Events Calendar

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.
Digital Memory and a ‘Massacre’: Post-Soviet Uzbek Identity in the Age of Social Media @ Voesar Conference Room
Jun 5 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Digital Memory and a 'Massacre': Post-Soviet Uzbek Identity in the Age of Social Media @ Voesar Conference Room
with Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera English and Noah Tucker, Courage Services and
The speakers will examine the transnational effort by ethnic Uzbeks to document the June 2010 violence and mobilize international support, first for intervention to stop the conflict and then in an effort to defend minority rights and preserve evidence of alleged injustices suffered by the community in Kyrgyzstan. These efforts were made possible primarily by new forms of digitalcommunication and social media. Instant, global communication made the plight of Uzbeks in Southern Kyrgyzstan an issue of broad resonance for the wider ethnic community in a way that similar outbreaks of civil or state violence had never been in the past and facilitated the re-imagining of other late- and post-Soviet historical conflicts to fit new ethnic narratives. Combining analysis of digital media, art, and documentation with recent ethnographic fieldwork in Southern Kyrgyzstan,they will address questions about how permanent “digital memory” of violence shapes the process of conflict resolution and re-adapting to post-conflict everyday life, and how narratives produced by the global community-most of whom did not experience the conflict itself-shape, and sometimes conflict with, collective memory and understanding of the conflict for those who actually experienced it.
Foreign Policy Doctrine and the Actions of Uzbekistan @ Voesar Conference Room
Nov 15 @ 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Foreign Policy Doctrine and the Actions of Uzbekistan @ Voesar Conference Room
with Dr. Farkhod Tolipov, Director of the Non-Governmental Education and Research Institution“Bilim Karvoni”
The Republic of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy has undergone dramatic fluctuations since gaining independence, from a pro-American extreme to a pro-Russian one and back again. Such a “pendulum” swing of the newly independent Central Asian state reflects its two ambivalent and interrelated stances: Tashkent’s perception of the international system as an old stage of power politics – somewhat a Soviet syndrome – and an uncertain geopolitical situation that emerged in Central Asia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The operation in Afghanistan further confused the doctrinal foundation of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy,revealing the lack of Tashkent’s strategic perspective. As a result, Uzbekistan took rather isolationist tactics in the region instead of a long-awaited pro-active strategy.
Jan 8 – Feb 7 all-day

“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.

“My Andijon Remains”: Memory and Forgetting Ten Years after the Andijon Events @ Voesar Conference Room
May 14 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
"My Andijon Remains": Memory and Forgetting Ten Years after the Andijon Events @ Voesar Conference Room
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Laura Adams, USAID and Harvard University

Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera and CAP Associate

Noah Tucker, 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.

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