Central Asia-Mongolia-Caucasus-Afghanistan

We partner with the CAMCA network to host annual CAMCA Regional Forums which serve as a platform for region-wide discussions on means of advancing economic growth and development in Greater Central Asia. The Forum is a premier convening of rising leaders from all sectors of the 10 countries of the region, to include international leaders, stakeholders, policymakers, researchers, private sector executives and civil society representatives.

CAMCA Network

The CAMCA network is a collection of professionals committed to sharing ideas, knowledge, expertise, experience and inspiration across the 10 countries of Central Asia, Mongolia, the Caucasus and Afghanistan (CAMCA). This new generation of regional leaders values free market economic systems, good governance, the rule of law and basic human freedoms; supports the sovereignty of their countries and traditional national values; and also acknowledges the importance of regional and global cooperation. Established by alumni of the Central Asia-Caucasus Fellowship Program, members of the CAMCA platform believe in the value of a connected region and are driven to contribute to the development, prosperity and cooperation of the CAMCA region through a variety of joint activities and projects.

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The next CAMCA Regional Forum will be held in Azerbaijan in June 2018 and will bring together interested regional and international representatives from all sectors to discuss the developments, challenges and opportunities across the region.

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Building on previous alumni conferences, in 2013 the alumni of the Fellowship Program had the idea to expand their annual gatherings by developing a broader regional forum where other interested guests could participate alongside the Fellowship alumni. After the idea of the CAMCA Regional Forum was initiated by the Fellowship alumni, the Rumsfeld Foundation and Central Asia-Caucasus Institute agreed to support the Fellows in its creation and development. The CAMCA Regional Forum was established to create a platform for the young leaders of the alumni network to engage with a larger international audience invested in the future of the region. Focused on the key opportunities and challenges throughout the Greater Central Asia region, the first CAMCA Regional Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2014 brought together alumni and other participants to discuss important subjects such as transportation, energy, and security, as well as ways to increase overall cooperation across borders. Since this inaugural Forum in 2014, CAMCA Regional Forums have continued and grown each year.

“We appreciate the important role of the CAMCA Regional Forum in helping advance regional economic growth and developments. To all Forum participants, and especially the Fellows, let this gathering strengthen your resolve to work together to ensure that peace, stability and democracy prevail.”
Prime Minister Kvirikashvili
“The CAMCA Regional Forum is a unique platform for the next generation thinkers and leaders of Central Asia, Mongolia, the Caucasus and Afghanistan who are working toward regional cooperation. The Forum stimulates more open and productive communications between the countries of the region, as well as an exchange of ideas, thoughts and approaches on how to deal with regional challenges and opportunities.”
Almaz Saifutdinov, CAMCA Network
“The annual CAMCA Regional Forum is a much needed platform for young leaders from Afghanistan, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Mongolia to come together to share ideas and best practices, and to build relationships that will be critical for progress in the region in the years ahead. It is encouraging to see so many rising leaders with an enduring commitment to the advancement of their countries and the region gathered together each year.”
Ambassador Khalilzad, Gryphon Partners