What Future for the Eurasian Economic Union?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ivy Lounge, Faculty House
Please join the Harriman Institute and the Central Asian Studies Institute of George Washington University for a panel discussion.
Rilka Dragneva is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham. She has worked and published extensively in the area of legal reform, regional integration and EU's external policy with special reference to Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She has extensive experience in technical assistance and consultancy in the field of legal reform and rule of law post-communism. Her latest research focus is on the the institutional architecture of the Eurasian Economic Union and its internal and external implications.  Her recent publications include ‘Eurasian Economic Integration: Law, Policy and Politics’ (Edward Elgar 2013). Rilka is also actively engaged in policy advice in relation to these matters.
Aitolkyn Kourmanova is head of the private consultancy Central Asia Strategic Management Group, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She specializes in economic policies and regional cooperation in Central Asia. Her recent publications include “Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: Nurturing from the Ground” (George Washington University, 2013), “Lessons from Zhanaozen. Bringing Business, Government and Society Together” (George Washington University, 2012). She was a principal researcher for the two studies funded by the Asian Development Bank: Remittances of International Migrants and the Financial Sector (December 2008) and Study of Mechanisms and Potential for Agricultural Trade in Central Asia (June 2007). She was a coauthor of New Industrial Asia: Lessons for Kazakhstan (Almaty Institute, 2007). Ms Kourmanova has a considerable media experience being the head of the Central Asia Institute for Economic Strategies from 2007 to 2011, where she launched a popular economic magazine, Vox Populi, and edited a quarterly academic business magazine, Economic Strategies—Central Asia. In 2011 she was Kzakhstan country director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and earned her executive master of business administration degree from École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris. She was a Central Asia Fellow at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs from April to August 2013 and Hubert Humphrey Fellow in 2011-2012.
Marlene Laruelle is Director of the Central Asia Program and a Research Professor of International Affairs at The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She has authored Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), In the Name of the Nation: Nationalism and Politics in Contemporary Russia (Palgrave, 2009), and Russia's Strategies in the Arctic and the Future of the Far North (M.E. Sharpe, 2013). She has co-authored Globalizing Central Asia: Geopolitics and The Challenges of Economic Development (M.E. Sharpe, 2013) and The 'Chinese Question' in Centra Asia: Domestic Order, Social Changes, and the Chinese Factor (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2013), and co-edited China and India in Central Asia: A New 'Great Game?' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Mapping Central Asia: Indian Perceptions and Strategies (Ashgae, 2011).
Nate Schenkkan is Program Officer in Eurasia Programs at Freedom House, covering Central Asia and Turkey. He works closely with Freedom House's Central Asia offices in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan implementing democracy and governance programs in partnership with local human rights organizations. Most recently, he has been spending considerable time in Turkey preparing for a special Freedom House report on the Turkish media. Prior to joining Freedom House, he worked as a journalist in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, covering social and political issues including Islamic revivalist movements, Kyrgyzstan's hip-hop scene, and the aftermath of the Zhanaozen events. His writing has appeared in Eurasianet, Atlantic Online, World Politics Review, and Registan.net, and he has appeared as a commentator on Al Jazeera's The Listening Post. He has a Master's degree in Russian and Eurasian studies from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, where he was the 2010-2011 Pepsico Junior Fellow and a 2010 Critical Languages Fellow in Ankara, Turkey.
Moderated by Alexander Cooley, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College; Deputy Director for Social Sciences Programming, Harriman Institute.
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