On July 14, 2021, within the framework of Kazakhstan's chairmanship of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), an international scientific and practical conference on the topic "Regional security in Asia in the context of preventing new challenges and threats" was held in the format of a videoconference.
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 and the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Nursultan Nazarbayev Foundation.
The Executive Director of the CICA Secretariat, Ambassador Kairat Sarybai, greeted the participants of the international conference and outlined the priorities of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the CICA.
Director of the KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Zarema Shaukenova, as a co-organizer of the conference, moderated the session "New challenges and threats to regional security in the CICA space and the experience of member states in countering them."
The speakers of this session were: Senior fellow of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies of the Republic of Korea Choi Hyeonjung, Secretary General of the Cyberspace International Governance Research of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies of China Lu Chuanying, Deputy Head of Department of regional security issues studies of the Center for Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Komroni Hidoyatzoda, Strategy Affairs Advisor at the National Security Advisory of Iraq Saeed Jebur, Research Associate of the Centre for Strategic Perspectives of the Institute of Strategic Studies of Islamabad (Pakistan) Ume Farwa and Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey Tugrul Camas.
Head of the International Studies Department (ISD) Assel Nazarbetova and research fellow of ISD Alisher Abdreshev also took part in the conference.
During their speeches, the participants raised a wide range of issues related to new challenges and threats in the CICA territory, the foremost of which are the spread of terrorism, religious extremism, drug trafficking, illegal migration and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The experts paid special attention to the tense situation in Afghanistan, and noted the emerging risks and threats in terms of stability in the region.
According to experts, threats of interethnic tensions, environmental degradation and global warming, in the field of information and communication technologies, cyber security, and epidemiological security, also began to hold a prominent place.
The participants agreed on the need for interaction and exchange of experience on measures to overcome the crisis caused by Covid-19 and to ensure post-pandemic recovery and development of states.