Thursday, 01 May 2014
"E-Government and Anti-Corruption in Azerbaijan: the ASAN Centers"
In 2012, the Azerbaijan State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (known as ASAN-"Easy Service") began delivering a wide range of public services to citizens and businesses. At present, ASAN facilitates the delivery of more than 150 services from 10 differententities and over 30 services by private companies in the form of PPP at its facilities. The Agency’s aim is to guarantee uniform, efficient and transparent service and to be an example of integrity for the public sector. Dr. Karimov will discuss the experience of this Agency and its future prospects.
Dr. Inam Karimov is Chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Previously, he worked as advisor (2002–2004) and senior advisor (2004–2012) at the Presidential Administration. 2005 to 2012, he was Secretary of the country’s anti-corruption commission and Head of the Azerbaijani Delegation in the Council of Europe’s GRECO (Group of States Against Corruption), where he was rapporteur on the situation of corruption in several Council of Europe member-states. Inam Karimov holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Strasbourg and a LL.M. and Ph.D. from Sorbonne University.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
"Resolved: that Centripetal Forces in Central Asia and the Caucasus Today are Stronger than Centrifugal Forces, or soon will be"
Since 1992 the price of sovereignty in Greater Central Asia and the Caucasus has been a decline in regional contacts and cooperation. Is this changing today? Rising leaders from the region will evaluate this crucial question and offer their prognoses for the future.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
"The Chechnya Counterinsurgency and Beyond"
Two key aspects of insurgency and counterinsurgency in Chechnya will be the focus of this Forum: tactics and financing. Dr. Souleimanov will examine Russia's counterinsurgency in the North Caucasus, concentrating on Chechnya and singling out various tactics used by Federal forces and pro-Moscow Chechen paramilitary units, kadyrovtsy. Dr. Šmíd will deal specifically with the financing of insurgency and counterinsurgency of both Ramzan Kadyrov's pro-Moscow Chechen government and its adversary, the Chechnya-based Islamist insurgency. These presentations will include a comprehensive look at the socio-cultural aspects of the Chechen and Dagestani counterinsurgencies, to include an analysis of their causes, evolution, and future prospects in these largest of the autonomous republics of the North Caucasus.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
“Is Turkmenistan Open for Business?”
No country faced tougher challenges after independence than Turkmenistan. But two leaders after independence have strengthened sovereignty, opened a new gas export pipeline and begun the preparation of a new, more cosmopolitan generation of young Turkmen citizens. Does this mean Turkmenistan is open for business? Three experts weigh this important and timely question.