Events Calendar

May
7
Tue
2013
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.
May
13
Mon
2013
Legal Aspects of Foreign Direct Investment in the Gold Mining Sector of the Kyrgyz Republic: Towards a Path to Sustainable Environmental Development
May 13 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Legal Aspects of Foreign Direct Investment in the Gold Mining Sector of the Kyrgyz Republic: Towards a Path to Sustainable Environmental Development

with Begaiym Esenkulova, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Begaiym Esenkulova is an Assistant Professor of Law at the American University of Central Asia,Kyrgyzstan, an S.J.D. candidate at the Central European University, Hungary, and is currently aColumbia University visiting scholar. She will be discussing the legal aspects of FDI in the gold mining sector in Kyrgyzstan.
May
29
Wed
2013
Traps of Political Succession in Kazakhstan @ Voesar Conference Room
May 29 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Traps of Political Succession in Kazakhstan @ Voesar Conference Room

with

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.

Jun
5
Wed
2013
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 Registan.net
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.
Aug
28
Wed
2013
The Inaugural Central Asia Fellowship Seminar @ Alumni House
Aug 28 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Inaugural Central Asia Fellowship Seminar @ Alumni House
4:00 pm. Registration
4.15pm. Welcome Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Executive Director, SIPRI-North America
 
4:30-6:00 pm. Fellows Presentations and Discussion:
Aitolkyn Kourmanova, Central Asia Fellow (Kazakhstan)
Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: Nurturing from the Ground
Safovudin Jaborov, Central Asia Fellow (Tajikistan)
Radicalization of Youth in Tajikistan: Causes, Consequences, and Addressing the Challenges
Discussants:
Ross Wilson, Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council 
Sanaam Naraghi-Anderlini Co-Founder of International Civil Society Action Network(ICAN), and Senior Fellow, MIT Center for International Studies
Chair: Marlene Laruelle, Director, Central Asia Program, GWU
6:00 pm. Reception