Events Calendar

Apr
16
Tue
2013
American and European Policies in Central Asia: Similarities and Divergence @ City View Room
Apr 16 @ 3:15 PM – 6:30 PM
American and European Policies in Central Asia: Similarities and Divergence @ City View Room
Panel 1: Debating Similarities and Divergences in European and American Policies Toward Central Asia (3:15-4:45)
Jos Boonstra, Senior Researcher, Head of EUCAM programme, FRIDE, Brussels
Alexander Cooley, Tow Professor, Barnard College, New York 
Jeff Goldstein, Senior policy analyst for Eurasia, Open Society Foundations
Sebastien Peyrouse, Research Professor, Central Asia Program, GWU
 
Panel 2: European and American Policy Priorities in Central Asia(5:00-6:30)
Patricia Flor, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, European External Action Service
Lynne Tracy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs
The seminar aims to build on the existing dialogue among experts and policy-makers from the two sides of the Atlantic, with the goal of finding pragmatic policy solutions and converging the objectives of the two actors in the region. While there is a general consensus that the objectives ofEurope and the U.S in Central Asia are similar, the methodologies in perusing those objectives differ. What are the priorities of the two actors in the run up to 2014 and beyond in the view of the value-based approach versus security constraints linked to the 2014 draw-down from Afghanistan. More information can be found at http://go.gwu.edu/EUUS.
Apr
30
Tue
2013
Politics and Cinema: Divergence in Post-Soviet Central Asian Film @ Voesar Conference Room
Apr 30 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Politics and Cinema: Divergence in Post-Soviet Central Asian Film @ Voesar Conference Room

Discussion on Kazakh Cinema

Introduction: Peter Rollberg, Director, IERES, GWU

Kazakh Cinema in an Historical Perspective: from Perestroika to Post-Borat Time
Jean Radvanyi, Professor, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures, Paris, France

Politics and Cinema: Divergence in Post-Soviet Central Asian Film
Michael Rouland, co-editor of Cinema in Central Asia: Rewriting Cultural Histories (I.B.Tauris, 2013)

Film Screening (7:00-8:30 pm)- Killer (1998), by Darezhan Omirbaev
Winner of the ‘Un Certain Regard Award’ at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan’s film industry has experienced major changes along with the rest of a Kazakh society. Through movies, Kazakh film-makers have been able to explore the new dimensions of their society and begin to create a new cultural history. This event will be a discussion on Kazakh cinema and its role in Kazakh society as it reexamines past events and their narratives. We will then be showing Killer, Darzehan Omirbaev’s award winning film.

May
1
Wed
2013
Afghanistan after 2014 @ Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
May 1 @ 2:00 PM – May 2 @ 5:00 AM
Afghanistan after 2014 @ Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

In partnership with the Kennan Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ South Asia Center.

Spotlight on Central Eurasia Speaker Series 

This event explores local and regional perspectives on the future of Afghanistan against the backdrop of the planned United States withdrawal of military forces from the region. The first session focuses on local politics and governance in Afghanistan, and the second session investigates the ways in which Afghanistan’s neighbors have been discussing and planning for the upcoming changes.                                                                                                                          

2:00-3:15 pm       Views from Within Afghanistan

Noah Coburn (Bennington College), “Elections and the Hazards of Transition: Voting and Local Governance in Afghanistan” author of Bazaar Politics: Pottery and Power in an Afghan Market Town (2011)

3:15-3:30 pm       Coffee Break

3:30-5:00 pm       Views from Afghanistan’s Neighbors

Simbal Khan (Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow), “Pakistan’s Strategy on Afghanistan: Between Dodging Bullets and Moderating Outcomes”

Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University), “A “regional solution” for Afghanistan? Perspectives from Afghanistan’s Northern Neighbors”

Co-sponsors:

George Washington University’s Central Asia Program

Wilson Center’s South Asia Program

The Spotlight on Central Eurasia Speaker Series, hosted by the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, aims to inform Washington, DC-based scholars and practitioners of the latest research on a range of topics and from a variety of disciplines impacting the future of the Caucasus and Central Asia.

May
7
Tue
2013
What’s Wrong in the Relationship Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan? @ Voesar Conference Room
May 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
What's Wrong in the Relationship Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan? @ Voesar Conference Room
with Volker Jacoby, Former Human Rights OfficerUN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia 
 
Volker Jacoby will shed light on the uneasy relationship between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and put it into the broader regional context of Central Asia. He will talk about the water/energy nexus in the region and the struggle over the Rogun Hydropower station project in Tajikistan, the conflict over the Farhad water reservoir, TALCO, border delimitation, railroad connections and other strains between the two neighbors. He will also elaborate on necessity and prospects of cooperation in the region, with a view also towards the withdrawal of international combat forces from Afghanistan.
May
13
Mon
2013
Legal Aspects of Foreign Direct Investment in the Gold Mining Sector of the Kyrgyz Republic: Towards a Path to Sustainable Environmental Development
May 13 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Legal Aspects of Foreign Direct Investment in the Gold Mining Sector of the Kyrgyz Republic: Towards a Path to Sustainable Environmental Development

with Begaiym Esenkulova, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Begaiym Esenkulova is an Assistant Professor of Law at the American University of Central Asia,Kyrgyzstan, an S.J.D. candidate at the Central European University, Hungary, and is currently aColumbia University visiting scholar. She will be discussing the legal aspects of FDI in the gold mining sector in Kyrgyzstan.