Tuesday, March 31, 2009

PUBL.- Georgian Archival Bulletin, No. 4

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PUBL.- Georgian Archival Bulletin, No. 4

Posted by: Timothy Blauvelt <timblauvelt@mail.ru>

The 4th edition (Winter 2009) of the quarterly Archival Bulletin has
recently been released by the Archive Department of the Georgian
Ministry of Internal Affairs, and is available for download in PDF
format: http://archive.security.gov.ge/saarqivo_moambe_4.pdf

Any institution interested in receiving hard copies of the Archival
Bulletin or individuals interested in working in the Georgian KGB and
Central Committee archives should contact:

Colonel Omar Tushurashvili
Head of the Archives Department
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
Vazha-Pshavela Avenue, #72
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel./Fax: (995 32) 323898
E-mail: Tushurashvili(at)pol.ge or Moambe(at)pol.ge

Timothy Blauvelt
Tbilisi, Georgia


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STUDY/FIELD TRIP- Karakalpakia 101, Nukus, Apr. 12-17

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STUDY/FIELD TRIP- Karakalpakia 101, Nukus, Apr. 12-17

Posted by: Friends of Nukus Museum <friendsnukusmuseum@gmail.com>

The Nukus Museum-Home of the Savitsky Collection -- and the Friends
of Nukus Museum (FoNM) are pleased to announce Karakalpakia 101 --
Journey to the Heart of a Culture -- comprising a 5-day study/field
trip to Nukus, Karakalpakstan from April 12-17, 2009.

Centered around and coordinated by the Museum and its staff,
Karakalpakia 101 is designed to enhance public awareness about, and
interest in the distinctive culture, economy and history of
Karakalpakstan and its people. The program comprises a combination of
lectures and presentations, docent-led visits to all departments of
the Museum, and two half-day field visits to archaeological relics and
sites of ancient Khorezm (present-day Karakalpakstan) and to Muynaq.
It starts with a half-day of introductory activities in Tashkent on
April 12.

As its title implies, Karakalpakia 101 is an experimental, pilot
activity and, for this reason, participation will be limited to a
small group of 6-8 individuals based in, or visiting Uzbekistan or
Central Asia. Thus, in addition to a serious interest in learning
more about Karakalpakstan -- including, but not only, its famous
Museum -- participants need to be able and willing to appreciate and
enjoy the innovative nature and spirit of the program.

The fee for Karakalpakia 101, payable directly to the Museum (in cash)
is: US$350 per person. This covers: (a) local transport in, and two
field trips outside Nukus (by minibus/van); (b) two meals (lunch and
dinner) daily, plus coffee/tea breaks; (c) services of docents, guides
and interpreters; and (d) small souvenirs. The fee does not include
transport to and from Nukus (about 92 euro or US$130 Tashkent/Nukus
roundtrip via Uzbekistan Airways) or accommodation in Nukus (ranging
from $25-40 single to $40-65 double per night including breakfast at
the Zhibek Zholy guest house (100 meters from the Museum).

Individuals interested in participating in -- and becoming the first
graduates of -- Karakalpakia 101 are invited to send an email,
including their full name, address, telephone number(s), email, and
institutional affiliation, if any, to: friendsnukusmuseum@gmail.com,
copied to museum_savitsky@intal.uz as soon as possible, and by
Wednesday, April 8 at the latest.


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LECTURE- Columbia's Collections on Nationalities of the Former Soviet Union, New York, Apr. 3

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LECTURE- Columbia's Collections on Nationalities of the Former USSR, Apr. 3

OASIES Brown Bag Lecture

The Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian
Societies (OASIES) presents

"Nationalities of the Former Soviet Union: Columbia's Collections
Past, Present, Future"

a brownbag discussion with
Robert Davis, Columbia's librarian for Central Asian Studies

at 12:00, April 3, Room 501A, International Affairs Building

For more information visit; www.oasies.org

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CONF. PROG.- ASN 2009 World Convention Film Lineup

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CONF. PROG.- ASN 2009 World Convention Film Lineup

Posted by: Dominique Arel <darel@uottawa.ca>

[A PDF of this announcement, with pictures, can be downloaded at
www.nationalities.org]

ASN 2009 World Convention Film Lineup

The ASN 2009 World Convention, taking place at the Harriman Institute,
Columbia University, on 23-25 April, is pleased to present once again
an exciting line-up of twelve international documentaries dealing with
regions and themes of interest to our participants. This year's film
selections take us on a voyage across Western and Central Europe
(Germany, Poland, Estonia), through the Balkans (Kosovo, Serbia),
Ukraine, the Caucasus (Georgia and Abkhazia) and into the Eurasian
expanse (Turkmenistan, China). Through the roving lens and probing
questions of talented filmmakers, the powerful, often disturbing
images they capture, as well as the voices of a diverse assortment of
individuals interviewed, these films offer insight into fundamental
issues now facing states, societies and populations a decade into the
21st century -- remembering and framing the past, the challenges of
economic and political development in the post-communist era, the
pressures of globalism, resurgent nationalism, identity, and the clash
of cultures and traditions.

The films will be screened in the International Affairs Building,
Columbia University, 420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027. The
Convention will feature 125 panels and more than 700 participants,
from over 40 countries, are expected. To download the Convention's
Program, and obtain registration information, go to
<http://www.nationalities.org>. For information on the Convention,
please contact Gordon N. Bardos, gnb12@columbia.edu, 212 854 8487.


Friday, April 24, 11.20 Am-1.20 pm

Film 8 -- A Kingdom Reborn: Treasures From Ukrainian Galicia
Canada, 2007 (57 minutes)
Directed by Dani Stodilka, written by Peter Bejger
Contact: Dani Stodilka <1253productions@gmail.com>
(in English)
Room 1512

This is the first Western documentary to present the history of
Galicia and Lviv through rare footage of the region's still little
explored art and architecture. The film's creators closely cooperated
with Galician academics, icon painters, museum directors, curators,
composers, and musicians, as well as restoration specialists. Galicia
today faces new challenges as it straddles the recently expanded
European Union and those territories on the outside looking in. The
history of Lviv is particularly rich and salient. Transformed in the
distant past from a Ruthenian princely seat to a Polish royal city,
and later from an Austrian crown-land capital to a Polish regional
center, it was also forcibly held in more recent times by both the
Nazis and the Soviets. It is here that the pulse of Ukrainian identity
and European aspirations beat, where national memory and civic
identity have been repeatedly contested and recreated.


Friday, April 24, 2.50-4.50 pm

Film 4 -- At the Top of My Voice
US, 2008 (60 minutes)
Directed by Larry Kamerman and Sudhir Venkatesh
Contact: Daniel Wasserman <daniel@gencofilms.com>
(in English/Georgian, with English subtitles)
Room 1512

The film explores the struggle for freedom of thought and expression
in Georgia in the wake of the crackdown on democracy in the fall of
2007, leading to the controversial re-election of President Mikhail
Saakashvili in January 2008. Following the lives of opposition
activists Irakli Kakabadze and Anna Dolidze, At the Top of My Voice
dives beneath the headlines to provide an intimate and gripping
portrait of the human face behind the current struggle for democracy
and human rights in Georgia. The film raises questions about the risks
taken by scholars and artists worldwide who dare to speak truth to power.


Film 3 -- Made in China
France, 2007 (53 minutes)
Directed by Jean-Yves Cauchard
Contact: Larry Daressa <LD@newsreel.org>
(in Mandarin, with English voice-over)
Room 1027

The film's story of a typical migrant couple is one of millions now
unfolding among the multitude of migrants from rural China who
comprise the backbone of the Chinese economic miracle. This massive
dislocation of people might well represent the largest, most rapid
migration in human history. The film depicts how a single generation
is experiencing the culture shock of an Industrial Revolution that
took centuries in the West. An elegy to a lost way of life and a
grassroots view of what could become the most powerful economic power
on earth, the film offers a human dimension to the ubiquitous label
"Made in China."


