Central Asia – Caucasus Institute

Dr. S. Frederick Starr Book Discussion on "Lost Enlightenment"

Dr. Starr will speak on his book "Lost Enlightenment:  Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane." Dr. Starr will also sign copies of his book. This event is sponsored by the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, together with the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland. Held at LOC Thomas Jefferson Building, African Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220 (10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. Please allow time for security at building.





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May 5, 2016
12:00pm - 1:00pm Local Time

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CANCELLED: U.S. Policy Towards Azerbaijan: What's the Problem?

Discussion with invited speakers on U.S. policy in Azerbaijan.





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February 10, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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CANCELLED: Paul Goble on the Future of Post-Soviet Countries

This special forum, organized jointly with The Jamestown Foundation, will honor Paul Goble, eminent scholar and expert on the post-Soviet world.  Paul will share with us his view on prospects of the states and people in this important strategic region, which includes the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as the Baltic countries and Ukraine.  Several of Paul's long-time friends, colleagues and professional associates will comment on his intellectual contribution to the study of these post-Soviet countries.





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Date and Time
February 8, 2016
5:00pm - 7:30pm Local Time

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CANCELED: Afghanistan After Obama

What happens in Afghanistan after Obama? Lindsey Graham? General Petraeus?





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May 4, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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Central Asia and the Caucasus: From Independence to Interdependence

Presentations by the Spring 2016 Rumsfeld Fellows.  The fall of the USSR enabled peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus (Greater Central Asia) to claim full independence and sovereignty. While bringing many obvious benefits, the strengthening of new sovereignties has also  brought self-isolation and rivalry among peoples who had actively interacted for hundreds of years before the Russian conquest. The resulting isolationism has created needless tensions in the region, deepened poverty, and fostered  religious radicalization. Meanwhile, geographic proximity,  interdependent infrastructure, and the presence of Russian media have maintained ties with Russia and rendered them appealing to many.

Is it time to  shift from the radical independence to intra-regional dialogue and economic integration within the region? And for the region as a whole to capitalize on its strategic location, cultural diversity, and human capital?

Twelve participants of the Rumsfeld Fellowship Program, representing nine countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, share their answers to these questions. 

Speakers: Ozodkhon Davlatshoev (Tajikistan); Nemuun Gal (Mongolia); Emil Gasimli (Azerbaijan); Sulkhan Glonti (Georgia); Raykhona Khashimova (Uzbekistan); Eliza Nishanbaeva (Kyrgyzstan); Mahmood Noorzai (Afghanistan)

Rakhim Oshakbayev (Kazakhstan); Lilit Petrosyan (Armenia)

Ruslan Ramanov (Uzbekistan); Narantuguldur Saijrakh (Mongolia); Barry Salaam (Afghanistan).  Moderated by S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, CACI





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Date and Time
April 27, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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Important Innovations in Higher Education: New Universities in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Afghanistan

New universities are rising cross Central Asia, Afghanistan, and the Caucasus, bringing innovations and jump-starting stalled processes of reform in higher education.  This forum will focus on a number of these new initiatives, with authoritative presenters on several countries.  Speakers include S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, JHU-SAIS; Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan; Leslie Schweitzer, First Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, American University of Afghanistan; Ellen Hurwitz, President Emerita, American University Central Asia (The Kyrgyz Republic); and Kenneth Walsh, Dean, San Diego State University-Georgia. 





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Date and Time
April 20, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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How Turkish-Russian Tensions Affect Central Asia and the Caucasus

Russia's seizure of Crimea and Russia's ongoing military campaign in Syria have transformed the strategic landscape from the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea region to the Caspian area. Grave tensions between Russia and Turkey were mounting even before Putin and Erdogan launched into a florid and vituperative war of words, which continues unabated.  Our speakers will delve into the many levels of this confrontation, offer important perspectives on how it is affecting security and economic life in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and suggest where it all might lead.

Speakers: Eric Edelman, Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, SAIS; Avinoam Idan, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program; Vladislav Inozemtsev, Director and Founder, Center for Post-Industrial Studies, Moscow; Olga Oliker, Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS; Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute, and former US Ambassador to NATO.  Moderated by Svante Cornell, Director, CACI





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Date and Time
March 23, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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CANCELED: Xinjiang: New Developments

A dscussion of new developments in Xinjiang.





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March 9, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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25 Years of Democracy Promotion in Central Asia and Caucasus--How Have We Done?

The Freedom Support Act of 1992 (Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act) made the "promotion of democracy" a main strategic priority of the US in the former republics of the USSR.  What specific achievements can the US claim in this sphere in the Caucasus and Central Asia, and what have been its failures?  To what extent does the experience of the last quarter century call for revisions in America's tactics in this area?  And to what extent, if any, does experience call into question the strategy itself? Rather than duel over the number of successes and failures, our speakers will focus on steps that might improve the effectiveness of actions to advance this strategic goal or, if necessary, more fundamental changes in the strategy itself.





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February 24, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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CANCELED: 25 Years of Struggle for Sovereignty

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April 5, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm Local Time

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