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Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

June 06, 2013 // 2:00pmJune 07, 2013 // 5:15pm
Kennan Institute
The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by Carnegie Corporation.
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Illuminating the Kazakh Nomadic Culture: American Travelers (1870-1920)

May 28, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Kazakhstan is rich in natural resources and ancient, unique cultures that have long attracted attention of Western travelers. Early American travelers made significant contributions in preserving Kazakhstan’s history as witnesses to its nomadic culture and through their photographs, drawings, and diaries. Saule Satayeva includes Kennan Institute namesake George Kennan who, together with American painter George Frost, wrote evocative essays and created numerous drawings and photographs.

"Akkyz:" A Film about Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kazakhstan

November 20, 2012 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Kennan Institute
Nine-year old Aruzhan lives in harmony with nature on a deserted island, together with her mother and brother. Unwittingly echoing an ancient Kazakh legend, about the creation of the world from the egg of the Sacred White Swan, she tries to protect two abandoned swan eggs. Her brother, meanwhile, seeks opportunity in the city. Neither realizes the price they might pay. Akkyz is a beautiful film about the meeting point, and sometimes conflict, of man and nature, modernity and tradition.
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The Kazakh Famine of 1930-33 and the Politics of History in the Post-Soviet Space

March 26, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Sparked by Stalin’s brutal policies, the Kazakh famine of 1930-1933 devastated Soviet Kazakhstan, leading to the death of more than a quarter of the republic’s population. Today, competing portraits of this disaster play a crucial role in the politics of history across the former Soviet space, particularly in Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. In her talk, Dr. Cameron will examine the causes and consequences of the Kazakh famine, with particular emphasis on the catastrophe’s reverberations today.

Prospects for American Investors in Kazakhstan

March 19, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
William Veale, Executive Director, U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association

Culture and Power in Eurasia: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

February 23, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Based on ethnographic research with contemporary artists and galleries in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Nauruzbayeva traces the ways in which the Soviet-era notions of art as a public good are transforming into art as a private commodity. In the process of renegotiating the loss of the former state sponsorship and recruiting private consumers for their art, Kazakhstani visual artists challenge the notion of the market as an inevitable force that emerges out of the self-interest of market players. After independence, the Uzbek government maintained a monopoly over ideology, exploiting the remaining Soviet institutional and cultural legacies. The state expressed national identity through tightly controlled mass spectacles, including theatrical and musical performances. Adams' analysis of the content, form, and production of these ceremonies shows how Uzbekistan’s cultural and political elites engaged in a highly directed, largely successful program of nation building through culture.

Book Discussion: "Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia"

November 17, 2011 // 8:30am10:30am
Kennan Institute
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // The speaker will discuss his book, a compelling study of the divergent political courses taken by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan in the wake of Soviet rule. McGlinchey examines economics, religion, political legacies, foreign investment, and the ethnicity of these countries to evaluate the relative success of political structures in each nation.

Environmental Advocacy and the Movement for Nuclear Safety in Kazakhstan

April 26, 2005 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Kaisha Atakhanova, Director, Karaganda Ecological Center, and 2005 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner from Asia, describes how the people of Kazakhstan were able to successfully resist a proposed law that would allow foreign countries to dispose of nuclear waste products in Kazakhstan.

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