Friday, April 24, 5.10-7.10 pm

Film 5 -- The Singing Revolution
US, 2008 (97 minutes)
Directed by James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty
Contact: Noel Lawrence <noellawrence@sprintmail.com>
(in English/Estonian, with English subtitles)
Room 1512

The occupation of Estonia by the Nazis and the Soviets ushered in a
period of terror for the Estonian population, more than one-quarter of
which was deported to Siberia, executed, or driven abroad by the end
of World War II. Music sustained the Estonian people during these dark
years and was such a crucial part of their subsequent struggle for
freedom that their successful bid for independence is known as the
Singing Revolution. Filmmakers Tusty and his wife Maureen were
inspired by the power music has had over their fellow Estonians and
devoted four years to documenting this incredible story. The result is
a moving, intensely human testament to the sustaining power of hope
and the motivating strength of song. The film reflects the indomitable
human drive for personal freedom, political independence and
self-determination.


Film 10A -- Serbia: Exit Europe
Germany/Austria/ESI, 2008 (55 minutes)
Directed by Franz Leopold Schmelzer
Contact: Verena Knaus <v.knaus@esiweb.org>
www.returntoeurope.org
(in English/Serbian, with English subtitles)
Room 1027

This film is a segment of the ten-part documentary Balkan Express -
Return to Europe, a German-Austrian co-production, in collaboration
with European Stability Initiative (ESI). Heralded as one the "most
ambitious TV projects on Southeastern Europe produced in recent
years," the series was awarded the "Erasmus EuroMedia Grand Award" in
2008. Commended for "the exemplary way in which [it] blends inspired
direction and emphatic camera work with sound scientific research and
journalistic excellence", the series allows people of various
backgrounds who have contributed to the region's progress since the
mid-1990s (artists, lawyers, journalists, activists, mayors,
athletes...) the opportunity to comment on their current situation.

SERBIA: EXIT EUROPE explores two powerful but contradictory forces now
at play in Serbia. The loss of Kosovo has rekindled nationalism and
bitterness towards the international community, while the victory of
the pro-European forces in the May 2008 elections steered the country
towards EU integration. Key questions now hover over Serbia's future:
Is Serbia on track to joining the EU? Is it confronting the crimes of
the Milosevic era? Or will the Stabilisation and Association Agreement
with the EU remain on hold and application for EU membership a distant
prospect?


Film 10B -- Kosovo: Cutting the Lifeline
Germany/Austria/ESI, 2008 (52 minutes)
Directed by Gernot Stadler
Contact: Contact: Verena Knaus <v.knaus@esiweb.org>
www.returntoeurope.org
(in English/Albanian, with English subtitles)
Room 1027

A segment of the ten-part documentary Balkan Express - Return to
Europe, the film addresses independence, stability and future
prospects in Kosovo, and the challenges the EU-Mission faces in
dealing with the country's problems, particularly the catastrophic
state of its economy. At the heart of the film are illuminating visits
with families whose personal stories demonstrate the growing strains
and pressures felt by a population little supported by the state that
is forced to hold tight to traditional family-based structures.


Saturday, April 25, 11.20 am-1.20 pm

Film 1 -- Shadow of the Holy Book
Finland/US, 2008 (90 minutes)
Directed by Arto Halonen
Contact: Larry Daressa <LD@newsreel.org>
(in English/Turkmen/Russian, with English subtitles)
Room 1512

This high-spirited political satire exposes the complicity of
multinational corporations in supporting and legitimizing dictator
Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan, self-appointed President for Life
and one of the world's most egregious violators of human rights.
Through interviews with Turkmeni dissidents, journalists and human
rights advocates now either in jail or exile, the film explores how
Niyazov transformed a remote Central Asian republic into one of the
most oppressive regimes in recent history. The "holy book" in the
film's title refers to Niyazov's Ruhnama -- a bizarre blend of legend
and the dictator's delusional thinking that rivals Mao's "little red book."


Film 7 -- The Lost Colony
Netherlands, 2008 (72 minutes)
Directed by Astrid Bussink
Contact: Charlotte Sarneel <charlotte@zeppers.nl>
(in Russian, with English subtitles)
Room 1027

Setting out initially to investigate rumors that the KGB had attempted
to cross humans with primates, filmmaker Bussink made her way to the
Sukhum Primate Center in the former Soviet republic of Abkhazia, the
world's oldest monkey laboratory. The tumultuous 1990s were not easy
for this pioneering research institution that was once the pride of
the Soviet Union. The Laboratory that had trained primates for space
travel and contributed cutting-edge research to the fight against
cancer fell into decay in the years following the Georgian civil war.
As the film shows, the buildings crumbled through neglect, but most of
the monkeys escaped and are the focus of the lab personnel's struggle
to keep the Center alive. Documenting these quiet but determined
efforts, the film raises questions about large-scale politics and
science, and underscores the stark reality of political and economic
changes that affect everyone, animals included.


Saturday, April 25, 2.50-4.50 pm

Film 2A -- The Polish Enigma. Exit from Communism: Great Negotiations
France, 2005 (57 minutes)
Directed by Virginie Linhart and Georges Mink
Contact: Georges Mink <mink@u-paris10.fr>
Room 1512

With the birth of Solidarnost in 1980, Poland successfully contested
the power of the communist regime, before losing hard won freedoms
shortly after. Unprecedented negotiations between the communists and
Solidarnost's leader a few years later, however, helped pave the way
for the fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe. Surprisingly, by
the mid-1990s, democratic elections brought the communists back to
power in Poland. The film explores this seesaw movement in Polish
politics by delving deeply into the murky history of negotiations
between Solidarnost and the communists throughout.


Film 2B -- Citizens K: The "K" Twins
France, 2007 (57 minutes)
Directed by Eyal Sivan and Georges Mink
Contact: Georges Mink <mink@u-paris10.fr>
(in Polish and French, with French voice-over)
Room 1512

The film presents a unique picture of the Polish state through the
story of twin brothers Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, President and
Prime Minster of Poland respectively when the film was shot. Through
interviews with members of the Kaczynskis' party, the filmmakers
deconstruct the dual, seemingly contradictory nature of leaders who
equipped themselves with a modern Western-style party and pledged
loyalty to democratic Europe, but exercised political power through family.


Film 6 -- Who Is Deutschland?
Canada, 2007 (53 minutes)
Directed by Boaz Beeri, written by Jonathan Medow and Abe Singer
Contact: Abe Singer (U of Illinois at Chicago) <asinge3@uic.edu>
Room 1027

The film focuses on the outpouring of national feeling expressed in
Germany during the World Cup tournament, and the reactions and
discussions it prompted in German society among people of various
backgrounds. While tracking the progress of the German team in the
World Cup, the film focuses on Markus, a leftist Berlin University
student who tells his side of the "German identity story." Interviews
with German politicians, rock stars, media executives, museum
directors and students highlight the tensions surrounding the burning
issues of new German patriotism, history, the contemporary role of
Jewishness in German society and, ultimately, German identity. As the
World Cup advances, Markus' life experiences and outlook provide one
vivid example of the very personal process of identity formation that
is unique to Germany.


Saturday, April 25, 5.10-7.10 pm

Film 9 -- Rule of Law: Justice in Kosovo
Austria, 2006 (99 minutes)
Directed by Susanne Brandtstätter
Contact: Manfred Kapper <manfred.kapper@bmeia.gv.at>
(in English/Albanian, with English subtitles)
Room 1512

Looking for something more adventurous than her life as a judge in
Vienna, Claudia Fenz takes on a post with the UN as part of the
organization's mission to support the democratic reconstruction of
this Balkan region recently devastated war. Fenz heads to Prizren in
southern Kosovo and takes on the trial of six Albanians accused of
having stoned a Serb and his mother to death during riots that broke
out in March 2004. The film charts the judge's attempts to work with
the local council, focusing on her encounter with moral standards and
traditional rules characteristic of a patriarchal society, but
contrary to the "rule of law" decreed by the UN. Tirelessly seeking to
familiarize herself with local customs and navigate a passage to
justice, Fenz's experience highlights the tensions between the two
ethnicities, while at the same time raising important questions about
the meaning of justice itself and its application.


