Events Calendar

Nov
2
Fri
2012
Extractive Politics, Trust Deficit & Uncertainty in Afghanistan and Central Asia @ Conference Room 505
Nov 2 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Extractive Politics, Trust Deficit & Uncertainty in Afghanistan and Central Asia @ Conference Room 505

with Nazif Shahrani, Professor, Indiana University-Bloomington

In the framework of the SSRC Eurasian Program’s Workshop “Crossing Boundaries: Merging Eurasian Insights with the Study of Afghanistan” the Central Asia Program is proud to host Nazif Sharhani, Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and Anthropology at Indiana University-Bloomington.
  
In his presentation Professor Sharhani will discuss the following key questions: What are the most persistent challenges facing Afghanistan and Central Asian republics to over come economic stagnation, increasing poverty, inequality, oppression, radicalism, and terrorism, dependency on outside powers and looming instability and uncertainty in the region? How will the US & NATO withdrawal of combat forces from Afghanistan in 2014 affect political stability in the region? What are the prospects for averting further uncertainty and instability within the region any time soon?
Oct
31
Thu
2013
Lunch Roundtable: Tajik Presidential Elections @ Voesar Conference Room
Oct 31 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch Roundtable: Tajik Presidential Elections @ Voesar Conference Room
Moderator
Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
Panelists
Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
Azita Ranjbar, The Pennsylvania State University
Vladimir Fedorenko, Rethink Institute
Presidential elections will be held in Tajikistan on November 6, 2013. Despite large control by the authorities over the political landscape, secular andIslamic opposition were able to unify behind a common figure from the human rights sector. Our roundtable will go beyond the strictly electoral event to discuss the main drivers of political and social changes in Tajikistan,especially the role of Islam in the public space, questions of social justice, and migrations, to offer a more accurate picture of this key Central Asian state.
Mar
20
Thu
2014
Bottom-up Secularism in the Top-down States of Eurasia @ Alumni House
Mar 20 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Bottom-up Secularism in the Top-down States of Eurasia @ Alumni House

with John Schoeberlein, Nazarbayev University

The resurgence of religion in the post-Soviet space has been accompanied by heightened appeals to secularism as a social and political order.  Most research on secularism in Eurasian contexts —and indeed, in general — has focused on the top-down institutional construction of the secular order. Furthermore, scholarship on post-Soviet societies tends often to present social construction as a largely top-down process; this being a legacy of the Soviet context where a state with high ambitions for penetrating and transforming society was at the center of most analysis of social process. John Schoeberlein will explore the ways in which bottom-up processes shape the formation of secularism in post-communist states. Drawing on an ethnographic perspective from field research in Central Asia and the Caucasus, he will make an argument that what might be called “secular sensibilities” of people who inhabit all levels of the social process are a crucial factor in shaping the ways that religion has assumed a new role in social and political processes.
Jan
17
Sat
2015
Eurasia’s Future and the role of the United States @ Lindner Commons
Jan 17 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Eurasia's Future and the role of the United States @ Lindner Commons
Join us to honor the memory of author and scholar Alexandros Petersen (1984-2014), killed in Kabul on January 17.

With

Margarita Assenova (Jamestown Foundation),
Stephen J.Blank (American Foreign Policy Council),
Samuel Charap (International Institute for Strategic Studies),
Ariel Cohen (Heritage Foundation), and
Matthew Rojansky (Kennan Institute)
On January 17, 2014, an attack on a restaurant was launched in Kabul, murdering 21 people.Among them was Dr. Alexandros Petersen, a specialist on the Caucasus and Central Asia.Dr. Petersen held a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and authored The WorldIsland: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West (Praeger: 2011).
Feb
19
Thu
2015
Religion, Sta​te and Secularism in Eurasia… and Beyond @ Conference Room 505
Feb 19 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Religion, Sta​te and Secularism in Eurasia… and Beyond @ Conference Room 505
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This seminar will explore state-sponsored secularism in the Eurasian continent, and how the authorities use the concept of the separation of state and religion to consolidate authoritarian policies. It looks at Russia, Central Asia and China, comparing them with the Middle-East. In the name of state secularism, Islamic communities are prohibited from interfering in politics, while the state strictly monitors religious activities, and interactions with the rest of the Ummah are looked upon with suspicion.

4:00pm Presentations

Alexsey Malashenko (Carnegie Moscow)

Sean Roberts (GWU)

Nader Hashemi (University of Denver)

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