Alisher Sidikov is the director of RFE/RL's Uzbek Service. Prior to his appointment as director, Alisher worked as a broadcaster for the Uzbek Service. Alisher's writings focus on terrorism and human rights in Central Asia, and western foreign policy vis-a-vis the region. Prior to joining RFE/RL, he served as a correspondent and broadcaster for the BBC’s Uzbek service in Tashkent and London. Alisher is the author of “The Fourth Power”, a special program designed to promote Freedom of Speech in the region. Alisher was one of a limited number of journalists to cover the 2005 Andijon massacre in Tashkent, later addressing NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Council Security Forum on the event. He also covered NATO’s 2006 Riga summit and the 2008 Bucharest summit.
BA in Middle East Politics and Arabic, University of Oriental Studies, 2001 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan). Alisher has completed a Masters program at the University of Oriental Studies as well, but the diploma was witheld due to his activities with the BBC.
In addition to his activities with RFE/RL and the BBC, Alisher has been quoted as an expert by the International Crisis Group.