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Panel 1: The Developing Roles of International Security Organizations in the Caspian Region
In the past year, multilateral security organizations have been more active in the Caspian region. In August 2021, the Taliban rose to power, following the United States and other NATO forces’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and then both the SCO and CSTO responded with military exercises in Central Asia. In January 2022, Russian-led CSTO forces were deployed to Kazakhstan, a member state. The mobilization of troops suggests the future use of multilateral security organizations as instruments of exerting political pressure as well as avenues to maintain security ties. Panelists will discuss the evolving role that NATO, CSTO, and SCO play in the Caspian region, given that these organizations can be an avenue for partnership as well as competition.

Moderator
- Brianne Todd, Assistant Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies

Panelists
- Iskander Akylbayev, Director for Central Asia, Oxford Policy Advisory Group.
- Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI
- Fuad Shahbaz, Independent Policy Analyst, Daniel Morgan Fellow
- Dr. Aijan Sharshenova, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, OSCE Academy

Jun 28, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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