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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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Between East and West
The Central Asian Republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan—are located at the nexus of Russia, China, South Asia, and the Middle East. Leveraging their critical geography, these nations are renewing their role as the crossroads of trade between the West and Asia—resulting in significant economic development, especially in the sectors of energy and natural resources. While moves toward reform and democracy have been made since independence in 1991, corruption and human rights issues remain prevalent throughout the region.
Tue, May 18, 2021
Afghanistan’s potential as a contributor to development and prosperity in Asia has gone unrealized. If it were a stable neighbor, as the current Afghan peace process is meant to make it, Afghanistan could harness its potential as the “heart of Asia” and connect the South and Central Asian regions.
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Mon, Jun 1, 2020
Hardening on language policy at the expense of the Russian language is a significant reversal from Karimov’s tacit encouragement of pluralism.
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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.