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LECTURE- The Akromiya Phenomenon, John Schoeberlein, George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA, Apr. 6

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LECTURE- The Akromiya Phenomenon, John Schoeberlein, George Mason Univ., Apr. 6

Posted by: Eric McGlinchey <emcglinc@gmu.edu>

John Schoeberlein

"The Akromiya Phenomenon: Testing Our Knowledge of Central Asian Islam"

April 6, 5 pm

George Mason University, Student Union Building II, Ballroom 1, Front

Synopsis:

If one attempts to survey the landscape of post-Soviet Islam based on
Western sources and the declarations of governments in the region, the
dominant features appear to be a series of radical movements,
including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and
"the Akromiya movement." These movements are offered as evidence of
the threat to civil order and thousands of arrests have been made
across Central Asia of people accused of association with these
movements. But what of the evidence that these claims are based on?
The so-called "Akromiya movement" offers the starkest example of
far-reaching threat claims -- and indeed, justification of the largest
massacre in Central Asia since early Soviet times (i.e., in Andijan,
May 2005) -- in the absence of reliable evidence. As such, this case
allows a particularly revealing study of how threat claims are
produced, and on what they are based in lieu of evidence. The study
of "knowledge production" that forms the basis of "expertise" on Islam
in Central Asia suggests that production of "expertise" is guided more
to meet particular demands than by the availability of evidence. The
key actors in the knowledge production process include the "experts",
as well as those institutions which create demand for that the expert
positions and which finance the expert analysis.

John Schoeberlein (http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~schoeber/) is
Director of the Project on Islam in Eurasia and the Program on Central
Asia and the Caucasus, Harvard University.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

GRANTS- Research on Sustainable Land Management in the Pamir-Alai Region

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GRANTS- Research on Sustainable Land Management in the Pamir-Alai Region

Posted by: Ulugbek Akhmedov <u.akhmedov@cgiar.org>

Call for Research Project Proposals

Background

The project Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in the High Pamir and
Pamir-Alai Mountains (SLM-PALM) - an Integrated and Trans-boundary
Initiative in Central Asia aims to address the interlinked problems of
land degradation and poverty within one of Central Asia's critical
mountain 'water towers' and biodiversity hotspots. This will be
achieved through a trans-boundary approach that will seek to improve
the technological, institutional, policy and legislative environment
that is required for enabling mountain communities to take primary
responsibility for the productive and sustainable management of their
local ecosystem resources. A regional strategy and action plan for
sustainable development of the High Pamir and Pamir Alai mountains has
been developed through participatory multi-level and multi-sectoral
stakeholder consultations that took place in 2008.

To stimulate and ensure the effective and efficient implementation of
the regional strategy, participatory community-based resource
assessment, land use planning and micro-project implementation will be
undertaken at selected hot spots -currently eight communities in the
project region (map enclosed) - in the context of the trans-boundary
framework. Demonstrations of the community-based SLM activities are
expected to help mobilizing the additional resources for up-scaling
the initiative in the Pamir Alai region and in other trans-boundary
mountain environments in Central Asia. In addition to direct global
environmental benefits that will be accrued in the Pamir-Alai
mountains, the development of replicable generic guidelines that can
be used to address the problems of land degradation in similar
mountain environments will be an added benefit of the project.

Under this project, the International Center for Agricultural Research
in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) Program for Sustainable Agriculture in
Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) is launching a call for adaptive
research projects in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Research institutes
and NGOs from these two countries are herewith invited to submit
project proposals for consideration for targeted research grants. The
proposals should address the necessary research and capacity building
activities, on research topics which include the following areas:

* Identification and introduction of crop varieties suited to the
high-altitude environments of PALM;
* Improved livestock production and range management practices;
* In-situ and ex-situ conservation of plant biodiversity of the PALM region;
* Conservation agriculture practices and resource conserving soil and
water; management technologies for mountain ecosystems;
* Market value-chain analyses for mountain crop, tree and livestock products;
* Assessment of the livelihoods of mountain communities;
* Renewable energy sources for mountain communities.

Proposals from other areas of SLM can eventually also be considered if
no sufficient proposals are submitted on these topics.

Application

Applications are restricted to national institutions from the two
partner countries Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. International
co-financing and other agencies will be encouraged to couple with
national partners and cover any additional expenses beyond those that
can be covered by the GEF funds. The project funds can only be used
for research purposes within Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

The applications should be submitted to the ICARDA CAC Program under
PALM-ICARDA-CAC@cgiar.org, where they will be collected and submitted
to the International Steering Committee of PALM (PALM-ISC) via e-mail
for final approval. The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 April,
2009. Proposals can be submitted in English or Russian.

Only applications submitted by e-mail will be accepted. The length of
the project concept notes should not exceed 6 pages in total. The
proposal should consist of one document only, in PDF format, not
exceeding 1 MB in size.

Proposals should be accompanied by a scanned cover letter of the
Director of the applicant's institution on the institution's letter
head, signed and stamped, stating that he supports the proposal.

It is expected that research grants will be awarded mid-May of 2009,
so that investigations can still start this year.

The research projects should be completed in a period of 12-24 months.
The proposals should consist of the following chapters: introduction,
objective and justification, material and methods, expected results,
financial and other resources needed to conclude the project
(personnel, travel costs, consumables, small equipment of up to 3.000
USD) and include information about eventual co-funding from the
applying institution. The proposal should also explain how the
research projects will be validated within this period on at least two
sites, so that they can be integrated in the final assessments of the
project and used as a basis for developing recommendations for
replication. The proposals should clearly state the project goal,
rationale, objectives, outputs and impacts along with research methods
and sources of information to be used. Applicants should provide one
progress report every 6 months that also details the use of financial
resources, and a final report two months after the end of the project.
Should the progress reports not be satisfactory, as rated by the
PALM-ISC, ICARDA-CAC reserves the right to annul the contract.

The maximum available fund for the each project proposal is 30.000
USD. Applicant institutes can submit more than one project proposal.
Applications can be submitted by one organization alone, or in
coherence with proposals submitted in parallel by other organizations.


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CONF./CFP- Ukrainian-Georgian Cooperation, Odessa, Ukraine, June 4-5

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CONF./CFP- Ukrainian-Georgian Cooperation, Odessa, Ukraine, June 4-5

Posted by: Anna Shelest <njusha@yahoo.com>

Ukrainian-Georgian Cooperation: Partnership and Sustainable Development

On the 4th-5th of June 2009 the International conference "Ukrainian
-Georgian Cooperation: Partnership and Sustainable Development" will
take place in Odessa, Ukraine. The conference is organized by the
National Institute for Strategic Studies - Odessa Branch under support
of the General Consulate of Georgia in Odessa and
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ukraine.

During the conference the following topics will be discussed:

1. Democratization of Georgia and Ukraine after the "color"
revolution: comparative analysis.

2. Ukrainian-Georgian Relations:

a. Political sphere
b. Economic sphere
c. Military-technical sphere
d. Transport corridors

3. European and Euroatlantic integration of Ukraine and Georgia

a. Ukraine and Georgia on their way to NATO
b. Ukraine and Georgia on their way to the EU

4. Cooperation of Georgia and Ukraine in the framework of the regional
organization: GUAM, BSEC, Blackseafor, CDC, etc.

5. Role of Ukraine in the settlement of the conflicts at the territory
of Georgia

6. Cooperation between Ukraine and Georgia in the energy sphere.

If you would like to take part in this conference, please, send filled
application form (available on request) to geo-ukr@ukr.net by the 1st
of May, 2009. You will be informed about the selection results by the
5th of May, 2009.

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LECTURE- Islam(s) in Post-Soviet Eurasia: One or Many?, John Schoeberlein, WWC, Washington, DC, Mar. 31

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LECTURE- Islam(s) in Post-Soviet Eurasia: One or Many?, J. Schoeberlein, Mar 31

Posted by: Joseph Dresen <joseph.dresen@wilsoncenter.org>

"Islam(s) in Post-Soviet Eurasia: One or Many?"

John Schoeberlein, Lecturer on Central Asia, Department of Near
Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Location:

6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson Center
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC

It is normal to think of Islam in normative terms -- positing that
there is a "correct" form of Islam and deviations from that. This is
normal thinking both for Muslims and for non-Muslim observers and
policy makers. This normative thinking leads to unjustified
assumptions about Islam, that it is or should be homogeneous, and at
the same time, that posit dichotomies as the best way to understand
Islam: between Shia and Sunni, Wahhabi and Sufi, traditional and
modern, moderate and radical, local variation and universal norms.
The talk will explore the problems of thinking both homogeneously and
dichotomously about Islam in Central Asia, and consider how the
religion can be best understood as an intertwining of diverse,
sometimes contradictory orientations. This is particularly true of
Islam in the post-Soviet Central Asian space, where there has been a
tremendous increase in different orientations, as Muslims have sought
to recover their tradition in the wake of Soviet official atheism.


Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come,
first served basis --no reservations required. Please call on the day
of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a
photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part
of the building's security procedures.


