IAPS was delighted to welcome Davinia Hoggarth, PhD student at the University of Warwick who spoke on the subject of Losing the Great Game; Russia and China in Central Asian Energy Relations.

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In her extremely stimulating presentation, she argued against the presentation of Kazakhstan as a passive player in the Great Game’, pointing out that it is the 9th largest country on earth, with 10th/11th place for proven oil reserves.  She argued that Kazakhstan is becoming an increasingly autonomous player, carefully projecting its image as the crossroads of civilisation to external audiences. She discussed the potential conflict between Russia and China over engagement in the state, but noted that Russia has been relatively disengaged from the former Soviet Republic, despite the military ties between the two states.



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