Frederic Star: Thanks to the efforts of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a consensus has been formed in the region on the development of intraregional cooperation
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Head of the Institute of Central Asia and the Caucasus at J. Hopkins University Professor Frederick Star shared his view on the possibilities and prospects of regional cooperation between Central Asian countries during the international discussion club.
According to the American expert, thanks to the efforts of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a "consensus" has formed in the region in promoting intraregional cooperation, and a desire to promote regional cooperation has emerged. “Four successful years of fundamental changes in Uzbekistan, and the steps taken by Tashkent in the development of interaction, allow us to hope for successful cooperation between the countries of the region,” says Frederic Star.
In the opinion of the head of the Washington think tank, in the absence of formed "institutions" or a structure of regional cooperation to ensure the coordination and coordination of the activities of the countries of the region, interaction at the level of "people's diplomacy" becomes an effective mechanism for rapprochement between countries.
"The holding of sports competitions, the formation of a regional economic forum, regular communication of doctors, specialists in the field of education and other fields will contribute to the gradual convergence of the positions of the countries," says F. Star.
At the same time, the professor is convinced that the formation of an "insignificant" regional cooperation fund would financially provide for the holding of such events. In addition, this Fund could attract funds from other organizations and donor countries interested in developing regional cooperation in Central Asia.
The discussion club on the theme "Central Asia: from regional interaction to joint sustainable growth" was organized by the National Movement "Yuksalish" in partnership with the Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for Central Asia on 8 April in Tashkent.
The discussion was also attended by the First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis Sadyk Safoev, Director of the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Eldor Aripov, Director of the Center for Eurasian Studies IMI MGIMO MFA of Russia Ivan Safranchuk, Deputy Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Sanat Kushumbayev , German political scientist Alexander Rahr and others.