16.5.2014 Central Asia today: Geopolitics, economic relations and political culture

Welcome to the seminar arranged by the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki in context of the Central Asia Fellowships programme

CENTRAL ASIA TODAY: GEOPOLITICS, ECONOMIC RELATIONS AND POLITICAL CULTURE

Time and place: Friday 16th May, 2014, starting at 9:15 at the Banqueting hall of University of Helsinki Language Center, Fabianinkatu 26, 3rd floor. Coffee will be served at 9:00.

Programme:

9:15 Opening of the seminar
Katja Lehtisaari, Researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute
Hanna Smith, Researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute: Role of Russia in Central Asia – cooperation or control?

Panel discussion:

  • 9:30-9:50 Natalie Koch, Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, NY, United States; Central Asia Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute: The geopolitics of bread and circuses: Spectacular power and state-making in Central Asia
  • 9:50-10:10 Slavomír Horák, Research Fellow at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; Central Asia Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute: The political culture formation in Turkmenistan and mechanisms of personality cult creation
  • 10:10-10:30 Jeremy Smith, Professor at University of Eastern Finland: Responses to the Ukraine crisis in Central Asia
  • 10:30-10:50 Heli Simola, The Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT): Perspectives on Central Asia as economic partner

Commentaries:

10:50-11:00 Director Olli Kantanen, Unit for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

11:00-11:30 Closing discussion

Please register your participation by 8th Mayhttps://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/49998/lomake.html

For more information, please contact katja.lehtisaari@helsinki.fi or sigrid.kaasik@helsinki.fi