Events Calendar

Nov
1
Thu
2012
Merging Eurasian Insights with the Study of Afghanistan
Nov 1 – Nov 4 all-day
Merging Eurasian Insights with the Study of Afghanistan

THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Central Asia Program at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies atGeorge Washington University are pleased to announce a field development workshop, to be held on the GWU campus November 1-4, 2012.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and currently either within five years of the completionof their dissertation, enrolled in an accredited PhD program, or enrolled in an area studies MA program.Applicants should have an identified and developed research project that relates to the theme and focus of theworkshop. Preference will be given to those developing their dissertation.
Full instructions on how to apply can be found on the program’s website: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/pages/eurasia-program/crossing-boundaries-merging-eurasian-insights-with-the-study-of-afghanistan/ 
Application materials should be submitted electronically to the SSRC Eurasia Program at [email protected] by5:00 p.m. EDT on October 1, 2012.  Travel costs, workshop meals, and accommodation for participants will becovered by the SSRC. Should you have any questions, please contact the Eurasia Program ([email protected]).

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?
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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