The Harriman Institute presents a panel discussion on the American military base at Manas in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's recent announcement that he intends to close the US military base at Manas has triggered a wave of last minute diplomacy involving Kygryz, US and Russian officials. This panel brings together four experts to analyze the international, regional and local political dynamics that are now informing the Manas crisis. They will consider the importance of US-Russian relations and rivalry in Central Asia, the evolution of Manas agreements, Kyrgyz domestic politics and how the United States and NATO might conduct its Afghanistan operations without the base. Please join us for this timely event.
Steven Sestanovich (Columbia University)
Alexander Cooley (Barnard College)
Kimberly Marten (Barnard College)
Ravshan Djeyenbekov (Deputy Chairman of the Kyrgyz Political Party "Ata Meken")
Gordon Bardos (Harriman Institute)