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Join Sigma Iota Rho at GWU on Wednesday, Feb. 10th for a discussion with the former US ambassador to #Belarus and Georgi...
02/03/2021

Join Sigma Iota Rho at GWU on Wednesday, Feb. 10th for a discussion with the former US ambassador to #Belarus and Georgia, Kenneth S. Yalowitz.

More info & RSVP: https://conta.cc/3rw77l9

Elliott School of International Affairs

02/02/2021
Central Asia Program

Central Asia Program

More than a million — some say 3 million — Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been arbitrarily detained and imprisoned in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region since 2016. China has justified its crackdown by claiming it is part of a counter-terrorism campaign aimed at rooting out “extremism.” However, human rights groups and international observers refer to these detention centers as concentration camps with plenty of evidence of systemic torture and human rights violations. While outlets like Radio Free Asia (RFA) have played a pivotal role in exposing Beijing’s sweeping detentions and the creation of a high-tech surveillance state in the Uyghur homeland, documenting the process by which Chinese authorities target, interrogate, and detain Uyghurs and other minorities has been murky. Recently, RFA’s research department carried out a series of in-depth interviews with survivors from these camps who were caught in the gears of China’s criminal system. These rich firsthand accounts from the inside provide not just a detailed scene of the brutal en masse interrogations, incarcerations, classifications, and means of torture, but heartwrenchingly vivid pictures of the human beings caught in its gears.

Please join George Washington University as Dr. Sean Roberts, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the International Development Studies Program at GW’s @Elliott School of International Affairs, in collaboration with the Central Asian Program (CAP), hosts a discussion with Radio Free Asia about its forthcoming report. Speakers will include Betsy Henderson, Chief Strategy Officer and head of RFA’s audience research program; Alim Seytoff, Director of RFA’s Uyghur Service; and Human Rights Watch’s Maya Wang, China Senior Researcher.

Voices on Central Asia
02/01/2021
Voices on Central Asia

Voices on Central Asia

"10 Great Bazaars on the Modern Silk Road
Trade was the lifeline of the old Silk Road, and things haven’t really changed much since then. 2000 years later, it is still the Chinese who supply the bulk of the products, with the landlocked hawkers of Central Asia as their eager accomplices. There are a million bazaars in the region and it is difficult to just choose a few, but if you are on the road, don’t forget to visit these 10 gems."
https://caravanistan.com/best-of/bazaars-silk-road/

Join us on Tuesday, February 16th for a presentation by Vladimir Barash on the results of a report which mapped #VKontak...
02/01/2021

Join us on Tuesday, February 16th for a presentation by Vladimir Barash on the results of a report which mapped #VKontakt, Russia's largest social media platform.

https://conta.cc/3cs6dlj

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Join us Monday, February 8th for a discussion with Hanne Beirens of Migration Policy Institute Europeand James F. Hollif...
01/29/2021

Join us Monday, February 8th for a discussion with
Hanne Beirens of Migration Policy Institute Europe
and James F. Hollifield of SMU Tower Center, as part of our "Europe Since COVID-19" Seminar. The speakers will discuss current immigration issues in Europe, as well as how the new US administration may approach joint immigration initiatives.

01/29/2021
Central Asia Program

Central Asia Program

The multifaceted nature of violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms suggests that conditions conducive to violent extremism and terrorism are similarly diverse. Some of the cardinal root causes tend to be ideological, political, economic, or religious in nature; but also coupled with confounding causes linked to issues like mental health or education, to mention just a few.

Several thousand citizens from Central Asia are known to have joined the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/Daesh)” as Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs). Many of them and their families have been repatriated to their countries of origin by their respective Governments as part of Government-led repatriation programs, a move widely praised in the region but also in the international arena. This opens up questions about the degree of multiagency preparedness among state and non-state actors with regard to reintegration and rehabilitation aspects, as well as the potential prosecution of FTFs in line with the international human rights law, including international humanitarian law and refugee law as prerequisites for the protection of the lives, health and dignity of persons.

Please join the Central Asia Program for an opportunity for a frank exchange of ideas on the theme of prevention and countering violent extremism in Central Asia, including on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for domestic actors but also the international community as a key partner in the region with Fejzo Numanaj.

