Events Calendar

Feb
12
Thu
2015
Cinema Club Film Screening: Land of the Fathers @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Feb 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: Land of the Fathers @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Directed by Shaken Aimanov (Kazakhstan, 1966)

An old man decides to look for his dead son and bring his corpse back to bury him in the land of his ancestors; his son, a Kazak soldier, was killed in action somewhere in Russia. Along with his grand-son, they go across the country and discover the harsh reality of the war.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Feb
19
Thu
2015
Religion, Sta​te and Secularism in Eurasia… and Beyond @ Conference Room 505
Feb 19 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Religion, Sta​te and Secularism in Eurasia… and Beyond @ Conference Room 505
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This seminar will explore state-sponsored secularism in the Eurasian continent, and how the authorities use the concept of the separation of state and religion to consolidate authoritarian policies. It looks at Russia, Central Asia and China, comparing them with the Middle-East. In the name of state secularism, Islamic communities are prohibited from interfering in politics, while the state strictly monitors religious activities, and interactions with the rest of the Ummah are looked upon with suspicion.

4:00pm Presentations

Alexsey Malashenko (Carnegie Moscow)

Sean Roberts (GWU)

Nader Hashemi (University of Denver)

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Feb
23
Mon
2015
Syria Calling: Migration, Mobilization and the Transformation of the Central Asian Jihad @ Conference Room 505
Feb 23 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Syria Calling: Migration, Mobilization and the Transformation of the Central Asian Jihad @ Conference Room 505
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]with Eileen O’Connor, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

and Noah Tucker, Registan.net

Key points:
 Perhaps surprisingly, ISIS appears to be weak in its resources for online recruit-ing in Central Asian languages, but benefits disproportionately and in some un-intended ways from this resentment because of the ubiquity of its brand. Theevidence available through social media research conducted by this projectwould support and argument that there are several hundred Uzbek militantsparticipating in ISIS, but not larger numbers recently suggested by other report-
ing and Central Asian security services.
 Central Asians who support or are interested in ISIL appear to mostly be youngmigrant laborers who have little or no background in Islam as a religion butembrace Islam as an identity that offers solidarity, a sense of belonging and anexplanation for economic hardship and discrimination that they experience.
 Much of the discourse inside especially ISIS sympathizer circles among migrantlaborers in Russia builds not on religion, but resentment – and a resentmentstoked by the uniquely toxic media environment that has developed on Russia-based social networks filled with false information. 
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This discussion is off the record.
This event is co-sponsored by the Project on Middle East Political Science  (POMEPS) at the George Washington University. 
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Mar
12
Thu
2015
Cinema Club Film Screening: Aksuat @ Voesar Conference Room
Mar 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Cinema Club Film Screening: Aksuat @ Voesar Conference Room
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Written and directed by Serik Aprymov (Kazakhstan 1997)

Aksuat is the name of a village in Kazakhstan, where Kanat takes his pregnant wife Zhanna to visit his brother, Aman. Just after the baby is born, Kanat is thrown into jail after a fight with a policeman, so Aman has to take care of Zhanna and gets the gossip and disapprovals of the village. Aman loses his status, but learns a thing or two about life.
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Aug
4
Tue
2015
Documentary Film Screening: “550 Years of the Kazakh Khanate” @ Lindner Family Commons
Aug 4 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Documentary Film Screening: “550 Years of the Kazakh Khanate” @ Lindner Family Commons
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]with Mr. Andrey Khazbulatov, Director General of the Kazakh Science and Research Institute of Culture under the Ministry of Culture and Sports

The documentary, based on a historical opus “Within the Stream of History,” authored by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, is a riveting visual journey through 550 years of history of the Kazakh people.

The epic takes the audiences to the distant times of the unification of Turkic tribes into a Kazakh Khanate in 1465 under the leadership of Khans Zhanibek and Geerey; follows the Great Silk Road, connecting East Asia and the Mediterranean; chronicles the Mongolian conquests of the Kazakh tribes and geopolitical restructuring of the world; and recounts the battle over the inheritance of Genghis Khan.

One of the historical bases of the film is the ancient Book of Kypchaks (“Codex Cumanicus”) archived at the Library of St.Marc in Venice since 1362 – a unique record that affords a privileged glance into history and shatters ingrained stereotypes of barbaric culture of nomads.

The film narrates the history of a new type of centralized state, and new civilization, which gave a colossal impetus to the development of world trade, economy, and culture. Stunning images of authentic Kazakh dress and lifestyle, as well as breathtaking scenery of the Kazakh steppes, mountains, and valleys throughout the four seasons of the year will leave a lasting impression on the imagination of the audience.

Film’s director, Bakhyt Kairbekov, is a renowned filmmaker, author, and poet, with over 100 documentaries and 10 volumes of poems to his credit.

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