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Revolt in Central Asia:
The Cataclysm of 1916


Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m.
(reception at 5 p.m., followed by the main program at 5:30)

 

A century ago, at the time of World War I, hundreds of thousands of Central Asians – Kazakhs, Tajiks, Turkmen, Uzbeks, and above all Kyrgyz – perished when they revolted against the tsarist Russian government's attempt to draft them into the army. Besides those who were killed outright, tens of thousands of Kyrgyz men, women, and children died trying to escape over treacherous mountain passes into China.

Soviet authorities have long suppressed Information on the 1916 revolt, but its Centennial has generated fresh interest, marked by seminars, mass meetings, and publications. Russia, in the meantime, has closed relevant archives and offered the curious thesis that the revolt was actually directed not against Russian rule, but against the authority wielded by the indigenous Turkic bourgeoisie.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute marks the centennial of the tragic loss of Central Asian life with two major publications: a new edition of the book The Revolt of 1916 in Russian Central Asia by Edward Dennis Sokol, with foreword by Dr. S. Frederick Starr (JHU Press); and a Silk Road Paper entitled Central Asia in Revolt: the Cataclysm of 1916, edited by Zamira Sydykova.  Both of these publications will be presented and discussed at this forum. 

 

Speakers will include:

  Zamira Sydykova, Ambassador, Editor in Chief, Res Publica Newspaper

  Dr. Prof. Mirzokhid Rakhimov, Visiting Fulbright scholar at Central Asia-Caucasus Institute/Head of the Dept. for Contemporary History and International Relations, Institute of History, Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan. 

  Moderator:  S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

Location: 

Rome Building Auditorium
SAIS - Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave.,  NW
Washington, DC  20036

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Strategic Pillars of Security for Georgia: 

Trans-Atlantic Integration, Economy, Democracy

 Thursday, May 12, 2016

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kenney Auditorium

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 20036

Washington, DC

 

 Conference Program

1:00 – 1:15

Registration / Check-in

1:15 – 1:30

Welcome: Mamuka Tsereteli, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

Tina Mikeladze, Levan Mikeladze Foundation for Caucasus Studies

1:30 – 3:00

Georgia and Strategic Environment in the Black Sea-Caspian Region

Moderator:  S. Enders Wimbush, Founder, Stratevarious/Member of the Advisory Board, LMF

Discussants: Kurt Volker, McCain Institute, Former US Ambassador to NATO

    James MacDougall, Professor, National War College

    Amb. William Courtney, Former US Ambassador to Georgia

    Amb. Archil Gegeshidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the US

    Svante Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

    Job Henning, Fellow, Truman National Security Project

    Glen Howard, President, Jamestown Foundation

    Brenda Shaffer, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University

3:00 – 3:45

Remarks:  Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

 David Bakradze, State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration

 David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations, Georgia

3:45 – 4:00  Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30                 

Internal Factors of Security in Georgia: Conflicts, Economy, Democracy     

Moderator:   Elizabeth Kvitashvili, President, Georgian Association in the USA

Discussants:  Stephen Nix, Director for Eurasia, IRI

     Melissa Muscio, Senior Manager, Caucasus and Central Asia, NDI

     Jeffrey Mankoff, Senior Fellow, CSIS

     George Khelashvili, DCM, Embassy of Georgia

     Danica Starks, Policy Team Director for Eurasia, Dept. of Commerce

     Kenneth Angell, Managing Director, SMEF, OPIC                        

    Eftychis Gregos-Mourginakis, Executive Director, America-Georgia Business Council

    Miriam Lanskoy, Senior Director for Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy 

    David Soumbadze, Director, Rumsfeld Fellowship Program, CACI/LMF           

5:30 - 5:45     

Closing Remarks: S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute                                             

5:45 – 7:00

Closing Reception, sponsored by Georgian Association in the USA

Georgian Association Annual Award Ceremony with Co-chairs of the Georgia Caucus in the House of Representatives:  Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas, Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia

 

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sc-nk-wsjApril 6, 2016

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Vladimir Putin's Next European Front

By Svante Cornell

Clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia this week claimed at least 60 lives in the most intense fighting between the neighbors since a 1994 cease-fire “froze” their conflict. Tensions seemed to de-escalate by Wednesday, but clearly the war between Azeris and Armenians is no longer frozen. At stake is the future of a sensitive region dominated by the Kremlin and crisscrossed by Eurasia’s larger political and ideological faultlines.

more-from-turkeyMarch 29, 2016

THE NEW YORK TIMES

NATO Must Demand More From Turkey

By Halil M. Karaveli

Turkey has always been an awkward NATO member. Since it joined in 1952, the country has rarely lived up to official alliance standards of democracy and human rights. During most of this time, Turkey has been ruled by authoritarian governments. Even when elected governments were in power, Turkey was at best an illiberal “democracy” as right-wing authoritarianism and rigid nationalism were always influential. In that sense, there is nothing that is new with Turkey’s authoritarian “drift” today.

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