Events Calendar

Foreign Policy Doctrine and the Actions of Uzbekistan
Nov 15 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Foreign Policy Doctrine and the Actions of Uzbekistan @ Voesar Conference Room
with Dr. Farkhod Tolipov, Director of the Non-Governmental Education and Research Institution“Bilim Karvoni”
The Republic of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy has undergone dramatic fluctuations since gaining independence, from a pro-American extreme to a pro-Russian one and back again. Such a “pendulum” swing of the newly independent Central Asian state reflects its two ambivalent and interrelated stances: Tashkent’s perception of the international system as an old stage of power politics – somewhat a Soviet syndrome – and an uncertain geopolitical situation that emerged in Central Asia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The operation in Afghanistan further confused the doctrinal foundation of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy,revealing the lack of Tashkent’s strategic perspective. As a result, Uzbekistan took rather isolationist tactics in the region instead of a long-awaited pro-active strategy.
Cinema Club Film Screening: Days Gone By (O’tgan kunlar/Minuvshie dni)
Dec 11 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: Days Gone By (O'tgan kunlar/Minuvshie dni) @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412 | Vancouver | Washington | United States
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Directed by Yuldash Azgamov (Uzbekistan, 1969)

In partnership with the Uzbekistan Embassy in Washington, DC

Central Asia Program and the Uzbekistan Embassy are happy to invite you to attend the screening of Days gone by (O’tgan kunlar / Minuvshie dni) by Yuldash Azgamov. Azgamov is widely regarded as one of the founders of the Uzbek film making industry. The film describes the atmosphere of Uzbek intelligentsia in the 19th century.

5:30pm Opening

5:45pm Presentation on Uzbek cinema

6:30pm Screening of the film

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Jan 8 – Feb 7 all-day

“Visions of Uzbekistan” is an exhibition sponsored in partnership with the Embassy of Uzbekistan which will run from January 8, 2015 – February 7, 2015.

Uzbekistan is located at the heart of Central Asia, neighboring world civilizations such as China, Persia, and India, and connecting to the Turkic world and to Europe via Russia. The territory  of  modern  Uzbekistan  hosted  the  prestigious  ancient  civilizations of  Bactria, Sogdiana, Parthia and Khorezm and was traversed by caravans carrying precious silk, gold, porcelain and spices along the Great Silk Road. These ancient civilizations invented sophisticated irrigation techniques, inspired the canons of Islamic culture in the 9th-10th centuries, and were at the center of a vast empire created by Tamerlane in the 15th century. They made major contributions to world science and literature through geniuses such as Avicenna, Alisher Navoi, Ulugbek, Al-Khorezmi, al-Beruni, Al-Farghoni, Imam Al-Bukhary, and others. Present-day Uzbekistan benefits from this past, offering the most accomplished architectural heritage within Central Asia. Since the country’s independence in 1991, Uzbek society aims to combine modernity with the rediscovery of its past, and to integrate its historical legacy into a larger, globalized framework. The photo exhibition “Visions of Uzbekistan” reflects both the ancient culture and the modern life of the Uzbek people and introduces cultural aspects to the narrative about Uzbekistan in the United States.

Regulation of Blogger’s Activity in Uzbekistan: Implications for Freedom of Religion and Belief
Jan 20 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Regulation of Blogger’s Activity in Uzbekistan: Implications for Freedom of Religion and Belief @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]with Mirakmal Niyazmatov, Lawyer and Co-Founder of Tashabbus

In September 2014, Uzbek government introduced amendments to the Law “On Informatization.” The amendments imposed vague restrictions on blogging. Uzbek bloggers are now prohibited from disseminating information inciting national, racial, ethnic or religious hatred, as well as denigrating the honor and dignity of citizens. Furthermore, the amendments oblige bloggers to verify the truthfulness of the information posted on their blogs. The Amendments are an extension to the 2007 Media Law, which defines websites as mass media and imposes onerous obligations on their owners.

