Events Calendar

Jun
7
Thu
2012
USAID Experience with Legislative Strengthening in the Former Soviet Union @ Voesar Conference Room
Jun 7 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
USAID Experience with Legislative Strengthening in the Former Soviet Union @ Voesar Conference Room
With 
Dr. Eric Rudenshiold, Senior Officer in Charge of Kyrgyzstan and the Central Asian Republics at USAID
Kregg Halstead, Chief of Party of USAIDs “Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary Strengthening Program” being implemented by DAI
 
Moderated by
Dr. Sean Roberts, Director and Associate Professor, International Development Studies Program, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
In the two decades since the fall of the Soviet Union and the emergence of independent states on Russia’s periphery, USAID has led the effort to help parliaments in these countries become more effective in passing meaningful legislation, more engaged with citizens, and more independent of the executive branch. This panel will be a discussion of those efforts, with both a comparative regional overview and a more focused look at recent work with Kyrgyzstan’s Jogorku Kenesh.
Dr. Eric Rudenshiold, the Senior Officer in Charge for Kyrgyzstan and the Central Asian Republics at USAID, has been instrumental in the design and implementation of USAID’s work with legislative institutions in Central Asia, the Caucuses and elsewhere in the region, and will speak on the challenges and successes in those efforts.   
Kregg Halstead is the Chief of Party of USAID’s “Kyrgyzstan Parliamentary StrengtheningProgram” being implemented by DAI, and has worked on legislative strengthening, human rights and rule of law programs in the former Soviet Union for almost 20 years.   
Dr. Sean Roberts is a noted expert on issues of democracy and governance in Central Asia. Between 1998 and 2006 he spent six years in the region designing and managing USAID programs on democracy,  civil society and legislative assistance.
Sep
25
Tue
2012
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

with

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. 
Mar
25
Tue
2014
Are US strategic interests in Azerbaijan at risk? @ Voesar Conference Room
Mar 25 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Are US strategic interests in Azerbaijan at risk? @ Voesar Conference Room

with Dr. Farhad Aliyev, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

The current US policy of disengagement from Southern Eurasia may have  a negative impact upon the US strategic interests in the region in the long-run, with Azerbaijan becoming more vulnerable to falling under Russia’s influence and having to manage a difficult relationship to Iran. Moreover, domestic evolutions are on their way: roll back in democratization and the influence of changes in values among the youth, especially under the influence of Turkey’s internal changes, may make the US position in the country more difficult.
Dec
1
Mon
2014
Police in Afghanistan: Continuing the Mission and Defining the Future @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Dec 1 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Police in Afghanistan: Continuing the Mission and Defining the Future @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]with Major General Masood Ahmad Azizi, MoI Deputy Minister for Strategy and Policy

  • Police are the long-term security solution to targeting the enablers of insurgency and criminals
  • Securing the public’s trust by the police is essential to defeating insurgents
  • Securing and retaining the public’s trust requires continued police professionalization
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May
18
Mon
2015
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

Discussion

​​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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