«Tashkent needs to find its niche to re-squeeze into the circle of players defining the Afghan agenda. The main indicators of success will be the launch of intensive economic cooperation (at least with the northern regions of Afghanistan), successful implementation of transport and logistics projects, and the expansion of educational programs», – notes Yuriy Sarukhanyan, an expert on international relations, a participant of the CABAR.asia School of Analytics from Tashkent.
«Adoption of a number of legal documents facilitating migrant workers indicates that the government of Uzbekistan is indeed changing its attitudes and approaches. However, the magnitude and the enormity of the problems related to migrant workers abroad, especially in Russia, still remains staggering, while many problems faced by migrant workers are completely omitted from the bilateral talks between the governments of Uzbekistan and Russia», – Farhod Mirzabayev, an independent analyst from Tashkent, participant of CABAR.asia School of Analytics.
«Philosophy of new Tashkent is to show the population and the whole world strength of the new government, which seeks to become “modernized”. Government authorities understand “modernity” in a way of struggle with history, and discontinuity with tradition. The population is imposed by a new way of thinking, which is highly based on praising the existing system», – notes Bakhtiyor Alimjanov, participant of CABAR.asia School of Analytics, Candidate of Historical Sciences, and an independent researcher from Uzbekistan, in his article for CABAR.asia.
The last week of May in Central Asia was full of large-scale national events. The region met delegations and representatives of various countries, the anniversary meeting of EAEU took place at Nur-Sultan, and bilateral fruitful meetings were held.
The analytic platform CABAR.asia presents a brief review of the week’s most significant political events in the region.
Public Image Problems of State Institutions in Uzbekistan: How to Establish Dialogue with the People?
«The information policy of state institutions should be built on the proper positioning: it is necessary that officials see civil society as a “client” who requires quality service. Ignoring the demands of society or responding inadequately to them will lead to final loss of public image and trust from citizens», Lira Zaynilova, communication specialist from Uzbekistan, participant of the School of Analytics CABAR.asia, writes in her article.
«Uzbekistan with its immense renewable potential can meet the country’s all energy demand using only renewable sources of energy» – noted by energy specialists from Uzbekistan in a special article for the CABAR.asia.
The Democratization Prospects of Central Asian Countries or How to Wake up the Sleeping Institutions?
«The sneering attitude towards democratic procedures and the rule of law is the predominant feature of both the mass consciousness and the worldview of elites in the post-Soviet space. Maybe, therefore, the real democratic political systems that we have are more likely exceptions than the rule?», – notes an economist from Tashkent Yuli Yusupov in his article for CABAR.asia.
«Joining the WTO represents a challenge and a test of the efficiency of not only for Uzbek enterprises and business community but also of the state and bureaucratic machinery», – said Farhod Mirzabayev, an independent analyst from Uzbekistan.
«Scientific collaboration at the regional level is essential to study and solve many problems in Central Asia. Currently, collaborative work is done in few areas only», – notes Kazakhstan-based researcher Kairat Moldashev in his special article for CABAR.asia.
Scholars, historians and analysts discussed current issues of Chinese influence on Central Asian countries, Uzbekistan in particular. (more…)