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NewEurasia presents a new contributor: Rustam Rasulov, M.Litt in Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and MA in Political Science from the OSCE Academy in Kyrgyzstan. Now Rustam research on Environmental Security and its links in Central Asia at the Centre on Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
On October 10, 2013 United Nations Security Council extended the mandate of International Security Assistance Force’s presence in Afghanistan throughout the end of 2014 saying “the situation in the country still constitutes a threat to international peace and security”. What happens once ISAF will leave Afghanistan is an open-ended question with unavoidable and unpredictable implications to Central Asia. Interestingly, the degree of a threat emanating from Afghanistan is treated differently by Central Asian leaders.
Almaty: 4-6 November 2013
“Bringing Central Asia’s Culture and History into the Global Market of Journalism”
Central Asia’s largest blogging platform NewEurasia.net invites bloggers and journalists from Almaty to participate in the free workshop, “Bringing Central Asia’s Culture and History into the Global Market of Journalism”. We are inviting professional journalist, amateurs, students, bloggers, and civil society activists.
A conference WINTER: Poetics and Politics that is the concluding conference organized within the framework of the Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale is presently taking place in Almaty (Kazakhstan).
From 28 to 31 August, a cosy exhibition hall of the Artists’ Union of Kyrgyzstan hosted a small but representative and interesting festival of videoart from four Central Asian countries (Turkmenistan being the usual exception). The festival REFORMAT 13 gathered a group of curators, artists and film-makers who to some extent could be regarded as representatives of avant-garde as opposed to mainstream art, but the films shown at the festival demonstrated different degrees of non-conformism. Read the full story »
While Central Asian and national identities are by nature overarching, all-inclusive concepts, the ethnic, religious, class and other categories, although significant in their own right, are usually viewed as fractions of a larger whole. Read the full story »
First of all, the geographical definition of ‘Central Asia’ requires further clarification. The few proposed definitions of the borders of the region can be broadly subdivided into two groups, each bearing its own connotations. The first, which goes back to von Humboldt and is favoured by many scholars outside the region, emphasises its common long-term historical heritage and geographical integrity.
Editor’s note: The first part of the publication
It is not easy to define the logic and the objectives of the Lazy Art events that often edge on the grotesque and absurd. Ulan Japarov, one of the masterminds of the residence, said: ‘Lazy Art is very much like a break between classes at school. We are also doing some tasks, solve problems… with time very few would remember what tasks and what problems, but such breaks help us to become what we are…’
The talents of a young Kazakh singer were recognized, and awarded with high esteem, at the International Festival of Arts ‘Slavianski Bazaar 2013.’
The event, which saw the attendance of many Eurovision stars, was held from July 11th – 15th in Vitebsk, Belarus. esctoday.com tells that 18 concerts were held in total on stage at Vitebsk’s Summer Amphitheater, and those who performed the concerts, came from countries far and wide: Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and more.
On 7-14 July 2013 the hospitable yurt camp of the Taijiquan Federation of Kyrgyzstan located on the picturesque southern shore of Issyk Kul, hosted the 5th anniversary event ‘Lazy Art’ which assembled a couple of dozens of Central Asian contemporary artists and curators.
In early July 2013, the Turkish city of Eskişehir hosted the ‘Days of Turkmenistan Culture’ event.