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Spotlight on Uzbekistan

This Foreign Policy Centre event will debate the findings of a new essay collection – ‘Spotlight on Uzbekistan’ – that examines in detail the evolution of Uzbekistan under the presidency of Shavkat Mirziyoyev since late 2016. It assesses the depth, breadth and potential longevity of the much vaunted reform programme, looking at what has worked and where there is still more to do.

The event and publication will examine issues in Uzbekistan around democratic development, governance, economic reform, capacity building, corruption, housing rights, human rights, transitional justice, forced labour, media freedom, space for civil society, rule of law, women’s and minority rights, regional and international relations. The event will also discuss the research’s findings about how the Government has responded to the Covid-19 crisis and what impact it may have on Uzbekistan over the years ahead. The event will discuss the publication’s recommendations for the Government of Uzbekistan and the international community around tackling outstanding problems and pushing the reform process forward.

The publication can be viewed here and you can watch the video of the event here.

When July 14, 2020 4pm-5.30pm

The event will take place on Zoom.


Steve Swerdlow, Human Rights Researcher (University of Southern California/UNDP)

Navbahor Imamova, Journalist at Voice of America (Uzbek Service/Amerika Ovozi)

Nikita Makarenko, Journalist (Uzreport TV) and blogger

Dilmira Matyakubova, Research Fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre

Chair:  Adam Hug, Director of the Foreign Policy Centre and Editor of Spotlight on Uzbekistan

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

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