The passing of Islom Karimov, the first president of independent Uzbekistan, in the late summer of 2016 raises important questions for the whole Central Asian region and for those who study it. Amid the clamour of media coverage about prospects for change under the leadership of interim President Shavkat Mirziyoyev—some of it resorting to clichés that have been well-critiqued in the pages of this journal—this Forum provides the opportunity for a longer and more nuanced view about the contemporary shape of the ‘Uzbek model,’ how it works, and how it is lived.
- “Imagined” vs “real” nation-building: language and identity policies between theory and practice in Central Asia
- From Charles Weller: Central and Inner Asia: New Challenges for Independent Research
- Call for Papers to the Second Central Asian Forum on Sustainable Development and Innovation (Loughborough (UK) 18 March /Astana 4 April)
- Issue 2 Now Available
- Central Asian Affairs 2014