Bishkek International Conference on “Security Challenges in Central Asia”
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – February 19, 2004
Organized by: International Ataturk Alatoo University & Police Academy
The Objective of the Conference
The collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of Central Asian republics with such challenges as nation-building, state-building, economic transition, poverty, unemployment, authoritarianism, human rights violations, ethnic conflicts, disputes over territorial boundaries, water crisis, environmental degradation, drug trafficking, organized crime, extremism, terrorism, ‘new great game’ over oil and gas puts Central Asia at a crossroads of security. Central Asia, as an intersection between such crucial regions as Eurasia and China; Russia & Central Asia including American military bases and Islamic South including Afghanistan and Pakistan, is a pivotal area in terms of geopolitics and security. Geopolitics of Central Asia has brought security challenges in the region to the fore in the agenda of Central Asian politics. A conference and discussion on ‘security challenges in Central Asia’, aimed at bringing together academicians, statesmen and officials from security departments, and experts from related organizations on an academic platform, will be specifically meaningful and significant when organized in Bishkek due to its position in the War on Terror following the settlement of the U.S. airbase at Manas airport. The scope of the conference comprehends all types of threats to security in Central Asia, especially non-military security threats. Participants may refer to possible preventive measures and solutions in order to cope with these threats although they will discuss particularly security challenges in the region.
Final paper submission deadline: January 15, 2004 (Papers should include the full author’s name, organization/university, address, phone/fax, and e-mail address. The submissions will be judged for scientific quality and for suitability.)
Final papers should be sent to the address below.
The University will help the participants for their accommodation needs.
International Ataturk-Alatoo University
Department of International Relations
Tunguch Microregion, Gorky Str. 720048
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