The Rise of Social Media in Central Asia – Spring 2019 CAP Fellows Seminar Series

9 May, 2019 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
The influence of social media in Central Asia has expanded rapidly in recent years. While restrictions on media continue to plague the region, the influence of social media on the population, especially young people, is growing. Crucial debates on the values society should accept, the rise of native language journalism and social activism are all now happening online. The latest analysis of the power that social media has in a variety of forms will be presented from experts from the field. Join us for a presentation and open discussion to learn more about how social media will influence the future of Central Asia.
Mirakmal Niyazmatov is an immigration and human rights attorney. He holds LL.M and J.S.D. degrees from Notre Dame Law School. In 2013, Mirakmal helped to co-found Tashabbus Inc., a Washington, DC-based NGO dedicated to strengthening the rule of law in Uzbekistan. He is currently serving as its President.
Eldar Asanov is a linguist and journalist whose research at GW is dedicated to the problems of mass media, censorship and public debate in Uzbekistan. He extensive experience working in Uzbek media in digital and print journalism as well as in television. He is also a founder of the popular scientific blog “Asanov Format”. He was an editor and project manager at the “” news portal and participates in the Internews Network and EU joint grant on opposing violent extremism in Central Asia. He earned a BA in Mass Media and an MA in Public Relations from National University of Uzbekistan and a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Tashkent State University.
Elmurat Ashiraliev researches the mediascape in Kyrgyz Republic as a visiting fellow at The George Washington University. He is a journalist at Kloop Media, an independent Kyrgyz media outlet, which covers topics including politics, human rights, and corruption. As a part of the Kloop Media team, Elmurat served as the Kyrgyz editor for the UNDEF and UNESCO supported “Community Media Centers” projects. He is a member of the “Esimde” team which researches history and memory of the Kyrgyz Republic. Elmurat earned an MA in Central Asian Studies from American University of Central Asia in 2016.


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