In partnership with the Kennan Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ South Asia Center.
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Speaker Series
This event explores local and regional perspectives on the future of Afghanistan against the backdrop of the planned United States withdrawal of military forces from the region. The first session focuses on local politics and governance in Afghanistan, and the second session investigates the ways in which Afghanistan’s neighbors have been discussing and planning for the upcoming changes.
2:00-3:15 pm Views from Within Afghanistan
Noah Coburn (Bennington College), “Elections and the Hazards of Transition: Voting and Local Governance in Afghanistan” author of Bazaar Politics: Pottery and Power in an Afghan Market Town (2011)
3:15-3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30-5:00 pm Views from Afghanistan’s Neighbors
Simbal Khan (Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow), “Pakistan’s Strategy on Afghanistan: Between Dodging Bullets and Moderating Outcomes”
Marlene Laruelle (George Washington University), “A “regional solution” for Afghanistan? Perspectives from Afghanistan’s Northern Neighbors”
George Washington University’s Central Asia Program
Wilson Center’s South Asia Program
The Spotlight on Central Eurasia Speaker Series, hosted by the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, aims to inform Washington, DC-based scholars and practitioners of the latest research on a range of topics and from a variety of disciplines impacting the future of the Caucasus and 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.
with Begaiym Esenkulova, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Dosym Satpayev, Director, Non-governmental Consulting Organization “Risks Assessment Group”
Tolganay Umbetaliyeva, Director General, Public Fund “Central Asian Foundation for Democracy”
Andrey Chebotarev, Director, “Alternative” Center for Topical Studies
Rasul Zhumaly, Lecturer, S. Demirel University
Aidos Sarym, Vice president, Public Fund “Abay-a)parat”
Zamir Karazhan, Kazakh political observer
On the occasion of the publication of the new book The Twilight Zone: Traps of the Transition Era, the Central Asia Program is happy to invite you for a video-discussion with the Almaty-based authors.