May 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
with Volker Jacoby, Former Human Rights Officer, UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia
Volker Jacoby will shed light on the uneasy relationship between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and put it into the broader regional context of Central Asia. He will talk about the water/energy nexus in the region and the struggle over the Rogun Hydropower station project in Tajikistan, the conflict over the Farhad water reservoir, TALCO, border delimitation, railroad connections and other strains between the two neighbors. He will also elaborate on necessity and prospects of cooperation in the region, with a view also towards the withdrawal of international combat forces from Afghanistan.
May 13 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
with Begaiym Esenkulova, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Begaiym Esenkulova is an Assistant Professor of Law at the American University of Central Asia,Kyrgyzstan, an S.J.D. candidate at the Central European University, Hungary, and is currently aColumbia University visiting scholar. She will be discussing the legal aspects of FDI in the gold mining sector in Kyrgyzstan.