Crisis Management as a Test of Reforms in Uzbekistan

Our panel of guest experts discuss the situation in Uzbekistan in the midst of the global challenge of Covid-19 as well as a humanitarian disaster following the collapse of the Sardoba Dam. How has the Mirziyoyev government confronted these challenges? What are the social, political, and economic implications? How has society responded? What do these responses tell us about the trajectory of reforms in Uzbekistan?


– Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Center for Governance and Markets at the University of Pittsburgh
– Nikita Makarenko, a Journalist from Tashkent, Uzbekistan 
– Noah Tucker, Research Associate at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs Central Asia Program and a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council;
– Bekhzod Khoshimov, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a columnist for and a host of the podcast “Hoshimov Iqtisodiyoti” (Hoshimov’s Economics)

Moderator: Marlene Laruelle, Director of IERES, CAP and Co-Director of PONARS