September 9, 2015, the Analytical Center of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation in cooperation with the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C., USA) are holding an international conference on "NEW SECURITY TRENDS IN CENTRAL ASIA".

The event includes panel discussions with the participation of experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, India, Ukraine and the United States. At the end the main results of two-day expert discussions will be presented to the visitors.

The Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA CSS, National Defense University) was formally launched in 2000 at the National University of Defense.

The NESA Center covers one of the most diverse and volatile areas of the world, stretching “from Marrakech to Bangladesh”, which includes Central Asia region as well.

A major thrust of the Centre are expert seminars and academic programs through which NESA brings together representatives of governments, think tanks and civil society in the region to discuss and find joint solutions to current security challenges.


Also for discussion, participants will be presented two analytical reports prepared by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit analytic organization engaged in analysis and elaboration of the policy initiatives. The center has 220 people. It brings together a wide network of well-known US researchers and scientists.

Since its establishment in 1962, the Center offers solutions to the topical issues of foreign policy and national security. Today, after more than half a century, CSIS is recognized as the leading think tank focusing on issues of security, regional stability and international challenges, ranging from the energy and climate to the global development and economic integration issues.

A leading researcher of the CSIS Dr. Jeffrey Mankoff will present the first report. It will assess the current situation in Central Asia in the context of the US strategy in the region.

Jeffrey Mankoff is an Associate Director of the CSIS Program for Russia and Eurasia, an expert on international security and Russian foreign policy, regional security in the Caucasus and Central Asia, ethnic conflicts and energy security.

The author of the report "Russian Foreign Policy: the return to the policy of a great power» (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). He has academic degrees from Harvard, Yale University and the Moscow State University.

While working at CSIS Dr. Mankoff also teaches courses on International Security and Central Asia at Georgetown University. Previously he worked as an advisor on US-Russian relations, the US State Department.

The CSIS leading expert William Carter will present the second report that reveals the latest assessments and projections on modern problems of the cyber-security.

William Carter is a leading researcher of the CSIS Program for Strategic Technologies, works at the Center from January 2015. Before then, worked as a financial analyst at the Goldman Sachs Investment Strategy Group, trained at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Carter is a graduate of the New York University in 2010, B.A. in economics.

Results of the presentations would be of interest to practitioners and researchers in the field of foreign policy and national security, employees of analytical agencies and departments, students and doctoral students majoring in Political Science and IR.


Venue: Cinema hall, the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Leader of the Nation, 10, Enbekshiler str., Astana.

Starts at 2 p.m.

Contacts: +7 7172 69-30-24, 69-30-92