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5-Stan Podcast: Myths and Realities of Regional Cooperation in Central Asia During a Pandemic

What has the coronavirus pandemic revealed about regional cooperation in Central Asia? Will the format of the consultative meetings continue? Will there be regional responses to the pandemic and economic crisis?


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The next series of the podcast is devoted to the problems of regional cooperation of the Central Asian countries in the context of a pandemic. CABAR.asia editors Ermek Baisalov and Nargiza Muratalieva discuss with experts from two countries: Rustam Burnashev, a professor at the Kazakh-German University, shares his vision from Kazakhstan, Yuri Sarukhanyan, an expert on international relations, author of the telegrams of the channel of analytical comments “Penalty Shootout”, discusses from Uzbekistan.

Will the third planned consultative meeting of the heads of Central Asia take place, if so, in what format and what will be on the agenda? Will there be any agreed measures to manage the crisis in Central Asia, given that without joint efforts it is unlikely that it will be possible to effectively contain the pandemic, provided the borders are gradually opened? Is there a need to develop regional algorithms for counting? What mechanism would be more convenient for coordinating regional cooperation? These and other issues are discussed in the CABAR.asia podcast.

The 5-Stan podcast discussion (in Russian language) by CABAR.asia is available at:

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