Geopolitical rivalry and terrorism among threats facing Eurasia

Nov 14, 2018 9:42 am

Nazarbayev:  “The so-called post-bipolar world order becomes a thing of the past. We witness the formation of Greater Eurasia”.

Astana Club, a platform to debate public issues based on Chatham House rules, kicked off its fourth annual meeting:the meeting gathered 50 leading experts, politicians and diplomats from 33 countries.

Escalating the geopolitical rivalry between China, Russia and the United States also impacts the Greater Eurasia context,  noted Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

“Difficulties have always been present in this strategic triangle.  Yet, the ability to manage them has drastically weakened in the recent years. Large scale crisis is more possible than ever before,” said the Kazakh President.

The confrontation questions the efficiency of global development institutes and security in general. “The foundation for strategic stability present since World War II is shattering,” he said.

“One of such wars is unfolding between the U.S. and China, together accounting for the third of the world’s economy, 20 percent of global exports and more than a third of investment flow. This will result in the economic downturn in general and will worsen the situation in developing countries,” said Nazarbayev.

Poverty and the unemployment rate, he noted, will continue to rise, turning into a fertile ground for terrorism, migration and separatism.

Nazarbayev said some parts of the Greater Eurasia may turn into the scene of large-scale military confrontation and the Middle East, where instability is caused by the Syrian crisis, political tensions in Iraq, civil war in Libya and internal challenges, is among such regions.

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