By showcasing the cultural, political and economic dynamism of this rapidly-developing region, the Forum hopes to spark interest amongst novices to the region, whilst enhancing the knowledge of experts. Beyond the conference, it has been working to establish an online platform for publishing and sharing content regarding Central Asia, including articles, videos and podcasts.

The CAF web platform provides an opportunity for students to be published alongside academics and experts, including a forthcoming article by Austria’s former foreign secretary, Dr Benita Ferrero-Waldner. CAF warmly invites experts, academics, journalists and students to make contributions, help us to expand our presence beyond the University of Warwick.

For the event; amongst other, speakers include Stanislav Pritchin, a leading an analyst at Chatham House, who will discuss the future role of Russia and China in Central Asia; and Aliya De Tiesenhausen, an art historian whose recent book, Central Asia in Art: From Soviet Orientalism to The New Republics, traces Soviet portrayals of the region in twentieth-century art. The Forum plans to announce many more speakers and panellists over the coming weeks.

The conference seeks to bring together the worlds of academia, politics, business and culture to discuss Central Asia’s place in the world. Speeches and breakout sessions on topics ranging from regional security to the one belt one road project will dominate the day, and ample opportunity for networking and discussion will be provided at the University of Warwick’s state-of-the-art conference facilities.

Tickets are available now at the CAF website and Facebook page, along with updates and region-specific new and analysis.