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CFP- Articles for Volume on Qarays (Crimean Karaites) and Abraham Firkovich

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CFP- Articles for Volume on Qarays (Crimean Karaites) and Abraham Firkovich

Posted by: Muhammed Bilal Celik <bcelik@sakarya.edu.tr>

Dear Researchers,

We have planned a publication on the Qarays (Crimean Karaites) and
Abraham Firkovich who is famous leader of that society. In this study,
we hope your contributions. Contributions may be in Turkish, English,
German, French, Ukrainian and Russian.

Main subjects:
- History of the Qarays
- Culture of the Qarays,
- Civilisation of the Qarays
- Faith of the Qarays
- Life of Abraham Firkovich
- Thought world of Abraham Firkovich

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2009
Deadline for full texts: December 1, 2009

For every question or matter please contact: mbilalcelik@gmail.com

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yücel ÖZTÜRK
Dr. M. Bilal ÇELIK (Office Tel: 00 90 264 295 60 23, GSM: 00 90 533 215 46 65)


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LECTURE- On Language and Literature Problems in Eurasian Countries, Emine G├╝rsoy-Naskali, Istanbul, Apr. 2

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LECTURE- Language and Literature in Eurasia, E. Gürsoy-Naskali, Istanbul, Apr 2

Posted by: Guljanat Kurmangaliyeva <guljanatke@gmail.com>

As the sixth lecture of its Lecture Series on Eurasia,
Maltepe University presents:

"On Language and Literature Problems in Eurasian Countries"

By Professor Emine Gürsoy-Naskali (Department of Turkish Language and
Literature, Marmara University)

Time: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 2:00 PM
Venue: Marma Congress Center, Maltepe University, Maltepe, Istanbul

Emine Gürsoy-Naskali is a professor of Turkology at Marmara
University. She has earlier served at the Oxford, Helsinki, Tehran and
Bogazici Universities.

Professor Gürsoy-Naskali is an author of a great number of articles
and books. She has published a critical edition of Radloff's epic
"Manas". She has edited a number of valuable books on different
aspects of Turkic culture. She has also edited researches on
contemporary Central Asian Republics including "Bagimsizliklarinin
Onuncu Yilinda Turk Cumhuriyetleri (Turkic Republics in the 10th
Anniversary of the Independence" and "Bagimsiz Kirgizistan - Dugumler
ve Cozumler (Independent Kyrgyzstan - Problems and Solutions)"

For further details:

Dr. Güljanat Kurmangaliyeva Ercilasun
Maltepe University
ercilasun@maltepe.edu.tr
+90 (216) 626 10 50 ext. 1841
www.maltepe.edu.tr


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Friday, March 27, 2009

PUBL.- Invisible to the World: The Dynamics of Forced Child Labour in the Cotton Sector of Uzbekistan

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PUBL.- The Dynamics of Forced Child Labour in the Cotton Sector of Uzbekistan

Posted by: Jane Savory <js64@soas.ac.uk>

Find below the publication details, brief description and link to the book.

Invisible to the World: The Dynamics of Forced Child Labour in the
Cotton Sector of Uzbekistan. London: SOAS, 2009, 40 pp.

ISBN 10: 0 7286 0384 5
ISBN 13: 978 0 7286 0384 4

The paper provides an evidence-based assessment of the recruitment of
school-age children for the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan. It draws on
the results of a survey administered in six rural districts in 2007
that examines the scale and mechanisms of recruitment, the conditions
of work and the consequences for children's welfare.

The full text is available on the SOAS website, links:

http://www.soas.ac.uk/cccac/centres-publications/

http://www.soas.ac.uk/cccac/events/cotton-sector-in-central-asia-2005/49842.pdf

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PUBL.- Journal of Central Asian and Caucasian Studies Now Online

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PUBL.- Journal of Central Asian and Caucasian Studies Now Online

Posted by: Koray Guven <kgmirza@gmail.com>

Online Access is now available for previous issues of Journal of
Central Asian and Caucasian Studies (JCACS) on

http://www.usak.org.tr/EN/dmenu.asp?id=55

Journal of Central Asian and Caucasian Studies (JCACS) is a refereed
journal and published twice (Summer and Winter) a year. JCACS
publishes scholarly articles in Turkish and English from all over the world.

JCACS focuses on legal, political, sociological, cultural, social,
religious, anthropological and economic studies regarding Central
Asia, Caucasus and neighboring states' (Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India,
Afghanistan, China, Mongolia, Russia) and regions' (Black Sea, South
Asia, Middle East, Far East) relations with Central Asia and the
Caucasus. The journal encourages interdisciplinary studies.

JCACS is abstracted and/or indexed in International Political Science
Abstracts (IPSA), Index Islamicus, EBSCO Host Research Databases,
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior
Abstracts, CSA Sociological Abstracts, CSA Worldwide Political Science
Abstracts and PAIS International.


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LECTURE- Social Marketing, SRC-AUCA / INTRAC, Bishkek, Apr. 1

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LECTURE- Social Marketing, SRC-AUCA / INTRAC, Bishkek, Apr. 1

Posted by: Social Research Center - AUCA <src@mail.auca.kg>

Social Research Centre of the American University in Central Asia
(www.src.auca.kg) jointly with the International NGO Training and Research
Centre in Central Asia (INTRAC) (www.intrac.org) presents LECTURE

"Social marketing - might it be the best remedy for the crisis? Contemporary
tendencies of social marketing in NGO activities: the experience of Russia"

Speaker:

Machnev Evgeniy Vladimirovich, general director of the "EVM" company,
director of the Saint Petersburg development center for non-profit
organizations

Commentator:

Temirova Tatyana,
PF Women's Organization "Alga" CSSC, Kant

Time: 16:00, April 1, 2009
Place: room 315, AUCA
Language: Russian
(Interpretation into English will be provided ONLY if requested in advance)

Short synopsis:

After a half year of the crisis, numerous polls show that people's feelings
of social solidarity are intensifying. This is how the "mythology of the
crisis" works. It is based on principles similar the behavior of animals at
a pond during a drought. Therefore, it is a prime time to change people's
behavior with courageous social-marketing campaigns. During his
presentation, Mr. Machnev will share with his vision of the opportunities
for social marketing, based on the Russian experience, while Ms. Temirova
will talk briefly about social marketing in Kyrgyzstan.

Bio:

Mr. Machnev graduated from the Journalism Department of Saint-Petersburg
State University. He has participated in trainings on advanced technology
management in Germany, project evaluation in Sweden, and news management in
the USA. Mr. Machnev is the author of a series of trainings and business
games. Since 1996 he has conducted more than 300 trainings and business
games. Among his customers are the V. Potanina Charitable Fund, "Rusneft"
Ltd., Russian Saving Bank, "RUSAL," "Megaphone," international agencies, and
other large NGOs and business organizations from Russia, Germany, Sweden,
and Kazakhstan. He is also the author of a number of publications on mass
media, book entitled "Tendencies of the development of Social Programs," and
"Social-marketing companies in Russian."

How to register: Please RSVP to pss@mail.auca.kg with your name and
affiliation.

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LECTURE- Rahilya Gheybullayeva, Cultural Encounters and National Literature, Madison, Mar. 30

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LECTURE- R. Gheybullayeva, Cultural Encounters & National Lit., Madison, Mar 30

Posted by: Parvin Ahanchi <ahanchi@wisc.edu>

The Department of Comparative Literature
invites you to a public lecture

"Cultural Encounters and Starting Points of National Literature"

by

Dr. Rahilya Geybullayeva

Professor & Head of the Journalism and Azerbaijani Literature Department
Baku Slavic University, Azerbaijan
Visiting Fulbright Scholar & Honorary Fellow,
Department of Comparative Literature,
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Monday, March 30
4:30 p.m.
250 Van Hise Hall

Informal reception following lecture in 924 Van Hise Hall.


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CONF. PROG.- OASIES Student Conference, Columbia Univ., New York, Mar. 28

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CONF. PROG.- OASIES Student Conference, Columbia Univ., New York, Mar. 28

Posted by: Gulnar Kendirbai <gk2020@columbia.edu>

The Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies
at Columbia University is pleased to announce the Second Annual OASIES
Student Conference

Inner Eurasia: Transcending Boundaries

on Saturday, March 28, 2009.

