Panel 2: European and American Policy Priorities in Central Asia(5:00-6:30)
Discussion on Kazakh Cinema
Introduction: Peter Rollberg, Director, IERES, GWU
Kazakh Cinema in an Historical Perspective: from Perestroika to Post-Borat Time
Jean Radvanyi, Professor, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures, Paris, France
Politics and Cinema: Divergence in Post-Soviet Central Asian Film
Michael Rouland, co-editor of Cinema in Central Asia: Rewriting Cultural Histories (I.B.Tauris, 2013)
Film Screening (7:00-8:30 pm)- Killer (1998), by Darezhan Omirbaev
Winner of the ‘Un Certain Regard Award’ at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan’s film industry has experienced major changes along with the rest of a Kazakh society. Through movies, Kazakh film-makers have been able to explore the new dimensions of their society and begin to create a new cultural history. This event will be a discussion on Kazakh cinema and its role in Kazakh society as it reexamines past events and their narratives. We will then be showing Killer, Darzehan Omirbaev’s award winning film.
In partnership with the Kennan Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ South Asia Center.
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Speaker Series
This event explores local and regional perspectives on the future of Afghanistan against the backdrop of the planned United States withdrawal of military forces from the region. The first session focuses on local politics and governance in Afghanistan, and the second session investigates the ways in which Afghanistan’s neighbors have been discussing and planning for the upcoming changes.
2:00-3:15 pm Views from Within Afghanistan
Noah Coburn (Bennington College), “Elections and the Hazards of Transition: Voting and Local Governance in Afghanistan” author of Bazaar Politics: Pottery and Power in an Afghan Market Town (2011)
3:15-3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30-5:00 pm Views from Afghanistan’s Neighbors
Simbal Khan (Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow), “Pakistan’s Strategy on Afghanistan: Between Dodging Bullets and Moderating Outcomes”
Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University), “A “regional solution” for Afghanistan? Perspectives from Afghanistan’s Northern Neighbors”
George Washington University’s Central Asia Program
Wilson Center’s South Asia Program
The Spotlight on Central Eurasia Speaker Series, hosted by the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, aims to inform Washington, DC-based scholars and practitioners of the latest research on a range of topics and from a variety of disciplines impacting the future of the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Volker Jacoby will shed light on the uneasy relationship between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and put it into the broader regional context of Central Asia. He will talk about the water/energy nexus in the region and the struggle over the Rogun Hydropower station project in Tajikistan, the conflict over the Farhad water reservoir, TALCO, border delimitation, railroad connections and other strains between the two neighbors. He will also elaborate on necessity and prospects of cooperation in the region, with a view also towards the withdrawal of international combat forces from Afghanistan.
with Begaiym Esenkulova, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan