Events Calendar

What Changes in a Post-Karimov Uzbekistan? @ Room 505
Oct 27 @ 2:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Session 1. Changes in the Uzbek domestic landscape
Chair: Marlene Laruelle (GWU)
Bruce Pannier (RFE/RL)
Softer on the Outside but Still Hard at the Core
Dillorom Abdulloeva (Tashabbus)
What Changes are Needed and Expected in the Field of Human Rights and the Legal Sphere?
Roger Kangas (NESA Center, NDU)
Uzbek Foreign Policy After Karimov: Change or Continuity?

C0ffee break

Session 2. An evolving economic policy?
Chair: David Abramson (US Department of State)
Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University)
Structural Impediments to Economic Reform in Post-Karimov Uzbekistan
Aziz Khasanov (Eurasia Analytics)
The Uzbek Succession: Is Economic Transformation Possible?
Murad Akhmedoff (Independent Scholar)
Uzbekistan’s Long-Awaited Economic Liberalization

Please RSVP.

Central Asia Security Workshop @ Lindner Commons, Suite 602
Mar 6 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Central Asia Security Workshop
March 6, 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm
Central Asia Program, IERES
George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Lindner Commons, Suite 602

Chair: Lawrence Markowitz
(Rowan University)

Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute, Columbia University)
Central Asia’s Global Authoritarian Spaces: Politics and Contestation Outside of a Closed Region

Eric McGlinchey (George Mason University)
Presidential Transitions and the Implications for US Soft Power in Central Asia

Bruce Pannier (RFE/RL)
Uzbekistan under New Leadership: What’s Changing, What’s Staying the Same

Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)
Revisiting ‘Conservative values’. Is Illiberalism the New Mainstream for Central Asian Societies?

12.00pm. Lunch

Chair: Eric McGlinchey
(George Mason University)

Roger Kangas (Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies)
‘The Art of the Deal’: A New American Approach to Engaging Central Asia?

Nadège Rolland (National Bureau of Asian Research)
China’s Eurasian Century: Deciphering the ‘Community of Common Destiny’

Jeffrey Mankoff (CSIS)
Chinese and Russian Strategies for the New Uncertainty in Afghanistan and Central Asia

2:15pm. Coffee break

Chair: Marlene Laruelle
(George Washington University)

Noah Tucker (CAP Associate)
After Aleppo: The Future of the Central Asian Jihadist Movement

Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University)
How the Terrorism-Trafficking Nexus Has Shaped Security Apparatuses in Central Asia 


Erica Marat (National Defense University)
Mimicking ‘Broken Windows’ Theory in Post-Soviet Cities: What could go wrong?


Islamic Education and Knowledge Transmission in Central Asia @ Lindner Commons, Suite 602
Apr 10 @ 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Islamic Education and Knowledge Transmission in Central Asia
April 10, 2017, 9:30am-3:00pm
Central Asia Program, IERES
George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Lindner Commons, Suite 602

9:30am. Session 1. State Institutions, Muftiates and the Teaching of Islam

Sebastien Peyrouse (George Washington University)
At The Crossroads of the Religious and Regime Security: The Teaching Of Islam In Uzbekistan

Kamal Gasimov (CAP Fellow)
Ideology of Islamic Education and the Struggle Over Transmission of Religious Knowledge In Azerbaijan

Gulnaz Sibgatullina (Leiden University)
Russian vs. Ethnic Vernaculars: Languages of Islamic Education in the Post-Soviet Space

11:00am. Coffee break

11:30am. Session 2. Religion and Ethics at School and in the Media

Rafael Sattarov (CAP Fellow)
State-Backed Ideological Policy and “Spirituality and Enlightenment” in Uzbekistan

Donohon Abdugafurova (Emory University)
Islam, Morality and Public Education: Religious Elements of Ethics and Etiquette in the Uzbek School Curriculum

Noah Tucker (CAP Associate)
Identifying Islamic Education and Indigenous Counter-Extremism Resources in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

1:00pm. Lunch

1:45pm. Session 3. The Informal Transmission of Religious Knowledge

Nurbek Bekmurzaev (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)
Mediatization of Religion in Kyrgyzstan: Redistribution of Power and Changing Perceptions of Religion

Benjamin Gatling (George Mason University)
Learning to be a Sufi in Tajikistan

Yanti Hoelzchen (Tuebingen University)
Kyrgyzstan’s New Mosques: The Institutionalization of Islamic Education In Contemporary Kyrgyzstan

This event is part of the CERIA Initiative, generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

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The United States’ and Russia’s Relationship in Central Asia and its Neighborhood @ Lindner Commons, Suite 602
May 2 – May 3 all-day
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10:30 Opening remarks

Alexander Cooley (Harriman Institute, Columbia University) and
Marlene Laruelle
(George Washington University)

10:45-12:15 Panel 1. Central Asia and the ‘global order’

Chair: Rajan Menon (City College of New York)

Paul Stronski (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)
Prospects for Central Asia Policy in the Trump Administration

Christian Bleuer (ANU)
American Allies’ Strategic and Economic Interests in Afghanistan and Central Asia: Navigating Change and Continuity in the US-Russia Relationship

Alexander Cooley (Columbia University)
Central Asia as a Buffer Zone between National Populist Great Powers

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Panel 2. The international community in a changing environment

Chair: Alexander Cooley (Columbia University)

Roman Vakulchuk (NUPI)
Big Powers in Central Asia: Old Rhetoric, New Perception

Ivan Safranchuk (MGIMO)
Central Asia – Asset, Burden or Instrument for International Actors?

