Events Calendar

Extractive Politics, Trust Deficit & Uncertainty in Afghanistan and Central Asia @ Conference Room 505
Nov 2 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Extractive Politics, Trust Deficit & Uncertainty in Afghanistan and Central Asia @ Conference Room 505

with Nazif Shahrani, Professor, Indiana University-Bloomington

In the framework of the SSRC Eurasian Program’s Workshop “Crossing Boundaries: Merging Eurasian Insights with the Study of Afghanistan” the Central Asia Program is proud to host Nazif Sharhani, Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and Anthropology at 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?
Central Asia’s Struggle with Religion @ Voesar Conference Room
Dec 6 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Central Asia's Struggle with Religion @ Voesar Conference Room

with Catherine Cosman, Senior Policy Analyst- U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom        

Central Asian governments use state-controlled Islam to build national identity, but also fear Islam’s influence and understand that Islam has greater mobilization potential than any other institution in their societies.  In the early 1990’s, there was fairly free access to various religious influences and the popularity of Islam and other religions increased rapidly. Today, however, Central Asian religion laws include: severe restrictions on religious education; strict limits or bans on children attending religious services; censorship and limits on religious literature; severe limits and controls on places of worship; bans on unregistered religious activity; restrictions on foreign influence, and difficult registration regulations.  Central Asian governments also attempt to control religion via government-controlled structures, including religious affairs committees and state-controlled religious bodies.Central Asian states have also have adopted wide-ranging policies to combat extremism, particularly the prosecution of alleged members of officially banned groups rather than proven involvement in violent acts.
Catherine Cosman is senior policy analyst at the U.S. Commission on International ReligiousFreedom. Her areas of responsibility include the countries of the former Soviet Union, East andCentral Europe, and Western Europe.
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
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