“Central Asia in Revolt: the Cataclysm of 1916” discussion on June 8, 2016


“Revolt in Central Asia: the Cataclysm of 1916,” a presentation and discussion on the Revolt of 1916, will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

One hundred years ago, Central Asia rose up in revolt against Russian rule when the Tsarist government tried to draft Turkic soldiers into the army during the time of World War I. More than 250,000 Kyrgyz, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, and Tajiks were killed or died trying to flee to China. Soviet authorities tried to suppress all memory of the 1916 Revolt, but the anniversary of the tragic event has generated new interest.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute will mark the centennial of the revolt by presenting and discussing two publications: a new edition of the book The Revolt of 1916 in Russian Central Asia by Edward Dennis Sokol, with a foreword by Dr. S. Frederick Starr (JHU Press); and a Silk Road Paper titled “Central Asia in Revolt: the Cataclysm of 1916,” edited by Zamira Sydykova.

Date and Time
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Former Ambassador Zamira Sydykova
Editor in Chief, Res Publica Newspaper

Dr. Prof. Mirzokhid Rakhimov
Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute; Head of the Contemporary History Department, Institute of History of the Academy of Science of Uzbekistan

Moderated by S. Frederick Starr
Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

Johns Hopkins SAIS
Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press may RSVP through the online registration form.


Media Contacts
April Gifford (for inquiries related to the program)
Administrative Coordinator
The Central Asia Caucasus Institute
202.663.7723 office

Stacy A. Anderson (for inquiries about media logistics)
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile

About the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a leading institution in the U.S. for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Caspian Region. The institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins SAIS, is part of a joint center with the Silk Road Studies Program at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm.

For more information, visit silkroadstudies.org or CACI on Facebook.


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