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International Conference on Energy, Transportation and Economic Links in Eurasia: Emerging Partnerships

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  • January 16, 2012 to January 17, 2012

    16-17 January 2012

    Day 1: Monday, January 16, 2012

    0945-1015h: Registration & Tea

    1015-1045h: Inaugural Session

    Welcome Remarks by Dr. Arvind Gupta, DG, IDSA

    Key Note Address by Shri Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), MEA

    Vote of Thanks by Brig (Retd) Rumel Dahiya, Deputy Director General, IDSA

    1045-1100h: High Tea

    1100-1230h: Session I: Overview of Developments in Eurasia
    Chair: Amb. Kanwal Sibal

    Geopolitical Overview of India's Relations with Eurasia
    -- Ajay Bisaria, JS (ERS)

    India's Energy and Transport Linkages with Central Asia: Challenges and Prospects
    -- Meena Singh Roy, Research Fellow, IDSA

    Economic Links in Central Asia and the Role of International Organizations
    -- Kiyoshi Taniguchi, World Bank, ex-ADB

    1230-1330h: Session II: Special Discussion on Afghanistan Support for Transition by Regional Countries.
    Chair: Amb. Vivek Katju

    Developments in Afghanistan: Russian Perspective
    -- Evgeny Khrushchev, Military analyst and contributor for Russia Today TV

    'The New Silk Route Initiative’: A View from Afghanistan
    -- Sham L Bathija, Senior Economic Advisor to the President of Afghanistan

    'Transition' in Afghanistan: Issues of Concern
    -- Vishal Chandra, Associate Fellow, IDSA

    1330-1430h: Lunch

    1430-1700h: Session III: Prospects for Economic Cooperation and Development, Transportation and Energy Networks
    Chair: Amb. Rajiv Sikri

    Russia's Engagement in Central Asia: Energy, Transportation and Economic Linkages
    -- Evgeny Khruschev, Military analyst and contributor for Russia Today TV.

    China's Role in Central Asia: Energy and Transportation Linkages
    -- Zhao Huasheng, Director, Center for Russia and Central Asia Studies, Fudan University

    United States Viewpoint on Central Asian Transportation and Energy Linkages
    -- Martha Brill Olcott, Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Carnegie Washington D.C.

    Eurasia Border Dynamics: A Perspective from Japan
    -- Iwashita Akihiro, Head Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Japan

    EU Engagement in Central Asia
    -- Christopher Ross, Directorate General for Energy and Transport, European Commission

    India's Economic Linkages in Eurasia
    -- Arun Mohanty, Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

    1930h: Dinner

    Day 2: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    1000-1015h: Tea

    1015-1300h: Session IV: Partnerships with Central Asia: Opportunities and Challenges
    Chair: Amb. K. Raghunath

    Kazakhstan in the Asian Economy and Prospects for Cooperation with India
    -- Darya Mukhamejanova, Senior Fellow, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies

    Economic Linkages within the Perspective of India-Kyrgyzstan Relations
    -- Murat Shaiymkulov, State Fund for Economic Development, Bishkek

    Hydropower Resources and Transport Facilities of Tajikistan and International Cooperation Prospects
    -- Abdunabi Sattorov, Centre for Strategic Research, Dushanbe

    India-Turkmenistan: Prospects and Challenges for Cooperation in Transportation, Energy and Economic Linkages: Turkmenistan
    (Official from Turkmenistan)

    Economic Cooperation between Uzbekistan and India: Perspectives in the Sphere of Transportation and Communication
    -- Shukhrat Rakhmanov, Dean of International Law Department, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent.

    1300-1345h: Lunch

    1345-1545h: Session V: Central Asia's Engagement with Extra-Regional Powers
    Chair: Ravi Bhoothalingam

    Afghanistan as a Land Bridge between West, South and Central Asia
    -- Amin Saikal, AM Director, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University

    Iran's Relations with Central Asia: Transport and Energy Linkages
    -- Abbas Maleki, Wilhelm Fellow at the Centre for International Studies, MIT

    Turkey's Involvement in Central Asia: Energy and Transportation Linkages
    -- Mustafa Aydin, Rector, Kadir Khas University

    Energy Security of Mongolia's Western Region
    -- Tsedendorj Bumkhorol, Institute for Strategic Studies, Ulaanbaatar

    Interdependence or New Political Order in Eurasia: A Geopolinomic Narrative
    -- Aftab Kazi, Central Asia- Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, John Hopkins University.

    1545-1600h: Tea

    1600-1800h: Closing Session VI: Panel Discussion on Energy, Transportation and Economic Links in Eurasia: Way Forward
    Chair: Shri Ajay Bisaria, JS (ERS)

    Dr. Arvind Gupta, DG, IDSA
    Vote of Thanks: Dr. Meena Singh Roy

    1930h: Dinner