As with the rest of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has put healthcare systems in the Central Asian states under severe strain. It has also affected the key drivers of their economies - trade and migrant remittances. The governments’ responses differ in speed and scale, and there are greater concerns than ever about their ability to deliver for their citizens.
This event explores in detail how the region’s development may be affected. The speakers cover issues of external debt, humanitarian aid distribution, effects on regional cooperation, and relations with Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union.
This event is held in partnership with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR).
Iskander Akylbayev, Executive Director, Kazakhstan Council on International Relations
Shairbek Juraev, Co-founder and Director, Crossroads Central Asia; Research Fellow, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
Marlene Laruelle, Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Erica Marat, Associate Professor, Director of Homeland Defense Fellowship Program, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University
Chair: Annette Bohr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House