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Post-9/11 policies in Central Asia topic of April 11 lecture

Friday, April 6, 2012

Talk to be presented by Harvard University’s Bakyt Beshimov

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

The role of the United States, Russia and China in influencing the post-communist transition of Central Asia is the topic of an upcoming public lecture at Beloit College. Titled “Has the Great Game Returned to Central Asia After 9/11?," the talk takes place Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in room 150 of the Science Center.

The lecture will be presented by Bakyt Beshimov, a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies who is an expert on democracy, liberty and human rights in Central Asia. His lecture argues that these great powers have failed to transform Central Asia into a region of secure and stable states with dynamic market economies and strong secular systems of government.

For more information on this event, contact Elizabeth Brewer, the director of International Education, at 608-363-2280.