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Energy Security Issues in Central Asia and Beyond: Twenty-Five Years of Independence

Sarah Lain and Raffaello Pantucci
RUSI Publications, 3 May 2017
Central and South Asia, International Security Studies, Technology
This report offers a summary of the main comments and conclusions of a workshop on energy security in Central Asia held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 14–15 December 2016.

This event was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, with support from the NATO Liaison Officer in Central Asia, the British embassy in Ashgabat and RUSI. It brought together public sector officials from Turkmenistan, energy and security experts from NATO and RUSI, as well as research and academic institutions based in Bishkek, Tashkent, Kabul and Almaty. 

The first session of the workshop discussed general security threats facing Central Asia. The second and third sessions discussed energy security as a specific challenge to Central Asian states, while the final session highlighted the role that NATO can play in assisting with energy security.

Overall, the workshop provided excellent expert analysis on the security challenges, particularly in energy, that face Central Asia. It was unique in that it brought together experts from Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, the UK and NATO to have a constructive dialogue on how to meet these challenges. 

Author

Sarah Lain
Research Fellow

Sarah Lain’s research focuses on the post-Soviet space, in particular Russia and Central Asia.

Sarah is currently completing a... read more

Raffaello Pantucci
Director of International Security Studies

Raffaello Pantucci's research focuses on counter-terrorism as well as China's relations with its Western neighbours. Prior to coming to... read more

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