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?
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.
Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: Nurturing from the Ground
Sanaam Naraghi-Anderlini Co-Founder of International Civil Society Action Network(ICAN), and Senior Fellow, MIT Center for International Studies
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.
Ensuring Freedom from State Violence in the Kyrgyz Republic
Christian Bleuer will give a presentation based on recent field research and his Afghanistan Analysts Network report “Between Co-operation and Insulation: Afghanistan’s Relations with the Central Asian Republics.” The main focus will be on the real and imagined trans-national security threats in this region that cross the Afghan border in both directions. He will analyse the past and present cross-border relations, including trade, refugees, insurgency, terrorism and cultural ties with an emphasis on how these phenomena affect stability in the region.
Dr. Christian Bleuer is a 2012 PhD graduate of the Australian National University. He has spent the last three years in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan researching security and governance with a focus on the connections between Afghanistan and the Central Asian states. Most recently he was worked for the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Dushanbe. Currently he works at the Afghanistan Analysts Network, based in Kabul. His full list of publications can be downloaded at ChristianBleuer.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]