LCSS –KCL Roundtable Discussion: SCO as a Major Player in Eurasia: What is there for Europe?

Apr 30, 2015 13:00

LCSS –KCL Roundtable Discussion: SCO as a Major Player in Eurasia: What is there for Europe

Organised jointly by the London Centre for Socials Studies (LCSS) and the King’s College London (KCL), War Studies Department, Russian and Eurasian Security Research Group

Date: 30th April 2015, Thursday,1pm to 3pm

Venue: Pyramid Room K4U.04, Department of Geography, 4th Floor, King’s College London, King’s Building, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS. Link to the map:

Chair: Dr Natasha Kuhrt, KCL

Event Coordinator: Rosa Vercoe (LCSS)

Registration: This roundtable discussion will be an invite only event.

China has established itself as a global economic force, forecasted to take over US. The SCO, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, was initiated by China in 1996 as the Shanghai Five (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan). The six full members of SCO (Uzbekistan joined in 2001) occupy 60% of the land mass of Eurasia. The SCO’s initial objective was to resolve border and security issues with the newly-established Central Asian states.With time, the SCO’s regional security agenda has been significantly enlarged and incorporated new dimensions. China is currently pursuing an ambitious mission of a complete economic regeneration of the entire Eurasian continent where China is a driving force. SCO has already demonstrated its effectiveness in building new infrastructure and diversifying export/import routes between China and all five Central Asian states. China’s latest project is the New Silk Road Economic Belt with an ambitious goal to connect Xinjiang to Europe via Central Asia and Russia.The forthcoming roundtable seeks to discuss the latest developments initiated by SCO (particularly its New Silk Road Strategy) and involving both its Full Member and Observer States. In view of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and current relations of the West with Russia, China (and SCO) will shape further development of the region for years to come.

The roundtable seeks to address the following questions:

  • What is the concept of ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy and what it means for Europe?
  • What commercial opportunities does it bring to both China and Europe?
  • How does it change international supply chains, trade and investment patterns?
  • What is the role of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and Silk Road Fund?
  • What is the link between China’s Go-West Strategy and energy infrastructure? What are the environmental issues?
  • Why a fierce competition between Russian and Central Asian energy suppliers is likely to be increased?
  • What are the prospects of SCO enlargement: opportunities, challenges and perceptions?
  • What would an enlarged SCO add to the security of member states?

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Keynote speaker 1 : Mr Zhang Jiming, Minister Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in the UK

Keynote Speaker 2 : Stephen Phillips, CEO of China-Britain Business Council

Keynote Speaker 3 : Prof Keun-Wook Paik, Senior Researcher Fellow, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES); Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment, Development Programme, The Chatham House

Speaker 4              : Filipo Costa Buranelli, PhD Candiadate, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Chair: Dr Natasha Kuhrt, Lecturer at the KCL, Russian and Eurasian Security Research Group


1. Dr Anna Matveeva, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, War Studies Depart, KCL

2. Craig Oliphant, Senior Advisor, Europe/Central Asia, Saferworld

3. Dr David Lewis, Lecturer, Exeter University, (TBC)

4. Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, Lecturer, War Studies Depart, KCL (TBC)

5. Dr Ruth Deyermond, Lecturer, War Studies Depart, KCL (TBC)

6. Annette Bohr, Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

7. Jiang Peng, Third Secretary, Policy Planning Section, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

8. Prof. Siddharth Saxena, Chairman, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge, Jesus College (TBC)

9. Lubica Pollakova, Programme Manager, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House

10. Dmitry Elizarov, Director, Eurasian Dynamics Ltd

11. Talita Covre, Conference Producer,  Eurasian Dynamics Ltd

12. Dr Mustafa Demir, Co-Director, Turkey Institute (London)

13.  Prof. Athar Hussain, Director of the Asia Research Centre, LSE

14.  Seref Kavak, PHD Candidate, Tutor, Academic Coordinator, Keele University & LCSS

15.  Ufuk Ucar, Director, LCSS

16.  Nur Karatas, PHD Candidate, KCL

17. Serife Tekdal, Master’s student, LSE

18.  Marat Akhmedjanov, Founder, Hertfordshire Press Silk Road Media

19.  Meko Oh, Consultancy, Financial Services, Hong Kong

20. Camilla Hagelund, PHD Candidate, KCL

21. Seyma Goktepe, Master’s student, Keele University

22. Selcuk Aydin, PHD Candidate, KCL

23. Kubra Uygur, PHD Candidate, LCSS

24. Dr Zeynep Engin, Director, LCSS

25. Ozdemir Ahmet, Project Coordinator, Public Policy Platform, LCSS

26. Mechmet Machmout, Project Coordinator, Education Platform, LCSS

27. Birzhan Bakumbayev, PHD Candidate, Defence Studies Department, KCL

28. Chokan Laumulin, PHD Candidate, Centre of Development Studies and Darwin College, University of Cambridge (TBC)

29. Dr Harun Yilmaz, British Academy Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London

30. Baitimbetova Merim, Lecturer in Economics, Regent’s University London

31. Dr Ömer Şener, Research Fellow, Dialogue Society, London (TBC)

32. Counsellor Li Shan, Chinese Embassy in the UK

33. Geliya Chukmarova, lawyer, Bivonas Law

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