CPC - Caspian Policy Center
The Caspian Policy Center’s Technology Policy Program aims to research and analyze the varied uses of technology in the Caspian and provide policy recommendations to the U.S. and Caspian governments and corporations to further technological development. The Program also aims to provide technology strategies for the private sector and provide a stronger technology ecosystem for the United States and Caspian region. The Caspian Policy Center’s research includes the use of telecommunications, new security technology, cryptocurrency, agricultural technology, artificial intelligence, and information technology infrastructure. Additionally, the Program aims to analyze the way cutting edge technology is changing relations in the Caspian, posing potential threats to security in the region, and providing new opportunities for global cooperation and integration. The Program produces articles, policy briefs, and reports, will host and participate to events featuring experts from around the world.
The Caspian Region has substantial funds to invest in technology projects and there is an existing demand for technology infrastructure. While there have been some government initiatives (such as the Blue Dot Network and the Trans Caspian Fiber Optic (TCFO) project), they have been hampered by a lack of expertise or lack of direction. China has worked with countries in the region on tech issues, yet Beijing’s abrasive method of business leaves the door open for American competitors to emerge and seize sizeable portions of this new market. Currently, there are few meaningful connections between U.S. companies investing in new technology infrastructure in emerging markets and governments in the South Caucasus and Central Asia eager to develop this sector of their economies. CPC’s TPP program hopes to correct this area of business and policy oversight.
Technological partnerships have not been the focus of U.S.-Caspian relations. However, Caspian states are eyeing technological development as a form of connectivity, a climate change stopgap, and an educational investment piece. For example, many countries are prepared for particular types of innovation and investment, like smart agriculture technology.
The Technology Policy Program will serve to connect American companies with governments eager to build their technological capacity throughout the Caspian in a mutually beneficial manner. The United States has the leading companies that work with AI, supercomputers, digitization, blockchain, and that experience is in high demand across Eurasia. The Caspian Policy Center will draw upon its experience in the region to connect relevant stakeholders. There exists enormous potential for the creation of data centers and increasing connectivity access across the region. The lack of IT infrastructure in some South Caucasus and Central Asia territories presents opportunities to rapidly advance regional connectivity through innovation. Through projects, policy briefs, and white papers recommendations on technology infrastructure, the Caspian Policy Center aims to break new ground and help the region capture the full potential of the digital age while strengthening the U.S.-Caspian information sharing environment.
New policy challenges inevitably come with new technologies and the Caspian Policy Center’s Technology Policy Program will work with national governments to develop clear cut answers to these complex issues. The Program will research and provide guidance for governments on how to develop and implement national policies on AI, supercomputers, blockchain, data management, and digitalization. These cutting-edge technologies provide opportunity to reshape the way Caspian governments can implement their health, agriculture, emergency management, and economic policies, as well as provide the country with a more robust and complete national security. Moreover, while some countries like Kazakhstan have begun researching new methods of transaction via blockchain, digital currencies, and cryptocurrencies, others have not. A dedicated study on e-governance and its applicable infrastructure could help redefine the IT ecosystem of the region to allow for increased intraregional cooperation.
Finally, the Technology Policy Program will work on innovation within the Caspian region. The Program will identify methods for global and regional collaboration, as well as connect the region with other emerging markets that have had success in transforming themselves into tech hubs. Through this aspect of the Technology Policy Program, the Caspian Policy Center will work with individuals and enterprises in the region to develop technology that can help countries meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and empower local tech startups. By strengthening regional innovation, the Caspian Policy Center can help ensure sustained technological progress.
The Caspian Policy Center’s Technology Policy Program will serve as a convening organization to bring together regional and U.S. parties and assist in identifying the needs of the region and areas for cooperation between governments, businesses, and academic institutions.