Events Calendar

Dec
11
Mon
2017
Global Powers and Competing ‘Fixes’ in Central Asia
Dec 11 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Global Powers and Competing ‘Fixes’ in Central Asia @ Room 412Q (Voesar)
Dr. Balihar Sanghera, Director of Graduate Studies (Taught),
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kent; George F. Kennan Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center 
This presentation examines how the US, Russia, and China have proposed different development visions for Central Asia. While it is common to frame these visions in exclusionary or conflictual terms (such as market reforms versus state controls, the dominant Western hegemony versus rising powers, or the core versus the semi-periphery), Dr. Sanghera will argue that they reflect a shared imperative to tackle and fix structural contradictions inherent in advanced and newly capitalist economies. In this respect, there is a family resemblance among the competing fixes, rather than strong differences of economic and political ideologies. Central Asia has become an important space for global powers to shape and contest the future direction of capitalism. Drawing upon a qualitative study of international financial institutions in the region, Dr. Sanghera will also examine how Central Asian states strategically respond to different social fixes to address their own economic and political needs, often in ways that are unstable and contradictory.
Dec
14
Thu
2017
The 10th CAP Fellows Seminar “Peacebuilding and Civic Literacy in Central Asia and South Caucasus”
Dec 14 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The 10th CAP Fellows Seminar "Peacebuilding and Civic Literacy in Central Asia and South Caucasus" @ Room 505

Agenda

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Session 1: New Perspectives on Grassroots Peacebuilding

Diana Mamatova (former Project Coordinator, the United Nations in Kyrgyzstan) Grassroots Peacebuilding: Cross-Border Cooperation in the Ferghana Valley

Jafar Usmanov (former Lead Researcher at ACT Development Group, Tajikistan) Youth as Agents of Peace at the Tajik-Kyrgyz Border

Jeyhun Valiev (Independent Researcher, Azerbaijan) Assessing the Impact of NGO Peacebuilding Programs in the South Caucasus:
the Case of Nagorno-Karabakh

Break: 5:30 – 5:45 PM

5:45 – 6:45 PM, Session 2: Empowerment through Civic Literacy in Kazakhstan

Karlygash Kabatova (Astana Paper-Lab ResearchGroup, Kazakhstan) Overcoming a Taboo: Normalizing Sexuality Education in Kazakhstan

Anna Gussarova (Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies)
Countering Extremism versus Freedom of Online Expression: the Case of Kazakhstan

Reception: 6:45 – 8:00 PM

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