Central Asia Security Workshop 2019

18 March, 2019 @ 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Lindner Family Commons (6th Floor)
1957 E St NW Washington DC 20052

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

Bumps on the Belt and Road: How Mass Internment of Local Ethnic Groups in Xinjian Complicate China-Central Asia Relations


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

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