Events Calendar

‘Old Patterns, New Order. Socialist Realism in Central Asia’ – GW Museum, October 10, 2015 – May 29, 2016 @ GW Museum
Oct 10 all-day

Old Patterns, New Order: Socialist Realism in Central Asia

October 10, 2015–May 29, 2016


Under Soviet political rule, artists across Central Asia created images that both embraced modernity and idealized the past. This exhibition will examine the socialist realist art movement in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and others areas of Central Asia, pairing twentieth-century paintings with examples of the traditional textiles they depict. Organized in partnership with GW’s Central Asia Program.

Click here to see WETA’s coverage of the exhibit on its Around the Town series.

Mirzokhid Rakhimov – Contemporary History of Uzbekistan: Challenges of an Interdisciplinary Approach @ Voesar Conference Room Suite 412
May 17 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
WP_20160330_002Contemporary history is a relatively new discipline for the social sciences and the humanities. Studying the recent history of Uzbekistan is still not an established trend, even in Uzbekistan, and doesn’t have its own methodology, research know-how, training or methodological support. Thematic field studies are still narrow, with limited critical approaches and interdisciplinary studies. However, being able to develop a comprehensive study of contemporary history is an important theoretical and practical issue that requires interdisciplinary approaches. Domestic politics need to be understood in broad perspective, including taking into account historical legacies, the interconnectivity of internal and external politics, as well as local, regional and global processes. This research is based on research on and academic visits in Uzbekistan, other Central Asian republics, the US, China, the EU, Russia, Republic of Korea, India, Japan and others.

Dr. Mirzokhid Rakhimov is a Visiting Fulbright scholar at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. He is the head of the department of Contemporary history and international relations at the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan and Professor at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent. His scholarly interests cover contemporary history and regional and international relations in post-Soviet Central Asia. He holds a PhD and an Habilitation in History and International relations from the History Institute of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbe­kistan.

Regime Succession in Uzbekistan: Update and Discussion – Co-Organized with CSIS @ CSIS Headquarters, 2nd Floor Conference Center
Sep 7 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Regime Succession in Uzbekistan: Update and Discussion - Co-Organized with CSIS @ CSIS Headquarters, 2nd Floor Conference Center
With rumors circulating that Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died, the academic question of regime succession had become very immediate. What’s next for Uzbekistan, and what does that mean for the region and for the world? Will we simply see another strongman take power? Should we worry about unrest?  With events continuing to unfold, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program and the Central Asia Program at the George Washington University are pleased to host a panel discussion with several top specialists on the region, kicked off with a video-teleconference with RFE/RL specialists in Prague who are closely following events on the ground in Tashkent.


Eric McGlinchey
Associate Professor, George Mason University
Bruce Pannier (via video teleconference)
Senior Correspondent, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Sebastien Peyrouse
Research Professor, Central Asia Program, IERES (GWU)
Alisher Sidikov (via video teleconference)
Service Director, Radio Ozodlik (Uzbek Service), Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty


Olga Oliker
Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program

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.

Opening of the Exhibition “Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov” @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Feb 7 @ 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

The Central Asia Program is proud to announce the launch of the exhibition

Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov
Turkmen Village Life, 1960s-1980s

An exhibition at the Central Asia Program February 7 – May 26, 2017

With H.E. Meret B. Orazov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United States

These photographs were selected from Durdy Bayramov’s personal archive. Although he took great pleasure in photography, Bayramov used it primarily as a tool in his artistic process and never expected that others would find the photographs fascinating in their own right. The images provide a rare and intimate glimpse into the customs and material culture of Turkmen villagers during this period, and at the same time reflect the profound human spirit shared by all communities.


More details about the exhibition can also be found here.