Giving a public lecture about Central Asia & the World


When outsiders think about Central Asia, they tend to view the ex-Soviet Muslim region through the lens of their own interests and standards.  They think of it as a new source of oil, or as a region still needing western assistance in building free markets, democratic governance, or civil society almost 25 years after the Soviet collapse.  But what kind of societies do Central Asians themselves want to have, and how do they see their place in the world today?  And what can their perspectives teach the rest of the world?