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 48 articles at Registan.


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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Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 1: The Uzbek Jihad and the Problem of Religious Freedom

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The IMU and IJU make a great deal of information about themselves easily available to the public. As organizations, they don’t hide their beliefs, their willingness to use violence to advance religio-political goals (or in some cases their clear preference for violence because they believe this will result in martyrdom) and their support for al [...]

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Uzbek Extremism in Context: A New Series (and a Call for Contributions)

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In a rare media contact last week, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan’s new spokesman, Yahyo Hikmatiy, gave a lengthy interview with Alisher Siddiq at Ozodlik (RFE/RL’s Uzbek service). Siddiq was primarily interested in whether or not the IMU planned to join the war in Syria—a rumor they denied–and published a short article from the discussion [...]

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The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Issues a New Threat

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The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) issued a new official statement in the past few days titled “Today We Need Your Prayers” that aside from the group’s name never mentioned Uzbekistan. Instead, it advertised recent battles alongside the Taliban in Badakhshan (Afghanistan) and emphasized the IMU’s role in fighting against Pakistan’s central government (follow link [...]

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Choriev Supporters Beaten in Qarshi, fined $15,000 for Beating (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: According to UzNews and info from the Choriev family in the US, all seven adult protestors (minor children were spared the fine) were fined 75 times the monthly minimum wage for “holding an illegal demonstration” that the demonstrators say never took place. The total fine for the group comes to some $15,500. According to [...]

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Celebrities for Hire

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[This is a guest post from another excellent new Central Asian author from the Kyrgyz Republic, Aijan Sharshenova. We're happy to host more talented young authors from the region and welcome more new submissions!] By Aijan Sharshenova Central Asian republics care about their international image. The level of caring varies from country to country, but [...]

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