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An ISTC PhD Grant holder from Kazakhstan makes a presentation on STC in Central Asia at the IPSA Virtual 26th World Congress of Political Science

   Kamshat Saginbekova, a PhD candidate at European     Studies Unit (ESU) of the University of Liege,   Belgium,  2018 Doctoral Research Grant holder,   awarded within the framework of the EU Targeted     Initiative “CBRN   Export Control on Dual-Use Materials   and Technologies  in Central Asia” implemented by the   International Science and Technology Center,         presented on 12 July 2021t he preliminary results on   the Evaluation of the impact of strategic trade controls   on trade flows in Central Asian countries within the   ongoing research at the panel of IPSA/AISP Virtual       26th  World Congress of Political Science.

Since the strategic trade control system (STC) is complex and covers different sectors of the economy it allows various economic effects to be observed from the introduction and implementation of export control systems. STC can affect countries that are not producers and suppliers of dual-use items and technologies but only importing countries, like most Central Asian countries are. They have adopted and apply the STC for a long time, but there is little documented information on the economic effects of this practice. The conference paper aimed to examine the impact of STC on trade flows of dual-use technologies and strategic goods in Central Asian countries.

The preliminary results showed no statistically significant coefficients of dummy variable on implemented trade control system in line with three chosen strategies of STC legislation database on trade flows of dual-use technologies and strategic goods, in countries and periods under scrutiny. The conclusion was that STC has not harmed trade flows of dual-use related items in Central Asian countries.




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