Interviews / Kazakhstan
Why Kazakhstan veterans of Afghan War are unhappy with the law “On veterans” to be adopted in their country, what should it contain in their opinion, and how they are going to achieve that. These are the things that were told to CABAR.asia by Sharipbai Utegenov, a chair of the Union of Veterans of Afghan War and local wars of Kazakhstan and a deputy chair of the Committee for Internationalist Soldiers Affairs of the council of the heads of CIS member state governments.
Dr Troy Sternberg, British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Oxford University (UK), on an interview with CABAR.asia told about why there are conflicts between residents and investors in the mining sector, the environmental threats of Central Asian countries and the role of water in nature.
Special representative of the French government for economic diplomacy in Central Asia Pascal Lorot told in the interview to CABAR.asia about the strategic role of Central Asian countries for France, priority directions of cooperation, as well as the countries it develops more actively with and why. (more…)
Edil Osmonbetov, a Kyrgyz political scientist and international relations expert, shared his views on the upcoming Tashkent summit of the heads of Central Asian states. (more…)
In addition to a large flow of labor migrants from Central Asia, there is a considerable number of people who were constrained to leave their native lands in foreign countries.. Scientists at the department of Politics of the University of Exeter have created and maintain the database of political exiles from the Central Asian countries. This project collects data on extraterritorial security measures undertaken by the five Central Asian states, as well as threats to human rights violations and problems faced by people in exile and opposition movements abroad. Analytical platform CABAR.asia has interviewed the leaders of this project, researchers Dr. John Heatershaw and Dr. Saipira Furstenberg about political exiles, reasons of forced migration from the region, and features of the database.
«If you can combat corruption and nepotism and all these things, then business finds interest in going places», – said H.E. Ole Johan Bjørnøy, Norwegian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, in the interview to CABAR.asia analytical platform.
Arastun Orujlu: Central Asian Experience of Working with “Returnees” from Syria is Useful for Azerbaijan
“Participation of CIS in radical groups fighting in Syria, Iraq and some parts of Afghanistan is a common issue for all CIS states. Joint efforts would facilitate the fight against this phenomenon and terrorism in general,” Arastun Orujlu, Azerbaijan-based expert in security issues, former officer of the Ministry of National Security of Azerbaijan, and head of the Vostok Zapad think tank, said in the interview to CABAR.asia.
“If a country provides its citizens with a decent quality of life and everyone is guaranteed a minimum of rights and freedoms regardless of social, religious or gender status, no one will voluntarily leave the country for many years to migrate in search of a better life.” – said Olga Gulina, Doctor of Laws, director and founder of RUSMPI UG – Institute on Migration Policy in an interview for the analytical platform CABAR.asia.
“Instead of suppressing the protests, the authorities need to start a comprehensive dialogue with the protesters because further disregard of their claims can cause even more discontent and tension in the society,” human rights activist Marius Fossum said in the interview to CABAR.asia. (more…)
«Strategic forecasting fails to predict any radical change either in political or economic domains. The advantage of scenario planning is that this method makes decision-makers better prepared for a new reality», – Roman Vakulchuk, a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), former employee of the Shell Oil Company (Royal Dutch Shell), a trainer on scenario planning, said in the interview to CABAR.asia.