Events Calendar

Debating “Patronal Politics in Central Asia:” A Demokratizatsiya Special Issue  @ Lindner Commons
Sep 25 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Debating “Patronal Politics in Central Asia:” A Demokratizatsiya Special Issue  @ Lindner Commons


Slovomir Horak, Charles University

Marlène Laruelle, IERES
Erica Marat, American University
Lawrence Markowitz, Rowan University
and Sébastien Peyrouse, IERES
The Fall 2012 issue of IERES’ Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization examines the role of patronal politics in Central Asia. An introductory essay about the concepts of neopatrimonialism and patronal presidentialism lays out the theoretical background for the issue.Five country-study articles then describe the dynamics of each society, while also discussing the different aspects that comprise patronal regimes in the region. At this presentation, four of the contributors will discuss their articles and the current situation in Central Asia. 
The Second Central Asia Fellowship Seminar @ Lindner Commons
Dec 16 @ 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
BagishbekovYevgeniya Pak

The Central Asia Program and SIPRI North America have the pleasure to invite you to the Second Central Asia Fellowship Seminar. The seminar will be followed by a reception.

Sardar Bagishbekov, Central Asia Fellow (Kyrgyzstan)
Ensuring Freedom from State Violence in the Kyrgyz Republic
Yevgeniya Pak, Central Asia Fellow (Uzbekistan)
Exit Visa Regime in Uzbekistan: Regime Interests versus Freedom of Individuals
Erica Marat, Visiting Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Eric Lohr, Director of Initiative for Russian Culture, American University
International Water Day @ Conference Room 505
Mar 21 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
International Water Day @ Conference Room 505
Marlene Laruelle, Central Asia Program, George Washington University
Julia Collins, Women and Water Project
Marcus King, George Washington University
Barbara Miller, Global Gender Program, George Washington University
Amanda Klasing, Human Rights Watch
Rebecca Fishman, WASH Advocates
Kara Gerson, Voss Foundation
In 1993, the United Nations declared March 22nd as the official “World Day for Water”,with the aim to raise awareness and focus attention on sustainably managing thisimportant resource. This year World Water Day focuses on the interplay of Energy andWater. In honor of this day, the State Department-funded Women and Water Project atGW’s Elliott School, along with WASH Advocates, invite you to a roundtable breakfastevent to discuss energy and water challenges and share knowledge on improvingmanagement and governance through enhanced participation of women and socialinclusion.
Myth and Rhetoric of the Turkish Model: Changing notions of marginality in Turkey
May 30 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Myth and Rhetoric of the Turkish Model: Changing notions of marginality in Turkey

with Anita Sengupta, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India 

The Turkish Model or the Turkish Developmental Alternative was promoted in the Central Asian Republics immediately following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Model emphasised the ideal of a ”secular, democratic, liberal society”as a model for the post- Soviet Turkic world and in the process encouraged a”Turkic” rhetoric that emphasized connection between the two regions based on acommon ancestry. While Turkey was presented as ‘’the’’ model of development fora vast region there was also the emergence of a critique of this ‘’modern’’ model from within the state itself particularly in terms of how the Turkish state continued to exclude certain groups from its definition of who constitutes its “relevant’’citizen. Gezi Park and subsequent events within Turkey have brought into questionthe democratic credentials of the state. This presentation questions the myth andrhetoric of a model that emerges in the face of transitions and recedes asalternatives emerge from within.