Roundtable: Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty: The Return of Tamerlane 
Daniel Burghart (NIU)
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Thursday 10 October, 13:00-14:45 (UTC+0)

Long Abstract

In 2004, "In the Tracks of Tamerlane—Central Asia's Path to the 21st Century" was published by the National Defense University Press. At the time, this book was unique in that it presented an overview of the transnational issues facing the region as a whole, rather than focusing on each of the countries in the area. An updated version of this volume, titled "Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty: the Return of Tamerlane" has been published by Lexington Press. This roundtable will bring together the editors, Drs. Dan Burghart and Theresa Sabonis-Helf, along with contributing authors of the several of the chapters in the new volume, to discuss the issues addressed in in both volumes, covering the areas of politics, economics, and security. Specific topics will include, but are not limited to Human Rights, Migration, Social Media, Economic Reform, Religion, Energy, Regional Security, Crime, Infrastructure, Governance, and External Actors. The original volume began with the words: "When examining the ebb and flow of events in the regions called Central Asia, one is struck by the magnitude of the impact that this area has had throughout history." This impact continues today, and will continue into the future. The goal of the roundtable is to provide a comparative "snapshot" of the region, where it has been, where it is now, and where it may be going in the future. The roundtable will be made up of some of the leading specialist in the region.

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