Friday, October 31, 2008

IAAS LECTURE- William Fierman, Language Policy in Central Asia and Azerbaijan, Nov. 5

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IAAS LECTURE- William Fierman, Language Policy in
Central Asia and Azerbaijan, Nov. 5

Posted by: Inner Asian and Altaic Studies <>

The Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies
invites you to a Lunchtime Lecture

William Fierman
Indiana University, Bloomington

will speak on

Language Policy in Central Asia and Azerbaijan
in the Post-Soviet Era


The CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
On the Second Floor, in Seminar Room S250


Wednesday, November 5, 2008
from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

You may bring your own lunch to the Seminar Room.
Snacks will be provided.
Room opens at 12:30, Presentation begins at 1 p.m.

If you have any questions you may contact us at or 617-495-3777

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

CONF.- Chechnya After the War, SOAS, University of London, Nov. 27

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CONF.- Chechnya After the War, SOAS, University of London, Nov. 27

Posted by: Jane Savory <>

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, SOAS
in collaboration with
Medical Aid and Relief for Children of Chechnay (MARCCH)

Invite you to the 'Chechnya After the War' Conference

on Thursday, 27th November 2008
in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, Brunei Gallery, SOAS,
University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG

A panel of experts and distinguished speakers will be setting the
present situation in context. Many aspects of the current situation
will be explored with particular emphasis on the humanitarian
situation, using relevant material, information and experience. They
will explain and convey a better understanding of what is going on in
Chechnya at present and what the future is likely to hold for the area.

This is an important one day conference in which a panel of experts
and distinguished speakers will be setting the present post-war
situation, humanitarian, social and political in context.


Lord Judd will be opening the morning session at 9:30
Lord Rea will be introducing the afternoon session of speakers

Speakers include:

Lord Rea (Save Chechnya Campaign)
Lord Judd (Former Rapporteur for Council of Europe on Chechnya)
Akhmed Zakaev (A former minister in the Chechnya government)
Dr Zukhra Kharkimova (Director of the children's hospital in Grozny
and deputy minister of health in Chechnya)
Tom Porteous (Director, Human Rights Watch, London)
Elena Burtina (Civic Assistance Committee, NGO, Russian Federation)
Willem de Jonge (Head of Mission, Medecins Sans Frontieres, (MSF) Russia)
Professor John Russell (Institute of Peace Studies at Bradford and
author of Chechnya: Russia's "War on Terror")
Dr Cerwyn Moore (Birmingham University)
Tony Wood (Assistant editor of the New Left Review)
Murad Batal Al-Shishani (Jordanian-Chechen Journalist for the BBC)

To Book a Place

To book a place for the conference please call MARCCH or visit their
website on
Payment by cash or cheque ACCEPTED. For more information: call MARCCH
on 020 8883 9999
Ticket Price: £15 or Free for Students,OAPs, and those on benefit

Marcch, Medical Aid and Relief for Children of Chechnya, (ref: 1086499)

Jane Savory
Office Manager, Centres and Programmes Office
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

tel +44 (0)20 7898 4892 email
fax +44 (0)20 7898 4489 web

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Monday, October 27, 2008

CENTRAL ASIA SEMINAR- Illegal Labor Migration from Central Asia to the US, Oct. 29

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CENTRAL ASIA SEMINAR- Illegal Migration from Central Asia to the US, Oct. 29

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Central Asia and Caucasus Seminar

"Illegal Labor Migration from Central Asia to the United States"

Saltanat Liebert
Assistant Professor of Government & Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

Tuesday, October 29, 4:15-6:00 pm
CGIS South Room S-354
1730 Cambridge St., 3rd Floor, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

With questions, contact:

John Schoeberlein <> or
Laura Adams <>

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PUBL.- Anthropology of East Europe Review, Fall 2008

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PUBL.- Anthropology of East Europe Review, Fall 2008

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The Anthropology of East Europe Review is an edited journal of
scholarship on Eastern Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and Central Asia.
Founded in 1981 as a newsletter, the journal has become a key
institution for anthropologists and other specialists on the region.
Since the mid-1990s, AEER has developed a close relationship with
Soyuz, the Postsocialist Cultural Studies Network, and regularly
publishes papers from the Soyuz conference. It showcases fresh,
up-to-date research and helps to build a community of scholars who
focus on the region.

It is not too late to subscribe for the fall 2008 and spring 2009
issues of AEER. We are accepting payments until November 1, 2008 for
subscribers who wish to receive the current fall 2008 volume, a
Special Issue on Cultural Production and Transmission of Ethnic
Tolerance and Prejudice, guest edited by Hilary Pilkington and Anton

The Table of Contents for the fall 2008 issue is as follows:

Guest Editors' Introduction: Cultural Production and Transmission of
Ethnic Tolerance and Prejudice
Hilary Pilkington and Anton Popov, University of Warwick

Tolerance and Prejudice in Belgrade: Young People's Constructions of
Selves and Others
Jelena Obradovic, University of Birmingham

Multi-Ethnic Society in Georgia: A Pre-Condition for Xenophobia or an
Arena for Cultural Dialogue?
Marina Elbakidze, Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development

Both War and Peace in the 'Country of the Soul': The Young People of
Abkhazia on War, Tradition, and Independence
Guzel Sabirova, Ul'ianovsk State University

Xenophobic Attitudes and new Russian Patriotism: A Case Study of Youth
in Krasnodar Territory
Elena Omel'chenko and Natal'ia Goncharova, Ul'ianovsk State University

The Highs and Lows of Ethno-Cultural Diversity: Young People's
Experiences of Chalga Culture in Bulgaria
Apostol Apostolov, University of Birmingham

Youth, Media, and Subculture in Post-Conflict Societies
Benjamin Perasovic, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences

Subscribing before November 1 will also entitle you to the spring 2009
Special Issue on Cultural Diversity in Cities in Eastern Europe, guest
edited by Cordula Gdaniec and Eszter Gantner.

You may submit payments for new and renewal subscriptions using our
online payment option (PayPal), available at, or by
mail. (PayPal is the preferred method of subscription.)
To subscribe by mail, please send checks made out to the Anthropology
of East Europe Review to the following address:

Anthropology of East Europe Review
c/o Sarah D. Phillips
Department of Anthropology
Indiana University
Student Building 130
701 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405

If you have previously subscribed to the journal, it may be time to
renew your subscription! Please address inquiries regarding the
status of current subscriptions to the editor at Please also notify us of any
changes in address as we prepare to mail the fall issue.

We would like to thank our current subscribers for their dedication to
AEER and welcome new members as we enter our 28th year!


Sarah D. Phillips, Indiana University
Editor of AEER

Abigail Rich, Indiana University
Editorial Assistant

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FELLOWSHIP- American Center for Mongolian Studies Research Fellowship

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FELLOWSHIP- American Center for Mongolian Studies Research Fellowship

Posted by: Brian White - ACMS <>

Fellowship – American Center for Mongolian Studies Research Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: February 15, 2009

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), with funding support
from the Henry Luce Foundation, is pleased to announce the second year
of the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) Research
Fellowship Program. The ACMS Research Fellowship Program annually
supports three fellows to conduct up to 12-months of doctoral
dissertation or post-doctoral research in Mongolia on topics in the
Social Sciences or Humanities. Previous Mongolian Studies experience
is not required, but projects should enhance knowledge of Mongolia and
the Mongols within relevant academic disciplines or fields of study.
Projects that link research conducted in Mongolia to research in other
parts of Asia or across academic fields are especially encouraged.

Fellowship awards will include travel expenses to and from Mongolia,
an accommodation and food allowance, and a stipend to cover research
expenses. Fellows will also have the opportunity to take intensive
Mongolian language courses, select resources for inclusion in the ACMS
Library, and participate in an annual academic seminar in Mongolia
that will bring together international, regional and local scholars
and students.

Research work under this program must begin between September 2009 and
March 2010, and last for a continuous 6-12 months. Fellowship
recipients will be based in Mongolia for the duration of their
fellowship, but research travel in the broader region is encouraged.
Dissertation fellows must have an approved dissertation proposal prior
to the start of their research work under the fellowship, and
Post-Doctoral fellows must begin their fellowship work within seven
years of the granting of their doctoral degree. Fellowship recipients
must be US or Canadian citizens attending or recently graduated from a
university in the US or Canada.

