Things are moving very fast in Central Asia. Following the death of Uzbek president Islam Karimov that country is rapidly opening and beginning the process of improving political and economic ties with its neighbours.
And this weekend the Kyrgyz go to the polls to choose a new president in a rare example of democracy in action. Most of the other leaders in the region have been in power for more than 20 years.
Finally the Chinese are everywhere and the country's One Belt One Road project could be transformational. It has already caused a major re-think in foreign policy in all the 'Stans.
bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris sat down with Djoomart Otorbaev, former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, at the Rhodes Forum that hosts the Dialogue of Civilisations conference to discuss all these issues.
Ben Aris, editor-in-chief, bne IntelliNews
Djoomart Otorbaev, former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan 2014-15