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]
This presentation first describes the foundations of Kazakh security policy, i.e. the key security-related documents, especially the Law on National Security, the Military Doctrine and the Foreign Policy Concept, and the policy aspects derived from them. Next, the different actors in the regional and global security arena – with whom Astana cooperates – are discussed. Subsequently, this lecture explains the security issue of post-2014 Afghanistan. The paper concludes with the options that Kazakhstan has to enhance cooperation between East and West.
Dr. Marcel de Haas is a Professor of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in The Hague. Lieutenant-Colonel Royal Netherlands Army (ret.) De Haas has fulfilled a career as a military officer from 1988-2012, with foreign deployment for the UN (UNIFIL, Lebanon), NATO and OSCE (arms control officer). He is a regular commentator for Dutch and international media outlets. His PhD thesis in Russian Studies was on Russia’s security policy and air power (University of Amsterdam, 2004) and his MA thesis on Soviet policy towards Southern Africa (University of Leiden, 1987). His research areas are defence, security and foreign policy of Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus (CIS, CSTO, SCO, Eurasian Union), NATO and EU.[/vc_column_text][vc_button title=”Please RSVP” target=”_self” color=”btn-warning” icon=”none” size=”btn-large” href=”http://go.gwu.edu/Haas” el_class=”align-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
In partnership with the Uzbekistan Embassy in Washington, DC
Central Asia Program and the Uzbekistan Embassy are happy to invite you to attend the screening of Days gone by (O’tgan kunlar / Minuvshie dni) by Yuldash Azgamov. Azgamov is widely regarded as one of the founders of the Uzbek film making industry. The film describes the atmosphere of Uzbek intelligentsia in the 19th century.
5:45pm Presentation on Uzbek cinema
6:30pm Screening of the film
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This presentation examines scholarly notions about post-Soviet Central Asia’s future close to the the time of the Soviet dissolution. Given the rather different outcome for Central Asian states over the past quarter century, the author claims that Central Asian states have articulated curious nationalisms that concurrently militate against regional cooperation while still maintaining a modicum of peace and stability among the regional countries among other factors. In discussing the case of nationalisms, the argument centers on relative successes of the Soviet system that have created an enduring legacy in Central Asia till present. The author implies this is hard to apprehend without spending significant time outside of cities, and without understanding how varied Soviet experiences have been across this area.[/vc_column_text][vc_button title=”Please RSVP” target=”_self” color=”btn-warning” icon=”none” size=”btn-large” href=”http://go.gwu.edu/Zanca” el_class=”align-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
This seminar will discuss the versatility, uses and abuses of Islam as religion by the faithful and its various deployments by the political elites for establishing empires of faith, resisting colonialism, attempting to build nation-states and waging global jihad in the late 20th and early 21st centuries in Central Asia. More specifically it will focus on the consequences of nationalization and demonization of Islam by the rulers, an inadequate knowledge of Islam by its practitioners and entitlement demands by the jihadists, especially in Afghanistan.
M. Nazif Shahrani is Professor of Anthropology, Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington and has served two terms as Chairman of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Director of the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at IU. Shahrani is an Afghan American anthropologist with extensive field research in Afghanistan, and has studied Afghan refugee communities in Pakistan & Turkey. Since 1992 he
has also conducted field research in post-Soviet Muslim republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. He is interested in the impact of Islam on social life and political culture of Muslims, problems of state failure the role of nationalism in social fragmentation in multi-ethnic nation states, and the political economy of international assistance to post-colonial failing states and its consequences.[/vc_column_text][vc_button title=”Please RSVP” target=”_self” color=”btn-warning” icon=”none” size=”btn-large” href=”http://go.gwu.edu/Shahrani” el_class=”align-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]