For more information on the program, including an Application Package
and the General Terms and Conditions of the awards, visit the ACMS
website at:

Deadline for receipt of complete application packages is February 15, 2009.
Awards will be announced in April 2009.

Questions about the program should be directed to, to phone (360) 356-1020, or to the ACMS
office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Funding support for the ACMS Research Fellowship Program is provided
by the Henry Luce Foundation. For more information on the Henry Luce
Foundation, please visit:

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LECTURE- Models of Social Democratic Development of Kyrgyzstan, Social Research Center, AUCA, Oct. 29

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LECTURE- Models of Social Democratic Development of Kyrgyzstan, SRC-AUCA, 10/29

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The Social Research Center (SRC) at the American University of Central
Asia ( introduces the first in its new series of
public presentations "Development of Kyrgyzstan: Political Parties' Visions"

Presentation: Models of Social Democratic Development of Kyrgyzstan

Prof. Bakyt Beshimov, Member of the Parliament (Jogorku Kenesh)
Dr. Asylbek Bolotbaev, head of the Faction Secretariat of the Social
Democratic Party

Time: 5 p.m., October 29, 2008
Venue: Room 315
Language: Russian (Interpretation into English will be provided ONLY if
requested in advance)


Recent amendments to the Constitution and the Election Code of the Kyrgyz
Republic have strengthened the role of political parties. Parties are now
considered the main political institution for the development, promotion and
realization of ideas for the political and socioeconomic development of the
country. So the Social Research Center of the American University of Central
Asia is launching a series of public presentations to familiarize the
general public with the programs/platforms of the key political parties of

This particular presentation will review the development problems of
Kyrgyzstan and reflect on the experiences of social democracy in western
countries. The presentation will discuss in detail a set of proposed
measures for the social democratic development of Kyrgyzstan. These are the
major proposals of the Social Democratic Party, dealing with securing civil
rights and democratic processes, fighting corruption, promoting economic
development, creating new jobs and social protections, financial and tax
policies, education and healthcare, administrative and territorial reforms,
and regional policy.


Professor Bakyt Beshimov holds a Candidate of Historical Science degree from
the History Department of Kyrgyz National University. He has served as
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to
India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. From 2005 until 2008, he was Vice
President for Academic Affairs of the American University of Central Asia.
In December 2007, he was elected as a Deputy of the Kyrgyz Parliament
(Jogorku Kenesh).

Dr. Asylbek Bolotbaev holds a Candidate of Philosophy Degree. He headed the
Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Service under the President
and served as deputy director of the Agency on Public Service. He holds the
official rank of State Adviser of the Kyrgyz Republic. He has written a
number of books, including a manual on administrative ethics for state

How to register: Please send RSVP to with your name and

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LECTURE- Armenia in Old Maps and Old Armenian Maps, Rouben Galichian, Oct. 29

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LECTURE- Armenia in Old Maps and Old Armenian Maps, Rouben Galichian, Oct. 29

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American University of Armenia Extension Program


Armenia in Old Maps and Old Armenian Maps
Illustrated Talk in English by

Rouben Galichian

October 29, 18:30-20:00
AUA, 5th floor, Small Auditorium

Free Admission

The presentation is prepared to give the layman an idea how
non-Armenian mapmakers have shown Armenia in their maps, accompanied
by the images of the important maps. Some common misconceptions
generally used by many specialists regarding Armenia are also discussed.

Armenia has existed for millennia and this fact is well displayed on
the maps prepared by various mapmakers all over the world. The
earliest map showing Armenia is in fact the oldest World Map, a
Babylonian clay tablet displaying the known world and dating form the
6th century BC.

>From then on all major cartographers and mapmakers have shown Armenia
in their maps, notwithstanding the fact that at certain times Armenia
as an independent kingdom has not existed, but all that time the
territory where the Armenian people lived has been entitled Armenia.
Various maps of the Greek, Roman, early Christian, Latin, Assyrian and
Islamic maps come to prove this fact.

Samples of all these maps collected from major libraries and museums
of the world are displayed, followed by maps made by Armenian authors,
some of which are not well known.

Speaker: Rouben Galichian has been seriously studying geography and
cartography since 1970s. He is the author of three monographs:
"Historic Maps of Armenia: The Cartographic Heritage" (I. B. Tauris,
London, 2004), "Armenia in World Cartography" (2005) and "Countries
South of the Caucasus in Medieval Maps: Armenia, Georgia and
Azerbaijan " (2007). He represents the huge cartographical heritage
related to Armenia not only by books and articles but also by public
lectures and speeches at different scientific conferences and by media
in the USA and in Europe.

About AUA Extension:

American University of Armenia Extension Department (AUA Extension)
serves as University's principal interface with the community. At AUA
Extension we plan, design, develop and deliver a number of quality
courses to target certain sectors of government, academia, private
organizations and individuals to help them fulfill professional and/or
career goals through flexible and innovative adult and continuing
education and training programs. We offer a comprehensive English
Language Training Program, a multitude of Computer Literacy and
Information Technology training and a number of Leadership, Business
and Entrepreneurial courses. Our mission is to foster individual,
organizational, and community growth and transformation, through
accessible, high-quality programs. Our Vision is to become the
Education and Training Organization of choice to meet the changing
needs of those seeking the best in lifelong learning.

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LECTURE- Sada Aksartova, US Support for Post-Soviet NGOs, George Mason U., Oct. 28

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LECTURE- Sada Aksartova, US Support for Post-Soviet NGOs, GMU, Oct. 28

Posted by: Eric McGlinchey <>

George Mason's Focus on Central Asia Program is pleased to announce a
public lecture by Sada Aksartova, Tuesday, October 28, 7:20 PM. All
are welcome.

Lecture Title: US Support for Post-Soviet NGOs: A Sociological Analysis

Time and Location: October 28, 7:20 PM, Student Union Building I, Room
A/B, George Mason University

Lecture Abstract:

Since 1992, the US government and private American foundations have
spent more than two billion dollars on promoting democracy and civil
society in the 12 post-Soviet states of Eurasia. In her talk, Dr.
Aksartova will present a sociological analysis of US assistance
targeting post- Soviet nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). How do
US donors and local NGOs interact? What does a post-Soviet NGO look
like? Aksartova will discuss how US civil society assistance operates
on the ground, focusing in particular on (i) the material and symbolic
resources that US donors have deployed to diffuse the institutional
form of the professional NGO in host societies and (ii) the
implications of her analysis for the ongoing debate about the impact
of US democracy promotion in Russia and the rest of post-Soviet
Eurasia. Sada Aksartova is a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Mason's
Center for Global Studies.

Information on this and previous GMU Central Asia events can be found
on the GMU Focus on Central Asia website:

Eric M. McGlinchey
Assistant Professor of Government and Politics

Department of Public and International Affairs
George Mason University
Robinson A201 - MSN 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tel: 703-993-2960, Fax: 703-993-1399

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JOURNAL/CFP- Non-Russians and the Russian Army, Imperial Age to Present, PIPSS

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JOURNAL/CFP- Non-Russians and the Russian Army, Imperial Age to Present

Posted by: PIPSS <>

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, #10, June 2009
An electronic journal of social sciences

Call for contributors: "The relations of the Russian, Soviet and
Post-Soviet army with non Russians, from the Imperial Age to the present". is an electronic journal of social sciences devoted to the
armed forces and power institutions of post-Soviet societies. is a multi-disciplinary journal, which addresses issues
across a broad field of disciplines including sociology, anthropology,
political science, psychology, economics, history, legal science. Its
main objective is to study changes and their underlying mechanisms in
post-Soviet republics, through the analysis of the institutions that
remain most hidden from the public eye: armies and power institutions.
As an electronic journal, also aims to promote scholarly
debate across as broad an audience as possible, and make CIS research
available to Western scholars. Thanks to its international scientific
board drawn from a large pool of leading academics and experts in
their respective fields, it is in a position to become a leading
source of analysis on post-Soviet societies. is a principal
partner of the International Security Network ( and a
member of the CNRS/EHESS scientific journals network

Tenth issue: "The relations of the Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet
army with non Russians, from the Imperial Age to the present".

