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.
“Visions of Uzbekistan” is an exhibition sponsored in partnership with the Embassy of Uzbekistan which will run from January 8, 2015 – February 7, 2015.
Uzbekistan is located at the heart of Central Asia, neighboring world civilizations such as China, Persia, and India, and connecting to the Turkic world and to Europe via Russia. The territory of modern Uzbekistan hosted the prestigious ancient civilizations of Bactria, Sogdiana, Parthia and Khorezm and was traversed by caravans carrying precious silk, gold, porcelain and spices along the Great Silk Road. These ancient civilizations invented sophisticated irrigation techniques, inspired the canons of Islamic culture in the 9th-10th centuries, and were at the center of a vast empire created by Tamerlane in the 15th century. They made major contributions to world science and literature through geniuses such as Avicenna, Alisher Navoi, Ulugbek, Al-Khorezmi, al-Beruni, Al-Farghoni, Imam Al-Bukhary, and others. Present-day Uzbekistan benefits from this past, offering the most accomplished architectural heritage within Central Asia. Since the country’s independence in 1991, Uzbek society aims to combine modernity with the rediscovery of its past, and to integrate its historical legacy into a larger, globalized framework. The photo exhibition “Visions of Uzbekistan” reflects both the ancient culture and the modern life of the Uzbek people and introduces cultural aspects to the narrative about Uzbekistan in the United States.
Laura Adams, USAID and Harvard University
Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera and CAP Associate
Noah Tucker, Registan.net and CAP Associate
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The 13 May 2005 Andijon violence has been documented, interpreted and remembered by survivors, by society and by the state in ways that have evolved over the ten years since it occurred. While responses to the violence and the drive by survivors to document their firsthand experiences helped expand the Uzbek-language internet in an important way made possible by new technologies, rapid technological change and the shift to social media erased many of those discussions and firsthand narratives without deliberate censorship or action by the state. The state itself has at times promoted memory of the events — memory of specific versions — and other times, particularly after the Arab Spring, preferred to forget they occurred as it attempts to promote a narrative that Uzbekistan is synonymous with “peace and stability [tinchlik va osoyishtalik].” The panelists will discuss how all these processes have evolved in the decade since the violence and how technological change shapes the way tragic events are remembered — and forgotten — in the age of social media.[/vc_column_text][vc_button title=”Please RSVP” target=”_blank” color=”btn-warning” icon=”none” size=”btn-large” href=”http://go.gwu.edu/Andijon” el_class=”align-center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]