Geopolitical Constraints in Central Asia: The Role of Regional Partnerships in Security and Energy

Date: 05 December 2012
Location: UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Other languages: Русский язык |

Speaker: Flavio Lira
Date: 5 December 2012, 4 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Conference Room.

Abstract
This presentation aims to explore the reasons for Chinese-Russian cooperation concerning energy and security in Central Asia.  We start from the assumption that Russia and China are increasingly inter-related in geopolitical terms and both seek to maintain and/or increase their influence in the region not only through hard power initiatives (which are increasingly less common in both countries’ relations) but through the signing of agreements and defense treaties, which are linked to natural gas and oil. Controlling the production and transport of these commodities throughout Central Asia comes with security concerns. This makes it difficult for Central Asian countries to freely diversify their strategic partnerships with extra-regional actors. This might explain Beijing's and Moscow's consonance in maintaining the geopolitical status quo through institutionalized means, with energy as an important point of peaceful intersection. The presentation is based on qualitative research gathered mostly from European/American studies and reports, which means attention is still required as to regional interpretations by local scholars and Central Asian academics.

Registration
Please RSVP to vladilena.vladimirova@ucentralasia.org with your name and affiliation. Please indicate if you require Russian translation.

Biography
Flavio Lira is an assistant professor of International Relations at the Federal University of the Pampas in Brazil. He is currently a PhD candidate at the International Relations Institute of the University of São Paulo. He holds an MA in International Relations from São Paulo State University and has specialized in Russia-NATO relations. He currently edits and coordinates the Uruguayan Foreign Policy Watch and has published articles on international security, international relations theory, Russia and Eurasia. He is also a translator of articles and books on the aforementioned topics. His research currently focuses on international relations theory, geopolitics and energy.

Language
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.