethno-confessional conflicts; the aggravation of environmental and water-related challenges; the strengthening and evolution of cyber threats; the beginning of a new arms race; and the risk of major nuclear and man-made disasters.
The DOC Research Institute’s contribution to the rating included comments on interethnic and interreligious conflicts in Eurasian countries; the Arab-Israeli and Yemeni conflicts; the crisis potential of further developments in Middle East conflicts along Sunni-Shiite lines; Kurdish separatism; and European integration.
The DOC Research Institute is working closely with the countries of Central Asia and the Middle East.
This year, DOC Research Director Vladimir Popov took part in the SPECA Economic Forum in Almaty, where he presented a joint research project by the DOC and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) on the subject of ‘Structural and economic transformation towards sustainable development in the SPECA (UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia) region’.
In November 2018, Professor Popov also delivered a keynote speech at the Uzbekistan Forum of Economists, organised by the Institute for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research within the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Prof. Popov has published numerous scientific articles on economic issues in Central Asia.
The Astana Club is an international discussion platform that brings together leading experts, politicians, and diplomats from around the world. The focus of the club’s experts is a discussion of the challenges facing Eurasia in times of crisis and uncertainty. The club is organized by the Foundation of the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan-Elbasy and the Institute of World Economy and Politics with the Foundation. About 50 speakers from 30 countries, including Austria, Afghanistan, Belgium, Great Britain, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Spain, Italy, China, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Russia, the US, Croatia, Sweden, and Japan take part in Astana Club meetings.
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