The Conflict in South Kyrgyzstan Ten Years on: Perspectives, Consequences, Actions
Translated and edited by Aksana Ismailbekova and Philipp Lottholz
In June of this year, the conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan, which came to be known as ‘Osh’ or ‘June events’ is marking its tenth anniversary. From the direct aftermath of this conflict to this day, these events and the violence, death and destruction of property they have wrought, but also questions about accountability for their emergence have been subject to controversial discussions.
Questions about the necessary and appropriate measured to end the conflict and prevent its re- emergence and, in a more long-term perspective, on how to achieve reconciliation of affected communities and build sustainable peace have been debates widely both in Kyrgyzstan and in international expert, academic and activist circles.
Against this background, the present discussion forum is devoted to reflection on the conflict itself, its consequences, and its reception and debates on it in Kyrgyzstan and in the international arena. The main goal of our discussion is to preserve the memory of these events and to raise awareness of their ongoing consequences. The contributions written by a group of four Kyrgyz and two foreign scholars offer both personal accounts and systematic analyses of the enormous changes that have occurred as a result of the conflict. Through these perspectives, this article series aims to advance the debate in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia and among a wider international audience. We seek to generate new angles and approaches to understanding problems and tensions that still persist in the affected communities. But besides these aspects, this publication is also aimed at developing new ideas and approaches to overcome tensions in the public sphere in Kyrgyzstan and in its relations with international partners.