ETG launches sister organization in US

Bonn; Washington, D.C. (Feb. 4, 2012)__Europe’s premier think tank for Central Asian issues has launched a sister organization in Washington to help facilitate cooperation, research, policy, business and cultural exchanges between the United States and the Eurasian nations.

With allied offices in Bonn and now in Washington, the Eurasian Transition Group, a bipartisan nonprofit organization, will be in a good position to address such critical issues as East-West relations, Afghanistan, international terrorism, energy security, weapons proliferation, Iran and human rights in the emerging nations of Central Asia.

Michael Laubsch, executive director and founder of ETG seven years ago, said that a presence in Washington will give the organization a powerful new capability to sharpen ist advocacy and analysis on Central Asian nations by working with the Obama administration, the U.S Congress, U.S.-based civil society and international multilateral organizations.

„Incorporating ETG in the United States will create powerful synchronicities between Europe and the United States on Central Asian issues,“ said Laubsch an authority on Central Asia policy and former senior staff member on the foreign affairs committees in the German Parliament.

Laubsch tagged Sid Balman, a strategic communications and international relations specialist with deep experience in business, international development, academics and journalism, to serve as the president and board chair for ETG-US.

Establishing a presence in Washington could not have come at a more opportune time, Balman said, given the increasing geostrategic importance of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

„One can not look at the news every day without seeing a major story that has some connection to central Asia,“ Balman said. „There is no region of the world where the stakes are any higher for the United States and Europe.“

Inquiries for ETG-US should be directed to sid@eurasiantransition.org.
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