Partner Event: 7 September EAST PUBLIC Uzbekistan and Central Asia A Year After Karimov: Hopes, Challenges, and EU Dilemmas
A year after the death of Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov the international community is still trying to make sense of what his departure will mean for the country and the wider region. Karimov’s successor Shavkat Mirziyoyev seems to be committed to improving relations with neighbors, easing domestic repression, and liberalizing the economy.
A year after the death of Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov the international community is still trying to make sense of what his departure will mean for the country and the wider region. Karimov’s successor Shavkat Mirziyoyev seems to be committed to improving relations with neighbors, easing domestic repression, and liberalizing the economy. But he faces opposition from domestic rivals as well as a regional economic and security environment likely to be beyond his control. To shed light on these developments we have gathered several experts with many years of experience working on the region.
Jos Boonstra is coordinator of the Europe-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) initiative at the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) in Groningen, the Netherlands. From 2006 to 2015 Boonstra worked at FRIDE in Madrid and Brussels as senior researcher and head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia programme. Boonstra’s research focuses on European and Eurasian political developments, regional international organisations (EU, NATO, OSCE), democratisation, civil society, development cooperation and security in relation to Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
Alisher Ilkhamov is Research Associate of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus at the School of Oriental and African Study, University of London. He is the International Board member of the academic journal Central Asian Survey and the author of more than 70 publications, including “Uzbekistan’s Cotton Sector: Financial Flows and Distribution of Resources” (In co-authorship with Bakhodyr Muradov), OSF: 2014 and “Labour Migration and the Ritual Economy of the Uzbek Extended Family”, Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, 138 (2013).
Julie McBrien is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UvA, co-director of the AiSSR research group ‘Globalizing Cultures,’ and co-coordinator and senior researcher in the ERC Project 'Muslim Marriages'. Her book From Belonging to Belief: Modern Secularisms and the Construction of Religion in Kyrgyzstan is in press with the University of Pittsburgh Press. She has conducted three ethnographic fieldwork projects in Kyrgyzstan over the last 15 years dealing with issues of religion, secularism, politics, gender, futures, and marriage.
Artemy M. Kalinovsky (moderator) is Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the UvA. He is the author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Harvard University Press, 2011) and Laboratory of Socialist Development: Cold War Politics and Decolonization in Soviet Tajikistan (Cornell University Press, 2018), as well as the editor of a number of volumes on Cold War and Soviet history.
East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam has a long history as the premier center for expertise on the region. Founded in 1948 as the East European Institute in Amsterdam, it combined an educational mission with a program of research on history and current events beyond the “Iron Curtain.” The current faculty and researchers all have extensive experience conducting research on questions of politics, religion, conflict, language, memory, and economic development. Their work regularly appears in top academic journals, in the form of books with university presses and commercial publishers, and in the popular media within the Netherlands and abroad. The East European Studies program currently offers BA and MA degrees. In addition, the group runs the EAST seminar with presentations of ongoing research by colleagues from around the world. From 2017, it will also organize policy-oriented discussions open to the public featuring members of our faculty and invited speakers.