Events Calendar

Understanding Conflict and Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan
Mar 5 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Understanding Conflict and Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan

with Neil Melvin, Director of Program Armed Conflict and Conflict Management, SIPRI

Over the last two decades, Kyrgyzstan has experienced two major outbreaks of violence involving the main ethnic communities in the country: the Kyrgyz and the Uzbeks. These violent incidentshave generally been viewed as ethnic conflicts and much of the response to the violence from thegovernment, local communities, and the international community has been framed within thisunderstanding. At the same time, Kyrgyzstan has also experienced other, less significant violent events and political crises that have often been linked temporally to the “ethnic conflicts”. This suggests that a full understanding of the nature of armed conflict in Kyrgyzstan and the involvement of ethnic communities in violence at a minimum requires a broader examination of the context of the violence. Neil Melvin is director of Program Armed Conflict and Conflict Management at the StockholmInternational Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and has also worked at a variety of leading policy institutes in Europe. 

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
Foreign Policy Doctrine and the Actions of Uzbekistan @ Voesar Conference Room
Nov 15 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Foreign Policy Doctrine and the Actions of Uzbekistan @ Voesar Conference Room
with Dr. Farkhod Tolipov, Director of the Non-Governmental Education and Research Institution“Bilim Karvoni”
The Republic of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy has undergone dramatic fluctuations since gaining independence, from a pro-American extreme to a pro-Russian one and back again. Such a “pendulum” swing of the newly independent Central Asian state reflects its two ambivalent and interrelated stances: Tashkent’s perception of the international system as an old stage of power politics – somewhat a Soviet syndrome – and an uncertain geopolitical situation that emerged in Central Asia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The operation in Afghanistan further confused the doctrinal foundation of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy,revealing the lack of Tashkent’s strategic perspective. As a result, Uzbekistan took rather isolationist tactics in the region instead of a long-awaited pro-active strategy.
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
Central Asia and the Eurasian Economic Union: The Global Picture and Country Perspectives @ Lindner Family Commons
Feb 26 @ 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Central Asia and the Eurasian Economic Union: The Global Picture and Country Perspectives @ Lindner Family Commons
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Opening Remarks: Marlene Laruelle (IERES, George Washington University)

9:30-11:00am Session I. Roundtable

Martha Brill Olcott (Michigan State University)
Sarah Freese (US-Kazakhstan Business Association)
Alexander Cooley (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Alexander Libman (German Institute for International and Security Affairs SWP)

11:30-1:00pm Session II. Kazakhstan’s Perspective on the EEU

Aitolkyn Kourmanova (CSIS Visiting Fellow, Washington DC)
Kazakhstan and Eurasian integration: Taking a Broader View

Nate Schenkkan (Freedom House)
The Eurasian Economic Union Treaty. Pre-2014 aspirations, post-2014 realities?

Molly O’Neal (SAIS, Johns Hopkins University)
Kazakhstan in the Eurasian Economic Integration Project: Regionalism and the Multilateral

2:00-4:00pm Session III. Voices from the Central Asian Neighbors

Roman Mogilevsky (University of Central Asia, Bishkek)
The EEU seen from Kyrgyzstan

Saodat Olimova (Sharq Analytical Center, Dushanbe)
The EEU seen from Tajikistan

Farrukh Irnazarov (Central Asia Fellow at GW and Country Director and Researcher, Central Asian Development Institute, Tashkent)
The EEU seen from Uzbekistan

Nazik Muradova (Central Asia Fellow at GW)
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