Events Calendar

Oct
17
Thu
2013
Beyond Pakistan: New Delhi’s Policy Toward Afghanistan and Central Asia @ Voesar Conference Room
Oct 17 @ 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Beyond Pakistan: New Delhi's Policy Toward Afghanistan and Central Asia @ Voesar Conference Room

Co-sponsored by the Rising Powers Initiative

with Jean-Luc Racine, Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow,School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris
Dr. Jean-Luc Racine is Emeritus CNRS Senior Fellow, working at the Centre for South AsianStudies, at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris. He is also theDirector of the Science Policy at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and Vice-President of the Paris-based think tank Asia Centre (www.centreasia.eu). His research is focused onthree correlated issues: the dynamics of transformation of contemporary India; India’s foreignand security policies and its attempts at reshaping the new world order; and geopolitics of SouthAsia, particularly its most sensitive issues: Pakistan strategic paradigm, India-Pakistan relations andKashmir.
May
30
Fri
2014
Myth and Rhetoric of the Turkish Model: Changing notions of marginality in Turkey
May 30 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Myth and Rhetoric of the Turkish Model: Changing notions of marginality in Turkey

with Anita Sengupta, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, India 

The Turkish Model or the Turkish Developmental Alternative was promoted in the Central Asian Republics immediately following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Model emphasised the ideal of a ”secular, democratic, liberal society”as a model for the post- Soviet Turkic world and in the process encouraged a”Turkic” rhetoric that emphasized connection between the two regions based on acommon ancestry. While Turkey was presented as ‘’the’’ model of development fora vast region there was also the emergence of a critique of this ‘’modern’’ model from within the state itself particularly in terms of how the Turkish state continued to exclude certain groups from its definition of who constitutes its “relevant’’citizen. Gezi Park and subsequent events within Turkey have brought into questionthe democratic credentials of the state. This presentation questions the myth andrhetoric of a model that emerges in the face of transitions and recedes asalternatives emerge from within.
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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