Events Calendar

Oct
16
Thu
2014
Cinema Club Film Screening: The Needle @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Oct 16 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: The Needle @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Directed by Rashid Nugmanov (Kazakhstan, 1988)

In the bleak filmscape of glasnost, The Needle stood out as a black sheep of a movie. The most playful and offbeat of the Soviet films of the period, it contrasted sharply to the mainstream, which was overwhelmed with revisionism of the Stalinist past and nihilistic social criticism.

A young man named Moro (played by Viktor Tsoi, the late rock ‘n’ roll legend from the St. Petersburg band “Kino”) returns to his Asiatic hometown only to find his exgirlfriend, Dina (Marina Smirnova), becoming a drug addict and himself becoming involved in the bizarre life of the city’s underworld. In an attempt to save Dina, Moro takes her away to the Aral Sea, turned into a barren desert by the time they arrive. There Dina seems cured, but back in town everything starts anew. Almost desperate, Moro decides to fight the drug dealers, led by a hospital doctor (played by another rock ‘n’ roll star, eccentric leader of the “Sound of Mu” band and the future star of Taxi Blues , Pyotr Mamonov), when one of them stabs him in a deserted park.

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Oct
20
Mon
2014
Hydrocarbons, Governance and Social Accountability in Russia and Central Asia @ Lindner Commons, Room 602
Oct 20 @ 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Hydrocarbons, Governance and Social Accountability in Russia and Central Asia @ Lindner Commons, Room 602 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
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1:00-2:00pm Keynote Speaker

Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos (French Institute of Geopolitics, University Paris 8, France)
Oil and Social Accountability in Russia

2:00-3:30pm Session 1. Hydrocarbons and Governance in Eurasia

Sergei Gretsky (Foreign Service Institute)
Kazakhstan Seeks to Avoid Resource Curse

Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University)
Can Russia Escape The Oil Curse?

3:30-4:00pm Coffee break

4:00-5:30pm Session 2. Oil, Environment and Social Accountability

Robert Orttung (George Washington University)
Oil and Social Accountability in Russia

Kate Watters (Crude Accountability)
Hydrocarbons, Human Rights and the Environment in Turkmenistan

Sebastien Peyrouse (GWU/East West Center)
Oil and Social Violence in Kazakhstan

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Oct
28
Tue
2014
Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia
Oct 28 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia @ Washington | District of Columbia | United States
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]12:00-12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm Opening remarks.
DCM Yerkin Akhinzhanov, Kazakhstan Embassy in the United States

Fatema Z. Sumar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

1:00-2:30pm. Session I. Regional Integration Projects, Divergences and Challenges

Moderator: Margarita Assenova (Jamestown Foundation)

Sumona Guha (Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State)
U.S. perspectives on Central Asia’s regional integration

Andrew Kuchins (Senior Fellow and Director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program)
Competing and Collaborative Visions of Eurasian Integration

Farrukh Irnazarov (Country Directory and Researcher, Central Asian Development Institute (CADI), Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and Visiting Fellow at the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute, SAIS)
Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: Evidence from the Field

Galymzhan Kirbassov (Columbia University)
An Integrated Approach to Combating International Terrorism in Central Asia

2:30-2:45pm Coffee-break

2:45-4:00pm. Session 2. Regional Integration, a View from Kazakhstan

Moderator: Sergey Gretsky (Catholic University)

Martha Brill Olcott (Visiting Professor, Michigan State University)
2014: The Impact on Kazakh Foreign Policy and Regional Cooperation

Anuar Ayazbekov (Rumsfeld Fellow)
Constructors of the Silk Road Narrative: Kazakhstan’s Voice

Marlene Laruelle (Central Asia Program, George Washington University)
Kazakhstan’s Dilemmas: Eurasian integration, Central Asian integration, or a ‘Kazakh Eli’ path?

 

The Kazakhstan Initiative at GW
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Nov
3
Mon
2014
Islam in Eurasia @ Lindner Commons, Room 602
Nov 3 – Nov 4 all-day
Islam in Eurasia @ Lindner Commons, Room 602 | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
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Eurasia is often a forgotten space on the radar of the public opinion and the policy community looking at the Islamic world. However, Eurasia offers diversity of Islamic traditions, including both Sunni and Shiite.  Islam in Eurasia has been at the crossroads of many influences, interacting with Christianity, European secularism and Soviet atheism, as well as with Islamic revivalist movements from the Middle-East and South Asia.

