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After the Massacre: U.S. Policy Towards Uzbekistan

Recorded on May 24, 2005

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 massacre.

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.