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“Big Eurasia – 2027: Confrontation or Partnership”, Astana Club 13-14 November 2017

Franco Frattini attended the third meeting of the Astana Club

High-ranking politicians, former heads of state, diplomats and leading experts from 28 countries around the world will gather at the discussion platform at the Nazarbayev Center. 
The meeting discussed geopolitical, economic and technological trends that will shape the Eurasian space in the coming decade. Astana Club is an international discussion platform operating under the rules of the «Chatham House Rule» (the principle of “confidentiality”), whose goal is to develop a dialogue of the leading representatives of the expert and political community, discuss global trends and seek solutions to the most important problems affecting the world in general and the Eurasia region, in particular.

Astana club meetings are traditionally held in the Nazarbayev Center (in the building of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy in Astana). The organizers are: the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy and the Institute of the World Economy and Politics by the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy (IWEP). 
Partners: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).

ASTANA. KAZINFORM – Former presidents of European countries are set to participate in the third session of the Astana Club themed Big Eurasia-2027: Confrontation or Partnership, Kazinform reports. 
Serik Beisembayev, head of the domestic policy and social research program of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, told Kazinform correspondent that this year the Astana Club gathered not only experts, but also politicians, ex-presidents and foreign ministers. This, in his words, will lift the event to a brand new level. Participants are expected to discuss the most relevant political issues related to the development of Eurasian space, confrontation between the West and Russia (stricter sanctions) and how it will affect the entire continent, including the Central Asian region and Kazakhstan. 
Former President of Turkey Abdullah Gül, former President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus and former President of Slovenia Danilo Türk are expected to take part in the open panel session with political experts called EU-Big Eurasia: Vectors of Cooperation and Development. 
The 3rd Astana Club session will be traditionally held at Nazarbayev Center. In attendance at the event will be over 60 participants from 28 countries, including prominent politicians, ex-heads of state, diplomats and leading experts.

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