This conference gives the floor to a generation of scholars who have been working on the ground to renew our knowledge of Eurasian Islam in its plurality, going beyond the media hype of Islamist radicalization and terrorism. The first two panels will look at the relationship between state and religion in the region and at the place of Islam in everyday life. The second day will explore Eurasian Islamic actors as they interact with the globalized world: they discover other Islamic traditions, enjoy the rise of digital media as a new platform to discuss religion, and a minority engage in internationalized insurgency theaters.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

9:30 am Introduction

Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)

9:45-11:00am Keynote Speaker

Pauline Jones Luong (Michigan University, USA)
Reassessing Central Asia’s Islamic Revival

11:00-1:00pm Session I. State and Religion in Eurasia

Chair: David Abramson (State Department, USA)

Sergey Markedonov (Russian State University for the Humanities)
Russian State and Multi-Faced Political Islam

Sufian Zhemukhov (IERES, George Washington University)
Security, Religion, and the State in the North Caucasus

Bayram Balci (CERI Science Po, France)
Between Sunni and Shia Revival: State and Religion in Azerbaijan

Sebastien Peyrouse (IERES, George Washington University, USA)
Authoritarian Secularism:  State Management of Religion in Central Asia

Discussion

1:00-2:00pm Lunch

2:00-4:00pm Session II. Islam and Everyday Life in Central Asia

Chair: Pauline Jones Luong (Michigan University, USA)

David Montgomery (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Islam in Everyday Life and Everyday Life in Islam: Religion and Secularism as Lived Categories in Central Asia

Shahnoza Nozimova (George Mason University, USA)
Female Islamic Lifeworld in Tajikistan: Competing Discourses and Limited Public Spheres

Elyor Karimov (Institute of History, Academy of Sciences, Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
Female Ordinances of Sacred Sites at Modern Central Asia: Traditions and Innovations

Aurelie Biard (Sciences Po, France)
Islam, Individuation and Neo-Community in Kyrgyzstan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

11:00-12:30pm Session III. Interacting with the World. Travelers, Migrants and Proselytes

Chair: Sean Robert (George Washington University, USA)

David Abramson (State Department, USA)
The Politicization of Islamic Education at Home and Abroad

Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University, USA)
The Role of Islam among Central Asian Migrants

Emil Nasridtinov (American University in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan)
Kyrgyz Dawatchis: Travel, Dawah and Glocal Narrative 

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Session IV. Roundtable: Digital Islam. A New Marketplace for Religion

Chair: Noah Tucker (Independent scholar, CAP associate, USA)

Sarah Kendzior (Al-Jazeera English, CAP associate, USA),

Behzod Mamadiev (VoA, Washington DC, USA), and

Wendell Schwab (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

3:00-3:30pm Coffee-break

3:30-5:00pm Session V. From Pakistan to Syria. Trajectories of Eurasian Insurgents

Chair: Marlene Laruelle (IERES, George Washington University)

Jean-Francois Ratelle (IERES, George Washington University, USA)
Comparative Analysis of the Caucasus Emirate Islamic Ideology inside the Global-Salafi Jihad

Noah Tucker (Independent scholar, CAP associate, USA)
The Syrian Conflict and the Transformation of the Uzbek Jihad

Erlan Karin (Director, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies)
Natives of Kazakhstan in Syria: Routes, Factors, Portraits

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Nov
13
Thu
2014
Cinema Club Film Screening: Pure Coolness @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Nov 13 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: Pure Coolness @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412 | Vancouver | Washington | United States
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Directed by Ernest Abdyjaparov (Kyrgyzstan, 2007)

Asema gets engaged to Murat and the two go to Murat’s hometown, where the traditional Kyrgyzstani culture remains. One day, Asema learns of a plan to kidnap his bride for a shepherd called Sagyn. The film comically depicts the “marriage by abduction” that continues to happen in the countryside of Kyrgyzstan. The film also poses questions about marriage and love.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]