Central Asia and Afghanistan: A Sideshow in the Making

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room 1219, International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute in welcoming Paul Quinn-Judge, Central Asia Project Director and Russia Adviser at International Crisis Group.

Mr. Quinn-Judge will explore the concept of "hollow states" in contemporary Central Asia and how they are likely to be impacted by the escalation of the military campaign in neighboring Afghanistan. He will assess their vulnerability to external and internal pressure and argue that the fragility of their regimes makes them much less reliable western allies in the war effort than US planners acknowledge. His analysis has critical implications for understanding the potential unintended consequences of the Obama administration's renewed engagement with Central Asia, especially its security and economic cooperation with the government of Uzbekistan.