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Majlis Podcast: The New Uzbekistan -- How Far Will It Go?


New President Shavkat Mirziyoev has brought change to Uzbekistan, but will it last?

This last week saw a special visitor come to RFE/RL: Steve Swerdlow, the Central Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Swerdlow's visit coincided with the release of a new HRW report -- Uzbekistan: A Year Into New Presidency, Cautious Hope For Change -- so in the latest session of the Majlis podcast we looked at this topic, what has changed that is encouraging, what remains the same, and what the chances are for further changes.

Muhammad Tahir, RFE/RL's media relations manager, moderated the discussion.

Joining from Prague was Sirojiddin Tolibov from RFE/RL's Uzbek Service, known locally as Ozodlik. And I joined Swerdlow in the studio, tossing in a couple of comments of my own.

Listen to the podcast above or subscribe to the Majlis on iTunes.

About This Blog

Qishloq Ovozi is a blog by RFE/RL Central Asia specialist Bruce Pannier that aims to look at the events that are shaping Central Asia and its respective countries, connect some of the dots to shed light on why those processes are occurring, and identify the agents of change. Content will draw on the extensive knowledge and contacts of RFE/RL's Central Asian services but also allow scholars in the West, particularly younger scholars who will be tomorrow’s experts on the region, opportunities to share their views on the evolving situation at this Eurasian crossroad. The name means "Village Voice" in Uzbek. But don't be fooled, Qishloq Ovozi is about all of Central Asia.

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