Last fall, Eurasianet received press accreditation from Uzbekistan’s Foreign Ministry – a signal the country is truly opening up following the death of President Islam Karimov in 2016. Peter Leonard, our Central Asia editor, became the first Western journalist in many years allowed to work openly and for a sustained period in the country.
With his unique, on-the-ground perspective, Leonard moderated a roundtable on May 4 at the Association for the Study of Nationalities annual conference, featuring some of the leading scholars in the field:
- Jennifer Murtazashvili of the University of Pittsburgh discussed her ongoing fieldwork in Uzbekistan and asked how far the Uzbek government wants to go with reforms;
- Lawrence Markowitz of Rowan University examined the challenges to reforms;
- Nargis Kassenova of Harvard University looked at the regional dimension of reforms.
The entire event can be seen in this video.
NOW: Join Eurasianet for a live discussion on Uzbekistan’s reforms, hosted by Peter Leonard, our Central Asia editor. We are taking questions here on Facebook. Our panelists are:
Nargis Kassenova (Harvard University)
Jennifer Murtazashvili (University of Pittsburgh)
Lawrence Markowitz (Rowan University)
Posted by Eurasianet on Saturday, May 4, 2019
Also, Columbia University political science doctoral student Colleen Wood tweeted highlights from the panel, including:
For more of our Uzbekistan coverage, click here.
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