Muratbek Imanaliev


Professor of Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan; Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan (1991–1992; 1997–2002); Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (2010–2012)   

He started his diplomatic career in 1982, serving in a number of positions before being named Minister of Foreign Affairs of the fledgling Kyrgyzstan (1991).

He was counselor at the Russian Embassy to China (1992–1993), before serving as the Kyrgyz Ambassador to China (1993–1996).

Muratbek Imanaliev headed the International Department of the Administration of the President of Kyrgyzstan from (1996–1997). He worked at the American University of Central Asia in the mid 2000s. Co-founder of the “Zhany bagyt” (New Course) Movement (2004). President of the Institute of Public Policy (2005–2009).

He rejoined the government of Kyrgyzstan as a presidential adviser (2009).

Author of more than 100 publications in Russia, China, Turkey, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan.


Secularism and Religion: Where Is the Borderline?
Christian countries, however, recognize that a secular person can be religious. Islam took a different road in its development, which is evidenced by non-recognition by Muslims of an alternative, or
The SCO and Cooperation Between Civilizations
The post-communist state of the SCO members as a space of certain mixed values supported by traditional guidelines prevents them from being automatically integrated into the Western value space. Is it
The Interests of Small States in Building Greater Eurasia
For 20 years now, or even longer, many countries and international organizations have been toying with the Eurasian theme. There can be no doubt that the idea for a Greater Eurasia put forward by
The New Normal with Chinese Characteristics
The 19th congress of the Communist Party of China has once again vividly demonstrated the unhurried, but permanent development of the country with the use of cautious empirical designs in all spheres
China and Central Asia: Post-Soviet Developments
Central Asian attitudes to China are vastly different from how China is perceived in Europe, the rest of Asia and other parts of the world. Politicians, businessmen and ordinary people in Central
What Is the Future of the SCO?
The SCO is at a crossroads. With the Eurasian project on the move, with new members and others on the way, and faced with new and not always positive circumstances, factors and conditions in its
America and Kyrgyzstan: An Equation with Many Unknowns
Kyrgyzstan and the United States have never been linked by shared values, if only because Kyrgyzstan has yet to develop a national system of values. Other objective and subjective reasons exist, too.
International Organizations and Security Issues in Central Asia
Strengthening geopolitical and geoeconomic mediation structures in Central Asia will require a new and dynamic environment for international cooperation. Importantly, it must come from the states of
Eurasia: Developing Mutually Beneficial Partnership
An annual conference with the participation of the General Secretaries of CIS, EAEC, SCO and ASEAN could contribute to the further alignment of the space of consultations in a sense of partnership in
Central Asia: A Region of Joint Action
Central Asia is considered part of the Islamic world, but the reality is it’s not quite there yet. It is an area of the post-Soviet space that remains divided from the rest of the world, including
The Afghan Question and Kyrgyzstan
Unlike Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan has very few interests in Afghanistan and its general approach to the Afghan situation is based on perceptions and concepts borrowed from
The Commonwealth of Independent States: Not Subject to Reform
CIS main problem is that its space has become loose, porous and non-homogenous, and that it is losing its fundamental values. The rectification of this space within its new value-related boundaries is


Muratbek Imanaliev: New Identities in Central Asia
Muratbek Imanaliev, former SCO Secretary-General (2010-2012) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic (1991-1992, 1997-2002) speaks about the causes of the USSR collapse