Events Calendar

May
17
Thu
2012
Afghanistan’s Stability and Regional Security Implications for Central Asia @ Dushanbe, Tajikistan
May 17 @ 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Afghanistan's Stability and Regional Security Implications for Central Asia @ Dushanbe, Tajikistan
A conference organized by the Central Asia Program (George Washington University), and EUCAM (Europe-Central Asia Monitoring),with the support of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program.

Afghanistan’s Stability and Regional Security Implications for Central Asia 

Sep
25
Tue
2012
Debating “Patronal Politics in Central Asia:” A Demokratizatsiya Special Issue  @ Lindner Commons
Sep 25 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Debating “Patronal Politics in Central Asia:” A Demokratizatsiya Special Issue  @ Lindner Commons

with

Slovomir Horak, Charles University

Marlène Laruelle, IERES
Erica Marat, American University
Lawrence Markowitz, Rowan University
and Sébastien Peyrouse, IERES
The Fall 2012 issue of IERES’ Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization examines the role of patronal politics in Central Asia. An introductory essay about the concepts of neopatrimonialism and patronal presidentialism lays out the theoretical background for the issue.Five country-study articles then describe the dynamics of each society, while also discussing the different aspects that comprise patronal regimes in the region. At this presentation, four of the contributors will discuss their articles and the current situation in Central Asia. 
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? 

Mar
25
Mon
2013
The Central Asia Security Workshop @ Lindner Commons
Mar 25 @ 8:45 AM – Mar 26 @ 12:00 PM
The Central Asia Security Workshop @ Lindner Commons

NATO members are exiting from Afghanistan at different speeds, dictated by pressures from their domestic public opinions. This withdrawal has re-launched debates on the security of the Central Asian region. In the years to come, the post-2014 changes in the regional landscape will intersect with domestic evolutions including changes in political leadership, in demographics, and the end of the Soviet legacy. GW’s Central Asia Program seeks to participate in the policy debate on Central Asia by providing current research on the different sources of potential insecurity in the region.

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013 (8.45 am – 4 pm)
8.45 am. Registration9 am. Opening Remarks
9.15-11 am. CENTRAL ASIA IN THE AFGHAN NEIGHBORHOOD: DO WE GET IT RIGHT?
Chair: Chantal de Jonge Oudraat (SIPRI-North America) and Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)
Deconstructing the ‘Spillover’ Narrative
Scott Radnitz (University of Washington)
Afghan Spillover Oversell: The Greater Danger of Self-Inflicted Harm in Central Asia
Georges Gavrilis (Hollings Center for International Dialogue)
The Closing of Central Asia’s Borders
Sebastien Peyrouse (George Washington University)
Drug-Trafficking: Identifying the Real Challenges
11-11.30 am. Coffee break
11.30-1.15 pm. INTERNATIONAL LAW, GOVERNANCE, AND REGULATORY DILEMMAS
Chair: Scott Radnitz (University of Washington) and Sean Roberts (George Washington University)
Dilemmas of Democratization: The Problems of Transitioning from Authoritarian Rule in Kyrgyzstan andImplications for other Countries in the Region
Eric McGlinchey (George Mason University)
My Property, your Courts: The International Litigation of Contested Central Asian Assets
Erica Marat (American University)
Regulating Private Security Companies in Central Asia
Jan Harfst (UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS)
Effective resolution of water related issues as a crucial factor for security in Central Asia
1.15-2.15 pm. Lunch
2.15-4 pm. THE CURSE OF STABILITY IN CENTRAL ASIA?
Chair: David Abramson (State Department)Sarah Kendzior (Al Jazeera English)
The Crisis of Consistency in Uzbekistan
Gael Raballand (Institute Choiseul, Paris)
Redistribution of oil revenues in Kazakhstan: excessive expectations from the population?
Nate Schenkkan (Freedom House)
Kyrgyzstan: When Consolidation Fails
Zohra Ismail Beben (College of William and Mary)
Statecraft in Tajikistan: A blunt instrument for a fine task?
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013 (9.30-11.30 am)
9.30-11.30 am. ISLAM IN CENTRAL ASIA: RELIGION, POLITICS, MILITANCY AND NEW MEDIA
Noah Tucker (Registan.net)  
Islamic “revival” in Central Asia: Social trend or political threat?  
Nathan Barrick (Strategic consultant, CLI Solutions)
Geostrategic factors in the Islamist militant threat to central Asia
Azizullah Ghazi (Independent Scholar)
Activities of Central Asian Islamic militant organizations on the internet and social media
11.30-12 pm. Wrap up
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.