Registan’s Uzbekistan News & Analysis Archive

Uzbekistan borders every other Central Asian state and is the most populous country in the region. The government of Islom Karimov, who has led Uzbekistan since before independence in 1991, has a notoriously poor human rights record and a reputation for refusing to accept any international criticism. However, geography makes it important to energy and transportation infrastructure in Central Asia and a crucial partner to the United States and other members of ISAF for the campaign in Afghanistan.

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Are We Witnessing The Demise of Kazakhstan’s Multi-Vectored Foreign Policy?

by Reid Standish
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Despite the slow progression and many obstacles, it appears that the Eurasian Union (Eurasian Economic Union/ EEC) is on course to come into existence. But even with general agreement among the Customs Union’s big three (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan), there are some unresolved issues that could plague the union’s future and alter the region’s political [...]

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Early Marriages Preferred and Prevail Among Uzbeks

by Gulnoza Saidazimova
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She looks beautiful in her young bride’s outfit. When she speaks in her Samarkand dialect about the recent wedding, her brown-green eyes sparkle and smile widens. Nafisa is 18 and newly married. There is probably nothing unusual about an Uzbek girl marrying at that age, except Nafisa lives in New York and goes to high [...]

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

by Noah Tucker
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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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Resisting Deportation, Seeking Refuge: The Story of Nodirbek Yusupov

by Navbahor Imamova
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This story was originally published and aired in Uzbek on Voice of America’s Uzbek Service. Even when one finds refuge in a new country, justice can be very hard to come by. Chet Kaufman, a federal public defender in Tallahassee, Florida, told VOA’s Uzbek service that he felt he had an almost impossible task when [...]

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Understanding the Implications of the Ukraine Crisis

by Nathan Barrick

I’m disturbed by the short-sightedness of media analysis of the events in Ukraine, even as they begin to explore deeper – they are trapped by their own previous reporting and I hope they feel guilty enough about it to start getting it right…not likely. I am also annoyed at the U.S. government’s public analysis and [...]

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Domestic Violence in Uzbekistan: Can It Ever Be Stopped?

by Guest
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Registan.net is happy to feature what we hope will be the first of many guest posts by Dillorom Abdulloeva at Tashabbus, a unique organization founded in 2010 by a group of young Uzbek lawyers. Their mission is to encourage and empower citizens to actively participate in the process of strengthening the rule of law in [...]

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Checking in on Eurasian Union Struggles

by Casey_Michel

In late October, while meeting with other heads involved in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev turned to the topic of the forthcoming Eurasian Union. There had been hints and drops of Kazakhstani discontent with the EAU’s formulation – talk of business concerns, rumblings of ethno-based discontent. Nazarbayev decided to focus [...]

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Is Gulnara Karimova Really Worth All This Attention?

by Traveler
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  In recent days, both independent Uzbek media and foreign news outlets that cover Uzbekistan are all busy following, and reporting on, the happenings around Gulnara Karimova, eldest daughter of the President of Uzbekistan. Karimova apparently lost the favor of her father, and her unquestioned fame and authority appear to be loose and doomed to [...]

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Influence: The Bogeyman of Simplified Strategic Understanding

by Nathan Barrick

Many times I have been asked to assess whether one nation or another is “increasing influence,” usually to categorize as “good” or “bad” developing events for someone with little time or understanding of the situation. Frequently, the right answer – “It depends…” – has to be discarded due to an enforced sense of urgency that [...]

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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!”

by Noah Tucker
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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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