Archive of Noah Tucker

Noah Tucker is managing editor at Registan.net 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.

Noah has written 53 articles at Registan.


Facebook Jihad: The IMU’s Digital Communication Strategy for the Karachi Airport Attack

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We’re happy to announce that the Central Asia Digital Islam Project has released our first short policy paper with the The Central Eurasia – Religion in International Affairs (CERIA) program at George Washington University. Facebook Jihad: The IMU’s Digital Communication Strategy for the Karachi Airport Attack identifies the IMU’s social media tactics and strategies seen [...]

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French Scholars Demand Fair Treatment for Alexander Sodiqov

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This morning we received a request from a group of leading French Central Asia scholars to help publicize their message to the government of Tajikistan in support of imprisoned researcher Alexander Sodiqov. Alexander is a gifted scholar and has long been admired by everyone at Registan.net. We join thousands of other scholars and researchers to [...]

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New Interview on IMU Operations in Pakistan

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I’ve had every intention of writing an IMU article this week after they claimed the Karachi airport attack and articles began to pop up questioning what this means for Central Asia. I still haven’t managed to write it, but was grateful to Kathy Gilsinan at World Politics Review for giving me a chance to talk [...]

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The Central Asia Digital Islam Project: How the Internet and Social Media are Reshaping the Islamic Marketplace in Central Asia

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The Internet and social media are slowly beginning to revolutionize the Islamic marketplace of ideas for Central Asians. Similar to processes identified by scholars like Peter Mandaville in other contexts, Central Asia’s access to digital Islam has been delayed by low Internet penetration, authoritarian controls on media and communication, and, in part, by Central Asia’s [...]

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Assessing Uzbekistan’s Terorrist Threat

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Last year I wrote a report for USAID’s Bureau for the Middle East that they recently released to the public. While the opinions here are my own and don’t speak for the USG, I am particularly grateful that released it because it is another in a growing body of assessments that clearly argues (I hope) [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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Registan.net 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 [...]

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Sarah Kendzior Says What We Have All Been Afraid to Say…

by Noah Tucker

“Central Asian studies is a dying field, and many of the experts of the region are now unemployed or doing work that has nothing to do with Central Asia.” Registan.net alum Sarah Kendzior gave a great interview this week with Australia’s Crikey and said what many of us feel but have hesitated to say publicly. [...]

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Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 3: “Love Your President and Be Content With Bread, or Allah Will Give you a Disease!”

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With so much attention on what it forbids, we sometimes fail to notice the way that the Uzbekistani state selectively promotes certain Islamic practices, figures, or beliefs as a double-edged foil to both liberal narratives pushed by the West and Islamist politics promoted by groups like the IJU/IMU. By carving out a space and defining [...]

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Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 2: The Internet, Social Media and Religious Speech

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You may have recognized the context for the picture above before reading these lines, because the Syrian chemical attacks that killed hundreds of innocent civilians in August and nearly led the US into another war will likely be remembered as one of the defining events of the decade and are only one tragedy among so [...]

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