Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 2018 – The annual Eurasian Media Forum will hold its 15th session this month (22-24 May) in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s commercial hub, with a full house of prominent political leaders, senior news media figures and experts on East-West relations.

Speakers will examine the most topical issues on the global news agenda, including a chill in great power relations, pressures on the European Union, environmental options, information technology and the ethics of social media.  The overall theme will be ‘evolution in world affairs’.

Journalists from East and West will have an opportunity to engage with former prime ministers, ministers and international officials in the course of seven different panel discussions, each moderated by a professional television presenter.

The first session, under the heading ‘Global Cooling’, will look at the return of Cold War rhetoric between some world leaders.  Contributors to the debate will include Matteo Renzi, former Prime Minister of Italy, Javier Solana, former Secretary General of NATO and Foreign Minister of Spain, and Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The evolution of the European Union, its current challenges and future prospects, will dominate the second session.  The panel will comprise media and political figures from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Other sessions of global importance will cover the evolution of information technology, public trust and the green economy.

Topics of more specific media interest will target the rise of the blogger, social media and the whole sensitive area of ethics and morality.  The Forum is due to end on the question: “Where do we find our new values?” 

The Eurasian Media Forum series was launched on the initiative of Dr Dariga Nazarbayeva, head of its Organising Committee, to promote East-West understanding after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Manhattan and Washington. It has established a distinctive reputation for bringing together public figures and experts with senior media representatives to discuss the issues of the day. 

You can register for the forum here: http://eamedia.org/eurasian-media-forum-2018-registration-page/