SIPRI researchers Dr Lora Saalman, Richard Ghiasy and Jiayi Zhou participated in two events on China and Central Asia held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
At the first event, the 14th Annual Conference of KazISS on Security of Central Asia, Dr Lora Saalman spoke on the role of the USA as a catalyst in China-Russia relations during the panel China in Global Processes: Shaping a New Strategy. The conference was organized and hosted by the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies (KazISS), the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Representative Office in Central Asia.
The second event was The Silk Road Economic Belt: Seeking Common Security Interests between the European Union and China Workshop, where Richard Ghiasy spoke about the role of external powers in Central Asia on the panel China-Central Asia: Opportunities and Challenges of Codevelopment. The workshop was hosted by KazISS, FES and SIPRI.