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This has been a volatile year in Eurasia: massive demonstrations from Minsk to Khabarovsk, ongoing war in Donbas and a new outbreak of fighting in the South Caucasus. Yet at the very center of Eurasia, Central Asia, relative tranquility has reigned. And one important reason for this has been the policies of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, now in his fifth year in power. Pursuing neighborly relations abroad and cautious reform at home, he has provided some grounds for optimism.

Senator Sodiq Safoev, a close adviser to President Mirziyoyev, speaks on Tashkent’s domestic and foreign policies, followed by a panel discussion including Deputy Assistant Secretary Jonathan Henick, from the US Department of State, and Dr. Brianne Todd, assistant professor with the Near East and South Asia Center at the National Defense University. Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates.

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The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.