In 2009, our electronic review, The Journal of Power Institutions in
Post-Soviet Societies ( will devote an issue to "the
relations of the Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet army with non
Russians, from the Imperial Age to the present". The issue will
present a multidisciplinary view - historical, sociological,
anthropological, demographic, political science, etc.

Owing to its situation as melting pot of the Nation, the army has
always had to deal with the problem of ethnic diversity, its
recognition and importance varying according to the period.

The Imperial Age was marked by the introduction of universal
conscription. Yet despite the declared "universality" of military
service, different recruitment policies were applied depending on
geographic and social origin, as well as religion.

After the revolution, the Red Army, which became the Soviet army,
played and essential role in the making of "the Soviet man": military
service became the nation's school - it was the Army's job to teach
populations to read and write and to Russianise them. Managing the
ethnic mix in the Army was a complex problem. The Army's physical
needs and its needs for skills, combined with the authorities'
distrust of certain minorities led to numerous twists and turns:
ethnic battalions were organised, while minorities considered
unreliable were first barred from conscription, then gradually

After the Great Patriotic War, the continuing distrust of certain
nationalities on the part of the high command led to the exclusion of
these populations from the officers corps, while less prestigious
battalions (stroibat) were made up essentially of Central Asian
recruits. Military hierarchy was predominantly Slav. It was during
this period that the zemliachestvo phenomenon appeared.

On the eve of the fall of the Soviet Union, some of the federated
states (notably the Baltic republics) considered the Soviet army as an
occupying army. Many minorities refused to speak Russian. When the
USSR collapsed, it was the Slavs' turn to be a minority in the armies
originating in the Soviet army (in states) outside Russia.

Having chosen to maintain a policy of conscription, the post-Soviet
Russian army remains confronted with ethnic and religious problems: in
particular, it is faced with a sharp increase in its Muslim population
(this increase was already problematical under Brezhnev, but became
less so with the fall of the USSR and the loss of Central Asia,
especially Azerbaidjan. The two Chechen conflicts, as in the previous
war in Afghanistan, forced military authorities to adopt specific
policies towards Muslim recruits. Finally, the post-Soviet Russian
army seems at present to have officially chosen to support local and
ethnic grouping as a new method for eradicating dedovchtchina, and
continues to direct Muslim recruits towards non combat and less
prestigious battalions.

The organisation of ethnic and religious diversity specific to each of
these different epochs up to now is therefore the crux of our
investigation. The study of military policies in regard to minorities
from the tsarist epoch up to the present time seems essential to an
understanding of the foundations of post-Soviet ethnic relations.

The questions we would like to deal with in this issue are the following:

Minorities and conscription policy
- minority conscription policies during the various periods mentioned
(Jews, Muslims, Caucasian ethnic minorities, etc.); problems
encountered by the authorities for the integration of these
minorities; passive and active resistance of these minorities to
integration into the army; political, social, demographic, linguistic
and physical barriers to integration into military service;
- dissensions between ethnic minorities and the state

Ethnic units
- the training of ethnic units; the role of ethnic minorities during
the first and second world wars (their contribution to the victory of
the Red army over Nazi Germany);
- the use of ethnic units during local wars (Tadjikistan,
Afghanistan, Chechnya, etc.).

- the principle of extra-territoriality and nationalities policy in the army;
- ethnic grouping in the army (zemliatchestvo): yesterday and today;
ethnic (and religious) grouping as a factor in the eradication of
dedovchtchina in the post-Soviet army?

The Slavic minority, from the tsarist empire to the CIS
- The Ukrainising of the Ukrainian Soviet State in the 20s and 30s;
- Russian/Slavic officers in CIS armies;

Language policy in the army
- the Russian army and language policy (Russianising, literacy, the
language of command, etc.)
- the Russian occupation army (from the imperial army to the Soviet
army before the collapse of the USSR)
- CIS armies and language policy after the fall of the USSR

The army, military exploits and the xenophobic component in Russian
nationalist discourse
- the appropriation by the Russians of the army's glories, from
Stalin (under whom, already, only the great Russian generals were
celebrated) to Putin.

Religious minorities in the army
- managing religious minorities (Jewish, Muslim, etc.) in the army;
freedom of worship; dealing with Muslim conscripts during the Afghan
and Chechen crises;
- changeover to a professional army. What is the scenario, in the
context of an increasing Muslim population? Towards a mono-national
and mono-religious volunteer army or an army representative of
national diversity? (towards the constitution of multinational or
mono-national units, as is the case in Chechnya today?)

Guidelines for article submission

The journal will be published in three languages (French, English and
Russian with a 100-word abstract in English) thanks to which most
authors will be able to write in their mother tongue. This will ensure
greater precision in the articles and avoid a decrease in scientific
quality. But we draw your attention to the fact that most
readers are essentially English speakers, therefore we do encourage
articles in English in order to reach an audience as broad as possible.

The articles submitted to for publication should be original
contributions and should not be under consideration for any other
publication at the same time. Manuscripts should be attached as
Microsoft Word format. References should be given in footnotes. (For
more details about the guidelines for article submission please check or contact the Editorial Board). There should be a cover
page stating the author's background and affiliation, full address.

If you wish to submit an article, please first contact the editorial
board and send a 100-word abstract in English. The deadline for
article submission is April 10, 2009, with publication in June 2009.
Final decisions on publication will be made by the Editorial Board.

Please send your contributions or inquiries to:

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Chief Editor,
Juliette Cadiot, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski (10th Issue Editor)

Papers dealing with other issues related to armies and power
institutions in the CIS, as well as book review proposals are also welcome.


Publishers interested in publicizing their editions, please send
review copies to:
Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
15 rue Charlot
75003 Paris, France

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

Editorial Board: Eden Cole, Anna Colin Lebedev, Françoise Dauce,
Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, Anne Le Huerou, Erica Marat, Laurent Rucker,
Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Joris Van Bladel

Scientific Board: Adrian Beck (UK), Alexander Belkin (Russia),
Frederic Charillon (France), Stephen Cimbala (USA), Julian Cooper
(UK), Roger Mc Dermott (UK), Isabelle Facon (France), Mark Galeotti
(UK), Aleksandr Gol'ts (Russia), Dale Herspring (USA), Philippe
Manigart (Belgium), Kimberly Zisk Marten (USA), Michael Orr (UK),
Michael Parrish (USA), Nikolay Petrov (Russia), Eduard Ponarin
(Russia), Jean-Christophe Romer (France), Jacques Sapir (France),
Manfred Sapper (Germany), Louise Shelley (USA), Richard Staar (USA),
Brian Taylor (USA), Mikhail Tsypkin (USA), Stephen Webber (UK), Elena
Zdravomyslova (Russia)

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CONF./CFP- Central Asian Visions of the Other, Univ. of Leeds, UK, June 8, 2009

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CONF./CFP- Central Asian Visions of the Other, Univ. of Leeds, UK, June 8, 2009

Posted by: Geoffrey Humble <>

Call For Papers

Central Asian Visions of the Other: Views from Inside and Out

A one-day Symposium at the University of Leeds, 8th June 2009.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Shirin Akiner (SOAS)

This symposium is intended to bring together postgraduates working on
or around Central and Inner Asia, acting as a training forum and
leading to improved information exchange and networking across the
range of research on the region. It is hoped that the theme will allow
participants to compare and combine approaches to the huge variety of
nuanced identities, and perceptions of identities, interacting in an
extending arc from the Caspian Sea to Mongolia.

Suggested subjects for papers include, but are not limited to:

- Concepts of linguistic, ethnic, religious, and cultural purity and
hybridity, such as Mongol-Turk, Turk-Tajik, steppe-oasis, and
rural-urban identity divisions - their construction and mediation over time

- Negotiated post-Soviet and post-socialist secular identities and
images of political Islam and other faiths

- Construction and transmission of gender roles and sexualities

- Travel, trade and cultural exchange - from the Silk Route and the
Mongol Empire to package tours and oil reserves

- Images and experiences of outsiders - examples might include
Chinese, Russian, and NATO involvement in the region

Abstracts (of up to 300 words) should be submitted electronically to by Monday the 15th of December 2008.

