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Andrew Wachtel: Political and National Developments in Central Asia

  • 4/28/2014 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Location: Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room
  • Event Type: Lecture

Andrew Wachtel: Political and National Developments in Central AsiaIn 1991, the five Soviet Central Asian republics became independent states by accident, as it were. Since then, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have taken very different paths of political and social development. All of their actions have occurred in a very difficult neighborhood, surrounded by China, Russia, Iran and Afghanistan. The lecture will focus on the various social and political strategies that have been pursued by these countries in the context of their local and international situation, and examine where they are likely to go from here.

Andrew Wachtel is the president of American University of Central Asia and and a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University.

Sponsored by the Departments of Russian, Government and Legal Studies and the Asian Studies Program.