Boston area event: Please join API on April 5 for their second annual conference at Tufts University

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by Noah Tucker on 4/3/2014

Awareness Projects International’s Second Annual Conference will be held at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on April 5, 2014. The conference will feature speakers and discussions on the dynamics of U.S. relations with Russia, as well as the former Soviet nations that make up Central Asia, in light of recently developed security and human rights concerns
as the result of Russia’s actions in Crimea.

The keynote address will be delivered by Thomas W. Simons, Jr., the former U.S. ambassador to Poland and Pakistan and a widely acclaimed expert on Russia and Central Asia. Other speakers will include: Sarah Kendzior, an academic researcher and widely read columnist at Al Jazeera; Sanjar Umarov, an Uzbek politician, founder of the Sunshine Coalition, and former political prisoner; Rouben Shougarian, a career diplomat, academic, and Armenia’s first ambassador to the U.S.; and Nazira Nurrullaeva, program coordinator at Awareness Projects International.

Panelists will also discuss current issues in the Post-Soviet sphere including sovereignty, democratization, and human rights.

This event is sponsored in part by the Post-Soviet Nations Club at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

For more info on Awareness Projects International or to register, go to their website at or join the Facebook event page to be updated with the latest news, announcements, and to get involved in the discussion.

About Awareness Projects International: API is a Seattle based organization with a mission to educate, raise awareness, and advocate for human rights and democratic governance as well as create a balanced, unbiased and in-depth discussion on U.S. relations with the post-Soviet sphere.

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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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