Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
With over 500 dead in Andijian and the neighboring area, in the
impoverished and overpopulated Fergana Valley in Uzbekistan, which
is a hotbed of Islamic extremism, the face of Central Asia is
changed. Allegedly, unspecified radical Islamic groups appears to
be behind the uprising against President Islam Karimov's
government. The government's heavy-handed tactics and deliberate
provocation by Akramia appear to be at fault for the
An Islamic state in Fergana Valley is not in the interest of
anyone, including the people of Uzbekistan, but the status quo is
untenable. To avoid the expansion of radical Islam, it is important
that the people of Uzbekistan have hope and that the country open
itself to modernization. But the time left for Uzbekistan to change
course may be running out.
To avoid a catastrophic outcome, Uzbekistan's neighbors and the
United States, Russia, China, European Union, OSCE, and the United
Nations must address the chaos before it becomes insurmountable.
How each does so is a question that has yet to be answered.
Please join us as our panel of distinguished speakers examines
these issues and more.
More About the Speakers
Central Asia Regional Analyst,
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Richard W. Weitz
Center for Future Security Strategies,
Chief of Staff,
U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe