The middle of June in Central Asia was marked by sequence of major political events. The region became the center of the world’s media attention for a while. The inauguration ceremony of the new president of Kazakhstan took place; Bishkek and Dushanbe organized international summits and welcomed distinguished guests.
The analytical platform CABAR.asia presents a brief overview of the most recent significant political events in the region.
«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.
«One of the key problems of state-sponsored urban projects in Uzbekistan is that there is little understanding of the relevance of the projects for the population», – notes Dilmira Matyakubova, independent researcher and specialist in urban planning, in her special article for cabar.asia.
«The Strategy revision is explained rather by the adoption of 2016 EU Global Strategy and, consequently, the need to adapt all foreign policy activities to the new realities. The EU seeks to strengthen its positions in the international relations system and therefore updates the mechanisms of interaction with the outside world», – notes Yuriy Sarukhanyan, the specialist in international relations and participant of cabar.asia Analytics School, in a special article for cabar.asia.