As this event is primarily intended as an opportunity for
postgraduates working on and around the region to gain contacts and
experience, any suggestions for activities and projects to make use of
contacts made, and to extend the legacy of this event would be very welcome.

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CONF./CFP- ASN 2009 Convention, Deadline Reminder: 5 November 2008

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CONF./CFP- ASN 2009 Convention, Deadline Reminder: 5 November 2008

Posted by: Dominique Arel <>

[A PDF of this announcement can be downloaded at]

***Call for Papers Deadline Reminder: 5 November 2008***

"Imagined Communities, Real Conflicts, and National Identities"

14th Annual World Convention of the
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, NY
Sponsored by the Harriman Institute
23-25 April 2009

Contact information:
proposals must be submitted to: and

100+ PANELS on the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltics, Russia,
Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia and Eurasia, the Caucasus,
Turkey, Afghanistan, China and surrounding territories

Theoretical Approaches to Nationalism and Empire
The Independence of Kosovo and Its Implications
The War in Georgia and Its Implications

THEMATIC Panels on
Islam and Politics, Genocide and Ethnic Violence, Anthropology of
Identity, Citizenship and Nationality, Religion, Language Politics,
Conflict Resolution, Autonomy, Gender, EU Integration, NATO Expansion,
Diaspora Politics, International Law, and many more...

AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers

SCREENING of Recent Films and Documentaries

The ASN Convention, the most attended international and
inter-disciplinary scholarly gathering of its kind, welcomes proposals
on a wide range of topics related to national identity, nationalism,
ethnic conflict, state-building and the study of empires in
Central/Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Eurasia,
and adjacent areas. Disciplines represented include political science,
history, anthropology, sociology, international studies, security
studies, economics, geography and geopolitics, sociolinguistics,
psychology, and related fields.

The Convention also features a section devoted to theoretical
approaches to nationalism, from any of the disciplines listed above.
The papers in this section need not be grounded in an area of the
former Communist bloc usually covered by ASN, provided that the issues
examined are relevant to a truly comparative understanding of
nationalism-related issues. In this vein, we are welcoming
theory-focused and comparative proposals, rather than specific case
studies from outside Central/Eastern Europe and Eurasia. A dozen
panels are normally featured in the Nationalism section.

In the wake of the dramatic events that have unfolded in late summer
2008, the Convention will also present a special section on "The War
in Georgia and its Implications." The Convention is inviting paper,
panel, roundtable, or special presentation proposals on various
aspects of the conflict, as it relates to Georgia, the South Caucasus,
the North Caucasus, Ukraine, the "frozen" conflicts, Russian
nationalism, Russophone minorities in the "near abroad", domestic
politics, the Fate of the "Coloured" Revolutions, NATO enlargement,
US-Europe-Russia relations, the European Union and related topics. A
special section will also be devoted to "The Independence of Kosovo
and its Implications," with emphasis on Balkans post-war
reconstruction, international law, self-determination, ethnic
conflicts, minority rights, regional security and so forth.

Since 2005, the ASN Convention has acknowledged excellence in graduate
studies research by offering Awards for Best Doctoral Student Papers
in five sections: Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus, Central Asia/Eurasia,
Central Europe, Balkans, and Nationalism Studies. The winners at the
2008 Convention were Jesse Driscoll (Stanford U, Political Science)
for Russia/Ukraine/Caucasus, Sarah Cameron (History, Yale U) and
Kristin Fabbe (Political Science, MIT, US) for Central
Asia/Eurasia/Turkey, Helena Toth (Harvard U, History) for Central
Europe, Valentina Burrai (UC London, UK, Political Science) for the
Balkans, and Lee Seymour (Northwestern U, Political Science) for
Nationalism Studies. Doctoral student applicants whose proposals are
accepted for the 2009 Convention, who have not defended their
dissertation by 1 November 2008, and whose papers are delivered by the
deadline, will automatically be considered for the awards. For
information on past awards, go to

The 2009 Convention is also inviting submissions for documentaries or
feature films made within the past few years and available in DVD
format (either NTSC or PAL). Most films selected for the convention
will be screened during regular panel slots and will be followed by a
discussion moderated by an academic expert. Films on the 2008 Program
included Milosevic On Trial (Denmark, 2007), Nanking (US, 2007),
Around Mostar, the Bridge and Bruce Lee (Italy, 2007), Yippee (US,
2007) and The More You Speak, The More You Cry (Greece, 2007).

The 2009 Convention invites proposals for INDIVIDUAL PAPERS or PANELS.
A panel includes a chair, three presentations based on written papers,
and a discussant. Proposals using an innovative format are encouraged.
Examples of new formats include a roundtable on a new book, in which
the author is being engaged by three discussants (twelve book panels
were featured in the 2008 Convention); a debate between two panelists
over a critical research or policy question, following rules of public
debating; or special presentations based on original papers where the
number of discussants is equal to or greater than the number of presenters.

The 2008 Convention is also welcoming offers to serve as DISCUSSANT on
a panel to be created by the program committee from individual paper
proposals. The application to be considered as discussant can be
self-standing, or accompanied by an individual paper proposal.

There is NO APPLICATION FORM to fill out in order to send proposals to
the convention, BUT A FACT SHEET IS REQUIRED; TO BE DOWNLOADED AT All proposals and fact sheets must be sent by
email to Dominique Arel at both and

INDIVIDUAL PAPER PROPOSALS must include the name, email and
affiliation of the author, a postal address for paper mail, the title
of the paper, a 500-word abstract and a 100-word biographical
statement that includes full references of your last or forthcoming
publication, if applicable. Long CVs will be rejected, as the bio
statement must be sent in narrative form, like a long paragraph.
Graduate students must indicate the title of their dissertation and
year of projected defense. They can also submit bibliographic
information of a recent or forthcoming publication.

PANEL PROPOSALS must include the title of the panel, a chair, three
paper-givers with the title of their papers, and a discussant; the
name, affiliation, email, postal address and 100-word biographical
statements of each participant and include full references of their
last or forthcoming publication, if applicable. Graduate students must
indicate the title of their dissertation, the year they join a
doctoral program and year of projected defense. A 500-word abstract of
each paper is not required for panel proposals.

PROPOSALS FOR FILMS OR VIDEOS must include the name, email and
affiliation of the author, a postal address for hard (paper mail), the
title of the film, name of director, country and year of production, a
500-word abstract of the theme of the film and a 100-word biographical

PROPOSALS USING AN INNOVATIVE FORMAT must include the title of the
panel, the names, emails, affiliations, postal addresses, 100-word
biographical statements of each participant (same specifications as
above) and a discussion on the proposed format.

email, affiliation, postal address, a paragraph about the areas of
expertise of the proposed discussant, and a 100-word biographical
statement (same specifications as above).

All proposals must be included IN THE BODY OF A SINGLE EMAIL, except
for the FACT SHEET that must be attached. Attachments other than the
Fact Sheet will be accepted only if they repeat the content of the
email message/proposal, and if all the information is contained IN A
SINGLE ATTACHMENT. The reception of all proposals will be acknowledged
electronically (with some delay during deadline week, due to the high
volume of proposals).

Participants are responsible for covering all travel and accommodation
costs. Unfortunately, ASN has no funding available for panelists.

An international Program Committee will be entrusted with the
selection of proposals. Applicants will be notified in December 2008
or January 2009. Information regarding registration costs and other
logistical questions will be communicated afterwards.

The full list of panels from last year's convention can be accessed at

The film lineup of last year's convention can be accessed at

The programs from past conventions, going back to 2001, are also
online at

Several dozen publishers and companies have had exhibits and/or
advertised in the Convention Program in past years. Due to
considerations of space, advertisers and exhibitors are encouraged to
place their order early. For information, please contact Convention
Executive Director Gordon N. Bardos (

We look forward to receiving your proposal!

