discuss strategic future of eurasia with top experts in geopolitics
We cordially invite you to participate in the Astana Club on December 11-12, 2023 to...
About
Greater Eurasia is in the midst of geopolitical conflicts. Even though it has always been a space of permanent confrontations, today, security threats are on the rise amid the war in Ukraine, fragile recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, and rising economic disruption.
To discuss these critical issues Astana Club’s seventh meeting will be held in Astana on December 11-12. The goal is to stimulate dialogue between major geopolitical stakeholders from the East and West for a vibrant exchange of views to find a way out of the current impasse.
For whom?
  • Worldwide leaders
    and politicians
    Rethink global future.
    Gain access to in-depth analysis and insights on geopolitical challenges and future predictions in 2024.

    Engage in discussions on the most pressing trends with global experts and identify new opportunities for interregional cooperation.
  • Experts
    and Analysts
    Be heard by global leaders.
    Attract global attention to your ideas. Share your outline scenarios for the imminent future and become a recognized authority among top-tier politicians.

    Contribute in ways that may influence the decision-making of global leaders.
  • Business
    Leaders
    Develop strategies to adapt to global challenges and build a global network of politicians and experts
Participants
José Luis ZAPATERO
Prime Minister
Spain (2004-2011)
Participants
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2004-2014)
Hamid KARZAI
President
CHUNG Rae Kwon
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Become a speaker
Club de Madrid
Danilo TÜRK
President
James M. LINDSAY
Senior Vice President
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Board of Trustees, ODI
Suma CHAKRABARTI
President
The European Division at the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics (GCEL)
Yves LETERME
Co-Chair
Hamid KARZAI
President
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2004-2014)
Participants
Club de Madrid
Danilo TÜRK
President
Participants
Suma CHAKRABARTI
President
Board of Trustees, ODI
Become a speaker
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
CHUNG Rae Kwon
José Luis ZAPATERO
Prime Minister
Spain (2004-2011)
The European Division at the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics (GCEL)
Yves LETERME
Co-Chair
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
James M. LINDSAY
Senior Vice President
Program

09:00 – 10:00

Opening of the VII Astana Club Meeting
A Global Reference Point: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Heading?
  • Vladimir POZNER

    Moderator

    Russian journalist and publicist, anchor of the “Pozner” program on Channel One (2008-2022)

  • Yves LETERME

    Key Speaker

    Co-Chair of the European Division at the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics (GCEL), Deputy Secretary General at OECD (2011-2014), Prime Minister of Belgium (2008, 2009-2011)

  • James M. LINDSAY

    Key Speaker

    Senior Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
  • Edward N. LUTTWAK

    Key Speaker

    Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

10:00-11:00

World On the Edge of the Abyss: How Do We Break the Deadlock in Ukraine?

  • Nik GOWING

    Moderator

    Founder and Director of Thinking the Unthinkable, BBC World News presenter (1996-2014), Visiting Professor at Kings College London

  • Charles KUPCHAN

    Expert

    Senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Professor of international affairs at Georgetown University (online)

  • Nigel GOULD-DAVIES

    Expert

    Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

  • ZHAO Long

    Expert

    Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Global Governance Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies


11:15-12:05

«Cooling» World Economy: the Threat of Fragmentation and What To Do About It?
  • Marc UZAN

    Moderator

    Executive Director and Founder, Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee (RBWC)

  • Johannes F. LINN

    Expert

    Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution, Vice President of the World Bank (1991-2003)

  • Sergey AFONTSEV

    Expert

    Deputy Director, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS)

  • Krishna B. KUMAR

    Expert

    Executive Vice President of Research, National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago


12:05-13:00

Greater Central Asia: Afghanistan and the Future of the Region
  • Damjan KRNJEVIĆ-MIŠKOVIĆ

    Moderator

    Director for Policy Research and Analysis, Institute for Development and Diplomacy, Professor of Practice, ADA University

  • Hamid KARZAI

    Expert

    President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2004-2014)

  • Johannes F. LINN

    Expert

    Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution, Vice President of the World Bank (1991-2003)

  • Ashok SAJJANHAR

    Expert

    President, Institute of Global Studies, Distinguished Fellow at Ananta Aspen Centre, Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan

  • ZHAO Huasheng

    Expert

    Professor of the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies, Fudan University, Senior Fellow, Beijing Club for International Dialogue


14:30-15:20

Sanctions: A Reality Check
  • Yerzhan SALTYBAYEV

    Moderator

    Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP)

  • Yves LETERME

    Expert

    Co-Chair of the European Division at the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics (GCEL), Deputy Secretary General at OECD (201 1-2014), Prime Minister of Belgium (2008, 2009-201 1)

  • Vladislav INOZEMTSEV

    Expert

    Special Advisor at the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Director, Center for Post-Industrial Studies (1996-2019)

  • Marc UZAN

    Expert

    Executive Director and Founder, Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee (RBWC)

  • Sergey AFONTSEV

    Expert

    Deputy Director, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAS)


15:20-16:20

Middle East: What Lies Ahead For the Region?
  • Bruno MAÇÃES

    Moderator

    Senior Adviser at Flint Global, Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal (2013-2015), author of the bestseller “The Dawn of Eurasia”

  • Tedros GHEBREYESUS

    Video-address

    Director-General of the World Health Organization

  • José Luis ZAPATERO

    Expert

    Prime Minister of Spain (2004-2011)

  • Kemal KIRIŞCI

    Expert

    Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe‘s Turkey Project, Brookings Institution

  • Danilo TÜRK

    Expert

    President of the Club de Madrid, President of Slovenia (2007-2012)

  • Vuk JEREMIĆ

    Expert

    President of the People's Party, President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), President of the UN General Assembly (2012-2013), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia (2007-2012)

09:00 – 09:50

The Great Divide: the Era of “Blockalization”
  • Pepe ESCOBAR

    Moderator

    Journalist, Columnist at The Cradle, Editor-at-large at Asia Times

  • James M. LINDSAY

    Expert

    Senior Vice President, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

  • ZHOU Bo

    Expert

    Senior Fellow of Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University

  • Kirill BABAEV

    Expert

    Director, Institute of China and Contemporary Asia, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

09:50 – 10:45

When Titans Collide: The US-China Battle For Dominance of The World Order
  • Ariel COHEN

    Moderator

    Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Managing Director, Energy, Growth and Security Program at the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC)

  • Peter FRANKOPAN

    Expert

    Professor of Global History, University of Oxford, UNESCO Professor of Silk Roads Studies, King’s College, Cambridge, author of the bestseller “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World” (2015)

  • Evan A. FEIGENBAUM

    Expert

    Vice President for studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (2006-2009)
  • YANG Cheng

    Expert

    Executive Dean of Shanghai Academy of Global Governance and Area Studies (SAGGAS), Professor of Shanghai International Studies University

  • Michael PILLSBURY

    Expert

    Senior Fellow for China Strategy at The Heritage Foundation, consultant to the US Presidents, author of the bestseller “The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower”