Events Calendar

Jan
8
Tue
2013
Diversification of an Energy-Producing Economy Agricultural Policy in Kazakhstan @ Conference Room 505
Jan 8 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Diversification of an Energy-Producing Economy Agricultural Policy in Kazakhstan @ Conference Room 505

with Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia

Kazakhstan has used energy revenues to save for the future, invest in human capital, and diversify the structure of production with the goal of becoming one of the “fifty most competitive, dynamically developing countries in the world”. Agriculture has been a key part of the diversification strategy ever since the government committed a billion dollars to the 2003-5 Agriculture and Food Program. Since then agricultural policy has passed through several phases, mirroring evolving attitudes in Kazakhstan towards the role of government and of the market in economic development. This seminar analyses the content and consequences of agricultural policy, and agriculture’s role in Kazakhstan’s economic transformation.

Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, Australia, and adviser to the Australian government and to international organizations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Feb
19
Tue
2013
European and U.S. policies in Central Asia: Will transatlantic cooperation work in Central Asia towards and beyond 2014? @ Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union
Feb 19 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
European and U.S. policies in Central Asia: Will transatlantic cooperation work in Central Asia towards and beyond 2014? @ Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union
The seminar aims to bring together experts and policy-makers from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss the connecting points and divergences of policies of the European Union and the U.S. in Central Asia. Both have similar – though not identical – interests and objectives inCentral Asia but their policy-approaches differ substantially. What can be done in terms of cooperation and coordination in the light of the NATO draw-down from Afghanistan and how can both partners cooperate in Central Asia post-2014?

During the seminar EUCAM will also present its latest Working Paper: The Afghanistan-Central Asia relationship: what role for the EU? 

Apr
16
Tue
2013
American and European Policies in Central Asia: Similarities and Divergence @ City View Room
Apr 16 @ 3:15 PM – 6:30 PM
American and European Policies in Central Asia: Similarities and Divergence @ City View Room
Panel 1: Debating Similarities and Divergences in European and American Policies Toward Central Asia (3:15-4:45)
Jos Boonstra, Senior Researcher, Head of EUCAM programme, FRIDE, Brussels
Alexander Cooley, Tow Professor, Barnard College, New York 
Jeff Goldstein, Senior policy analyst for Eurasia, Open Society Foundations
Sebastien Peyrouse, Research Professor, Central Asia Program, GWU
 
Panel 2: European and American Policy Priorities in Central Asia(5:00-6:30)
Patricia Flor, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, European External Action Service
Lynne Tracy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs
The seminar aims to build on the existing dialogue among experts and policy-makers from the two sides of the Atlantic, with the goal of finding pragmatic policy solutions and converging the objectives of the two actors in the region. While there is a general consensus that the objectives ofEurope and the U.S in Central Asia are similar, the methodologies in perusing those objectives differ. What are the priorities of the two actors in the run up to 2014 and beyond in the view of the value-based approach versus security constraints linked to the 2014 draw-down from Afghanistan. More information can be found at http://go.gwu.edu/EUUS.
Apr
30
Tue
2013
Politics and Cinema: Divergence in Post-Soviet Central Asian Film @ Voesar Conference Room
Apr 30 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Politics and Cinema: Divergence in Post-Soviet Central Asian Film @ Voesar Conference Room

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.

May
7
Tue
2013
What’s Wrong in the Relationship Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan? @ Voesar Conference Room
May 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
What's Wrong in the Relationship Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan? @ Voesar Conference Room
with Volker Jacoby, Former Human Rights OfficerUN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for 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.