The Convention organizing committee:
Dominique Arel, ASN President
Gordon N. Bardos, Executive Director
David Crowe, ASN Chair of Advisory Board
Sherrill Stroschein, Program Chair

Deadline for proposals: 5 November 2008 (to be sent to both AND

The ASN convention's headquarters are located at the:

Harriman Institute
Columbia University
1216 IAB
420 W. 118th St.
New York, NY 10027
212 854 8487 tel
212 666 3481 fax

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LECTURE- Jadidism and the Kazakh Alash Movement, Gulnar Kendirbai, Columbia Univ., NY, Oct. 31

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LECTURE- Jadidism and the Kazakh Alash Movement, Gulnar Kendirbai, NY, Oct. 31

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OASIES presents:

"The Impact of Jadidism on the Kazak Modernist Movement Alash"

A Brown Bag Lunch with Gulnar Kendirbai (Columbia University)

Time: Friday, 31 October, 12-1 pm
Location: 1219 International Affairs Building

Despite representing one of Central Asia's two major reformist
movements (the other movement originated in Russian Turkestan) that
emerged in the last decades of the Russian empire, the story of Alash
has remained largely unknown to mainstream Russian and Soviet
histories. This talk seeks to place the Alash phenomenon in a broader
social and cultural context, by bringing into focus an analysis of the
impact of the Tatar Muslim reformist movement, Jadidism (from usul-i
jadid, new method), founded by the Crimean enlightener Ismail Bey
Gasprinskii (Gaspirali) on the formation of Alash views.

The Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian
Societies (OASIES) is a community of Columbia University graduate
students from varied disciplines and area studies perspectives. Our
goal is to foster dialogue and partnership across the academic spaces
bounded by the East Asian, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Russian
area studies paradigms as we investigate Inner Eurasia.

For more information please visit

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

APPEAL- Information on Central Asian PhD Scholars (Central European University)

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APPEAL- Information on Central Asian PhD Scholars (Central European University)

Posted by: Tatiana Yarkova <>

Dear Members of Central-Eurasia-L,

We -- at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, at the
Department of Special and Extension Programs funded by the Higher
Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute -- are
interested in making contact with PhD scholars from Central Asia.
We are working on an assessment of how higher education is developing
in the region, and we need very much to get the input of Central
Asians with this kind of experience. The information you can provide
us with will be extremely useful as we plan our initiatives for
further support in this field.

If you are a national of any of these countries -- Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan -- and are a PhD student or PhD
graduate of a University outside of your home country, we would kindly
request you to answer the questions below. The information you
provide us with will only be used for a general analytical report and
your personal data will remain confidential.

It should only take you some 10 minutes to answer the questions, and
we would greatly appreciate if you could take a little time to do so
as it is very important for us to get as comprehensive picture as
possible. Please send your responses to:

If you know other people who are Central Asian nationals with
PhDs/doing PhDs abroad, please forward this message to them. Thank
you very much for cooperation!:

1. In which year were you awarded (expect to be awarded) your PhD degree?
2. Which University and Department did you (will you) receive it from?
3. What is the (proposed) title of your Dissertation?
4. What is your current place of residence?
5. For how long have you been living in this place of residence?
6. If you are a PhD graduate, what is you current occupation?
7. If you are a PhD student, in what kind of job and where would you
like to work after graduation?
8. Where do you see yourself, professionally, 5 years from now?
9. Where do you see yourself, professionally, 10 years from now?
10. What is your country of origin?
11. What is your current citizenship?
12. Your age?
13. Your gender?
14. Marital status?
15. If married, what is the citizenship of your spouse?
15. Do you have children?
16. If yes, what is their citizenship?
17. Would you like to be informed of SEP news and professional opportunities?
18. Your e-mail:

Thank you very much once again!

Tatiana Yarkova
Senior Program Manager
Special and Extension Programs (SEP)
Central European University
Nador u. 9, H-1051 Budapest, Hungary
Tel.: +(36-1) 327-3865
Fax: +(36-1) 327-3190

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

PUBL.- Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Review, Volume 2, Number 2, Sept. 2008

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PUBL.- Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Review, Volume 2, Number 2, Sept. 2008

Posted by: Tamas Borko <>

Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, September 2008


1. Assessment of financial access and exclusion in Armenia
2. Achievements and problems of economic liberalization in Georgia
3. Influence of migration and remittances on Uzbekistan
4. Causes and consequences of corruption in CCA countries

The Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Review is a regular, monthly,
regional, online, English language publication, which is a part of
capacity building projects within EPIN network financed by United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) coordinated by International
Center for Economic Growth (ICEG) European Center.

The publication involves experts of research institutions and
universities of Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and Central
Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan)
in preparing country analyses in specific group of topics: reform of
the post-communist state (i.e., public administration reform,
decentralization, anti-corruption, and human rights/access to
justice); spatial poverty (i.e., interactions between geography,
economic policies and activities, and living standards); economic,
environmental and social impact of public economic policies (e.g.,
migration, employment, trade liberalization, inflation and
administrative prices); rural development and agricultural reforms;
financial access and microfinance.

For the earlier issues and for more information see
Publications/CCA Review, or contact:

Tamas Borko, ICEG European Center, at

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Monday, October 20, 2008

CONF.- Contemporary Mongolia, Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 14-17

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CONF.- Contemporary Mongolia, Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 14-17

Posted by: Julian Dierkes <>

International Conference
"Contemporary Mongolia - Transitions, Development and Social

November 14-17

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations
between Canada and Mongolia, the Program on Inner Asia at the
University of British Columbia is hosting a major conference on
contemporary Mongolia. Social scientists from around the world will be
discussing their research.

Tentative Conference Program

All sessions will be held at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced
Studies (6331 Crescent Road, UBC Campus), unless otherwise noted.
The conference is free and open to the public. To assist us in the
conference planning, please let us know which sessions you are
planning to attend (mongolia.conf (at)

Friday, November 14

The Revival of Buddhism in Mongolia in the Context of Post-Socialist Society

10-10:30a - Welcome and Introduction

10:30a-12p - Mongolian Buddhism: The Past and the Future

Matthew King, University of Toronto, Canada
"Finding the Buddha Hidden Below the Sand: Dynamics and Complexity in
the Revivalism of Mongolian Buddhism"

Zsuzsa Majer, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
"Present-day Mongolian Buddhist Temples: Continuation or Disjuncture
with the Past and the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition"

12-1:30p - Lunch

1:30-3p - The Context of Contemporary Religiosity in Mongolia

Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University, USA
"Theorizing Christianity in Mongolia"

Mátyás Balogh, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
"Ways of Practicing Shamanism in Mongolia"

3-3:30p - Coffee

3:30-5:00p - The Complexity of the Buddhist Revival in Mongolia

Krisztina Teleki, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
"Building on Ruins, Memories and Persistence: Revival and Survival of
Buddhism in the Countryside"

Marie-Dominique Even, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
"Religious Pluralism versus Cultural Identity in Mongolia"

6-7:30p - Keynote Address

Morris Rossabi, Columbia University, USA
"Modern Mongolia: The Contemporary Descendants of the Khans and the
Revival of Buddhism"

Saturday, November 15

10a-12p - Mongolia's Continuing Transitions

Session Chair: Marcia Frost, East Asian Studies & Economics,
Wittenberg University, USA

Christopher Kaplonski, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit,
University of Cambridge, UK
"Genden and the Lamas: The Politicization of Death in Postsocialist Mongolia"

Sarah Combellick-Bidney, Political Science, University of Indiana, USA
"We Would Not Choose These Terms: Development Discourses in Mongolia"

Mungunsarnai Ganbold, Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency,
Mongolia, and Thomas Spoorenberg, Economic History, University of
Geneva, Switzerland
"Did the Social and Economic Transition Cause a Health Crisis in
Mongolia? Evidence from Age-, Sex- and Cause-Specific Mortality Trends

12-1:30p - Lunch

1:30-3:30p - Mongolia' s Continuing Transitions (Cont.)

Session Chair: Charles Krusekopf, Environment and Sustainability,
Royal Roads University, Canada

Troy Sternberg, Geography, Oxford University, UK
"Twilight of Mongolian Pastoralism?"

