International scientific-practical conference on regional security in Asia in the context of preventing new challenges and threats (online), 14 July 2021

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Experts of CICA Member States discussed the issues related to regional security in Asia

The Republic of Kazakhstan held an International Scientific-Practical Conference on Regional Security in Asia in the Context of Preventing New Challenges and Threats in the framework of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) on 14 July 2021, which was attended by the experts from 17 CICA Member States.

The event was organized by the Foreign Policy Research Institute under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Institute of World Economy and Politics under the Nursultan Nazarbayev Foundation with the assistance of the CICA Secretariat.

Executive Director of the CICA Secretariat, Ambassador Kairat Sarybay, delivered welcoming remarks and noted the growing number of regional security issues such as territorial and water disputes, increase in terrorist activities, cybersecurity threats and etc. given the growing importance of Asia globally.  In this regard, CICA, as the largest intergovernmental forum in Asia, has been the most appropriate platform for consolidating the collective wisdom of all the peoples of Asia in the interests of peace, cooperation, security and development.

Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute Ambassador Bolat Nurgaliyev in his speech paid attention to the main aspects of ensuring regional security in Central Asia and the CICA space.

The conference consisted of two panel sessions on the following themes: "New Challenges and Threats to Regional Security in the CICA Space and the Experience of the Member States in countering them" and "Prospects for the Development of Cooperation Within CICA to Ensure Regional Security."

The speakers were high-profile experts from the Asan Institute of Policy Studies (Republic of Korea), the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (China), the Center for Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, the Iraqi National Security Advisory, the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (Pakistan), Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University (Turkey) and others.

During their statements, the participants touched upon a range of issues related to new challenges and threats in the CICA space, the main of which are the spread of terrorism, religious extremism, drug trafficking, illegal migration and weapons of mass destruction. The speakers were particularly concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and the prospects for its further development from the point of view of ensuring security and stability in the region.

According to experts, threats of interethnic tension, environmental degradation and global warming, in the field of information and communication technologies, cybersecurity, epidemiological safety have become growing concerns.

The participants also agreed on the need for interaction and exchange of experiences on measures of overcoming the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure the post-pandemic recovery and further development of states.