Events Calendar

Vulnerability and Resilience of Young People in Kyrgyzstan: Radicalization, Violence, and Extremism
Feb 21 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Vulnerability and Resilience of Young People in Kyrgyzstan: Radicalization, Violence, and Extremism @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412

with Dr. Emil Nasritdinov

This nation-wide research project explores what makes young people in Kyrgyzstan more vulnerable or more resilient to radicalization, violence, and extremism. This was done using an extensive toolkit of research methods and a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research tools. Analysis was conducted in five domains of young people’s lives connected to radicalization: 1) grievances, 2) politics, 3) religion, 4) socialization, and 5) psychology. The results of our research shows that radicalization in Kyrgyzstan is a very complex phenomenon connected to many aspects of young people’s lives: each domain produces a unique connection to radicalization, and there are many connections across domains.

Dr. Emil Nasritdinov is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne, Australia. His main areas of research and teaching expertise are migration, religion, and urban life. He is currently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at GWU’s IERES.



Lifting the Resource Curse in the South Caspian
Feb 26 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

with Sonia Zilberman

The South Caspian’s rich oil and gas reserves attract a wide array of multinational companies and financiers. Poor governance of extractive industries in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan fuels violations of human rights and environmental degradation. However, innovative solutions at the local, national, and international levels can influence social and environmental accountability. In this presentation, Sonia Zilberman of Crude Accountability will discuss how multi-stakeholder, data driven methodology can shape the dialogue on environmental justice and human rights in the extractive industries; showing how innovative approaches strengthen industry governance in the Caspian region.

Sonia Zilberman is the Director for South Caspian Energy and Environment at Crude Accountability, a US-based NGO that partners with communities in the Caspian region. Prior to joining Crude Accountability, she worked at CIVICUS-World Alliance for Citizen Participation; and previously worked at The Bank Information Center, promoting Indigenous Peoples’ rights in the context of extractive industries in Russia. She has also held positions with The Nature Conservancy, and IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Sonia holds an MA in International Development Studies, and BAs in International Affairs from GWU.