10:30 am – 12:00 pm Panel I: China’s Silk Road Challenged
Chair: Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University
Alexander Cooley, Columbia University
End of the Silk Road? How Growing US-China Strategic Competition Might Impact US Central Asian Policy
Sean Roberts, The George Washington University
Bumps on the Belt and Road: How Mass Internment of Local Ethnic Groups in Xinjian Complicate China-Central Asia Relations
Timur Dadabaev, University of Tsukuba
Desecuritizing “Silk Road” Uzbekistan’s Cooperation Agenda with Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea in a Post-Karimov Era
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 -3:00 pm Panel II: Governance and Societies in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan
Chair: Alexander Cooley, Columbia University
Navbahor Imamova, Voice of America, Uzbek Service
Uzbekistan Today: How Uzbek Interlocutors In-Country and Abroad View Change
Mirakmal Niyazmatov, Co-founder and President, Tashabbus Inc.
Assessment of Legal Reforms in Uzbekistan: What is Missing?
Nargis Kassenova, Harvard University
Can Kazakhstan’s Pursuit of Good Governance Provide for its National Security?
Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University
Kazakhstan’s Youth, National Identity Transformations and their Political Consequences
3:00-3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30-5:30 pm Panel III: Radicalization and Securitization
Chair: Nargis Kassenova, Harvard University
Edward Lemon, Daniel Morgan Graduate School
Countering Violent Extremism in Central Asia After the Caliphate
Emil Nasritdinov, The George Washington University
Vulnerability and Resilience of Young People in Kyrgyzstan to Radicalization, Violence, and Extremism: Analysis Across Five Domains
Maria Omelicheva, National Defense University; Lawrence Markowitz, Rowan University
Between “Bandits” and Local Insurgencies: The Complex Nature of Political Violence In Central Asia
Alexander Maier, Columbia University
The Securitization of Central Asian Migrants’ Religious Practices
Since August 2018, when Emil Nasritdinov arrived in Washington DC from Kyrgyzstan, he has been working on his main Fulbright research project, writing a book about Kyrgyz labor migration to Russia. However, this year was not just about reading and writing: he pursued his other passion – drawing and painting. He took a bit of time every few days or so to paint what he saw around him: streets, houses, parks, historical landmarks, fire hydrants – everything that looked interesting or could tell some kind of a story. Emil’s favorite medium was always watercolor: he loves its fluidity, transparency and unpredictability. He also sketches a lot and from time to time he paints in oil. He painted a lot of scenes in Washington DC and in Arlington where he lives with his family, but also scenes from other cities where he travelled: New York, Pittsburg, Princeton, St Thomas.
Please join us for the opening of Emil’s exhibition “America through Kyrgyz Eyes: Art of a Visiting
Scholar”, which will feature 30 pieces of artwork painted this year.
Emil Nasritdinov is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Elliot School of International Affairs, GWU. He has been teaching anthropology and doing research at the American University of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek since 2007. However, his main academic training, which partially explains his interest in visual arts, is in the field of architecture and urban planning. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
In this presentation, Bekhzod Khoshimov gives an assessment of the economic reforms in Uzbekistan. He reviews reforms in the areas of property rights, international trade, fiscal policy, monetary policy, agricultural policy, the propiska system, education, land reform, and privatization in Uzbekistan over the past two years. He also summarizes the general business climate, describing which reforms have already taken place, and will highlight the major impediments for the future of economic reforms.
Bekhzod Khoshimov is a PhD student at the Wisconsin School of Business. His research interests include entrepreneurship, human capital, and the economics of innovation. He is an independent columnist for Gazeta.uz and author of the popular economics blog and telegram channel Iqtisodchi Kundaligi.
Suzanne Levi-Sanchez presents her forthcoming book (University of Michigan Press) on the relationships between informal organizations and the state, civil society, and kinship networks along the Tajik/Afghan border. Her fieldwork spans six years on both sides of Tajik/Afghan Badakhshan, researching how local leaders and organizations impact border and state stability as well as drug, human, weapons, and gemstone trafficking. Through detailed case studies, her work reveals how informal organizations provide a buffer from state control.
Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, PhD, is the Assistant Professor for National Security Affairs at U.S. Naval War College. She is an experienced educator, field researcher, and analyst with subject matter expertise in Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, political identity, informal institutions, local leadership, borders, ethnographic methods, and gender.