Although the number of internet users is growing rapidly in Uzbekistan, it is unlikely that the citizens will engage in open discussion of such taboo topics like politics and religion. This is largely due to the Uzbek government’s deployment of new ways to strengthen state monitoring and censorship on the internet. The presentation will discuss the most problematic provisions of the recent Amendments and their impact on the right of Uzbeks to discuss sensitive issues related to religion and religious practice on the internet.


Mirakmal Niyazmatov is a lawyer and co-founder of Tashabbus. He holds an LL.B. from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy and an LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Notre Dame Law School. 

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The First Uzbekistan Initiative Workshop
Apr 6 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The First Uzbekistan Initiative Workshop @ Lindner Family Commons


9:00am. Introductory Remarks, Marlene Laruelle, CAP director

9:15-11:00am Session I Uzbekistan in 2015: Domestic and Foreign Policies

Chair: Reuel Hanks (Oklahoma State University)

Kamoliddin Rabbimov (LIGLIS-Center, Paris)
The Succession Question and the Stability of the Uzbek political system after Islam Karimov’s decision to stay for another term

Shermamat Abdullozoda (Independent Consultant)
Uzbekistan’s economic and financial policies: A challenge to stability?

Timur Dadabaev (Tsukuba University, Japan)
Soft Power from Below? Coercion and Concessions in foreign policies of Japan, China and Russia towards Uzbekistan from a comparative perspective

Fakhmiddin Fazilov (Research Scholar, New York University)
Uzbekistan-China Energy Cooperation: Impetuses and Impacts

 11:00-11:30am Coffee-break

11:30-1:00pm Session II. Factoring Uzbekistan’s Economic Development

Chair: Farrukh Irnazarov (Central Asia Fellow, GWU)

Nodir Djanibekov (Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies, Halle, Germany)
Land-labor relations between farms and rural households in Uzbekistan

Bakhrom Radjabov (University of Kassel, Germany)
The Impact of International Migration and Remittances on Labor Supply Decisions in Rural Households in Uzbekistan

Jakhongir Kakhkharov (Griffith University, Australia)
Socio-economic Consequences of External Labor Migration and Remittances in Uzbekistan

1:00-1:45pm Lunch

1:45-3:45pm Session III. Roundtable: Dialoguing with the Homeland

Chair: Navbahor Imamova (VoA)

Dilorom Abdulloeva (President of Tashabbus)
Behzod Mamadiev (Chief Editor of Vatandosh)
Dilshod Zokirov (Vatandosh Uzbek-American Federation)
Olimjon Sharipov (Uzbek American Association of Chicago)
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“My Andijon Remains”: Memory and Forgetting Ten Years after the Andijon Events
May 14 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
"My Andijon Remains": Memory and Forgetting Ten Years after the Andijon Events @ Voesar Conference Room
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Laura Adams, USAID and Harvard University

Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera and CAP Associate

Noah Tucker, and CAP Associate

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The 13 May 2005 Andijon violence has been documented, interpreted and remembered by survivors, by society and by the state in ways that have evolved over the ten years since it occurred. While responses to the violence and the drive by survivors to document their firsthand experiences helped expand the Uzbek-language internet in an important way made possible by new technologies, rapid technological change and the shift to social media erased many of those discussions and firsthand narratives without deliberate censorship or action by the state. The state itself has at times promoted memory of the events — memory of specific versions — and other times, particularly after the Arab Spring, preferred to forget they occurred as it attempts to promote a narrative that Uzbekistan is synonymous with “peace and stability [tinchlik va osoyishtalik].” The panelists will discuss how all these processes have evolved in the decade since the violence and how technological change shapes the way tragic events are remembered — and forgotten — in the age of social media.

