CIDOB is pleased to announce the launching of the Uzbekistan Initiative. This research project is jointly developed with the Central Asia Program of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. The Uzbekistan Initiative will explore the upcoming challenges and scenarios for Uzbekistan and their impact in the regional and international context.
Since the early 2000s, the country increasingly has become a kind of ‘black hole’ in terms of scholarly and policy-oriented analysis. 2014-15 appears as a crucial period in this process. In the domestic front, parliamentary and presidential elections will be held. On the regional side, the withdrawal of the US and NATO military forces from Afghanistan will single out neighbouring Uzbekistan as the core issue of Central Asia’s future developments.
The Uzbekistan Initiative aims to contribute to fill this knowledge gap providing independent and first-hand information and fresh analysis by local, regional and international experts. The Uzbekistan Initiative aims to create as well a non-partisan of discussion and knowledge exchanges.
The Uzbekistan Initiative project is coordinated by Nicolas de Pedro (CIDOB) and Marlène Laruelle (The George Washington University). Laura Adams (Harvard University), Navbahor Imamova (Voice of America), Sarah Kendzior (Al-Jazeera), Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University), Sébastien Peyrouse (The George Washington University) and Noah Tucker (Registan.net) are members of the Advisory Board.
The following papers are already available at the project’s website http://uzbekistan-initiative.org/
· “Flexibility or Strategic Confusion? Foreign Policy of Uzbekistan” by Farkhad Tolipov
· “Explaining Political Order in Uzbekistan” by Lawrence Markowitz
· “Navro’z and the Renewal of Uzbek National Culture” by Laura Adams
· “Hayrullo Hamidov and Uzbekistan’s culture wars: how soccer, poetry, and pop-religion are “a danger to society” by Noah Tucker
· “Private initiative, religious education and family values. A case study of a brides’ school in Tashkent” by Rano Turaeva
· “Digital Memory and a ‘Massacre’. Uzbek Identity in the Age of Social Media” by Sarah Kendzior and Noah Tucker
· “Seeking Divine Harmony: Uzbek Artisans and their Spaces” by Gül Özcan
· “Visa regime in Uzbekistan: A failed attempt at balancing regime interests and freedom of individuals” by Evgenia Pak
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