Borchuluun Yadamsuren, Information Science and Learning Technologies,
University of Missouri, USA, and Catherine Johnson, Information and
Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, Canada
"From Socialism to Democracy: Effects of Transition on the Perception
of the Role of Libraries in Mongolia"

Paula Sabloff, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
Anthropology, USA
"Democracy and Risk"

3:30-4p - Coffee

4-5:30p - Mongolians' Interaction with their Physical Environment

Session Chair: Cliff Montage, Land Resources and Environmental
Sciences, Montana State University, USA

Raffael Himmelsbach, Political Science, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
"Institution-Building for the Mongolian Pastoral Commons"

Temuulen Tsagaan Sankey, Geographic Information Systems, Idaho State
University, USA, Keith Weber, Geographic Information Systems, Idaho
State University, USA, and Joel Sankey, Geosciences, Idaho State
University, USA
"Changes in Pastoral Use and Their Effects on Rangeland Productivity"

5:45-7p - Film Screening

Gaëlle Lacaze "The Retailer's Ballad"

Sunday, November 16

9-10a Working Breakfast

The Hon. D. Enkhbat
Entrepreneur and Member, Ikh Khural
"Dream It: ICTs and Contemporary Mongolia"

10a-12:30p - Contemporary Mongolian Education and Youth

Session Chair: Phil Bayliss (TBC), Education and Lifelong Learning,
University of Exeter, UK

Ines Stolpe, Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-University, Germany
"Changing Concepts of Mongolian Educational Philosophy"

Altangerel Choijoo, Human Rights Education, Mongolian State University
of Education
"Civic Education in Mongolia: Current Situation and Future Challenges"

Anne Riordan, Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
"Education for Students with Disabilities in Mongolia: Teachers' and
Stakeholders' Perspectives"

Naranchimeg Jamiyanjamts, Public Health Science, University of Alberta, Canada
"Quality of health care services in relation to health service
utilization by adolescents in Mongolia"

12:30-1:30p - Lunch

1:45-3:15p - Migrating Nomads

Session Chair: Chih-yu Shih, Political Science, Taiwan National
University, Taiwan

Gaëlle Lacaze, Ethnology, University Marc Bloch, France
"Run After Time"

Joakim Enwall, Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden
"Minority Policies and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia"

3:15-3:345p - Coffee

3:45-5:15p - Migrating Nomads (Cont.)

Session Chair: Brian Sinclair, Environmental Design, University of
Calgary, Canada

Cynthia Werner, Anthropology, Texas A&M University, USA, and Holly
Barcus, Geography, Macalester College, USA
"Networks, Gender, Culture, and the Migration Decision"

Erdenetuya Urdnast, History, Mongolian State University of Education,
"En Masse Migrations Towards the Capital and Ecosystem Degradation"

Evening - Cultural Programming
Northern Lights Quartet (TBC)

Monday, November 17

10a-12p - Social Relations in Contemporary Mongolia

Session Chair: Lisa Sundstrom, Political Science, University of
British Columbia, Canada

Manduhai Buyandelgeryin, Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, USA
"Technologies of Election: Women's Participation in the Parliamentary
Election of 2008"

Byambayav Dalaibuyan, Sociology, University of Hokkaido, Japan
"Social Networks in Post-socialist Mongolia: Problem Solving Strategy
and the Norm of Reciprocity"

Astrid Zimmerman, Social Anthropology and Mongolia and Inner Asia
Studies Unit, University of Cambridge, UK
"Between Obligation and Corruption: the Dilemma of Local Dargas in
Present-Day Mongolia"

12-1p - Lunch

1-3:15p - The Impact of Mining on Social Relations and Public Health

Session Chair: Bern Klein/Marcello Veiga (TBC), Mining Engineering,
University of British Columbia, Canada

Caroline Upton, Geography, University of Leicester, UK
"Mining, Resistance and Pastoral Livelihoods in Contemporary Mongolia"

Mette High, Social Anthropology and Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies
Unit, University of Cambridge, UK
"Living Outside the Law in the Mongolian Gold Mines"

Lkhasuren Oyuntogos, Preventative Medicine, Health Sciences University
of Mongolia
"Mining Health in Mongolia"

Rebecca Darling, Asia Foundation, Mongolia
"Developing a Responsible Minerals Sector that Benefits All
Mongolians: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach"

3:15-3:30p - Coffee

3:30-5:30p - Roundtable on North American-Mongolian Relations

Participants TBC

For more details see:

Assistant Professor
Co-ordinator, Program on Inner Asia
Institute of Asian Research
University of British Columbia

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LECTURE- Political and Economic Change in Kyrgyzstan, Ambassador Zamira Sydykova, Columbia U., Oct. 22

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LECTURE- Political & Economic Change in Kyrgyzstan, Amb Zamira Sydykova, Oct 22

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <>

The Harriman Institute and the Eurasian Initiative


Dealing with Reforms in the Post-Soviet Era: Political and Economic
Changes in Kyrgyzstan

By Zamira Sydykova
Her Excellency Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic

October 22, 2008, at 6.00 pm in 1219 IAB

Harriman Institute, IAB,
420 West 118th street,
New York, NY 10027

For more information please contact:
Alla Rachkov:
Rafis Abazov:

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SEMINAR- Galim Madanov: Travellers to Other (Kazakh) Spaces, OSCCA - Univ. of Oxford, Oct. 31

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SEMINAR- Galim Madanov: Travellers to Other (Kazakh) Spaces, Oxford, Oct. 31

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The Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia
Central Asian Humanities Seminar

Friday 31 October, 2008 at 5.30 pm (Michaelmas Term 2008 Week 3)
"Travellers to Other (Kazakh) Spaces: The Art of Galim Madanov"
Interview with Galim Madanov
Chaired by: Dr. Thomas Welsford (All Souls College, Oxford)
Discussant: Nariman Skakov (University College, Oxford)

Location: Swire Seminar Room, 12 Merton Street, University College, Oxford

Galim Madanov is a leading Central Asian contemporary artist who works
in a variety of media (traditional painting, video, photography,
installation). He is going to present two projects which address the
phenomenon of travel as an encounter with the "other". The project
"Where Castle Met Yurts" offers a visual meditation on John Castle --
an Englishman who travelled to the Kazakh steppe in 1736 and who left
a diary full of bewildered observations, and drawings, of Kazakh life.
The artist suggests that Castle's trip to Kazakhstan can be compared
to a psychedelic drug trip where reality and illusion peacefully
coexist, and Madanov's series of small canvases attempts to capture
this incongruity. The second project, entitled "Difference", tells
the story of Martin Rogers -- a contemporary British traveller who has
also ventured into this 'other' space. Martin, an artist himself, is
captured on video eating a traditional Kazakh dish (beshparmak) and
sharing his own aesthetic and everyday experiences of life.

The inevitable discursive presence of the most famous contemporary
British "traveller" to Kazakhstan -- Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Borat
Sagdyev) -- will be conveyed in the seminar by his physical absence.

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PUBL.- Jewelry of Central Asia, Elena Neva

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PUBL.- Jewelry of Central Asia, Elena Neva

Posted by: Elena Neva <>

Elena Neva
Jewelry of Central Asia

Boston: M-Graphics Publishing
ISBN 978-1-934881-11-8
129 pp., illustrated
Publication date: November 2008
Price: $35


Ancient Jewelry from Central Asia
Artistic Features of Jewelry Art from Central Asia (4th Century BC-4th
Century AD)
Types and Forms of Ancient Jewelry from Central Asia (4th Century
BC-4th century AD)
Technical Aspects of Jewelry Making in Ancient Times (4th Century
BC-4th Century AD)
Central Asian Jewelry and Their Symbols in Ancient Times
Jewelry from Central Asia in the Early Medieval Period
Tajik Gold
Buddhist Tradition in Tajik Jewelry
Tajik Jewelry in the 20th Century

To pre-order the book, contact Elena Neva at:

tel.: 781-391-1825 or 617-872-3807

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LECTURE- Aiding Afghanistan: Why It Matters - Mary Kate MacIsaac, Oct. 21

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LECTURE- Aiding Afghanistan: Why It Matters - Mary Kate MacIsaac, Oct. 21

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Mary Kate MacIsaac, Documentary photographer, World Vision International

A presentation of photographic images and a narrative discussion by a
10-year veteran of relief and development work in different parts of
the Middle East region. Mary Kate MacIsaac has worked in
Israel-Palestine, the Balkans and Afghanistan documenting the
provision of humanitarian aid and development assistance. The images
she will present on Afghanistan are her latest discussion on the role
donor aid has on crisis and conflict situations.

