A two-day international conference on ‘Eurasian States: Socio-economic and Political Processes’ was organized by the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies (CRCAS), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on November 11-12.
58 leading scholars from six countries discussed the prevailing situation, challenges and opportunities in Eurasia, besides making predictions for the region for the near future. Coming just weeks before the Eurasian Economic Union (consisting of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia) formally becomes a reality, the conference sought to understand on-going developments in the region and its impact on world affairs.
Professor Richard Sakwa from University of Kent, UK who also serves as an Associate Fellow at the renowned think tank Chatham House was the keynote speaker.
Ajay Bisaria, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, heading the Eurasian division of the ministry in his chief guest address at the inaugural session, stressed the importance of such timely events in helping government connect with new ideas.
Chairperson of the Centre for Russian and Central Asian studies and organizer of the conference Prof Arun Mohanty welcoming the guests, called it an unique opportunity for leading area studies experts from India and Eurasia to share their ideas on this critical region.
Eminent scholars from the Eurasian region who formed part of the conference included Professor Yuri Dubinin, Dr Andrey Ryabov, Dr Sergey Markedonov, Dr Boris Volkonsky, Dr Dmitry Goncharov, Professor Viktor Panin, and Indian scholars included Professor Prasenjit Sen, Professor Anuradha Chenoy, Prof Mozam Alli ,Professor Rashmi Dureswamy, Prof Ajay Patnaik, Prof P.L.Dash Prof Sanjay Pandey and Dr Sanjay Deshpande among others.
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