For the latest news, events, and publications from the Institute, including the Central Asia Program, PONARS Eurasia, an...
01/27/2021
IERES Newsletter - Issue 18 - January 26, 2021

For the latest news, events, and publications from the Institute, including the Central Asia Program, PONARS Eurasia, and the Illiberalism Studies Program, visit the current issue of our newsletter!

Elliott School of International Affairs

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/IERES-Newsletter---Issue-18---January-26--2021.html?soid=1110347635144&aid=fE_c4-5yrCM

Issue 18 | January 26, 2021 | www.ieres.org ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ Upcoming Events Tuesday, January 26 10:00 - 11:00 am Land of Strangers: The Civilizing Project in Qing Central Asia Thursday, January 28 10:00 - 11:

Join us at one of our events this week!TUESDAY: a discussion with Eric Schluessel on his new book "Land of Strangers"THU...
01/25/2021

Join us at one of our events this week!

TUESDAY: a discussion with Eric Schluessel on his new book "Land of Strangers"

THURSDAY: a discussion with Fejzo Numanaj of OSCE – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, on preventing violent extremism in Central Asia

hosted by Central Asia Program

01/22/2021
Elliott School of International Affairs

Elliott School of International Affairs

Congratulations to Dr. Marlene Laruelle who was recently awarded a Department of Defense Minerva grant for her project "Conceptualizing Hierarch and Resilience in Great Power Politics." #ElliottProud!

Dr. Laruelle is a research professor of international affairs, director of The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Central Asia Program, and co-director of PONARS Eurasia.

Learn more about the DOD Minerva Grant: https://bit.ly/3qJMO2T

01/12/2021
Central Asia Program

Central Asia Program

Kazakhstan’s Parliamentary Elections: What Next?

Kazakhstan held parliamentary and local elections on the 10th January. There was little intrigue as to the results given that opposition parties were not allowed to participate. New regulations that restrict election observers have further enhanced state control over the voting process. These developments disappointed many Kazakhstani citizens, who previously had hoped President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s promises of political reform would prove more forthcoming.

Please join the Central Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Davis Center at Harvard University, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs for a discussion on the elections, immediate reactions inside and outside the country on the results, and also the implications for the immediate and future development of Kazakhstan.

12/15/2020
Central Asia Program

Central Asia Program

Late Soviet Central Asia: Colonialism vs Nationalism
Позднесоветская Центральная Азия: колониальность и национализм

Мероприятие пройдет на русском, с вопросами на русском и английском языках.
This event will be held in Russian with questions in English.

Как колониальное и национальное проявляется и сосуществует в нарративах таджикской интеллигенции, казахской оперы и туркменских коврах? Эти вопросы обсуждаются на семинаре с участием Артемия Калиновского, Нари Шелекпаева и Снежаны Атановой. Модераторы дискуссии: Марлен Ларуэль и Сергей Абашин.

How does colonialism and nationalism coexist and are expressed in the narratives of Tajik intelligentsia, Kazakh opera and Turkmen carpets? These questions are discussed at a seminar with Artemy Kalinovsky, Nari Shelekpaev and Snezhana Atanova. Moderators of the discussion: Marlene Laruelle and Sergey Abashin.

Join us this week for three events at IERES:Monday, December 14th: "Nagorno-Karabakh: Why and What's Next?"Tuesday, Dece...
12/14/2020

Join us this week for three events at IERES:

Monday, December 14th: "Nagorno-Karabakh: Why and What's Next?"
Tuesday, December 15th: "Late Soviet Central Asia: Colonialism vs Nationalism"
Friday, December 18th: "Electoral Authoritarianism in Eurasia: Continuities and Transformations"

More information and RSVP on our website: https://ieres.elliott.gwu.edu/

Join us on Monday for a discussion with experts on the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed territor...
12/11/2020

Join us on Monday for a discussion with experts on the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

More information and RSVP: https://conta.cc/2IBnHiC

Tomorrow- Russia’s New Authoritarianism: Putin and the Politics of Order, a book discussion on Russia’s illiberal turn w...
12/08/2020

Tomorrow- Russia’s New Authoritarianism: Putin and the Politics of Order, a book discussion on Russia’s illiberal turn with author David G. Lewis.

More information and RSVP here: https://conta.cc/399TTEs

#ieres #gwu #elliottproud #elliottschool #illiberalism #illsp #russia #davidglewis #russiasnewauthoritarianism

Join us for two events this week hosted by IERES and the Illiberalism Studies Program. Monday, December 7th- “The Vlasov...
12/06/2020

Join us for two events this week hosted by IERES and the Illiberalism Studies Program.

