NATO members are exiting from Afghanistan at different speeds, dictated by pressures from their domestic public opinions. This withdrawal has re-launched debates on the security of the Central Asian region. In the years to come, the post-2014 changes in the regional landscape will intersect with domestic evolutions including changes in political leadership, in demographics, and the end of the Soviet legacy. GW’s Central Asia Program seeks to participate in the policy debate on Central Asia by providing current research on the different sources of potential insecurity in the region.
Deconstructing the ‘Spillover’ Narrative
Afghan Spillover Oversell: The Greater Danger of Self-Inflicted Harm in Central Asia
The Closing of Central Asia’s Borders
Drug-Trafficking: Identifying the Real Challenges
Dilemmas of Democratization: The Problems of Transitioning from Authoritarian Rule in Kyrgyzstan andImplications for other Countries in the Region
My Property, your Courts: The International Litigation of Contested Central Asian Assets
Regulating Private Security Companies in Central Asia
Effective resolution of water related issues as a crucial factor for security in Central Asia
The Crisis of Consistency in Uzbekistan
Redistribution of oil revenues in Kazakhstan: excessive expectations from the population?
Kyrgyzstan: When Consolidation Fails
Statecraft in Tajikistan: A blunt instrument for a fine task?
Islamic “revival” in Central Asia: Social trend or political threat?
Geostrategic factors in the Islamist militant threat to central Asia
Activities of Central Asian Islamic militant organizations on the internet and social media
- 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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