Energy Matters in Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Policy: Can This Central Asian Nation Deal with External Pressures?

April 12, 2019, 12:00-1:15pm
CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Room K050, Cambridge, MA

Join Harvard's Davis Center for a talk with Kadyr Toktogulov, former Kyrgyz Ambassador to the USA and Canada, about Kyrgyzstan's energy needs and how the country has been dealing with them. Domestic energy needs and nearly complete dependence on Kazakhstan and Russia for gasoline supplies puts Kyrgyzstan in a difficult spot when it comes to its foreign policy priorities. This Central Asian nation, which is also known as the most democratic country in the region, has to look for external resources to utilize its vast hydroelectric potential. China, Russia, Turkey and the West can help Central Asia's only parliamentary democracy build more generation capacity. But at what cost for Kyrgyzstan?


Kadyr Toktogulov, former Ambassador to the United States of America and Canada