Events Calendar

“My Andijon Remains”: Memory and Forgetting Ten Years after the Andijon Events @ Voesar Conference Room
May 14 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
"My Andijon Remains": Memory and Forgetting Ten Years after the Andijon Events @ Voesar Conference Room
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Laura Adams, USAID and Harvard University

Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera and CAP Associate

Noah Tucker, and CAP Associate

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The 13 May 2005 Andijon violence has been documented, interpreted and remembered by survivors, by society and by the state in ways that have evolved over the ten years since it occurred. While responses to the violence and the drive by survivors to document their firsthand experiences helped expand the Uzbek-language internet in an important way made possible by new technologies, rapid technological change and the shift to social media erased many of those discussions and firsthand narratives without deliberate censorship or action by the state. The state itself has at times promoted memory of the events — memory of specific versions — and other times, particularly after the Arab Spring, preferred to forget they occurred as it attempts to promote a narrative that Uzbekistan is synonymous with “peace and stability [tinchlik va osoyishtalik].” The panelists will discuss how all these processes have evolved in the decade since the violence and how technological change shapes the way tragic events are remembered — and forgotten — in the age of social media.

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The Magic of Uzbek Cinema
Sep 22 – Sep 25 all-day
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A Film Festival in partnership with the Embassy of Uzbekistan

Featuring film directors

Shukhrat Abbasov and Ayub Shahobiddinov

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You Are Not An Orphan
By Shukhrat Abbasov, 1963
September 22, 2015
800 21st St NW, Marvin Center Amphitheater
Reception to follow
Shukhrat Abbasov in person

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Heaven, My Abode
By Ayub Shahobiddinov, 2012
September 23, 2015
800 21st St NW, Marvin Center Amphitheater
Reception to follow
Ayub Shahobiddinov in person

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The Dance of Men
By Yusup Razykov, 2002
September 24, 2015
1957 E St, NW, Suite 412

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By Abduhalil Mignarov, 2014
September 25, 2015
1957 E St, NW, Suite 412

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All films with English subtitles — Light refreshments to be served

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Mirzokhid Rakhimov – Contemporary History of Uzbekistan: Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Approach @ Voesar Conference Room Suite 412
May 17 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
WP_20160330_002Contemporary history is a relatively new discipline for the social sciences and the humanities. Studying the recent history of Uzbekistan is still not an established trend, even in Uzbekistan, and doesn’t have its own methodology, research know-how, training or methodological support. Thematic field studies are still narrow, with limited critical approaches and interdisciplinary studies. However, being able to develop a comprehensive study of contemporary history is an important theoretical and practical issue that requires interdisciplinary approaches. Domestic politics need to be understood in broad perspective, including taking into account historical legacies, the interconnectivity of internal and external politics, as well as local, regional and global processes. This research is based on research on and academic visits in Uzbekistan, other Central Asian republics, the US, China, the EU, Russia, Republic of Korea, India, Japan and others.

Dr. Mirzokhid Rakhimov is a Visiting Fulbright scholar at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He is the head of the department of Contemporary history and international relations at the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan and Professor at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent. His scholarly interests cover contemporary history and regional and international relations in post-Soviet Central Asia. He holds a PhD and an Habilitation in History and International relations from the History Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbe­kistan.

Regime Succession in Uzbekistan: Update and Discussion – Co-Organized with CSIS @ CSIS Headquarters, 2nd Floor Conference Center
Sep 7 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Regime Succession in Uzbekistan: Update and Discussion - Co-Organized with CSIS @ CSIS Headquarters, 2nd Floor Conference Center
With rumors circulating that Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died, the academic question of regime succession had become very immediate. What’s next for Uzbekistan, and what does that mean for the region and for the world? Will we simply see another strongman take power? Should we worry about unrest?  With events continuing to unfold, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and the Central Asia Program at the George Washington University are pleased to host a panel discussion with several top specialists on the region, kicked off with a video-teleconference with RFE/RL specialists in Prague who are closely following events on the ground in Tashkent.


Eric McGlinchey
Associate Professor, George Mason University
Bruce Pannier (via video teleconference)
Senior Correspondent, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Sebastien Peyrouse
Research Professor, Central Asia Program, IERES (GWU)
Alisher Sidikov (via video teleconference)
Service Director, Radio Ozodlik (Uzbek Service), Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty


Olga Oliker
Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program

What Changes in a Post-Karimov Uzbekistan? @ Room 505
Oct 27 @ 2:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Session 1. Changes in the Uzbek domestic landscape
Chair: Marlene Laruelle (GWU)
Bruce Pannier (RFE/RL)
Softer on the Outside but Still Hard at the Core
Dillorom Abdulloeva (Tashabbus)
What Changes are Needed and Expected in the Field of Human Rights and the Legal Sphere?
Roger Kangas (NESA Center, NDU)
Uzbek Foreign Policy After Karimov: Change or Continuity?

C0ffee break

Session 2. An evolving economic policy?
Chair: David Abramson (US Department of State)
Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University)
Structural Impediments to Economic Reform in Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
Aziz Khasanov (Eurasia Analytics)
The Uzbek Succession: Is Economic Transformation Possible?
Murad Akhmedoff (Independent Scholar)
Uzbekistan’s Long-Awaited Economic Liberalization

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