10-10:30 Breakfast and Registration
IAB 707


10:30-12 "Negotiating Borders"
IAB 707

"Destiny and Fatality of the Last Soviet Generation: Timur
Bekmametov's 2006 'Day Watch'" - Anaita Khudonazar, University of
California at Berkeley

"Border-Making as National Consciousness: the Demarcation of the
Ferghana Valley, 1924-1927" - Benjamin Loring, Georgetown University

"Historiography Wars in Central Asia: Clashing History Narratives and
Post-Independence Statehood of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan" - Mohira
Suyarkulova, University of St. Andrews


"Community and Identity"
IAB 1219

"Comparative Study of Motifs in a Sassanid Fire-Temple and Central
Asian Art" - Parisa Atighi Moghadam, Tohoku University

"Kongrat Tribal Groups in Southern Uzbekistan: Overview of Studies" -
Otabek Gulyamov, Simmons College

"Kazakhstani Mass-Media Bias in Covering Ethnic Minority Issues" -
Dinara Tussupova, Oklahoma State University

"Culture of Modern Uzbekistan: Sociolinguistic Aspects" - Klara
Nazmutdinova, Iowa State University


12-1 Lunch
IAB 707

1-3 Film: "Gift to Stalin"
IAB 707


3-4:30 "Narratives of Empire"
IAB 707

"International Islam and Religious Identity in Central Asia" - James
Pickett, Princeton University

"Regional News and the Politics of Siberian Patriotism in the 1880s" -
David Rainbow, New York University

"The Image of the Kurds in the Sources of the Russian Empire" -
Oleksandr Liapkalo, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


"Economic and Security Policy"
IAB 1219

"Education in Kazakhstan: Economic Aspects" - Ainur Abdrazakova,
Florida State University

"Kazakh-Indian Nuclear Cooperation" - Bek-Ali Yerzhan, Al-Farabi
Kazakh National University

"European Neighbourhood Policy and the South Caucasus Countries (The
Case of Azerbaijan)" - Shahin Bayramov, Indiana University at Bloomington

"The Partnership of Kazakhstan and the European Union: the Energy
Dimension" - Ardak Yesdauletova, Eurasian National University


4:30-5:30 Reception
IAB 1219


The International Affairs Building (IAB) is located at 118th Street
and Amsterdam Avenue.

For more information, please contact us at contact@oasies.org.


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CFA- Intensive Summer Course of Armenian Language and Culture in Venice

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CFA- Intensive Summer Course of Armenian Language and Culture in Venice

Posted by: Sona Tajiryan <stajiryan@yahoo.com>

University of Venice
Intensive Summer Course of Armenian Language and Culture

August 2009

The intensive summer course of Armenian Language and Culture of the
University of Venice (Department of Eurasian Studies), in
collaboration with the Cultural Association "Padus-Araxes", will take
place from August 3rd to the 19th. Examinations on the 20th. Arrivals
on August 1st and 2nd. Departures on August 21st and 22nd.

Applications must be done personally and by written giving a phone and
a fax number, and also an em address. For acceptance it is necessary
to be at least of eighteen years of age.

The course has three/four basic levels from the Absolute beginners to
the Advanced. Lessons take place from Monday to Friday five hours a
day in the morning. Attendance of lessons is compulsory. Various
cultural initiatives will accompany the course.

Also free courses of Duduk, Armenian dance and Armenian cuisine, will
be offered in the afternoon, to participants who wish to take part.

Tuition fee is 690 euro or its equivalent in other currency. Of this
amount 500 euro must be sent as a registration fee upon acceptance
within the deadline of March 31st. The total amount will be settled On
the arrival day in one of the main Western currencies. This is an
absolutely basic condition for access to the lodgment. Money once paid
will not be refunded for any reason. A 10% discount is applied to
those who have already attended the course, at least twice, with a
good result as well as to one of the close relatives (parents,
brothers, husband /wife). International bank checks or money-orders
must be MADE OUT ONLY to Associazione Padus-Araxes , and mailed to:
Assoc. Padus-Araxes - c/o Dipt. Studi Eurasiatici - S. Polo 2035 -
30125 Venezia (Italia). Personal checks are not accepted. Postal
checks as well as personal checks are not accepted. All checks must
have the cover of the bank and set on an associated Italian Bank. All
are kindly requested not to do bank transfers for the high commission
rates. In any case all bank expenses will be charged to the applicant.

A lodgment is offered to the participants at a Student Home in the
historic centre of Venice. Accommodation fee for the whole period from
August 1st through the 21st included is: 820 euro for a single room,
610 euro for a double room. Any per diem calculation is not admitted
within these period. A lunch or dinner will cost nearly 8 euro to be
paid on place.

For information fax to +39.041.2414448 or send an em to
<daniela@padus-araxes.com>.For urgent information you can CALL at
+39.041.2414448 on Monday and Thursday morning from 9.30 am to 12.30
pm, or at +39.347.4562981 at 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday (Italian time). Be sure you have taken into consideration the
time difference with your country. In case of eventual absence, leave
a clear, understandable message to the automatic answering device
giving name and phone number. You will be called back. Do not call for
any reason the offices of the University of Venice. The mobile phone
can be called at also on Monday and Thursday morning.


For more information visit: www.padus-araxes.com


Sona Tajiryan
YSU, Faculty of Oriental Studies,
Department of Arabic Studies,
Yerevan, Armenia

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JOB- Math and Natural Sciences Dept., American Univ. of Central Asia, Bishkek

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JOB- Math and Natural Sciences Dept., American Univ. of Central Asia, Bishkek

Posted by: Salkyn Ibraimova <ibraimova_sa@mail.auca.kg>

The American University in Central Asia is looking to fill teaching
positions at Math and Natural Sciences Program for conducting the course
"History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences" ("Concepts of Modern
Natural Sciences") in English language.

Applicants should meet the following qualifications:
- PhD, Ph.D. Candidate or Master's Degree from a western University
- University teaching experience at least 2 years
- Excellent English skills for teaching in English

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to
human_resources@mail.auca.kg

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Short-
listed candidates will be invited for the interview.


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JOB- Sociology Dept., American University of Central Asia, Bishkek

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JOB- Sociology Dept., American University of Central Asia, Bishkek

Posted by: Salkyn Ibraimova <ibraimova_sa@mail.auca.kg>

The Department of Sociology of the American University of Central Asia
(AUCA) is looking to fill a teaching position to start in Fall 2009.
Applicants should meet the following qualifications:

* MA, PhD degree in Sociology or related areas
* University teaching experience in English
* Commitment to the position for at least two years

The ideal applicant will be able to offer required undergraduate
courses as well as advanced undergraduate courses in her/his area of
special interest. Responsibilities will include teaching, advising and
mentoring students, and participating in departmental and university
service activities.

Preferences will be given to candidates whose special interests
involve Central Asia and/or post-Soviet countries and areas of
specialization include some of the following:

Introduction to Sociology, State and Society, Market Society,
Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Conflict, Cultural and Moral
Economy, Philosophy of Social Research, Comparative Sociology,
Identity and Differences, Urban Sociology

Department of Sociology is a degree-granting program at AUCA educating
nearly 80 students in all years; it graduated nearly 200 students
since 2001. A third of our graduates continued to further their
education in universities worldwide. The program provides students
with a solid foundation in sociological theory and research to prepare
students for work in variety of academic and professional careers.

Please send your CV, cover letter, a sample syllabus, and two Letters
of Reference (scanned copies are acceptable) to Medina Aitieva at
aitieva_m@mail.auca.kg and copy Salkynai Ibraimova at
human_resources@mail.auca.kg.

The application deadline is May 1, 2009.


Salkyn Ibraimova
HR Director
American University of Central Asia
205 Abdymomunov street,
Bishkek, 720040, Kyrgyz Republic
tel: (996 312) 66-16-22
fax: (996 312) 66-32-01
E-mail: ibraimova_sa@mail.auca.kg
www.auca.kg

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CONF./CFP- 1989: Then and Now, Havighurst Center, Miami Univ. Ohio, Oct. 15-18

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CONF./CFP- 1989: Then and Now, Havighurst Center, Miami Univ. Ohio, Oct. 15-18

Posted by: Serguei A. Oushakine <oushakin@princeton.edu>

Call For Papers

The Havighurst Center's Annual Young Researchers Conference
Organizer: Neringa Klumbyte, Anthropology
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

October 15-18, 2009

1989: Then and Now

The 20th anniversary of 1989 is a good occasion to re-visit some of
the grand debates about the meaning of this annus mirabilis and to
re-think the processes that led up to it. We invite paper proposals
that seek to rekindle scholarly exchanges about the precursors of the
events of 1989 through 1991 (e.g. reformist ideas launched by
communist leaders in the late 1950s and the late 1960s, modes of
anti-regime mobilization in both Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union);
about the intertwining of processes of societal transformation and the
evolution of ruling communist parties; and about the main social and
political developments that precipitated the implosion of one-party
regimes. We are also interested in research projects that locate the
late 1980s/early 1990s into analytical frameworks that explore both
broader patterns of political turbulence in the Soviet bloc and the
historical specificity of identifiable moments of crisis. Finally, we
ask what is the cultural, historical, and political significance of
1989. We encourage cross-disciplinary explorations of the relative
significance of various factors - cultural, social, economic,
institutional, ideological, geo-political - that brought about the end
of Marxist regimes in the former Second world.

