Archive of Nathan Hamm

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.

Nathan has written 2992 articles at Registan.


Advocating for a Better Central Asia

by Nathan Hamm
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When I saw that OSI had published a policy brief arguing that “the degree to which the United States holds countries in Eurasia publicly accountable for respecting human rights and democracy depends on each country’s relative strategic importance to the United States, not the human rights conditions in each country,” I anticipated writing a long [...]

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The Risk of an Interventionist Uzbekistan

by Nathan Hamm

One concern I have heard in various forms regarding post-Karimov succession in Uzbekistan is that an unresolved plan for transition to a new leader could cause the country to erupt in chaos. I count that as a fairly low risk. As I argued during my talk in Seattle last weekend and in recent interviews with [...]

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Finding Meaning on an Astana Beach

by Nathan Hamm

Update: After this was published, Mr. Hwang reached out to me. We had a very good exchange, and he clearly grasps the issues facing Kazakhstan better than I assumed. More importantly, he discussed ways in which his work in Kazakhstan does illustrate the importance of making connections. He said that the participants of the programs [...]

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Central Asia 2014: The Terror

by Nathan Hamm

Yesterday, Eurasia Daily Monitor carried a “[x] in Central Asia after NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan” story, the kind of reporting and analysis that is sure to be a fixture in all Central Asia focused publications throughout this year. This particular story deals with militant groups threatening to return to Central Asia after NATO’s withdrawal. Should [...]

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How Dare You Can Be Googoosha?

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The following is a guest post from Davron Ibragimov. The late 2012 English-language music video “How Dare” by Googoosha (aka Gulnora Karimova, daughter of Uzbekistan’s dictator-president Islom Karimov) is, among other things, a comment on gender and power in Uzbekistan. The video’s partly Rihanna-inspired footage depicts Man-Hunk tortured by a monstrous identity (instinct?) struggling to [...]

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Gulnara Needs Better PR Consultants

by Nathan Hamm

Is Gulnara Karimova working with a public relations firm to reach out to bloggers? That a fawning post on Karimova’s Fund Forum written by Alex Simons, a freelance social media consultant, in the style section at The Huffington Post. In the post, Simons describes having coffee with an unnamed friend last week who described to [...]

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Questions Remain on Zhanaozen

by Nathan Hamm

This is a guest post from Nate Schenkkan, Senior Program Associate for Eurasia at Freedom House. This post represents his views and not the views of Freedom House. Minister Idrissov has raised a lot of issues here that are worth addressing. I will focus on the most important paragraph. “A special public commission carried out [...]

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Emomali Rahmon — Influential and Muslim

by Nathan Hamm

Tajikistan’s state news agency, Khovar, had a story that we briefly summarized in yesterday’s Central Asia Monitor about President Emomali Rahmon being included on the list of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims. There really shouldn’t be much to this story. The Muslim 500 list is compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center at [...]

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Sanjar Umarov on Uzbekistan’s Squandered Resources and Unclear Future

by Nathan Hamm

Sharnoff’s Global Views recently published an interview with Sanjar Umarov, the former political prison, presidential candidate, and founder of the Sunshine Coalition. I have long found Sanjar to be one of the most knowledgeable and realistic voices in Uzbekistan’s opposition, and it is always worth reading his analysis of Uzbekistan’s political situation and future prospects. [...]

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Research Note: Land Reform in Tajikistan

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The following is a guest post by Brent Hierman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at VMI. Brent discussed this research and land reform in Tajikistan last month at our conference in Arlington, Virginia Research Note: What does “successful” land reform in Tajikistan look like? On the seasonably hot evening of May 28th 2012, while Navruz [...]

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