Pay Attention to the Hats

by Nathan Hamm on 3/27/2005

I’ve brought up the importance of hats in Central Asia in regards to Kyrgyzstan and Sean-Paul makes a similar point at The Agonist. I have a slightly different take on what the women are wearing (I recall well-to-do or more well-dressed women wearing similar, long, non-floral head scarves in less religious areas, so I’m less inclined to read much into it). And I think the presence of both Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in the picture he has is fairly encouraging news. Though Osh is a fairly split city with a nasty history of ethnic violence, I certainly hope that things will stay calm. Perhaps the new Uzbek governor will help please Uzbeks who felt politically powerless before.

Also check out Sean-Paul’s other post on Kyrgyzstan.

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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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