Astana, November 11, 2019
Chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute Vladimir Yakunin addressed the opening session “World (dis) order: who will write the history of the future?”, which was held as part of the 5th annual meeting of the Astana Club of experts. The event is attended by over 50 top global politicians, recognised leaders of Eurasia and the best experts in the field of international relations.
Astana Club is a large-scale international dialogue platform organised by the foundation of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s first president, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the Institute of World Economy and Politics. Key speakers this year the former president of Afghanistan (2001-2014) Hamid Karzai, the former president of Slovenia (2007-2012) Danilo Turk, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2005) and IAEA Director General (2013-2014) Mohammed El Baradei, Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International, Jacob Frenkel, former Prime Minister of Belgium (2008, 2009 -2011) and Secretary General of IDEA International Institute in Belgium, Yves Leterm, among others. The main theme of this year’s meeting was “Greater Eurasia: Towards a New Architecture of Global Cooperation”.
In his speech, Vladimir Yakunin noted: “The centre for global development is inevitably moving into the space of Greater Eurasia. According to available estimates, in 2019 China’s GDP will for the first time exceed $14 trillion. This is two-thirds of the corresponding indicator of the American economy.”
Opening the session, Dariga Nazarbayeva, chairman of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s parliament, emphasised the need for dialogue at the international level: “Cooperation is impossible without an honest, direct and open dialogue. Only as a result of such a dialogue can new rules of the game, reflecting modern realities, appear on the Eurasian continent and around the world. In this sense, Astana Club meetings and discussions are always a frank conversation about the most important issues. This is the contribution of our country, this is our contribution, dear colleagues, to the construction of a new architecture for global cooperation.”
The annual meeting is being held in Nur-Sultan on November 11 and 12. The forum’s program includes the following meetings: “Multipolar Eurasia: the space of permanent conflicts?”; “Trade wars and protectionism – what will happen to the global economy?”; “World technology race: a new field of global confrontation”; “Age of uncertainty: challenges and opportunities for Eurasia 2020″; “The process of nuclear disarmament: what to do?”; “Central Asia at the junction of global interests: the pros and cons of the Heartland.”
The second edition of the Top 10 Risks for Eurasia in 2020 rating is also presented at this year’s event. 40 top experts and politicians took part in the study, the result of which is taken into account by state leaders, international institutions and major media outlets.
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