Events Calendar

Apr
25
Fri
2014
Post-2014 Afghanistan: The US Military Exit and Political Stability @ Voesar Conference Room
Apr 25 @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Post-2014 Afghanistan: The US Military Exit and Political Stability @ Voesar Conference Room

With Dr. Timor Sharan 

This talk will provide an Afghan perspective of what U.S. military withdrawal will mean for political stability and state survival post-2014. The 2001 international intervention, created a ‘network state’ whereby state and political networks became partners in state building. This has produced a state that is underpinned by informal power structures. A successful international military exit from Afghanistan will depend on the stability of these informal networks in addition to the strength of Afghan National Security Forces and reconciliation with the Taliban. This talk will also address the recent presidential election in Afghanistan.
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.
Jan
17
Sat
2015
Eurasia’s Future and the role of the United States @ Lindner Commons
Jan 17 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Eurasia's Future and the role of the United States @ Lindner Commons
Join us to honor the memory of author and scholar Alexandros Petersen (1984-2014), killed in Kabul on January 17.

With

Margarita Assenova (Jamestown Foundation),
Stephen J.Blank (American Foreign Policy Council),
Samuel Charap (International Institute for Strategic Studies),
Ariel Cohen (Heritage Foundation), and
Matthew Rojansky (Kennan Institute)
On January 17, 2014, an attack on a restaurant was launched in Kabul, murdering 21 people.Among them was Dr. Alexandros Petersen, a specialist on the Caucasus and Central Asia.Dr. Petersen held a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and authored The WorldIsland: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West (Praeger: 2011).
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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May
18
Mon
2015
Turkmenistan: Domestic Evolution, Economic Development, and Regional Environment @ Conference Room 505
May 18 @ 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Turkmenistan: Domestic Evolution, Economic Development, and Regional Environment @ Conference Room 505
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]9:00am Introductory Remarks

Marlene Laruelle (CAP, IERES, GWU)

9:15am Session I. Governance Changes in Turkmenistan

Chair: Marlene Laruelle (CAP, IERES, GWU)

Myles Smith (IREX)
Forget political will – Would good governance even be possible in Turkmenistan?

Chris Miller (USAID)
Governance Challenges and Opportunities in Turkmenistan

Discussion

​​10:45-11:15pm Coffee-break

11:15-12:45pm Session II. Economic Development, Progress and Challenges

Chair: Victoria Clement (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA)

Theresa Sabonis-Helf (National Defense University)
Casting a Wider Net: Turkmenistan and Regional Electricity

Jan Šír (Charles University, Prague)
Going Private? Denationalization and Privatization in Turkmenistan under Berdymukhammedov

Kenyon Weaver (Dentons LLP)
The Transformation of Commercial Law under President Berdymuhamedov.

12:45-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-3:00pm Session III. Turkmenistan in its Regional Environment

Chair: Myles Smith (IREX)

Nazik Muradova (Central Asia Fellow, GWU)
Revisiting Turkmenistan’s energy exports. Path toward a greater diversity of foreign partners?

Slavomir Horák (Charles University, Prague)
Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan. From personal approach to ordinary authoritarian regimes relations?

Sebastien Peyrouse (Central Asia Program, GWU)
Turkmenistan-Afghanistan: Political Pragmatism, Security Tensions?

​​3:00-3:15pm Coffee-break

3:15-4:45pm Session IV. Historical and Social Transformations

Chair: Sebastien Peyrouse (Central Asia Program, GWU)

Victoria Clement (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA)
Intrepid Reformers: Turkmen Jadids

Aynabat Yaylymova (Turkmenistan Health Initiative)
Reproductive Health: How do I say this in Turkmen?

Jahan Taganova (Syracuse University)
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