On July 12, 2021, a meeting with the delegation of the American analytical center Caspian Policy Center (CPC) took place at the KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which was represented by Executive Director Efgan Nifti, board member, ex-US Ambassador to Kazakhstan Richard Hoagland, senior programs manager Akbota Karibayeva and programs assistant Jeremy Cohen.
Director Zarema Shaukenova, Deputy Director Sanat Kushkumbayev, head of the International studies department Assel Nazarbetova and research fellow of the International studies department Alisher Abdreshev took part in the meeting on behalf of KazISS.
Caspian Policy Center was founded in 2016 and today has become one of the leading American "thought factories" engaged in the study of the Caspian region. Thanks to its innovative approach, CPC is a platform where various representatives from academia, business and political circles (both from the region and from the United States) interact to generate new ideas and approaches.
CPC Executive Director Efgan Nifti noted that, despite its short history, the center intends to actively develop and plans to take a leading position among the "think tanks" studying the Caspian region and Central Asia. At the same time, special attention is paid to Kazakhstan as a country with a special role and mission in the region.
The meeting was devoted to the discussion of current events in Central Asia in the context of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, emerging risks and threats, as well as the further role of the United States in the region.
They also discussed the prospects of the Kazakh-American cooperation, which, as is well known, has a thirty-year successful history.
Following the meeting, the parties expressed their intention to conclude a Memorandum of Cooperation, and also confirmed their readiness to participate in joint projects and international events, in exchange and scientific training of scholars.