Jan 17

Exeter Central Asian Studies seminar – Spring Term

3.30-4.30pm, Monday 13 January, Building:One Marchant Syndicate Room A

Richard Wood, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ‘The UK Government’s Building Stability Overseas Strategy’

Richard Wood is Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy in Tajikistan and the former FCO officer for the Building Stability Overseas Strategy (BSOS). He will speak about BSOS following its review by the UK National Security Council and discuss its relevance to Central Asia.

Friday 24th January, 2-4 pm, Amory 143     

Dr Anna Matveeva, Honorary Fellow, University of Exeter

“Border Security or security of the Border: how border regimes contribute to instability and tensions in the Ferghana Valley”

Anna Matveeva works both as an academic and a practitioner, specialising in conflict studies and developmental aspects of international peacebuilding. The geographical remit of her interests covers conflicts in the North and South Caucasus, and in Central Asia, where she lived in 2003 – 2004 working as the UNDP Regional Adviser on Peace and Development, while her initial research background is in Afghanistan. In 2010 she headed the Research Secretariat of the international Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission.  She acts as a consultant to international organisations, such as the UN, the EU and OSCE, and for international non-governmental organisations.  Prior to her appointment as an Honorary University Fellow at Exeter, she was a Research Fellow at Chatham House, worked at the London School of Economics and headed programmes at International Alert and Saferworld.


 1.00-2.30pm, Feb 5th           

Amory 115 

Elima Karalaeva, ‘Modernization and Reformation of Tax Administration in the Kyrgyz Republic: Problems and Challenges.’

Zemfira Hanbury ‘Religious Beliefs and Practices among Farmers in Amanbaev Village, Kyrgyzstan’

DISCUSSANT:  John Heathershaw

Elima Karalaeva is  PhD student in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. https://eprofile.exeter.ac.uk/elimakaralaeva/

Zemfira Inogamova-Hanbury is an anthropologist and independent scholar based in Devon.  She earned her MSc with Distinction in Holistic Science from The University of Plymouth with Schumacher College (An International Ecological Centre), UK, under a scholarship from the Christensen Fund, California, USA. Zemfira has worked as a full time instructor for the Anthropology Department at American University of Central Asia and for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Bishkek.





3.00-4.00pm, Feb 19th ,   Bateman Lecture Theatre, Building One

David Lewis, ‘Conflict Management and the Authoritarian State’


 1.00-2.30pm, Feb 26th           

Amory 115 

Dr Roy Allison, University of Oxford, ‘Putin’s Eurasian Union: a divisive political project or a new impetus for regional coordination?’

Roy Allison is University Lecturer in the International Relations of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia at St Antony’s college, University of Oxford.  He previously held a Readership in International Relations at the London School of Economics.  Allison was a doctoral student and an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford; a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (1987-99) and Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) (1993-2005). Between 2001 and 2005 he was also a Senior Research Fellow attached to the Centre for International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. He has broad research interests in the international relations, foreign and security policies of Russia and Eurasia and have travelled extensively there for research projects I have directed and out of an enduring fascination for the region.


 1.00-2.30pm, March 19th         

Amory 115 

Ed Lemon, tbc

David McArdle, tbc

DISCUSSANT: Dr Anna Matveeva




Zamira Dildorbekova, “The Dynamics of Islam and Modernity in Tajikistan”

MOCK EXAMINERS: Selected attendees who will read chapters in advance