We encourage proposals from young researchers who have already
completed their dissertation research (ABD) or have defended their
dissertation within the last three years. This will be an intensive 2
day working conference during which each of the selected papers will
be critiqued by the other participants, including the authors, the
keynote speaker, organizer Neringa Klumbyte, Assistant Professor of
Anthropology at Miami University, and a team of discussants made up of
Miami University faculty. The Havighurst Center will provide
accommodation in Oxford, ground transportation to and from the
airport, and partial travel funding (up to $250 for domestic travel
and up to $500 for international travel).

To be considered for the conference, submit an abstract of
approximately 250 words and a short CV to HavighurstCenter@muohio.edu
by May 1, 2009. Selected papers will be announced by June 1, 2009.

Please type "2009 Young Researchers Conference" as the subject of the
email. Questions can be directed to:

The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies
Miami University
Harrison Hall, Room 116
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-3303
havighurstcenter@muohio.edu

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PUBL.- Eurasian Development Bank Publications

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PUBL.- Eurasian Development Bank Publications

Posted by: Gulnaz Imamniyazova <imamniyazova_ga@eabr.org>

Dear Colleagues:

The Eurasian Development Bank is happy to present its series of
publications on Eurasian regional integration.

EDB is an international financial institution founded to foster
economic growth and integration processes in the Eurasian region. The
Bank was founded by intergovernmental agreement signed in January 2006
by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In accordance with our mission, we strive to become a catalyst of
integration processes. The Bank's key areas for financing are electric
power, water and energy, transportation infrastructure and high-tech
and innovative industries.

EDB Eurasian Integration Yearbook 2008

http://www.eabr.org/media/img/rus/publications/Yearbook/EDB_Yearbook_2008.pdf

The Yearbook provides a dynamic overview of integration processes in
the post-Soviet 'Eurasian' space and, in particular, improves access
of the global community to the best thinking on regional development
published in the Russian language during the year.

The first volume features articles on economic cooperation between CIS
countries in the machine-building, electric energy and banking sectors
as well as on institutional integration within the CIS and Eurasian
Economic Community. It also includes two specialised reports on the
prospects of development of nuclear energy complexes of Russia and
Kazakhstan and challenges related to shared water and energy resources
in Central Asia.

The last part of the Yearbook presents the Regional Integration
Chronicle, providing our readers with structured information on
integration events throughout 2007. It is supplemented by the 'Review
of Activities of Multilateral Development Banks' in the region. You
will also find information on the Round Tables conducted by the
Eurasian Development Bank in 2007 - 2008 as well as a book review of
the recent monograph on corporate integration in the post-Soviet space.

(Click on the links or copy and paste them into your browser.
Alternatively, you can go to our home page http://www.eabr.org/eng)


Journal of Eurasian Economic Integration
http://www.eabr.org/media/img/rus/publications/magazine/no2/n1_2009_full.pdf
http://www.eabr.org/media/img/rus/publications/magazine/no1/EDB_Mag_1.pdf

The Journal of Eurasian Economic Integration is a quarterly
Russian-language journal published by the EDB. The Editorial Board and
the Editorial Council of the journal consist of authoritative
researchers and practitioners of regional integration. The Journal
publishes original research on the issues of economic and political
integration, book reviews, interviews as well as a quarterly chronicle
of regional integration. While concentrating on economics, the journal
publishes materials on a wide range of issues relevant to regional
integration. The editors welcome original research on such issues as
theories of regional integration applied to the post-Soviet arena;
economic integration (trade, investment and finance); institutional
integration; international experiences of regional integration; and
other relevant issues.

(Click on the links or copy and paste them into your browser.
Alternatively, you can go to our home page http://www.eabr.org/eng)


Analytical Reports
The Eurasian Development Bank's investment policy and the environment.
EDB Industry Report no. 4. February 2009.

http://www.eabr.org/media/img/eng/research-and-publications/Analytical
Reports/4_2009_Ecopolicy_of_EDB.pdf

The CIS Common Electric Power Market. EDB Industry Report no.3. October 2008.

http://www.eabr.org/media/img/eng/research-and-publications/Analytical
Reports/CEPM_eng.pdf

Water and Energy Resources in Central Asia: Utilization and
Development Issues. EDB Industry Report no.2. April 2008.

http://www.eabr.org/media/img/eng/research-and-publications/Analytical
Reports/Report_2_water_and_energy_EDB.pdf

Nuclear Energy Complexes of Russia and Kazakhstan: Development and
Cooperation Prospects. EDB Industry Report no.1. April 2008.

http://www.eabr.org/media/img/eng/research-and-publications/Analytical
Reports/Report_1_nuclear_EDB.pdf

Best wishes,

Gulnaz Imamniyazova
Senior Analyst
Economic Analysis Unit Strategy and Research Department
Eurasian Development Bank
imamniyazova_ga@eabr.org
56, Abdullinykh St.
Almaty
Kazakhstan, 050010
+7 (727) 2444044 (ext. 6905)
+7 (727) 2911473 (fax)
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GRANT- Fellowships for Language Study in Eurasia, ACTR/ACCELS

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GRANT- Fellowships for Language Study in Eurasia, ACTR/ACCELS

Posted by: Brita Ericson <ericson@americancouncils.org>

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to
announce fellowship opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate
students to participate in the Fall 2009 and Academic Year 2009-10
Eurasian Regional Language Program for language study in Central Asia,
the Southern Caucasus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

Applications for the Fall 2009 and Academic Year 2009-10 program are due
April 1st. Applications are now available for download from the American
Councils website: http://www.americancouncils.org.

Fellowships are available through American Councils from U.S. Department
of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays)
grant support. Recent program participants have also received
substantial fellowship support from the Institute of International
Education (IIE), the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and
the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS).

Recent Eurasian Regional Language Program participants have studied:

Azeri in Baku;
Georgian and Chechen in Tbilisi;
Kazakh in Almaty;
Kyrgyz in Bishkek;
Persian (Dari/Farsi/Tajiki) and Uzbek in Dushanbe; and
Ukrainian in Kyiv

Programs also available for the study of Armenian, Buryat, Chechen,
Pashto, Romanian, Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan, and Yakut. Please note that
some languages are offered in more than one country.

The Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students,
advanced undergraduates, scholars, and working professionals intensive
instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may enroll in
semester, academic year, or summer programs. All courses are conducted
by expert faculty from leading local universities and educational
institutions. Students with at least two years of college-level
instruction in the target language, Russian, or a language related to
the target language are eligible to apply to the program.

Courses are designed to strengthen participants' oral, listening,
reading and writing proficiency in the language of study. Participants
receive approximately fifteen hours per week of in-class instruction in
the target language. Courses in history, literature, and politics are
also available for advanced speakers. Other program features include
peer tutoring, housing with local host families, and graduate- or
undergraduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.

Application deadlines
Fall Semester/Academic Year Program: April 1
Summer Program: March 1
Spring Semester: October 1

For more information, please contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522
Email: outbound@americancouncils.org
Website: www.americancouncils.org


Brita Ericson
Information and Outreach Officer
American Councils for International Education: ACTR-ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
202-572-9102

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PUBL.- War and Peace in the Caucasus, Russia's Troubled Frontier, Vicken Cheterian

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PUBL.- War and Peace in the Caucasus: Russia's Troubled Frontier, V. Cheterian

Posted by: Vicken Cheterian <vicken.cheterian@cimera.org>

Vicken Cheterian, War and Peace in the Caucasus, Russia's Troubled
Frontier, Hurst (London) £25 and Columbia University Press (New York),
$40, 2009, 395 pages.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union the Caucasus was wracked by
ethnic and separatist violence as the peoples of the region struggled
for self-determination. Vicken Cheterian, who spent many years as a
reporter and analyst covering the region's conflicts, asks why
nationalism emerged as a dominant political current, and why, of the
many nationalist movements that emerged, some led to violence while
others did not. He explains also why minority rebellions were
victorious against larger armies, in mountainous Karabakh, Abkhazia,
and in the first war of Chechnya, and discusses the ongoing
instability and armed resistance in the North Caucasus. He concludes
his book by examining chapters the great power competition between
Russia, the US, and the EU over the oil and gas resources of the
Caspian region.