Monday, December 7th- “The Vlasov Case: History of a Betrayal”

Wednesday, December 9th- “Russia’s New Authoritarianism: Putin and the Politics of Order” with author David G. Lewis

RSVP and more information on our website: https://ieres.elliott.gwu.edu/

#ieres #gwu #elliott #illberalism #illsp #putin #vlasovcase #davidglewis

Next Monday: a discussion on the infamous Soviet General Andrey Vlasov, his connection with Nazi Germany, and his trial ...
12/02/2020

Next Monday: a discussion on the infamous Soviet General Andrey Vlasov, his connection with Nazi Germany, and his trial for treason in the 1940s. Experts Andrew S. Sorokin, Tatiana V. Tsarevskaya-Dyakina, Michael David-Fox, Benjamin Tromly, and Oleg Beyda will be speaking.

More information and RSVP here: https://conta.cc/3m7Q4mY

#ieres #gwu #gwelliott #elliottproud #elliottschool #vlasovcase #andreyvlasov #thevlasovcase #illiberalism #illsp

Join us on Wednesday, December 2nd, for a film screening of the documentary “The Other Side of Oil” with speakers Kate W...
11/30/2020

Join us on Wednesday, December 2nd, for a film screening of the documentary “The Other Side of Oil” with speakers Kate Watters, Lukpan Akhmedyarov, Paul Uporov, and Sergey Solyanik. The documentary raises important issues of environmental degradation, social justice, and poverty in Kazakhstan as a result of the growing oil industry.

More info and RSVP: https://conta.cc/2HyeOpv

#ieres #centralasiaprogram #crudeaccountability #kazakhstan #oilindustry #documentary #gwu #elliottschool #gwelliott #elliottproud

Join us for two events this week hosted by IERES:Tuesday, December 1st: “Russian Math Schools in the U.S.” Wednesday, De...
11/30/2020

Join us for two events this week hosted by IERES:

Tuesday, December 1st: “Russian Math Schools in the U.S.”

Wednesday, December 2nd: a documentary film screening of “The Other Side of Oil”

More information and RSVP on our website: https://ieres.elliott.gwu.edu/

#ieres #ponarseurasia #centralasiaprogram #elliottproud #elliottschool #gwelliott #gwu

Join us on December 1st for a discussion on the rising number of Russian-influenced math programs in the United  States....
11/25/2020

Join us on December 1st for a discussion on the rising number of Russian-influenced math programs in the United States.

More information and RSVP here: https://conta.cc/3pQtfXo

#ieres #gwu #elliottgwu #elliottproud #elliottschool #russia #russianmath

THIS FRIDAY: join us on November 20th for a panel discussion on the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Europe. More info and ...
11/18/2020

THIS FRIDAY: join us on November 20th for a panel discussion on the #BlackLivesMatter movement in Europe.

More info and RSVP: conta.cc/2Ibas81

#ieres #gwu #elliottschool #elliottproud #georgefloyd #blm #europe

11/16/2020
Central Asia Program

Central Asia Program

The Central Asia Program at The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies invites you to an online discussion with international education specialist Dr. Todd Drummond about the association between migrant parents and student learning outcomes in Kyrgyzstan. The event will focus on the methods employed and an interpretation of results. The discussion will pose important questions for policy makers in the Kyrgyz Republic as they grapple with parental migration issues and educational achievement.

Check out these events happening at IERES this week: Monday- “Parental Labor Migration and Educational Attainment in Kyr...
11/16/2020

Check out these events happening at IERES this week:

Monday- “Parental Labor Migration and Educational Attainment in Kyrgyzstan”
Tuesday- “Book Roundtable— Memory Politics and the Russian Civil War: Reds Versus Whites”
Friday- “Black Lives Matter in Europe, Too”

More information and RSVP on our website!

#ieres #gwu #elliottproud #elliottschool #ponarseurasia #centralasiaprogram #europe #kyrgyzstan #russianpolitics

Join us Friday, November 20th for a panel discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd protests in...
11/11/2020

Join us Friday, November 20th for a panel discussion on how the Black Lives Matter movement and George Floyd protests in the United States have affected Europe.

RSVP and more information here: https://conta.cc/2Ibas81

#ieres #gwu #blm #georgefloyd #blmeurope #elliottproud #elliottschool

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