“Do you know how nomads prevent conflict?” a Kazakh friend once asked me. “I turn this way; you turn the other way. We start walking.” In ordinary times in Central Asia, this traditional “social distancing” may be enough to avert friction. But in a time of pandemic, it isn’t. Like elsewhere, the novel coronavirus is challenging Central Asian states and societies in new ways and revealing a great deal about the character of peoples and their governments. Here’s a look across the region at how the crisis has affected its states and how leaders have responded.
Ukraine and the countries of Central Asia wouldn’t seem to have much in common other than their former Soviet past. But post-Soviet Russian ambitions may be linking them in unexpected ways. The outcome of Ukraine’s current effort to consolidate its democracy, against Russia’s resistance, has ramifications for whether the Central Asian countries view civil society and democracy as a driver of instability or a force for reform.
Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, director of the Center for Gender and Peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace, testifies before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats hearing on “Water Sharing Conflicts and the Threat to International Peace.”
Roshika Deo’s announcement that she would run in her country’s first election since a military coup eight years ago drew vicious condemnation on social media – racist and homophobic comments, threats of rape. Her story hails from the South Pacific island nation of Fiji, but it reflects the kinds of attacks, verbal and physical, also faced by her fellow recipients of the U.S. State Department’s International Women of Courage Awards this year.
Several destabilizing dynamics persist throughout eastern Central Asia, such as weak governance, poor social and economic conditions, ethnic tensions and religious militancy. While these differ in kind and scope in each country, some conflict drivers are transnational in scope, such as energy insecurity and environmental degradation.
Ted Feifer and Nina Sughrue led this program for businesswomen in Central Asia held in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, March 4-6, 2008. This was the seventh workshop we have held in Central Asia since 2002, and our fifth partnership with the Businesswomen’s Association of Uzbekistan (BWA).
Ted Feifer and Nina Sughrue of the Professional Training Program conducted a Workshop on Improving Government and Non-Governmental Organization Understanding in Central Asia and the Caucasus, in partnership with the Business Women's Association of Uzbekistan, in Tashkent, on April 12-14, 2005.
Trainers Ted Feifer and Jacki Wilson held a workshop on negotiation and conflict management skills for 35 businesswomen from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, in partnership with the Business Women’s Association of Uzbekistan, in Tashkent, October 20-22, 2004. The workshop was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Svetlana Inamova, whose portfolio includes women's issues.
General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Accord in Tajikistan (06-27-1997) Posted by USIP Library on: April, 9 2002 Source Name: Text e-mailed from the United Nations Information Centre, Washington, D.C. Source Document Number: U.N. Doc. No. A/52/219 Date e-mailed: February 24, 2000 The Moscow Declaration (06-27-1997) Posted by USIP Library on: April 9, 2002 Source Name: Text e-mailed from the United Nations Information Centre, Washington, D.C. Source...
As many as 50,000 people have died and thousands more have been wounded and made homeless by the civil war that has raged in Tajikistan, the poorest of the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. On June 6, 1995 the United States Institute of Peace organized a forum on the Tajikistan conflict to explore prospects for negotiations and an end to the war. It included Ambassador Stanley T. Escudero, who had recently completed three years as the chief U.S. representative in the Tajik ...