Scenarios for the South Caucasus and Central Asia
The South Caucasus and Central Asia is a region often viewed through a narrow historical lens, in which the Soviet era looms larger than the region’s proud history of centrality to the global economy and as home to cutting-edge thinkers. The region has untapped potential to play an important economic role in the world. As countries reflect on how best to pursue their economic objectives in transforming this potential into reality, they must ask themselves what role their immediate neighbours will play in supporting their aspirations, and how regional relations can best be shaped to maximize collective benefits.
To support this strategic, cross-stakeholder thinking, the World Economic Forum initiated the Scenarios for the South Caucasus and Central Asia (Report: Scenarios for the South Caucasus and Central Asia). This process was launched with a Strategic Dialogue on the Future of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, held in Baku on 7-8 April 2013, and over the past 18 months has involved over 500 participants.
The scenario approach that underpins this project supports decision-makers in assessing major changes to their operating contexts, which are beyond their control, and to prepare them to both seize relevant new opportunities and pro-actively address potential risks. It also allows stakeholders to hold a constructive dialogue on current decisions made in the South Caucasus and Central Asia about the future of regional frameworks based on the deeper factors that will shape the region, rather than merely pitting actors against one another in a debate for or against specific institutions.
It is hoped that this project will widen the lens through which this region’s prospects are viewed by serving as a resource for stakeholders to create a more sustainable and prosperous future.
For more information on the project and to get involved, please contact:
Trudi Lang, Acting Head of Strategic Foresight
Andrew Chakhoyan, Associate Director, Eurasia
Salvatore Freni, Senior Community Associate, Eurasia
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- Scenarios for the South Caucasus and Central Asia - final report (September 2014)
- Strategic Dialogue on the Future of the South Caucasus and Central Asia - At the Confluence of Change (April 2013)
- Op-Ed: Central Asia & Caucasus: Regional Collaboration More than a Nice Thing to Have (September 2014)
- Beyond the Silk Route (April 2013)
- Blog: Two key challenges for Eurasia (September 2014)
- Blog: Why Georgia must work closely with its neighbours (September 2014)
- Blog: What will Central Asia look like in 2035? (September 2014)
- Press Release: Collaboration Key to Economic Future of South Caucasus and Central Asia (September 2014)
- Press Release: Leaders See Big Opportunities despite Challenges for the South Caucasus and Central Asia – Strategic Dialogue in Baku (April 2013)
- Video: Final report video (September 2014)
- Video: Strategic Dialogue on the Future of the South Caucasus and Central Asia (April 2013)