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Energy Security Issues in Central Asia and Beyond: Twenty-Five Years of Independence

Sarah Lain and Raffaello Pantucci
Conference Reports, 3 May 2017
International Security Studies, Technology, Central and South Asia
This report offers a summary of the main comments and conclusions of a workshop on energy security in Central Asia held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 14–15 December 2016.

This event was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, with support from the NATO Liaison Officer in Central Asia, the British embassy in Ashgabat and RUSI. It brought together public sector officials from Turkmenistan, energy and security experts from NATO and RUSI, as well as research and academic institutions based in Bishkek, Tashkent, Kabul and Almaty. 

The first session of the workshop discussed general security threats facing Central Asia. The second and third sessions discussed energy security as a specific challenge to Central Asian states, while the final session highlighted the role that NATO can play in assisting with energy security.

Overall, the workshop provided excellent expert analysis on the security challenges, particularly in energy, that face Central Asia. It was unique in that it brought together experts from Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, the UK and NATO to have a constructive dialogue on how to meet these challenges. 

Sarah Lain
Associate Fellow

Sarah Lain recently worked as a Research Advisor in Kyiv for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, working on the armed conflict in... read more

Raffaello Pantucci
Senior Associate Fellow

Raffaello Pantucci's research focuses on terrorism and counter-terrorism as well as China's relations with its Western neighbours... read more

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