Events Calendar

Uzbekistan’s Newfound Foreign Policy and its Implications for U.S.-Uzbekistan Relations
May 22 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Uzbekistan’s Newfound Foreign Policy and its Implications for U.S.-Uzbekistan Relations @ Lindner Family Commons, Room 602

Join us for a discussion on the outcome of the Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s visit to the United States and the future role of Uzbekistan in the administration’s Central Asia and South Asia strategy.


Scotty Reid
Office Director for Central Asia,
The Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs

Paul Stronski
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Navbahor Imamova
Voice of America-Uzbek service

Marlene Laruelle
George Washington University

“Paradoxes of Legitimation”: Authoritarianism(s) in modern Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
May 24 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Sofya Omarova,
Ph.D. candidate in International Politics and Sociology
Department of Social Sciences
Oxford Brookes University

This presentation seeks to explore the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation and how they relate to regime self-legitimation in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Legitimation and legitimacy in authoritarian contexts needs to be understood as a three-part process. The first concerns ‘inputs’: the narratives, discourses and claims of legitimation on behalf of the regime. The second aspect is the process of legitimation: the ways in which actors use and apply these claims in relation to a broader society. Finally, there are ‘outputs’: the extent to which the application of claims about the right to rule is ‘believed’ by the population. It is impossible to make generalized claims about the extent to which citizens in authoritarian states believe in the legitimacy of rulers because it is very difficult to discern genuine beliefs in such closed political contexts. Thus, the main focus is on conceptualizing authoritarian claims of self-legitimation.

The presentation is based on an upcoming book chapter from “Theorizing Central Asia” (Palgrave Macmillan), co-authored with Dr. Rico Isaacs (Reader in Politics, Oxford Brookes University).