From COVID on: Testing Resilience in Central Asia

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:15am
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Like the rest of the world, Central Asian states and societies are being stress-tested by the COVID-19 pandemic. Can they withstand the storm? Where can one expect disruptions or fissures, and to what extent is persistence and muddling through possible? Are there any prospects for positive change given the growing economic, social and public health crises? Using the concept of resilience, this panel of experts will analyze the current state of affairs of and prospects for the five Central Asian countries.

Luca Anceschi teaches Central Asian Studies at the University of Glasgow, where he also edits Europe-Asia Studies. He is the author of Turkmenistan's Foreign Policy--Positive Neutrality and the Consolidation of the Turkmen Regime (2009) and Analysing Kazakhstan's Foreign Policy: Regime New-Eurasianism in the Nazarbaev Era (2020), both published by Routledge. Twitter: @anceschistan.

Asel Dooletkeldieva is an Associate Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy (Bishkek). She obtained her PhD from the University of Exeter (UK, Department of Politics) where she wrote her thesis on post-revolutionary social mobilizations in Kyrgyzstan. Her research interests are connected to social movements and civil society, global capitalism and extraction, post-socialism and decolonization.

Nargis Kassenova is a Senior Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Her areas of research include Central Asian politics and security, Eurasian geopolitics, Kazakhstan’s foreign policy, and religion and politics in Central Asia. Twitter: @KassenovaNargis.

Bruce Pannier is a longtime journalist and correspondent covering Central Asia. He currently writes Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s blog, Qishloq Ovozi, and appears regularly on the Majlis podcast for RFE/RL. Twitter: @BrucePannier.

Edward Schatz is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His research addresses the varied relationships between state and society in post-Soviet Central Asia. His most recent book is Slow Anti-Americanism (forthcoming, Stanford UP), and he is currently researching the downstream impact of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative.” Twitter: @SchatzEd.

Paul Stronski is a Senior Fellow in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on the relationship between Russia and neighboring countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. He is the author of Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930-1966 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), which won the 2011 Central Eurasian Studies Society Book Award for History and the Humanities. Since the mid-1990s, he has undertaken extensive research and work experience in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Armenia. Twitter: @pstronski.


Luca Anceschi, Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Studies (Central & East European Studies), School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
Asel Dooletkeldieva, Associate Research Fellow, OSCE Academy, Bishkek
Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center; Associate Professor, KIMEP University
Bruce Pannier, Journalist, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Edward Schatz, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto
Moderator: Paul Stronski, Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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