On November 10-12, 2008, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Foundation of Regional Policy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, with support by the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Institute of the Asian Development Bank, held an international seminar on “Renewable Energy in Central Asia: Enhancing Food Security and Improving Social and Economic Conditions in Remote Locations.”
This paper provides a historical overview of religious education in Central Asia, and assesses the efforts of the Uzbek government to define the content of Islam that has been presented in public life since independence was obtained in 1991.
International conference, co-organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC)
The story of the U.S. relationship with Uzbekistan is a sad one, characterized by misunderstandings and miscues on both sides.
None of the five Central Asian states have fulfilled the democratic aspirations that were held by their citizens some fifteen years ago, not to mention the aspirations held by people like us, outside observers, the analysts and activists that are gathered at this meeting.
A discussion of the national interests and strategies of the U.S., Russia, and China in the region. Has a new Great Game taken shape? What kinds of competition and what degree of cooperation can be expected? How will political and social dynamics within Central Asia affect the plans of the great powers?
The question of the relationship between Islamic believers and the state is a critical one; depending on how it is resolved, it either encourages, permits, or discourages the use of violence in the name of Islam.
Eventually Uzbeistan's Karimov will leave office. The U.S. faces an enormous challenge in Uzbekistan until he does - and there is a political situation on the ground that creates the opportunity for greater political openness.
Muhammad Salih, of the ERK Party of Uzbekistan, spoke about President Islam Karimov's regime and its relations with the West.
It may be years before we have an authoritative account of what went on in Andijan on May 13, 2005, one that includes accounts of both the Uzbek government and of the demonstrators. Given Uzbek authorities' refusal to allow an international inquiry by either the U.N. or the O.S.C.E., the task may fall to historians of some future generation.