Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus Events
The events draw a varied audience with an interest in the region.
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- Networks, informality, and corruption: how to parse Central Asian governance
Panel discussion with Dr Abel Polese (Dublin City U, Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction), Prof Alena Ledeneva (UCL-SSEES) and Scott Newton (SOAS Law).
- Muslims of Central Asia: Between National, Eurasian and Global
Galina M.Yemelianova (Independent Scholar of Eurasian Islam, UK)
An examination of how throughout history various Muslim peoples of present-day Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan have negotiated their distinctively Central Asian Islamic identity.
- The Non-Russian face of Russia: Muslim Soundscape of post-soviet Moscow
Dr Razia Sultanova (University of Cambridge)
An exploration of the sense of national identity as a social category for those finding themselves both on the inside and the outside of Central Asian communities.
- Anthony Hyman Memorial Lecture 2019: Connecting citizens with the state? Changing discourses and programmes on community development & local governance in Afghanistan
Dr Orzala Ashraf Nemat (Director of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and Research Associate, SOAS Dept of Development Studies)
The talk aims to uncover the different and clashing perspectives and approaches, by highlighting the fault lines between politics, development and peace-building in light of the latest Citizen’s Charter program and evolving peace talks in search of a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
- The South Caucasus: What Future for a Fractured Region?
Thomas de Waal (Senior Fellow, Carnegie Europe)
Tom de Waal presents the updated edition of his book The Caucasus: An Introduction, the essential guide to the history and politics of the South Caucasus.
- The Belt & Road Initiative: International Responses
This conference is designed to examine how this flagship foreign policy initiative of President Xi Jinping is affecting the key regions in the world along both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, and how countries thus affected are responding.
- Armenia and Azerbaijan: Anatomy of a Rivalry
Dr Laurence Broers (SOAS Research Associate)
The Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict for control of the mountainous territory of Nagorny Karabakh is the longest-running dispute in post-Soviet Eurasia. Laurence Broers shows how decades of dynamic territorial politics, shifting power relations, international diffusion and unsuccessful mediation efforts have contributed to the resilience of this stubbornly unresolved dispute.
- Area Studies and the Urgent Need for Global Intercultural Dialogue
Geir Helgesen (SOAS Centre of Korean Studies/Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai), Chunrong Liu (Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai and NIAS, Copenhagen University), Rachel Harrison (SOAS)
In this roundtable discussion we propose that, given the precarious and fragile state of the world, it is essential for Area Studies to play a more important role.