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LECTURE- 18th Annual Nava'i Lecture in Central Asian Studies, Sean Roberts, Washington, DC

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LECTURE- 18th Annual Nava'i Lecture in Central Asian Studies, Sean Roberts

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Center for Eurasian, Russian and European Studies
Georgetown University


The Eighteenth Annual Nava'i Lecture in Central Asian Studies

Abandoned in a Geopolitical Quagmire: The Uyghurs of Central Asia in
the Post-9/11 Era

Dr. Sean Roberts,
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Central Asian Studies

6:00 PM
November 29, 2007

Riggs Library
Georgetown University

Reception will follow the lecture
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The lecture focuses on the fate of the stateless Uyghur nation of
Central Asia, both in former Soviet states and in China, following the
tragic events of September 11, 2001. Since the terrorist attacks on
New York's World Trade Center's twin towers, the Uyghurs have
virtually lost all international support for their tenuous position as
a minority under siege in the Xinjiang region of the People's Republic
of China. While the Uyghurs' situation in China is much like that of
the Tibetans, the Chinese state's assertions that the Uyghurs'
independence movement is a radical Islamic terrorist threat has meant
in the present global context that the international community has
more or less abandoned the Uyghurs, whose homeland is part of China
bordering on the post-Soviet Central Asian states. The talk explores
this abandonment in the context of the Uyghurs' difficult historical
engagement with geopolitics and their position in the post-9/11 world
order. The lecture's conclusions provide insights into the emergent
geopolitical context facilitated by America's "Global War on Terror"
as well as reflections on the persistent relevance of the nation-state
in an increasingly globalizing world.

Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
Box 571031, ICC 111
Washington, DC 20057-1031
Ph. 202.687.6080
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