Events Calendar

The Inaugural Central Asia Fellowship Seminar @ Alumni House
Aug 28 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Inaugural Central Asia Fellowship Seminar @ Alumni House
4:00 pm. Registration
4.15pm. Welcome Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Executive Director, SIPRI-North America
4:30-6:00 pm. Fellows Presentations and Discussion:
Aitolkyn Kourmanova, Central Asia Fellow (Kazakhstan)
Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: Nurturing from the Ground
Safovudin Jaborov, Central Asia Fellow (Tajikistan)
Radicalization of Youth in Tajikistan: Causes, Consequences, and Addressing the Challenges
Ross Wilson, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council 
Sanaam Naraghi-Anderlini Co-Founder of International Civil Society Action Network(ICAN), and Senior Fellow, MIT Center for International Studies
Chair: Marlene Laruelle, Director, Central Asia Program, GWU
6:00 pm. Reception
The Family Business: Turkmenistan Economy Starts to Look Like its Neighbors
Oct 16 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
The Family Business: Turkmenistan Economy Starts to Look Like its Neighbors

with Myles Smith,  Senior Program Officer and Assistant Managing Editor for the Media, Sustainability Index at IREX

Turkmenistan’s business sector has evolved during the short reign of Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. What was once the province of a small handful of foreignbusinessmen with close personal relationships with first president Niyazov is now aslightly more open field. The first family and new patrons are prying openopportunities for Turkmenistan-based businesses. Meanwhile, old favorites like Itera, MTC, and Bouygues have struggled to maintain their positions. What are the implications for Turkmenistan’s economy and political system, and what does this shift preface about Turkmenistan’s future development.
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.
Turkmenistan: Domestic Evolution, Economic Development, and Regional Environment @ Conference Room 505
May 18 @ 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Turkmenistan: Domestic Evolution, Economic Development, and Regional Environment @ Conference Room 505
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]9:00am Introductory Remarks

Marlene Laruelle (CAP, IERES, GWU)

9:15am Session I. Governance Changes in Turkmenistan

Chair: Marlene Laruelle (CAP, IERES, GWU)

Myles Smith (IREX)
Forget political will – Would good governance even be possible in Turkmenistan?

Chris Miller (USAID)
Governance Challenges and Opportunities in Turkmenistan


​​10:45-11:15pm Coffee-break

11:15-12:45pm Session II. Economic Development, Progress and Challenges

Chair: Victoria Clement (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA)

Theresa Sabonis-Helf (National Defense University)
Casting a Wider Net: Turkmenistan and Regional Electricity

Jan Šír (Charles University, Prague)
Going Private? Denationalization and Privatization in Turkmenistan under Berdymukhammedov

Kenyon Weaver (Dentons LLP)
The Transformation of Commercial Law under President Berdymuhamedov.

12:45-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Session III. Turkmenistan in its Regional Environment

Chair: Myles Smith (IREX)

Nazik Muradova (Central Asia Fellow, GWU)
Revisiting Turkmenistan’s energy exports. Path toward a greater diversity of foreign partners?

Slavomir Horák (Charles University, Prague)
Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan. From personal approach to ordinary authoritarian regimes relations?

Sebastien Peyrouse (Central Asia Program, GWU)
Turkmenistan-Afghanistan: Political Pragmatism, Security Tensions?

​​3:00-3:15pm Coffee-break

3:15-4:45pm Session IV. Historical and Social Transformations

Chair: Sebastien Peyrouse (Central Asia Program, GWU)

Victoria Clement (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA)
Intrepid Reformers: Turkmen Jadids

Aynabat Yaylymova (Turkmenistan Health Initiative)
Reproductive Health: How do I say this in Turkmen?

Jahan Taganova (Syracuse University)
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