with Nazif Shahrani, Professor, 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?
- 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
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
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.
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?
3:15-4:45pm 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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