Uzbekistan: The Tashkent Spring Experiences a Frost

Much of Uzbekistan’s reboot depends on political will.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in mid-September, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev outlined a democratic vision for his country. While Mirziyoyev’s actions, not just his words, leave room for guarded optimism, it is clear that there are powerful elements in Uzbekistan that are not ready to abandon their Karimov-era ways. (Photo: Uzbek Presidential Press Service)

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in mid-September, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev outlined a democratic vision for Uzbekistan. Just over a year since Mirziyoyev replaced the late strongman Islam Karimov, such a vision naturally generated skepticism.

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Saipira Furstenberg is a research fellow at the University of Exeter, Department of Politics. She is affiliated with Exeter Central Asia Studies Network.

Uzbekistan: The Tashkent Spring Experiences a Frost

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