10:30 am – 12:00 pm Panel I: China’s Silk Road Challenged
Chair: Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University
Alexander Cooley, Columbia University
End of the Silk Road? How Growing US-China Strategic Competition Might Impact US Central Asian Policy
Sean Roberts, The George Washington University
Whither the Eurasian Economic Union?
Timur Dadabaev, University of Tsukuba
Desecuritizing “Silk Road” Uzbekistan’s Cooperation Agenda with Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea in a Post-Karimov Era
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 -3:00 pm Panel II: Governance and Societies in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
Chair: Alexander Cooley, Columbia University
Navbahor Imamova, Voice of America, Uzbek Service
Uzbekistan Today: How Uzbek Interlocutors In-Country and Abroad View Change
Mirakmal Niyazmatov, Co-founder and President, Tashabbus Inc.
Assessment of Legal Reforms in Uzbekistan: What is Missing?
Nargis Kassenova, Harvard University
Can Kazakhstan’s Pursuit of Good Governance Provide for its National Security?
Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University
Kazakhstan’s Youth, National Identity Transformations and their Political Consequences
3:00-3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30-5:30 pm Panel III: Radicalization and Securitization
Chair: Nargis Kassenova, Harvard University
Edward Lemon, Daniel Morgan Graduate School
Countering Violent Extremism in Central Asia After the Caliphate
Emil Nasritdinov, The George Washington University
Vulnerability and Resilience of Young People in Kyrgyzstan to Radicalization, Violence, and Extremism: Analysis Across Five Domains
Maria Omelicheva, National Defense University; Lawrence Markowitz, Rowan University
Between “Bandits” and Local Insurgencies: The Complex Nature of Political Violence In Central Asia
Alexander Maier, Columbia University
The Securitization of Central Asian Migrants’ Religious Practices