MGIMO Hosts CSTO Conference on Security

MGIMO Hosts CSTO Conference on Security

15 December 2016

December 15th, the Collective Security Treaty organization (CSTO) Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha organized at MGIMO University an international conference on counteracting terrorism and extremism.

Greeting the guests, MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov emphasized the importance of holding analytical meetings at a high level. CSTO Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha also delivered a welcome speech.

The Director of MGIMO’s Institute for International Studies (IIS) Alexander Orlov made a presentation on the threats linked to international terrorism and religious extremism in CSTO member states. The permanent representative of Armenia at the CSTO Davit Virabyan, the Director of the Analytical Center of IIS Andrei Kazantsev, the Deputy Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Anna Glazova together with many other specialists, shared their insights on the problem.

The participants of the discussion noted the increase of security threats in Central Asia, linked to the activities of ISIS, the «Taliban» movement, «Al-Qaeda» and other terrorist organizations in Afghanistan which have brought about instability on the southern borders of the CSTO. The conference also looked at the financial channels and campaigns used by terrorist organizations, which have contributed to them becoming a global threat. The experts noted the necessity to adopt more comprehensive measures to counter terrorism and underlined the key role of the CSTO as the only organization in the region capable of facing up to such challenges. The meeting participants also reviewed the content of a CSTO report, giving a green light for its distribution in CSTO member states.

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