Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s election campaign strategist, will be appearing on a new stage today: Central Asia.
The occasion will be the Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF), an annual East-West conference hosted by Kazakhstan.
The three-day event will take place on 22-24 May in Almaty, the country’s southern commercial hub.
Bannon is one of a number of key speakers announced by the organizers also Robert James “Jim” Woolsey Jr. is an American lawyer and diplomat who headed the Central Intelligence Agency from February 5, 1993, until January 10, 1995. Others include George Galloway (UK) – British politician, broadcaster and writer, and Mark Siegel (USA) – Deputy Assistant to the U.S. President J. Carter, Executive Director of the National Committee of the Democratic Party (1973 – 1977) , Many others from Norway , Sweden and Denmark.
All three will be taking part in the session CRISIS OF TRUST. GLOBAL POWER BALANCE, debating one of the Forum’s critical global issues.
The organizers are expecting to welcome more than 500 delegates from 60 countries, a unique mix of politicians, journalists and experts from East and West, including the Eurasian region.
Under the overall theme: ‘The World Today: Transforming Reality?’, the Forum’s topical news agenda will cover international relations, economic trends, consumption issues, environmental threats, and the impact of artificial intelligence. Professional media questions – for example, ‘Bloggers: the new rock stars?’ – and regional issues will complete the menu.
After a first day of expert masterclasses, the 16th Forum will be officially opened at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Almaty on Thursday 23 May.
The series was launched on the initiative of Dr. Dariga Nazarbayeva in 2002 to promote East-West understanding after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Manhattan and Washington.
Senate Speaker of Kazakhstan Dariga Nazarbayeva has held a meeting with President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian in Nur-Sultan, Dariga Nazarbayeva thanked the Armenian President for his constant support of the Eurasian Media Forum.
The President of Armenia continued by telling the Kazakh Senate Speaker about the domestic situation in the country, stressing that the people of Armenia are wise enough to overcome the existing problems and enter the new stage of development.
The parties discussed promising areas of cooperation. Armenian President noted that Yerevan is ready to share experience in the development of artificial intelligence, IT-technologies, ensuring food safety. Speaker invited the Armenian foreign diaspora to invest in Kazakhstan, using the advantages of trade with the third neighboring countries – China, Russia and others.
The main advantages of the Eurasian Media Forum as a discussion platform, which brings together leading world politicians, economists, political scientists and, critically, the media to discuss the most pressing issues on the international agenda.
Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has been one of the co-founders of the Eurasian Media Forum.
According to organizers, this year’s forum will have a diverse agenda. Experts are set to discuss the media market developments and changes in the geopolitical field, as well as social and environmental aspects. In addition to panel and discussion sessions, a series of intensive training for journalists conducted by foreign colleagues will be held. Australian expert Ivo Burum will share the latest trends in reporting practices. The media forum’s organizers are also working on an introductory tour for the foreign guests aimed to demonstrate the Kazakh culture and traditions.