Mirziyoyev's Domestic Reforms, Year One: Judiciary, Governance and Civil Society

Since Shavkat Mirziyoyev acceded to power in the fall of 2016, a wave of reforms has affected every sector in Uzbekistan – ranging from the judiciary and governance to electoral matters and civil society. The Western press and even analysts have taken only superficial note of these reforms. But what is their actual breadth and depth? Can they actually be implemented? And what will they mean for Uzbekistan and the region?

CACI addressed these issues in a Silk Road Paper by Anthony C. Bowyer entitled, Political Reform in Mirziyoyev's Uzbekistan: Elections, Political Parties and Civil Society.

This Forum, moderated by CACI Chairman S. Frederick Starr, presented the findings of our authors Mjuša Sever and Anthony Bowyer and focused on reforms in the judiciary, governance, and civil society.

Be sure to watch the full recording of the event below.

Mjuša Sever, Director, Regional Dialogue, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Anthony Bowyer, Senior Program Manager, Caucasus and Central Asia, IFES

Moderator: Fred Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute


Where: The Middle East Institute, 1319 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

When: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Uzbekistan’s New Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity under New Leadership


Uzbekistan’s foreign policy has undergone significant changes since the transition that brought Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Presidency. Most notable has been the country’s outreach to Uzbekistan’s neighbors, including Afghanistan, which has a transformative potential for Central Asia as a whole. Uzbekistan has also reached out to the international community beyond Central Asia, while maintaining the country’s long-standing policy of eschewing membership in Russian-led integrative structures.

The Forum event, moderated by CACI Chairman S. Frederick Starr, featured a summary of a new Silk Road Paper authored by Richard Weitz on the subject, and provided opportunity for discussion.

Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Military-Political Analysis, Hudson Institute

John Herbst, Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council, Ambassador (Ret.)

Moderator: Fred Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

The event took place on January 22, at 1319 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, from 11:00 to 12:30 pm.

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Both in Europe and the United States, this argument is made with increasing frequency but it doesn’t reflect reality.

On October 31, a citizen of Uzbekistan was arrested for the terrorist attack in New York City that led to the death of eight people. The attack drew parallels to a similar truck attack earlier this year in Stockholm, as well as terrorist deeds in Istanbul and St. Petersburg. In these cases the perpetrators were of Uzbek origin. In addition, over 2,000 Central Asians have taken part in the civil war in Syria, fighting for jihadi organizations like the Islamic State or the Nusra Front. Is Central Asia a breeding ground for extremism?

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