“Even though Syria remains in a state of civil war, and even though Egypt represents a very worrisome development, as I pointed out above, there is nonetheless reason to be somewhat optimistic and expect that the security situation in the Middle East will be at least "manageable"; that is because the United States and Russia are cooperating (on Syria) and because the United States and Iran have both demonstrated a willingness to turn a new page in their relationship. So, looking ahead for at least for a few months, I think there is going to be a "window of opportunity" to take steps that can lay the foundations of an improved security climate in the Middle East. But there is no guarantee that this opportunity is not going to be wasted”, - Halil Karaveli, Senior Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center.
On December 12, 2013 PIR Center’s held Extended Advisory Board meeting – international seminar, organized with support of the NATO Information Office in Moscow
“The situation in Egypt and in Syria is the most single reason for concern worldwide. The coup d’état in Egypt and the subsequent clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi led to the political turmoil in country. The authorities declared a state of emergency. The international community has been trying to take steps to stabilize the situation in the country, but all attempts to peaceful resolve the crisis so far in vain. So the violence in Egypt has significantly increased and there is much concern about the repercussions for the region”, – Ambassador (ret.), High Representative of the United Nations for Disarmament Affairs (2007-2012) Sergio Duarte.
“In April was announced the upcoming signing of the agreement "On strategic partnership" between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and in June, during the visit of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Tashkent, the official signing of this important document took place. Such rapprochement is an important positive sign in context of regional development of the entire Central Asia”, - director of the private research and educational center "Bilim Karvon" ("Caravan of knowledge") Farhad Tolipov.
Security in Central Asia and Russia
"The key issue of security and development in Central Asia – the harmonization of interests. Given the continuing disagreement among states in the region, it is now more important than ever to establish ongoing dialogue on the basis of a joint assessment of threats. Only then can we really turn towards effective partnership in the field of security".
Gennady Evstafiev, Lieutenant-General (ret.), Member of PIR Center’s Advisory Board
On the one hand the immediate proximity to a region where instability is escalating reveals a number of challenges to international security, on the other hand the region also reveals high energy potential. For this reason Central Asia has become a region of interest and concern for Russia, U.S., EU, China,India, Iran and Pakistan. However, the situation is changing. It is increasingly clear that the goals that were set are unlikely to be achieved without the active involvement of Russian security projects. It is necessary to increase the effectiveness of regional cooperation mechanisms through organizations such as - SCO, CSTO, EurAsEC.
PIR Center’s project "Security in Central Asia and Russia" defines the main vectors of rivalry and cooperation in the region.
The objective of the project is to answer the question of the optimal strategy of behavior of Russia in Central Asia.
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