Join us on February 24th for the Second Central Asian Security Workshop in DC

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by Noah Tucker on 2/19/2014 · 4 comments is happy to announce we are expanding our partnership with the Central Asia Program at GWU and their new Uzbekistan Initiative project. If you’re in the DC area next week (or can make it there!) please join us at the Elliot School for a day of great presentations, roundtables and discussion. Program directors Marlene Laruelle and Sebastian Peyrouse will mark the official launch of the Uzbekistan Initiative, CAP’s joint effort with the Barcelona Center for International Affairs to kickstart new research on Uzbekistan. is proud to be a partner site for the new web-based project that will publish new research and curate web resources in English, Uzbek, and Russian.

I’ll be on a roundtable panel in the afternoon with Sarah Kendzior, Laura Adams, Larry Markowitz and our fearless leader, David Abramson. Please join us!

The 2nd Central Asia Security Workshop
Central Asia Program
Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
The George Washington University, 1957 E Street NW, Washington DC
Lindner Commons, 6 th floor 8:30am ‐ 5:00 pm

To celebrate its two years, the Central Asia Program is organizing its Second Security Workshop.

We will discuss the current state of affairs in Central Asia, and offer a fresh look at the main policy issues, such as the future of the US Silk Road Strategy in the wake of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the stakes of forthcoming presidential successions in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The Workshop will also explore what the Program considers as key societal and political issues that will shape the future of Central Asia, i.e. the small and medium business circles.

For its anniversary the Program is launching a new web initiative, the Uzbekistan Initiative, which will be presented first at this Workshop. The country’s history and culture, its geographical location at the heart of Central Asia, and its booming demography and economic potential shape the overall picture of the region and its strategic weight. However, the country has increasingly become a kind of ‘black hole’ in terms of scholarly and policy-oriented analysis. The goal of the Uzbekistan Initiative is to create an apolitical platform of discussion for knowledge exchanges that promote Uzbek culture and society beyond the divergences in assessing its current course.

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Noah Tucker is managing editor at and an associate at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs Central Asia Program. Noah is a researcher and consultant for NGO, academic and government clients on Central Asian society and culture. He has worked on Central Asian issues since 2002--specializing in religion, national identity, ethnic conflict and social media--and received an MA from Harvard in Russian, E. European and Central Asian Studies in 2008. He has spent four and half years in the region, primarily in Uzbekistan, and returned most recently for fieldwork in Southern Kyrgyzstan in the summers of 2011 and 2012.

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Sher February 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm

When the web-site of this project will be available?

Noah February 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

I think tomorrow is the scheduled date!

Stephen February 21, 2014 at 7:01 am

I only very rarely find myself wishing I were in the US rather than Kyrgyzstan, but this is one of those times. Hope it goes well!

Wang Wenwen February 23, 2014 at 12:40 am

I’m opinion editor of Beijing-based English newspaper the Global Times who keeps a close eye on Central Asia. I wish I could be ther for the conferece~~ If you learn anything from the conference, you can share your thoughts with me

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