Panel discussion "Uzbekistan After Karimov: A Turning Point?"

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla Torget 6, 3rd floor, room 3576
  • Föreläsare: Pulat Ahunov (Central Asia Association/Sweden), Henrik Hallgren (Eurasia Forum), Nathan Light (Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University) and Leonid Polishchuk (Uppsala University)
  • Arrangör: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Kontaktperson: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Telefon: 018 471 1630
  • Föreläsning

The roundtable will feature four panelists with first-hand knowledge of Uzbekistan. The forum will discuss institutional transformations in Uzbekistan, economic development in the country, prospects for democracy and civil society, and (in)adequacy of the knowledge and understanding of the country in the West.

Uzbekistan, a nation of 32 million, strategically located in the heart of Central Asia on the New Silk Road, is undergoing significant transformations. After more than quarter of century’s reign of Islam Karimov, his successor Shavkat Mirziyoyev is changing many of the old regime’s policies towards greater openness, economic liberalization, and the rule of law, promising more space and louder voice for the civil society. Some of these measures are in response to the limitations and failures of the previous economic and political model, which has left deep pockets of poverty and massive exodus of Uzbek guest workers to neighbouring countries.

In 2017, Uzbekistan was the second fastest growing economy in the world, but the scale, scope, and consistency of the changes are not sufficiently clear, especially given the dearth of expertise and independently verifiable information about the country. The roundtable will feature four panelists with first-hand knowledge of Uzbekistan, including Pulat Ahunov, Central Asia Association/Sweden; Henrik Hallgren, Eurasia Forum; Nathan Light, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University; and Leonid Polishchuk, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University. The forum will discuss institutional transformations in Uzbekistan, economic development in the country, prospects for democracy and civil society, and (in)adequacy of the knowledge and understanding of the country in the West.

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