• Event

    The Desert of Forbidden Art

    • Marinika Babanazarova, Thomas de Waal
    • December 17, 2012
    • Washington, D.C.

    “The Desert of Forbidden Art” tells the incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars was stashed in a far-off desert of Uzbekistan.

    • Research

    Afghanistan’s Other Neighbor

    Uzbek officials have deep and valuable insights into Afghanistan. Washington would do well to pay attention.

    • Research

    In the Whirlwind of Jihad

    In Uzbekistan, Central Asia’s most populous country, Islam has been an ever-present factor in the lives of its people and a contentious force for political officials trying to build a secular government.

    • Research

    Central Asia's Migrant Headache

    Remittances from Russia form a lifeline for Central Asian economies. But with Moscow tightening migration controls, dependence on money transfers risks exacerbating, rather than alleviating, economic and political instability at home.

    • Event

    Current Developments in Uzbekistan’s Parliament

    • John O'Keefe, Sodik Safaev, Svetlana Artykova, Shodieva Normurodovna, Sobir Jabborov, Sarvar Otamuratov, Khayrullo Ruzmetov, Tulkin Abdusattarov, Farrukh Mukhamedov, Ulugbek Khanaev
    • April 26, 2012
    • Washington, D.C.

    A group of Uzbek parliamentarians, sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center and the National Democratic Institute, discussed current developments in the legislature of Uzbekistan.

    • Commentary

    The "Stans" at 20

    Twenty years after the Soviet collapse, leaders of the five Central Asian republics have built functioning states but they have yet to fully implement democratic reforms, decentralize and share power, and develop strong intraregional relations.

    • Event

    Is Religion a Security Threat in Central Asia?

    Dialogue, education, and an accepted role for religion in society are critical to countering the possible threat that religious radicalization could pose to state security in Central Asia.

    • Event

    Uzbekistan and Its Prospects: A Parliamentary View

    The role of Uzbekistan’s parliament has expanded significantly, but the transition from totalitarian regime to secular democracy will require further steps toward the decentralization of power.

    • Multimedia

    'The Stans' in Transition

    The five post-Soviet Central Asian republics—Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—share common political, cultural, and historical roots, but they are far from homogeneous, and continuing domestic and regional tensions could lead to violent conflict.

    • Testimony

    U.S. Policy in Central Asia: Looking Ahead

    As the war in Afghanistan begins to enter a new phase, it is important to reexamine some of the premises of U.S. policy in the Central Asian region and to consider whether the conditions in the region have changed in the last decade.

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