Tuesday, October 21
4:00-5:30 PM
Center for Middle Eastern Studies - Harvard University
38 Kirkland Street, Room 102, Cambridge

Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Middle East Initiative
at Harvard Kennedy School, the Outreach Center at the Center for
Middle Eastern Studies and the Outreach Program at the Davis Center
for Russian and Eurasian Studies

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PANEL/PERFORMANCE- Sufism after Rumi - The Mevlevi Sufi Order, Oct. 28

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PANEL/PERFORMANCE- Sufism after Rumi - The Mevlevi Sufi Order, Oct. 28

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The Islam in the West Lecture Series is Proud to Present:

Sufism after Rumi: Past and Present in Turkey and the U.S.

Tuesday, October 28th

5:30-8:30 PM

The Mevlevi Sufi order played an important role for many centuries in
advocating for Islam in the West, where their poetry, music, and
whirling ceremony have always been a source of fascination.
Considering the fact that Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is one of the best
selling poets in the U.S. and different groups of Mevlevis frequently
tour all around the world today, Mevlevism's influence continues to be
preeminent in the West. A panel of scholars discussing the current
role of Mevlevism begins the program, followed by a concert of Mevlevi
music by D.U.N.Y.A.


Theatre Room, The Harvard Faculty Club
20 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA

S. Luella Strattner
Islam in the West Program Assistant
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
38 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA, 02138
Office: 1-617-384-7606
Fax: (617) 496-8584

Islam in the West Online:

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FILM- Shadow of the Holy Book, New Documentary on Turkmenistan Available on DVD

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FILM- Shadow of the Holy Book, New Documentary on Turkmenistan Available on DVD

New Documentary on Turkmenistan - Now available on DVD
SHADOW OF THE HOLY BOOK (Producer/Director: Arto Halonen, 52 minute DVD)

This groundbreaking documentary investigates the relationship between
the former autocratic leader of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, and
the multinational corporations that collaborated with him in order to
secure lucrative contracts. Niyazov, self-appointed President for Life,
transformed a remote Central Asian republic into one of the most
oppressive, megalomaniacal and bizarre regimes in recent history. The
"holy book" in the film's title refers to the Ruhnama, written by
Niyazov, is a mixture of legend and his own delusional thinking, serving
as a central part to his dictatorship. SHADOW OF THE HOLY BOOK questions
why the Ruhnama has been translated into forty languages, paid for by
some of the world's largest corporations, Siemens, Daimler-Chrysler,
Caterpillar, John Deere, Bouygues, among many others. An excellent
documentary and educational resource for discussion on corporate
accountability and human rights.

For a more information on the film please go to:

California Newsreel-now in its 40th year-is the country's oldest
non-profit documentary production and distribution center.

Alexis Shenfil Smart
500 Third Street, Suite 505
San Francisco, CA 94107
415-284-7800, ext. 316

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WEB RESOURCE- NewsLab Russia - For Students and Scholars of Post-Communist Russia

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WEB RESOURCE- NewsLab Russia - For Students & Scholars of Post-Communist Russia

Posted by: Serguei A. Oushakine <>

Further information about NewsLab Russia, including registration
instructions and a link to the archive itself, are available at

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia at UW Madison has
launched an exciting new resource for students and scholars of
postcommunist Russia: NewsLab Russia, an online digital archive of
Russian television news. Part of NewsLab Eurasia, a broader effort to
archive the news in post-Soviet states, NewsLab Russia utilizes new
technology to make Russian news broadcasts available for analysis and
classroom use. In its first year of operation, NewsLab Russia
archived the main evening news broadcast on Russia's three national
television networks (NTV, Channel One, and Rossiya) during a period
that encompassed the 2007 Duma elections, the nomination of Dmitri
Medvedev to succeed Vladimir Putin as president, and the 2008 Russian
presidential election. Support for this initial round of archiving
was provided by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian
Studies at UT Austin.

NewsLab Russia draws on the resources of the University of Wisconsin
NewsLab, a project initiated by Wisconsin political scientist Ken
Goldstein to study local U.S. news. Content from Russia is "captured"
from satellite feed and stored on servers in Madison, where
Russian-speaking undergraduates "clip" the news, dividing broadcasts
into segments and attaching category labels to each segment. Through
an online searchable archive, anyone with an Internet connection who
is willing to abide by basic terms of use has access to broadcasts
from all three stations. Thus, for example, a teacher of Russian
might search for a news segment on Russian-Ukrainian relations for
instructional use, or a scholar might analyze all reports on Ukraine
over a one-year period.

Further information about NewsLab Russia, including registration
instructions and a link to the archive itself, are available at

Ted Gerber, Director, CREECA, and Professor of Sociology, UW Madison
Jennifer Tishler, Associate Director, CREECA
Scott Gehlbach, Associate Professor of Political Science, UW Madison

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PANEL- Georgia on My Mind: Can the European Union Cope? - BU Inst. for Human Sciences, Oct. 20

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PANEL- Georgia on My Mind: Can the European Union Cope?, BU - IHS, Oct. 20

Posted by: Institute for Human Sciences <>

The Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University cordially
invites you to the following event:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Georgia on My Mind: Can the European Union Cope?

Jolyon Howorth
Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at
Yale University and Jean Monnet Professor of European Politics at the
University of Bath (UK)

Jacques Rupnik
Directeur de recherche at the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches
Internationales (CERI), Paris, and Visiting Professor at the Collège
d'Europe, Brügge

6:30 PM
Photonics Center Colloquium Room
Boston University
8 St. Mary's Street, 9th Floor

Free and open to the public | Reception to follow

More Information: 617-358-2778 or

Elizabeth D. Amrien
Institute for Human Sciences
Boston University
745 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Tel: 617-358-2778
Fax: 617-358-3584

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JOB- Editor-in-Chief, Human Rights Center (HRIDC), Tbilisi

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JOB- Editor-in-Chief, Human Rights Center (HRIDC), Tbilisi

Posted by: Margareta Sarishvili <>

The Human Rights Center (HRIDC) is announcing a vacancy for the
full-time position of Editor in Chief.

Key roles and responsibilities:

* Provide his/her own news and editorial materials, articles to be
published in (In Georgian and in English);
* Edit online magazine
* Plan information policy and management of the magazine
* Cooperate closely with the magazine's strategic planning;
* Prepare analytical reports and journalistic investigations;
* Present monthly reports;
* Participate in the organization's other activities.


* University degree in Journalism;
* At least 2 years work experience in (media) management;
* An ability to write informational and analytical articles in
English in different fields such as social issues, human rights, etc.;
* Understanding of general principles and ethics of journalism;
* High energy and enthusiasm;
* Excellent writing ability in English;
* Ability and motivation to work independently and as a team member;
* Knowledge of MS Office/Internet applications;
* Excellent communication skills.

Salary: 350 Euro.

To apply, please send an e-mail with the following documentation attached:

* CV
* Cover letter
* Two names of references with contact details

to: no later than October 27, 2008. In the subject
line, please specify the position title only. Only short-listed
applicants will be contacted for interview. Incomplete applications
will be rejected. No phone calls please.

Human Rights Center (HRIDC) is a Tbilisi, Georgia based NGO dedicated
to the defence and promotion of human rights in Georgia. HRIDC is a
member of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), World
Organisation against Torture (OMCT Network), Human Rights Without
Frontiers, Int.


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FELLOWSHIP- Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University

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FELLOWSHIP- Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Posted by: SAIS Central Asia <>

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI), at Johns Hopkins
University's School of Advanced International Studies, invites young
scholars to apply for short-term fellowships to do research in the
Washington, DC area. Successful candidates should be the U.S.
citizens, should have completed a Ph.D., either have an academic
appointment, should be teaching in the U.S. institutions of higher
education, employed by a think tank in an analytical role, or work for
the government. Finally, all individuals should have a strong interest
in Central Asia, the Caucasus or Afghanistan, and a demonstrated
interest in current international policy issues. Strong preference
will be given to those scholars who live far from Washington to
provide them access to the unparalleled resources of Washington
(including archives, libraries, organizations, experts, media) and who
have had little direct contact with the policy-making process
affecting their regions of study. This Program parallels a second
Fellowship Program open to young men and women from the region.

