Central Asia: a big game?

Aleksey Malashenko, member, expert council, Carnegie Moscow Centre

1951 - Born in Moscow
1974 - Graduates, Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow State University
1974 - Serves in Army
1976 - Scholar in Residence, Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow
1978 - PhD in history, Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow State University
1979 - Advisor, expedition to Libya organised by USSR Academy of Sciences
1982 - Editor, Problems of Peace and Socialism journal, Prague
1986 - Head of Islamic Department, Institute of Oriental Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences
1990 - Visiting professor, Colgate University, U.S.
1995 - Political science post-doctorate, Institute of Asian and African Countries, Moscow State University
1996 - Member, expert council, Carnegie Moscow Centre
1999 - Senior associate, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
2000 - Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Irina Kobrinskaya, political scientist

1952 - Born in Moscow
1975 - Graduates, Moscow State University
1983 - PhD, Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, Moscow
1988 - Senior research fellow, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy, Warsaw
1991 - Returns to Moscow
1994 - Researcher and programme co-ordinator, "Russia and its neighbours", Moscow Carnegie Centre
1998 - Director, Moscow centre, East-West Institute, New York
2002 - Executive director, Foundation for Prospective Studies and Initiatives
2002 - Leading research fellow, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences

Today we will talk about Central Asia. As a result of two summits held in Moscow - that of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the Eurasian Economic Community - Russia has seemed to be strengthening ties with the Central Asian nations. This show of unity comes as Kyrgyzstan confirmed its decision to end the lease of the Manas air base to the U.S. military. What is the importance of this region for Russia? How might the U.S. react after they’ve been sent packing? We’ll be talking with Aleksey Malashenko, a member of the Carnegie Moscow Centre Expert Council and Irina Kobrinskaya, a leading research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations at the Russian Academy of Sciences.