U.S. Central Asia policy has room to improve, but the Trump administration is steering things on the right track.
S. Frederick Starr and Svante Cornell
The Hill, Febuary 18, 2020
This month, the Trump administration released its strategy for Central Asia. This marks the first time in more than two decades that the United States has come up with a serious approach to a region where vast economic, geopolitical, and civilizational stakes are at issue. It follows visits by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the first trip to the region by someone in that role in half a decade.
Long seen as a stagnant land of Soviet holdovers, Central Asia has been undergoing a dramatic transition led by its two most powerful countries, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Leaders in both countries have plunged into meaningful domestic reforms that are now focused on expanding citizen rights, governmental responsiveness, and the rule of law. They have also taken some important steps toward establishing their own structures for regional cooperation, a process that could result in a kind of Central Asian version of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, alongside of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, and IREX are hosting a panel discussion to mark the first anniversary of the new era of cooperation between Washington and Tashkent. One year after Uzbek President Mirziyoyev’s historic May 2018 visit to the United States, a panel of experts will discuss what changes are underway in the strategic Central Asia nation. Topics of discussion include U.S.-Uzbek cooperation, new international activities, and reformation in the economic and media sectors of the country.
His Excellency Javlon Vakhabov, Uzbek Ambassador to the United States
Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South and Central Asia
Dr. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia -Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program
Navbahor Imamova, Journalist, VOA Uzbek Service
Moderator: Alicia Phillips Mandaville IREX Vice President for Global Programs
Where: IREX, Suite 600, 1275 K St. NW, Washington, DC
When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm,
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The Uyghurs of Xinjiang constitute one of the oldest Turkic peoples and the first to be urbanized and to develop a written language and rich intellectual life. As such they are, in a historic and cultural sense, part of Central Asia. The forum discussed how the ongoing crisis in Xinjiang affected Uyghurs, the Central Asian countries, and how Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan responded?
Sean R. Roberts, Associate Professor, George Washington University
James Clad, Director, Asian Security Program, American Foreign Policy Council
Ilshat Hassan, President, Uyghur American Association
Moderator: S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at AFPC
Where: Middle East Institute: 1319 18th Street NW, 20036
When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm,
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Momentous changes have taken place in Uzbekistan, at the heart of Central Asia. Reforms launched by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev have not only transformed Uzbekistan, but opened the door to a new spirit of regionalism that has swept Central Asia. This Forum marked the launch of CACI's comprehensive new study of the reforms, Uzbekistan's New Face, and provided the opportunity to hear firsthand from leading implementers of reforms from Uzbekistan.
S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; co-editor, Uzbekistan’s New Face
H.E. Mr. Sherzod Shermatov, Minister of Public Education, Uzbekistan
Mr. Eldor Aripov, Director, Center for International Relations Studies, Tashkent
Moderator: Svante E. Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; co-editor, Uzbekistan’s New Face
Where: The National Press Club 529, 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045
When: Thursday, Octobeer 4, 2018 from 3:00 - 4:45 pm