Deputy Director for Academic and Research Affairs Dr. Farkhod Aminjonov participated and presented a paper on “Energy Initiatives of the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank as Drivers of Socio-Economic Development in the Post-Soviet Central Asia?” at the conference on “Post-Communism 25+: Reflections on Social, Economic and Political Transitions” organized by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek in October 6–8, 2016, Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan.
Dr. Gregory Gleason – Professor of Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – an outstanding keynote speaker was invited for the event.
Around 50 participants from Central Asia, Russia, Caucasus, East and West European countries as well as Middle East and the US contributed to the discussion by addressing the following questions during the conference:
- Why are some post-communist states, especially in the Caucasus and Central Asia, stagnating or even regressing in the areas of human rights and economic liberalization?
- What have been the impacts of the 9/11 terrorisms, the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq/Syria and the formation of new international terror groups on the development of nearby post-communist states?
- Is there such a phenomena as a ‘new Cold War’ or a U.S.-Russia rivalry and how is this affecting the fate of the post-communist states?
- Have the strategies of international organizations, both of the development and financial varieties, been effective in affecting positive change among post-communist states?
- Overall, what lessons since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union can be learnt in way of strengthening both social science theory and real world praxis?
Presentation can be downloaded here: Energy Initiatives of the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank as Drivers of Socio-Economic Development in the Post-Soviet Central Asia_