Events Calendar

Nov
14
Thu
2013
Central Asia, Iran, and the Nuclear Landscape in Asia @ Lindner Commons, 6th Floor
Nov 14 @ 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Central Asia, Iran, and the Nuclear Landscape in Asia @ Lindner Commons, 6th Floor
Co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies’ Rising Powers Initiative
9:00  9:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:30  9:45 AM Welcoming Remarks by Douglas Shaw, Associate Dean for Planning, Research and External Relations, GWU
9:45  11:15 AM Panel I. Asia’s Changing Nuclear Landscape
Chair: Douglas Shaw, Associate Dean for Planning, Research andExternal Relations, GWU
Japan’s Nuclear Tremors: Domestic Debates about Energy & Security after 3/
Mike MochizukiSigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
China’s Nuclear Priorities–Implications for Iran and Central Asia
Robert Sutter, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
India’s Evolving Nuclear Discourse and Search for Policy Coherence
Deepa Ollapally, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
11:15  11:30 AM Coffee Break
11:30  1:00PM Panel II. The Iranian Question and its Regional Environment
Chair: Cory Welt, Ponars Eurasia, IERES, GWU
Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions:  US and Israeli Threat Perceptions
Janne Nolan, Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU
Partners or Rivals? Contextualizing the Russian-Iranian Nuclear Relationship
Jeff Mankoff, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Central Asia’s Viewpoint on being in Iran’s Vicinity
Marlene Laruelle, Central Asia Program, IERES, GWU
1:00  2:00 PM Lunch
2:00  3:30 PM Panel III. Central Asia’s Nuclear Strategies and Challenges
Chair: Deepa Ollapally, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GWU
Managing Radioactive Waste in Central Asia: Successes and Challenges
Dauren Aben, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies, Almaty
Kazakhstan in the Global Nuclear Order: Carving Out a Role That Matters
Togzhan Kassenova, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nuclear Domestic Debates in Kazakhstan: Public Opinion and Expert Controversies
Sebastien Peyrouse, Central Asia Program, IERES, GWU
3:30 PM Wrapup
The Sigur Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation for this conference.
Dec
1
Mon
2014
Police in Afghanistan: Continuing the Mission and Defining the Future @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Dec 1 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Police in Afghanistan: Continuing the Mission and Defining the Future @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]with Major General Masood Ahmad Azizi, MoI Deputy Minister for Strategy and Policy

  • Police are the long-term security solution to targeting the enablers of insurgency and criminals
  • Securing the public’s trust by the police is essential to defeating insurgents
  • Securing and retaining the public’s trust requires continued police professionalization
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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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