Washington, D.C., 13 September 2019: Professor Vladimir Popov, Research Director in Economics and Political Sciences at the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), spoke at the PONARS Eurasia Annual Policy Conference 2019 and presented recent research on the geographical structure of trade in Central Asia at the session on ‘Great Power Politics and Economics in Greater Central Asia’.
The Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), founded in the late 1990s at Harvard University and based at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University, represents an international network of more than 125 academics, accelerating valuable research approaches and policy-relevant analysis on political, economic and societal issues in Eurasia. Bringing the gap between policy and academia, the annual policy conference of PONARS Eurasia brought together over 30 leading experts together with representatives of the political, NGO and academic community in Washington, D.C. with the aim to accelerate collaborative analysis and versatile discussions on recent developments in Eurasia.
The session included also presentations by Prof. Nargis Kassenova from the KIMEP University and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and Dr. Ekaterina Stepanova from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO).
Popov’s presentation was based on his paper ‘Changes in the geographical structure of trade in Central Asia’ co-authored with DOC RI Senior Researcher Dr. Behrooz Gharleghi and published in September 2018. It provided the explainations, how the geographical structure of trade in Central Asia changes in the direction predicted by the gravity model of international trade. The process in general, implies a growing volume of trade of Central Asian countries with China, whereas the trade volume with Europe and Russia might decrease. The question for the industrial policy in the region is whether the national governments should support the ongoing process of trade reorientation or resist it.
To get weekly updates from Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute subscribe to our Newsletter
You may also be interested in: