(IWPR) The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to increasingly authoritarian politics across Central Asia, according to a joint online discussion organised by IWPR and Chatham House.
The panel of experts and academics from Europe, Central Asia and the US also emphasised that the economic impact was likely to increase regional dependence on China.
The May 29 event focused on the impact of coronavirus on Central Asia’s development and was chaired by James Nixey, the director of the Russia and Eurasia programme at Chatham House.
Marlene Laurelle, director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Erica Marat, assistant professor and director of the Homeland Defense Fellowship Program at the College of International Security Affairs of the National Defense University.
Shairbek Juraev, co-founder and director at Crossroads Central Asia.
Iskander Akylbayev, executive director of the Kazakstan Council on International Relations.
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