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Westminster International Relations Forum, Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), University of Westminster, invites you for its inaugural Seminar

Date and Time: Wednesday 11 November 6-7.30pm

Venue: Westminster Forum, 5th floor, 32-38 Wells Street, London W1T 3UW

Speaker: Professor Baatr Kitinov, People's Friendship University of Russia, Moscow

Title: 'Geopolitics of Caspian Region: A Clash of Civilizations?'

The geopolitics of Caspian region consists of various dynamics, including the civilizational ones. Historically, the region has brought together - through conflict, cooperation, and transformation - different civilizational-cultural formations. While the focus of the scholars and commentators is often on Christian-Muslim interactions or on power politics between different nation-states, a Buddhist enclave with Kalmyk people in the heart of the region is often ignored. The lecture will introduce the key issues and challenges faced by the traditional Buddhist civilizational people in this part of Europe. Bringing together geopolitics, culture, religion, and identity, the lecture will explore the possible ways of survival, including encouraging the presence of rising Asian powers of China and India. It will argue that civilisational-cultural relations have a crucial impact upon inter-state regional security in the Caspian.

The event is open to all staff and students (postgraduates and undergraduates) of the University of Westminster. Those not affiliated with the university are also welcome to attend. Please circulate this email to your colleagues, students and friends. There is no need to RSVP.

Organiser: Dr Dibyesh Anand, Reader in International Relations, DPIR, [email protected]