George Gavrilis (Columbia University)
Central Asia’s Borders: The Next Twenty-Five Years

2:30-3:00 Coffee break

3:00-4:00 Panel 3. Russia’s presence and influence in Central Asia and Afghanistan

Chair:  Nargis Kassenova (KIMEP)

Yulia Nikitina (MGIMO)
Russian Strategies of International Status-Seeking in International Institutions and Forums

Ekaterina Stepanova (IMEMO)
Armed Conflict, Insurgency, Terrorism and Peace Process in Afghanistan: A View From Russia


Wednesday, May 3

9:30-10:30 Panel 4. Is China really changing the given?

Chair: George Gavrilis (Columbia University)

Robert Sutter (George Washington University)
China’s expansion into Central Asia—A Pattern for Its Periphery?

Sun Zhuangzhi (CASS, Beijing)
Building Silk-Road Economic Belt and Central Asian Stability and Development

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Panel 5. Central Asia’s perspectives on the US-Russia new relationship

Chair: Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University)

Nargis Kassenova (KIMEP)
US and Russia’s Failing ‘Pivots to Asia’ and Central Asia

Erlan Karin (KISI)
New Perspectives on the US-Russia Relationship and Multivectoralism in Central Asia

Emil Joroev (American University in Central Asia)
Trump’s America Viewed from Bishkek: Sharing Moscow’s Hopes or Excited for Own Reasons?

12:30-1:15 Lunch

This conference is generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


This event is co-hosted by SIPA and the Harriman Institute (Columbia University), and generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

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2017 Trans-Caspian Forum: East West Trade & Transit Corridor @ City View Room
Jun 26 all-day

See tentative program. 

Background: The Trans-Caspian East-West Trade and Transit Corridor brings together the Central Asia, Caspian and Black Sea strategic regions to form a viable trade and transit corridor between Europe and East & South-East Asia. Connecting trade, people and economies, the modern trans-Caspian corridor has extensive and integrated network of infrastructure, special economic zones, harmonized customs, cross-border procedures and more along this route.

The United States played an important role in the development of this corridor and its cooperation with our countries has evolved into resilient strategic partnerships. Joint initiatives and projects such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and Southern Gas Corridor have greatly contributed to the increased business between the region and the United States. Moreover, currently underway regional infrastructure projects such as С5+1 Transport Corridor Development, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and the multiple Port developments valued over $50 billion have been providing additional business opportunities including increased trade, investments and development of strategic infrastructure for facilitating commercially viable transit that the United States and its companies can benefit from.

Today, ambitious regional infrastructure projects will ensure swift and efficient shipments of all types of goods. These projects will connect Asian and European transport networks, significantly shorten delivery time and save transportation costs for delivering goods from Asian to European markets. Expanding regional transport grids along the Trans-Caspian corridor opens new opportunities for transcontinental shipments, and innovative services. Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Turkmenistan form a market of around 150 million consumers. These countries are willing to offer customized and integrated solutions to companies with highly sophisticated supply chains.

Project description: Forum is a practical manifestation of joint willingness of the Trans-Caspian countries to make this corridor a viable option for East-West trade and transit shipments. Regional governments will introduce infrastructure, business, investment, trade and transit opportunities to business leaders, policy-makers and expert community across a variety of multinational industries. The Forum presents a suitable platform for public and private senior executives from regional countries and businesses.

The diplomatic missions of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Turkmenistan will hold the “2nd Trans-Caspian East-West Trade and Transit Corridor” forum in Washington D.C onJune 26-27, 2017. The Forum will take place at the George Washington University followed up by a policy discussion at the US Congress and round-table at the World Bank.

On the first day, June 26, the Forum will be co-hosted by the Central Asia Program at George Washington University and the Caspian Policy Center and it will be open to the wider public including academic, think tank, policy, business community, government officials and policy-makers from six organizing countries along with the United States.

On June 27, the morning session will be held at the United States Congress and will be open to the public, specifically to Congressional staff along with academic, think tank, policy, business community, government officials and policy-makers.

On the second half of June 27, an event will be organized at the World Bank for businesses, think tanks and government officials to discuss practical issues of cooperation along the Trans-Caspian corridor.

More details are available on the event’s website and registration now available.