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Published on Mar 13, 2015
Negotiating Crisis in Central Asia with Dr. Eric McGlinchey, George Mason University
Washington’s Eurasia analysts are anticipating the next crisis in Central Asia: What happens when the elderly autocrat dies? Will there be a new wave of deadly ethnic violence? Where will the region’s next popular uprising be?
Anticipating crisis is critical. Equally critical is knowing which crisis responses work and which do not. McGlinchey reflects on twenty-five years of U.S. government crisis response in Central Asia. He asks what are lessons learned and how can these lessons be applied in support of Central Asian efforts to mitigate the downsides of state weakness and political instability.
Dr. Eric McGlinchey is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of Political Science Graduate Studies at George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. He is the author of Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia (2011). His current book project investigates bilateral and multilateral responses to crises in Eurasia. McGlinchey’s most recent article, “Fast Forwarding the Brezhnev Years: Osh in Flames,” (Russian History, Fall 2014) explores the precursors to southern Kyrgyzstan’s 2010 deadly ethnic riots. McGlinchey received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003.
The Annual Nava’i-Nalle Lecture is sponsored by the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES), Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and is made possible through a generous gift from the Alfred Friendly Foundation. The Foundation endowed the lecture in honor of David Nalle, Executive Director of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship Program from its founding in 1983 to his retirement in 1992. The series is intended to foster public and academic interest in Central Asian affairs and, particularly, to encourage the work of younger scholars entering this field of study.
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