Table of Contents

1. The End of the Soviet Union and the Rise of Nationalism
2. History, Intellectuals and Conflict in the Caucasus
3. The Karabakh Conflict
4. Georgia, From National Liberation to State Collapse and Back
5. The Second Caucasus War
6. Sources of Conflict: Mass Trauma, Mobilization, Repression
7. Failure of Diplomacy
8. Oil, Pipelines and the New Geopolitics

Order on-line at of Hurst & Co: http://www.hurstpub.co.uk/

Or Columbia University Press:
http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-70064-1/war-and-peace-in-the-ca
ucasus/reviews


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GRANT- Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C.

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GRANT- Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship, Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C.

Posted by: Sarah Shields <sshields@irex.org>

Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowship
Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina

One-year post-doctoral teaching fellowship position in Russian
Studies, beginning in August 2009. The fellow will be involved with
the undergraduate educational program at Bennett College, including
teaching, curriculum development and instructional design, and will
work closely with experienced faculty. The successful candidate will
be expected to teach three courses per semester and participate in the
College's interdisciplinary programs, including the Global Studies
Seminar. Candidates must be able to offer Russian studies courses that
contribute to offerings in one or more departments or
interdisciplinary programs. These interdisciplinary offerings might
include, but are not limited to, courses in Russian language,
comparative literature, cultural studies, gender studies, ethnic and
post-colonial studies, film studies, music and theater. Native or
near-native fluency and Ph.D. expected. Funding is available for the
reimbursement of initial relocation expenses, as well as a yearly trip
to a conference or workshop. Closing date for applications: April 3, 2009.

Interested applicants should send a letter of application, CV, three
letters of recommendation, and transcripts to:

Department of Human Resources
Bennett College for Women
900 E. Washington St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Email: hr@bennett.edu

Bennett College is a small, private, historically Black liberal arts
college for women located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The College
offers women an education conducive to excellence in scholarly
pursuits; preparation for leadership roles in the workplace, society,
and the world; and life-long learning in a technologically advanced,
complex global society.


Sarah Shields
Sarah Shields
Senior Program Officer
Education Programs Division
IREX <www.irex.org>
2121 K Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037
TEL: (202) 628-8188, x126
FAX: (202) 628-8189
sshields@irex.org

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JOB- Director, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

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JOB- Director, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

Posted by: V. Yan <v.yan@osce-academy.net>

Please note that this position is extra-budgetary funded and
appointment will be for one year.

Background:

In November 2002, the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE decided to
establish a regional education project - the OSCE Academy in Bishkek
(hereinafter "Academy"). Seeking to enhance the principles and values
of the OSCE, the Academy serves as a regional centre for post-graduate
education, capacity building, research and regional dialogue. The
activities in all three directions would adhere programmatically to
OSCE principles and create a regional as well as international network
of young professionals, academics and researchers.

The Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees, its chairman being the
Head of the OSCE Centre in Bishkek (elected in October 2008). The
Board constitutes a representative of each of the Central Asian
states, two representatives of the OSCE, two representatives of
academic institutions and three representatives of the donor
community. The representatives of the five Central Asian states are
appointed by the respective Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Board
Regulations were approved 15 October 2004, and gives the board the
authority to "Employ and end the employment of the director".

In its sixth year, it is evident that the institution has successfully
completed the initial phase of start-up, and it is now time to look
ahead into a phase of institutional consolidation. The Academy is a
recognized institution in the region, with a growing number of alumni.

The OSCE Centre in Bishkek is seeking to engage the services of a
Director to manage/administer the activities of the Academy and
contribute to the Academy's conceptual development, with
responsibility for the academic programmes and for financial and
managerial issues.

Task and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Academy's Board of Trustees, the
incumbent is responsible for the overall efficient operation of the
Academy and performs the following functions:

- conducting daily administration and management of the three
dimensions of the Academy's programme activities: Master of Arts
Programme in Political Science (Central Asia) , Professional Training
and Research and Conferences;
- ensuring proper spending of the budget of the Academy, preparing
budgets and financial statements andš reporting to donors and the
Board of Trustees;
- preparing and monitoring implementation of the operational manual
and the staff regulations.
- co-operating with and assisting closely the Board of Trustees and
the Advisory Board of the Academy;
- convening and chairing meetings of the Advisory Board;
- conducting fundraising activities of the Academy;
- maintaining co-operation with the Academy's partner institutions;
- reviewing and monitoring the implementation of the curricula for
the Master of Arts Programme,
- reviewing candidacies for lectureships;š hiring international
teaching staff; supervising the work of the faculty; confirming the
admission rules as well as the code of conduct; šand appointing the
examination committee;
- Supervising training and research activities;
- Performing any other duties as assigned.

Necessary qualifications

- PhD in international relations or political sciences or other
relevant field;
- Previous work experience preferably in the academic area on the
running of Masters programmes and teaching;
- Excellent knowledge of written and oral English, knowledge of
Russian language is an asset;
- Excellent organizational and communication skills. Experience and
ability to work under pressure within limited timeframes while meeting
deadlines;
- Ability to work harmoniously with people with different cultural
and national backgrounds while maintaining objectivity and impartiality;

Remuneration Package:

Remuneration is subject to negotiation and will depend on the selected
incumbent's qualifications and experience and be in accordance with
the OSCE established rates.

The working schedule of the Director is stipulated by the Charter and
Internal Regulations of the Academy.

The OSCE is committed to achieving a better balance of women and men
within the Organization. Female candidates are particularly encouraged
to apply.

Please apply on-line or forward your CV and cover letter with
references to Mr Andrey Buryakovsky, Chief of Fund Administration at
<andrey.buryakovsky@osce.org>.

Deadline for all applications is 14 April 2009. No applications will
be considered after the deadline. Only short-listed candidates will be
contacted.

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FELLOWSHIPS- Two Research and Teaching Fellowships, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

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FELLOWSHIPS- Two Research and Teaching Fellowships, OSCE Academy in Bishkek

Posted by: Dinara Asanbaeva <d.asanbaeva@osce-academy.net>

Call for Applications

Two Research and Teaching Fellowships at the OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Application Deadline: April 15, 2009

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is a public foundation designed to promote
and enhance the principles and aims of the OSCE in the Central Asian
region, enshrined in its fundamental idea of comprehensive security.
Located in Bishkek, the OSCE Academy is strongly embedded in the wider
Central Asian academic and political context and follows a distinctive
regional approach in its activities. The Academy is looking for two
research and teaching fellows in the MA Program Political Science 2009/2010.

Requirements:

The qualified candidate holds at least an MA/MSc but preferably a PhD
degree in Political Science or a related field and has teaching experience.

The fellowship has the following terms and components:

1) A teaching assignment of a course on either on either Approaches
and Issues in International Relations or Approaches and Issues in
Political Theory.

These are a 3 credit hour courses, meeting twice a week for 90 min
sessions from September 1, 2009 through December 19, 2009. The period
of contract is from September 1 to December 31, 2009. The idea behind
the Topics courses are to provide graduate level survey of these
fields introducing the students to major approaches and theories,
important topics, and the contemporary developments. As such, the
courses are expected to be taught on graduate level involving
lectures, seminars, research assignments, and individual student
mentoring. The specific course topic as well as the course design
should be discussed with the academic management of the OSCE Academy.
Additionally, we expect the fellow to spend 6 hours per week for
personal preparation to the courses with lecture/seminar notes,
preparation of assignments, and grading/evaluation of students.

2) The fellowship also includes office hours for students of
approximately 4 hours a week.

3) Overall, the commitment at the Academy will not exceed the load of
20 hours per week. However, due to the nature of an academic
environment, the load may vary from about 15 to 25 hours per week.

During the rest of the time, the fellows are encouraged to conduct
their research and will receive full support of the Academy and our
partners. We expect the fellows to present their research to the
students and the greater audience during the fellowship period with us.

