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9 May 2023 - The UK’s engagement in Central Asia - Oral evidence

Committee Foreign Affairs Committee
Inquiry The UK’s engagement in Central Asia

Tuesday 9 May 2023

Start times: 1:30pm (private) 2:00pm (public)

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Authors Oliver Bullough and Peter Frankopan to give evidence on Central Asia

The Foreign Affairs Committee holds the first evidence session in its inquiry into the UK’s engagement with Central Asia. In this session the Committee will hear from expert witnesses, including journalist Oliver Bullough and author Peter Frankopan.

Meeting details

At 2:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s engagement in Central Asia
Professor of Global History at Worcester College, Oxford University, and Professor of Silk Roads Studies and Bye-Fellow at King's College, Cambridge University
Research Fellow at Foreign Policy Centre, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at OSCE Academy
Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House
At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK’s engagement in Central Asia
Professor of International Relations at University of Exeter
Head of the School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at University of Ulster
Freelance journalist

The first panel will cover the challenges and priorities of Central Asian countries, the geopolitics of other countries and blocs within the region, and opportunities for the UK Government to engage constructively with Central Asian countries.

The second panel will shift focus to the challenge of illicit finance from Central Asia. The panel may cover the use of the UK and its dependent territories for the laundering and storing of illicit finance and the impact of this on Central Asia, as well as possible solutions.

Other topics that may be covered include the influence of Russia and China on Central Asian states and how the UK’s approach to the region contrasts with that of the United States and the European Union.


The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

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