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The Magic of Uzbek Cinema
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day
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A Film Festival in partnership with the Embassy of Uzbekistan

Featuring film directors

Shukhrat Abbasov and Ayub Shahobiddinov

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You Are Not An Orphan
By Shukhrat Abbasov, 1963
September 22, 2015
800 21st St NW, Marvin Center Amphitheater
Reception to follow
Shukhrat Abbasov in person

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Heaven, My Abode
By Ayub Shahobiddinov, 2012
September 23, 2015
800 21st St NW, Marvin Center Amphitheater
Reception to follow
Ayub Shahobiddinov in person

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The Dance of Men
By Yusup Razykov, 2002
September 24, 2015
1957 E St, NW, Suite 412

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By Abduhalil Mignarov, 2014
September 25, 2015
1957 E St, NW, Suite 412

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All films with English subtitles — Light refreshments to be served

Please RSVP.

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Mirzokhid Rakhimov – Contemporary History of Uzbekistan: Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Approach
May 17 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
WP_20160330_002Contemporary history is a relatively new discipline for the social sciences and the humanities. Studying the recent history of Uzbekistan is still not an established trend, even in Uzbekistan, and doesn’t have its own methodology, research know-how, training or methodological support. Thematic field studies are still narrow, with limited critical approaches and interdisciplinary studies. However, being able to develop a comprehensive study of contemporary history is an important theoretical and practical issue that requires interdisciplinary approaches. Domestic politics need to be understood in broad perspective, including taking into account historical legacies, the interconnectivity of internal and external politics, as well as local, regional and global processes. This research is based on research on and academic visits in Uzbekistan, other Central Asian republics, the US, China, the EU, Russia, Republic of Korea, India, Japan and others.

Dr. Mirzokhid Rakhimov is a Visiting Fulbright scholar at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He is the head of the department of Contemporary history and international relations at the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan and Professor at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent. His scholarly interests cover contemporary history and regional and international relations in post-Soviet Central Asia. He holds a PhD and an Habilitation in History and International relations from the History Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbe­kistan.

Regime Succession in Uzbekistan: Update and Discussion – Co-Organized with CSIS
Sep 7 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Regime Succession in Uzbekistan: Update and Discussion - Co-Organized with CSIS @ CSIS Headquarters, 2nd Floor Conference Center
With rumors circulating that Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died, the academic question of regime succession had become very immediate. What’s next for Uzbekistan, and what does that mean for the region and for the world? Will we simply see another strongman take power? Should we worry about unrest?  With events continuing to unfold, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and the Central Asia Program at the George Washington University are pleased to host a panel discussion with several top specialists on the region, kicked off with a video-teleconference with RFE/RL specialists in Prague who are closely following events on the ground in Tashkent.


Eric McGlinchey
Associate Professor, George Mason University
Bruce Pannier (via video teleconference)
Senior Correspondent, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Sebastien Peyrouse
Research Professor, Central Asia Program, IERES (GWU)
Alisher Sidikov (via video teleconference)
Service Director, Radio Ozodlik (Uzbek Service), Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty


Olga Oliker
Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program

What Changes in a Post-Karimov Uzbekistan?
Oct 27 @ 2:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Session 1. Changes in the Uzbek domestic landscape
Chair: Marlene Laruelle (GWU)
Bruce Pannier (RFE/RL)
Softer on the Outside but Still Hard at the Core
Dillorom Abdulloeva (Tashabbus)
What Changes are Needed and Expected in the Field of Human Rights and the Legal Sphere?
Roger Kangas (NESA Center, NDU)
Uzbek Foreign Policy After Karimov: Change or Continuity?

C0ffee break

Session 2. An evolving economic policy?
Chair: David Abramson (US Department of State)
Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University)
Structural Impediments to Economic Reform in Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
Aziz Khasanov (Eurasia Analytics)
The Uzbek Succession: Is Economic Transformation Possible?
Murad Akhmedoff (Independent Scholar)
Uzbekistan’s Long-Awaited Economic Liberalization

Please RSVP.