Events Calendar

“Paradoxes of Legitimation”: Authoritarianism(s) in modern Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan @ Room 412Q, Voesar Conference Room
May 24 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Sofya Omarova,
Ph.D. candidate in International Politics and Sociology
Department of Social Sciences
Oxford Brookes University

This presentation seeks to explore the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation and how they relate to regime self-legitimation in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Legitimation and legitimacy in authoritarian contexts needs to be understood as a three-part process. The first concerns ‘inputs’: the narratives, discourses and claims of legitimation on behalf of the regime. The second aspect is the process of legitimation: the ways in which actors use and apply these claims in relation to a broader society. Finally, there are ‘outputs’: the extent to which the application of claims about the right to rule is ‘believed’ by the population. It is impossible to make generalized claims about the extent to which citizens in authoritarian states believe in the legitimacy of rulers because it is very difficult to discern genuine beliefs in such closed political contexts. Thus, the main focus is on conceptualizing authoritarian claims of self-legitimation.

The presentation is based on an upcoming book chapter from “Theorizing Central Asia” (Palgrave Macmillan), co-authored with Dr. Rico Isaacs (Reader in Politics, Oxford Brookes University).

The Identity Crisis of Uyghurs Today @ Room 214, The Elliott School of International Affairs 2
May 25 @ 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The Identity Crisis of Uyghurs Today @ Room 214, The Elliott School of International Affairs 2

Symposium Agenda

9:00-9:40 Refreshments and Registration

9:40-10:00 Opening Remarks

10:00 – 12:00: Session A: Challenges in Uyghur Education & China’s Harsh Policy towards Uyghurs

Chair: Rishat Abbas, Pfizer, USA
1. Rebecca Clothey, Drexel University, USA, “Education Policy Appropriation, Ethnic
Segregation and Cultural Transmission in Urumqi”
2. Nury A. Turkel, Lawyer, USA, “China’s Re-Education Detention Centers: Examination
Uyghur Rights under China’s Constitution and International Human Rights Law”
3. Lauren Hansen Restrepo, Bryn Mawr College, USA, “The Middle Can not Hold:
Unpacking the Role of Development on the Rising Culture War within Urban Uyghur
4. Memet Emin, Colombia University, USA, “Mental Impact of Chinese Harsh Policy
towards Uyghurs”

12:00 – 1:30 LUNCH

1:45 – 3:45: Session B: China’s Cultural Assimilation Policy towards Uyghurs

Chair: Ilshat Hassan, Uyghur American Association, USA

1. Louisa Greve, Washington Fellow, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, USA, “The
Campaign to “Sinicize Religion” in the XUAR”
2. Abdulhamit Karahan, Uyghur Academy, TURKEY, “Uyghur Language Crisis in
Education both in Uyghur Homeland and Diaspora”
3. Nicole Morgret, Uyghur Human Rights Project, USA,“Uyghur Intangible Cultural

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks

4:00 – 5:00: Post-Symposium Social

This one-day symposium is organized by:

The Uyghur American Association,

The Uyghur Academy,

The Uyghur Human Rights Project


Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty; The Return of Tamerlane? @ Room 505
Jun 7 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Dr. Therese Sabonis-Helf, Georgetown University

Dr. Dan Burghart, National Intelligence University

Dr. Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University

Dr. Roger Kangas, National Defense University

Dr. Laura Adams, USAID

Stacie Giles, Virginia Commonwealth University

Gawdat Bahgat, National Defense University

Mr. Robert Timm, Naval War College

This collection provides a broad analysis of social, political, economic, and security issues in contemporary Central Asia. In particular, the contributors highlight the differences and similarities among the region’s states in how they have consolidated statehood since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

BISHKEK: Joint Conference “Integration Processes and State Interests in Eurasia @ American University in Central Asia
Jun 11 all-day
BISHKEK: Joint Conference "Integration Processes and State Interests in Eurasia @ American University in Central Asia

 Joint Conference of the American University of Central Asia and The George Washington University, Central Asian Program with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Integration Processes and State Interests in Eurasia


American University in Central Asia

Tokombaev St. 7/6, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Room 440 (CH-1)

June 11, 2018 (Monday)


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Foreign Investment Law and Sustainable Development in the Kyrgyz Republic @ Voesar Conference Room 412
Aug 23 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Begaiym Esenkulova an Associate Professor of Law of the American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and who is currently a Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at the Indiana University (Bloomington). Begaiym will discuss the investment legislation and international investment agreements of the Kyrgyz Republic and provide a critical analysis of how they should be reformed for the advancement of sustainable development of the country. She will also explore how to design and implement a new generation legal framework of foreign direct investment that will not only provide for the protection of investors’ rights, but will also address investments’ wider social, economic, and environmental effects in the Kyrgyz Republic.