Seventh Annual Seminar on Central Asia & the Caucasus
"The Caspian Sea: Opportunities & Obstacles" June
Following the disintegration of the former Soviet Union,the Caspian
Sea and its surroundings have gained international attention as a highly
important region of the world . This importance is attributed to enormous
unexploited resources of energy and also its capacity as a transportation.
The exploitation of energy resources has attracted many giant oil companies
to invest in the Caspian region , but the question of the routes for exporting
the oil & gas from this land-locked area to the high-seas and the world
market , is yet to be solved.The Caspian Sea as the largest lake in the
world , plays a crucial role in the region's environmental system, but
unfortunately its unique ecosystem is now under serious threat, since proper
rules and measures have not been adopted for exploiting its resources.
At present , the littoral states are facing a number of questions such
as the Caspian-Sea's legal regime, controlling environmental threats ,
and finding appropriate mechanisms for regional cooperation. With regard
to the above challenges , the Institute for Political & International
Studies of the Foreign Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran intends
to invite politicians, experts & researchers from the governmental
and/or private sectors to attend a seminar which is to be organized by
the Center for Central Asia & the Caucasian Studies.This seminar under
the title of " Caspian Sea: Opportunities & Obstacles " will
take place on June 22-23,1999.
The following subjects are to be examined in the upcoming seminar:
-Cooperation in the Caspian Sea & the surrounding region
-The Legal regime of the Caspian Sea -Environmental issues of the Caspian
-Energy resources of the Caspian Sea
For further information please contact:
The Institute for Political & International Studies.
Shahid Bahonar Ave, Shahid Aghaii St.
Tehran - Iran
Tel: 009821/ 2571010-14 (ext. 348)
Fax: 009821/ 2710964