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World Affairs Council and Global Issues Class

The Marin Chapter of the World Affairs Council (WAC) offers a series of monthly programs on the Dominican University of California campus, in the Creekside or Shield Room. Each month, from August through June, WAC presents a lecture on a specific world issue, such as War in Iraq, Energy Crisis, Palestine/Israeli conflict.

Central Asia: Is There a New Great Game?

Hartmut Fischer, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of San Francisco; Trustee, Kazakh Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research


Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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It appears the legendary “great game” between Britain and Czarist Russia for supremacy in Central Asia has been reincarnated in the competition between Russia and China to dominate the so-called “stans”. These five states – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – came into being after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now, as they struggle to consolidate their independence, Moscow seeks to strengthen its influence in its former empire, while Beijing pursues the area’s vast resources, particularly oil and gas, to fuel its economic growth. Moreover, the Central Asian region is of great strategic importance and was a staging area for both Soviet and US incursions into Afghanistan.

Professor Fischer is a professor emeritus of international economics at the University of San Francisco. Shortly after Kazakhstan achieved independence, he worked closely with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to establish the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research, which, under his guidance, became a major American-style university, the first in the region.

Pre-paid reservations required for guaranteed seating. 

Dinner reservations required by Monday, March 17. 

This program is co-sponsored by the Marin Chapter of the United Nations Association.

For reservations, visit the Council’s website or call 415-293-4601.

This program is co-sponsored by the Marin Chapter of the United Nations Association.

Evening Schedule

Creekside Room, Caleruega Dining Hall (Magnolia at Palm Avenue, San Rafael, CA)

Reception: 6:30 p.m.

Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Dessert: 7:30 p.m.

Program: 7:50 p.m.

Dinner and Program:Council, UNA Members, Dominican Faculty, Staff, and Students: $30, Non-members: $35

Dessert and Program: Council, UNA Members, Dominican Faculty, and Staff: $6, Non-members: $9

Students with valid ID: Free


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