All Your Stans Are Belong To Us…

by Nathan Hamm on 7/12/2004

One of my favorite things to see on my site referral list is links from others’ comments sections such as in this one left by Tim Newman. One of my goals when starting this blog was to address the major lack of coverage and poor understanding of Central Asia. As far as the blogosphere is concerned, much of what I see about Central Asia (news-wise anyway)–Uzbekistan in particular, consists of innuendo and conspiracy with a smattering of fact. Too often, people cede ground in debates on Central Asia because so little is known or easy to find about the region (see a recent post from Prof. Drezner for example–last update).

Of course this bothers me and it’s something of an uphill battle, so the help from my readers is much appreciated.

One of the little-known aspects of the Peace Corps is that there is encouragement to make the service life-long through the third goal. I take the third goal very seriously. When I see that minds have been changed or that new understanding has been gained, it makes me know that I’m doing something right.

I sincerely appreciate all of you and your contributions to making this thing more of a success than I alone could make it.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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