The OSCE Academy will provide/cover -

a) Economy class roundtrip airfare from the city of current residence
to Bishkek;
b) Entry visa expenses to Kyrgyzstan, if any;
c) Housing will be provided by the Academy;
d) Honorarium of 750 Euros per month for teaching the 3 credit hour course;
e) 100 Euro one-time settling-in fee;
f) office space and a computer, as well as access to all of our facilities.

NOTE: The Academy will not be able to provide health insurance.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, letter confirming
availability of funds for research, a short summary of their research
project, and two letters of reference from people familiar with the
candidate's academic work to Ms. Dinara Asanbaeva by e-mail:
d.asanbaeva@osce-academy.net until April 15, 2009. With any questions
on this call, please contact Ms. Dinara Asanbaeva by e-mail:
d.asanbaeva@osce-academy.net or by phone: +996 312 541200.

The OSCE Academy in Bishkek is an equal-opportunity institution. It
operates on the principle of non-discrimination. All recruitment
decisions are taken on the basis of best qualification of the
candidates, with consideration of regional and gender balance.


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PUBL.- Journal of Eurasian Studies

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PUBL.- Journal of Eurasian Studies

Posted by: Borbála Obrusánszky <obori@monornet.hu>

Today we launch a new quarterly, entitled Journal of Eurasian Studies.
It is published by the Foundation Mikes International and has an
international editorial board comprised of distinguished scholars and
professionals from the UK to Inner Mongolia.

The journal can be accessed at the following address:

http://www.federatio.org/joes.html

The content of the first issue:

FARKAS, Flórián: Dear Reader (in English)
OBRUSÁNSZKY, Borbála: Gábor Bálint de Szentkatolna (in English)
ALIMBAY, Nursan: Community as a Principle Organizational Form of
Social Relations of Nomads (in English and in Russian)
ARADI, Éva: A Brief Introduction of a Great Explorer - Sir Aurel
Stein, (1862-1943) (in English)
BÉRCZI, Szaniszló: Ancient Eurasian Heritage Preserved in Japan I. --
Shrines, White Horses and Festivals -- (in English)
FARKAS, Flórián: Wolf Totem (in English)
MARÁCZ, László: Objection to the Forceful Finnization of the Ancient
History and Language of the Hungarians (in English)
MARCANTONIO, Angela: Debate on the Status of the Uralic Theory:
Critical Responses (in English)
OBRUSÁNSZKY, Borbála: Tongwancheng, the City of the Southern Huns (in English)

With kind regards,

Mikes International
The Hague, March 15, 2009


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PUBL.- The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, No. 9, 2009

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PUBL.- The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, No. 9, 2009

Posted by: Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski <kozlowsk@club-internet.fr>

Table of Contents

Issue 9 - March 2009 - NGOs and Power Ministries in Russia

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

NGOs and the Power Ministries in Russia: from Resistance to Cooperation?

NGOs and Power Ministries in Russia - Conversations

The Russian Point of View

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

"We are perceived as a foreign, 'western' element by Russian society"
- Interview with Liudmila Alpern, Center for Prison Reform, Moscow, 2
October 2008

Eva Bertrand

"Les militaires ne savent plus comment travailler sans les Comités de
mères de soldats" [The military do not know how to work without the
Soldiers' Mothers Committees anymore ]- Interview with Valentina
Melnikova, Union Soldiers' Mothers Committees in Russia, Moscou, le 30
avril 2008 (in French / Russian version in Annex)

Françoise Daucé

"A way to defend people is to build informal ties with power
institutions" - Interview with Ashot Airapetian, president of the
Center for Interethnic Cooperation, Moscow, 3 June 2008 (in Russian)

Gilles Favarel-Garrigues and Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

"Two conditions for a successful partnership: high-levels of NGO
professionalism and the readiness of local and regional
administrations to find new forms of partnership" - Interview with
Asmik Novikova, Demos Centre, Moscow, 6 March and 12 October 2008

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

"We make precedents, pushing the whole system and giving hope to
society" - E-mail interview with Pavel Chikov, Agora Association, 7 July 2008

A Foreign Point of View

Anne Le Huérou and Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

"Il y a une demande des structures d'État à continuer de travailler
avec Caritas" [There is a demand from State bodies to continue to work
with Caritas] - Interview with Anouk Coqblin, Program Officer at the
Emergency Desk, Secours Catholique Caritas France, Paris, 20 November
2008 (in French)

NGOs and Power Ministries in Russia - Book Reviews (4 titles)

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

Demos Center, Militsiia mezhdu Rossiei i Chechnei. Veterany konflikta
v rossiiskom obshchestve, Moskva, Demos, 2007, 304 c.

Anne Le Huérou

Tatyana Lokshina (Dir.), Chechnya. Zhizn' navoine, Tsentr sodeistviia
provedeniiu issledovanii grazhdanskogo obshchestva Demos, 2007, 248 pages

Mikhail Roshchin

Il'dar Isangulov, U poslednei cherty. Dokumenty i materialy o
deiatel'nosti mafii v Respublike Bashkortostan, Moskva, Gainullin,
2006, 248 pp.

Vahan Galoumian

Lisa Sundstorm, Foreign Funding: Foreign Assistance and NGO
Development in Russia, Standford, Standford University Press, 2006, 296 pages

Book Reviews - General (4 titles)

Mark Edele

Elena Seniavskaia, Protivniki Rossii v voinakh XX veka. Evoliutsiia
"obraza vraga" v soznanii armii i obshchestva, Moskva, ROSSPEN, 2006, 287 s.

Isabelle Facon

Dale Herspring, The Kremlin and the High Command. Presidential Impact
on the Russian Military from Gorbachev to Putin, Lawrence, University
Press of Kansas, 2006, 242 pages

Dale R. Herspring

Natalia Danilova, Armiia i obshchestvo: printsipy vzaimodeistviia,
Sankt-Petersburg, Norma, 2007, 343 s.

Louise Shelley

Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, La police des moeurs économiques de l'URSS à
la Russie (1965-1995), Paris, CNRS Editions, 2007, 320 pages

Tribute to Stanislav Markelov

Aude Merlin

Le pouvoir de la loi contre la loi du pouvoir - Entretien avec
Stanislav Markelov, avocat, Moscou, 3 juin 2008 (in French)

Aude Merlin

The power of law versus the law of power - Interview of Stanislav
Markelov, Lawyer, Moscow, 3 June 2008 (in English)


Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor
The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies
www.pipss.org
contact@pipss.org


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FELLOWSHIP- Sustainable Agriculture in Central Asia and the Caucasus

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FELLOWSHIP- Sustainable Agriculture in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Posted by: Ulugbek Akhmedov <u.akhmedov@cgiar.org>

The CGIAR Centers: Bioversity International, CIMMYT, ICRISAT, IWMI,
CARDA and center-partner AVRDC, have established a fellowship for a
postgraduate (Ph.D.) student focusing on agricultural development in
Central Asia and the Caucasus. The fellowship has been made available
thanks to the generous contribution of several CGIAR centers and the
CGIAR King Baudouin "Science Award for Outstanding Partnership" given
to the CGIAR Program for Sustainable Agriculture in Central Asia and
the Caucasus. (For more information about CGIAR activities please go
to www.cgiar.org).

The fellowship will provide a stipend and cover tuition fees of a
postgraduate student to pursue a doctoral level study in a leading
university located in any country. Maximum amount of the fellowship is
USD 40 000 for the whole PhD program. The research program should be
linked to development of sustainable agriculture in Central Asia and
Caucasus. The research program may be focused on any of these directions:

-germplasm improvement;
-seed supply systems;
-cropping systems and agricultural diversification;
-integrated system of livestock and fodder production;
-integrated on-farm soil, water and salinity management;
-conservation of plant genetic resources;
-socioeconomic and policy research.

Application form is available at: www.icarda.org/cac

The application deadline for the fellowship application is: May 31, 2009.

The applicants should send all documents in the order stated in the
application form via e-mail (PDF file, size not exceeding 5Mb) to the
ICARDA regional office in Tashkent (E-mail: icarda-tashkent@cgiar.org).
The selection committee will consider applications during the Annual
steering committee meeting in Tbilisi Georgia 2009. The selection of
the adequate university will be discussed with the selection
committee. For questions, please write to ICARDA-Tashkent to
icarda-tashkent@cgiar.org


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