Those interested in being considered for this fellowship should send
their applications to Mr. David Soumbadze ( by
October 27, 2008, including:

1) Detailed curriculum vitae, including information on the candidate's
education, professional experience, publications, etc.

2) A concise description (up to 1200 words) of the project to be
pursued while in Washington, including a discussion of the project's
relevance to current policy issues involving Central Asia, the
Caucasus and Afghanistan.

The fellowships are one month in duration and the starting date is
flexible. The program will cover a round trip transportation to
Washington (up to $ 400), and a stipend of $ 3,000. Winners will be
notified by November 4, 2008.

David Soumbadze
Fellowship Program Manager
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036-2213

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CONF./CFP- 16th Annual ACES Central Eurasian Studies Conf., Indiana U., Feb. 28

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CONF./CFP- 16th Annual ACES Central Eurasian Studies Conf., Indiana U., Feb. 28

Posted by: Association of Central Eurasian Students <>

The Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) at Indiana University

Call For Papers

16th Annual ACES Central Eurasian Studies Conference, Indiana University

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Submission Deadline 28 November 2008

ACES invites panel and individual paper proposals for the Sixteenth
Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference to be held Saturday, 28
February 2009 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Graduate students, professors, and independent scholars are cordially
invited to submit abstracts of papers addressing all topics pertaining
to Central Eurasian Studies.

Central Eurasian Studies is defined for the purposes of this
conference as the study of the historical and contemporary Afghan,
Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Mongolic, Persian, Tibetan, Tungusic, and
Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states.

All proposals will be subject to a highly selective review procedure.

The 2009 conference will play host to a small number of focused
panels, and will include a roundtable discussion with area studies
faculty on the topic "Whither Central Eurasian Studies?"

Recent keynote speakers have included Peter Perdue, Marianne Kamp,
Leonard van der Kuijp, and Robert McChesney.

Past panel themes have included:
- Conversions and Syncretism in Central Eurasia
- Uyghurs and Xinjiang: Culture and History in the Round
- Politics, Cultural Identity, and the Intelligentsia in Buryatia
- Romanticism, Modernism, Postmodernism, and Beyond in Hungarian
Literature, Culture, and the Arts
- Equality and the Economy in Central Asia
- Through the Eyes of the Oppressed: The Russian Imperial Experience
in Central Asia
- Eurasian Historical Trends
- Prospects for Democratization in Central Asia

Submission Instructions:

Proposals may be submitted via the online form accessible at:

Submission of pre-organized panels is strongly encouraged. Individual
papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the Conference
Committee to a suitable panel.

ACES regrets that it cannot provide any funding to participants.

Applicants will be notified of their status before 01 January 2008.

Please remember that the submission of a proposal represents a
commitment on your behalf to participate in the conference.

Any questions may be directed to the ACES Conference Committee at

Association of Central Eurasian Students
Goodbody Hall 157
Indiana University
1011 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
Fax: (812) 855-7500

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LECTURE- Foreign Engagement in Afghanistan, David Loyn, King's College London, Oct. 23

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LECTURE- Foreign Engagement in Afghanistan, David Loyn, London, Oct. 23

Posted by: Jane Savory <>

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the Afghanistan
Study Group's next event on October 23rd at 6pm. We are honored to
have David Loyn, the BBC's Developing World Correspondent and author
of "Butcher and Bolt: Two hundred Years of Foreign Engagement in
Afghanistan", released in just last month, September 2008. David will
speak on "The Past 200 Years in Afghanistan: Where did it all go
wrong?", and will then engage in a discussion with the audience.

David's book will be available for purchase on site.

When: October 23rd, 2008, 6-7.30pm
Where: King's College London, Strand Campus, Raked Lecture Theatre

As usual, ASG events are free and all are welcome. David Loyn and us
at the ASG very much look forward to an innovative and dynamic
discussion. Hope to see you all there.

With warm regards,

The ASG Coordinating Committee
Afghanistan Study Group

Do not reply to this email for further information.

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FELLOWSHIPS- Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program 2009

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FELLOWSHIPS- Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program 2009

Posted by: Rachel Surkin <>

The Government of the United States of America is pleased to announce
the 2009 Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program (Muskie). The
deadline to submit the application for this program is October 31, 2008.

Established by the US Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and
democratic growth in Eurasia, the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship
Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
of the United States Department of State, and administered by IREX.
The program provides opportunities for graduate students and
professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and
Uzbekistan for one-year non-degree, one-year degree or two-year degree
study in the United States.

All fellows will attend classes full-time for one to two years and
will be required to create and implement a project related to their
professional interests that benefits the local community. Fellows
will also be required to participate in a full-time summer internship
after their first academic year.

The fellowship provides J-1 visa support, round-trip travel from
fellows home cities to their US host institutions, university tuition
and mandatory university fees, accident and sickness coverage, monthly
allowance for living expenses, limited book allowance, limited
allowance for professional enrichment activities, pre-academic
English-language training (if necessary), and a wide variety of alumni
networking and training opportunities.

The Muskie Program selects outstanding citizens from Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia,
Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan (herein referred to
as Eurasia) to receive fellowships for Masters level study in the
United States in the fields of business administration, economics,
law, public administration, and public policy. Candidates from
countries other than Russia and Ukraine will also be considered in
additional fields of education, environmental management,
international affairs, library and information science,
journalism/mass communications, and public health.

Applications for the Muskie program are available at Applications
can also be obtained and submitted by contacting IREX field offices
and representatives in Eurasia
See application for eligibility requirements.

Rachel Surkin
Senior Program Officer
Education Programs Division
2121 K St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037

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ROUNDTABLE- Trade Regime in Uzbekistan, Center for Economic Research, Tashkent, Oct. 22

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ROUNDTABLE- Trade Regime in Uzbekistan, Ctr for Econ. Res., Tashkent, Oct. 22

Posted by: Kamola Rasulova <>

A roundtable on "Trade Regime in Uzbekistan" will be taking place
October 22, at 3.00 pm by local time in the Center for Economic
Research (CER), Tashkent, Uzbekistan, hosted by CER.

For more information about the event, please contact Kamola Rasulova

5, Usmon Nosir str., 1 tupik,
Tashkent, Uzbekistan 700070
Phone: (+998 71) 150-02-02
Fax: (998 71) 281-45-48

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PUBL.- Analytical Review: Uzbekistan Economy 2007

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PUBL.- Analytical Review: Uzbekistan Economy 2007

Posted by: Kamola Rasulova <>

The new issue of informational and analytical review "Uzbekistan
Economy" has been published, where the current dynamics, qualitative
changes and tendencies that have taken place in the country's economy
during the year 2007 are analyzed. The publication has been issued in
three languages (Uzbek, Russian, English).

The publication of the information and analytical review was prepared
by the Center for Economic Research.

The review consists of several thematic chapters.

The first chapter considers the main macroeconomic indicators:
economic growth, investments into the economy, prices and inflation,
as well as the situation in the areas of employment and labour market.

The second chapter analyzes the revenue and expense in the government
budget, monetary policy of the Central Bank, banking sector, stock
market and exchange rate policy.

The third chapter reveals the tendencies in the foreign economic
activity, structure of exports and import. The analyses of activities
of enterprises with foreign investments are also presented here.

The forth chapter is devoted to the development of the private sector
and market reforms. The results of privatization program, the dynamics
of the real estate market and development of small entrepreneurship
are considered here.

The fifth chapter describes the tendencies and issues in the
development of industry, agricultural sector, market of consumer goods
and services.

The sixth chapter is devoted to the tendencies in socioeconomic
development of the regions.

The seventh chapter provides analysis of income and expenditures of
the population, realization of the program on social security and
support to the vulnerable groups.

Appendices include: list of legislative acts, adopted during the year
2007; the main economic events of the year 2007; the main priorities
of the socioeconomic development program of Uzbekistan for the year
2008; list of the main products of the Center for Economic Research.

The publication is prepared for wide range of users: employees of
government agencies, business, scientific research institutes and
centers, public and international organizations, embassies' staff,
university professors and students, other interested individuals.

More detailed information: contents and short abstract will be placed
on the following web-site

Contact person:

Kamola Rasulova
5, Usmon Nosir str., 1 tupik
Tashkent 700070, Uzbekistan
Tel: (+99871) 1500202; Fax: (+99871) 2814548

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