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China’s Business in Central Asia: Power and Anxiety

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Feb. 20, 2020
4:00pm – 5:00pm


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center

China’s Business in Central Asia: Power and Anxiety

Chinese business expansion is bringing about fundamental changes to Central Asia. This growing influence has sparked widespread local protests which are likely to amplify the political liabilities of the ruling elites across the region. Drawing from over 60 interviews in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and China in 2018 and 2019, former Wilson Center Fellow Gül Berna Özcan will analyze how power anxieties and economic dependencies bring new tensions to  Central Asia’s economies.


Gul Berna Ozcan

Gül Berna Özcan

Reader, International Business and Entrepreneurship, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr. Gül Berna Özcan is Reader in International Business and Entrepreneurship at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research deals with internationalization of firms, business-politics relations, and entrepreneurs’ moral standing.  She holds a PhD in Economic Geography (London School of Economics), an MSc in City and Regional Planning (Middle East Technical University, Ankara) and received numerous awards including, the Robert McNamara Fellowship of the World Bank (1998-1999), the Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2005-2007) and the Fellowship of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2008-2009). Among her books Building States and Markets: Enterprise Development in Central Asia (Palgrave, 2010) explores the characteristics of the emerging entrepreneurial middle class in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Another edited volume, Diverging Paths of Development in Central Asia (Routledge, 2017), analyses post-Soviet development challenges. Homepage:

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