• Testimony

    Lessons of the Tulip Revolution

    For the third time in 18 months seriously flawed elections have brought down the government in a CIS state, and for the first time this has occurred east of the Urals, demonstrating that popular expectations in the Asian states of the former Soviet Union are not appreciably different from those in the European ones.

    • Testimony

    Thinking Creatively About Fighting Extremism

    The evolution of Islamic groups in Uzbekistan and the tension within the community of believers between those who advocate peaceful means of spreading Islam and those who advocate the use of force to create an Islamic, has to be addressed in a regional context.

    • Event

    Conflict Prevention in Central Asia: Meeting the Challenge of Integration

    Discussants examine the challenges of conflict prevention in five Central Asian countries since their independence. A profound transformation of the political, economic, and social landscape of Eurasia has taken place, but challenges like poverty, HIV , drug trafficking, and deterioration of health care and education systems remain serious problems.

    • Event

    Martyrdom and Jihad

    A panel discussion with Carnegie Senior Associate Martha Brill Olcott, Carnegie Visiting Scholar Husain Haqqani, Carnegie Moscow Associate Alexei Malashenko, and David Cook, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University.

    • Testimony

    Central Asia: Terrorism, Religious Extremisms, Regional Security

    The challenge of building democratic societies in Central Asia is becoming more profound with each passing year, and unfortunately there are no easy answers to the question of how to alter this situation.

    • Testimony

    The War on Terrorism in Central Asia and the Cause of Democratic Reform

    US policymakers should be proud of US-sponsored programs which broaden the range of participation for even limited numbers of people. But those of us engaged with Central Asia should not delude ourselves into believing that through "soft needling" we will get the ruling elites in these countries to modify the core practices at the heart of their regimes.

    • Event

    The Impact of the Iraq War on Politics in the Islamic World

    Discussants discuss the consequences of regime change in Iraq on countries in the Middle East and Central and South Eastern Asia.

    • Commentary

    Russia likes to claim its leadership in Central Asia. Now it has a chance to prove it.

    The systematic terrorization of the elite - the arrest of scores of people who have experience in running the government and the economy, the terrorization of their families, the push into exile and silence of dozens of other people has enormous consequences for the capacity of a state as small as Turkmenistan to govern itself.

    • Event

    Central Asia - Democracy in the Balance

    The five states of Central Asia raise fundamental questions about the process of democratization in post-Soviet states and in the Muslim world more generally. In light of recent developments, the expectation of remaining as part of the region's Soviet heritage must now be incorporated with both nationalist and Islamic agendas that exist in Central Asia in order for democracy to have a chance.

    • Testimony

    Human Rights and the New Geopolitics of Central Asia

    The new US military presence in Uzbekistan is one more sign of how the dominant geopolitical paradigms of the last half of the twentieth century are no longer operative. The Cold War and its aftermath post-Cold War period are at an end.

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