Political Exiles, Transnational Repression and Global Authoritarianism in Eurasia and Beyond

Monday, May 7, 2018 The Harriman Institute at Columbia University Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies 1512 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St, 15th floor) Please join us for a workshop bringing together academics, journalists, and human rights activists for three thematic panels. This event is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation […]

The Skripal attack and the post-Soviet practice of extraterritorial security

by John Heathershaw and David Lewis

Traditional methods of national security fail to address “extraterritorial security” and the context of global authoritarianism and kleptocracy in which it emerges.   (photo ©PA Images) The attempted assassination of Sergey Skripal and his daughter with a sophisticated nerve agent appears to be an act of aggression by the Russian government. After a period of […]

Tajikistan’s Repression Beyond Borders: the case of Namunjon Sharipov

By Ayesha Kenan, Nathan Sutton and Saipira Furstenberg

On the 20th of February, Namunjon Sharipov, a senior leader of the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) was forcefully returned from Turkey to Tajikistan. Namunjon Sharipov, a senior leader of the IRPT, fled Tajikistan to Turkey in August 2015. In Turkey, Sharipov opened a Tajik teahouse and worked as a businessman. Prior to the […]

Central Asia Political Exiles Newsletter #1 — Spring 2018

Message from the team Welcome to the first issue of the Central Asian Political Exiles (CAPE) Newsletter. As the year 2017 is now closed, it is good to look back and reflect on the past events. Over the past decade, Central Asian states have grown emboldened and have gained influence within the global arena, transcending […]

Tajikistan: the use of international system to target dissidents abroad

By Saipira Furstenberg and Elizabeth Talbott

In early October of this year, after attending an OSCE human rights meeting in Warsaw, Poland, Mirzorakhim Kuzov, a senior leader of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), was detained by Greek police at passport control at Athens Airport. Kuzov was held under an Interpol ‘Red Notice’ warrant released by Tajik authorities, who accuse […]

Closing the Door: The challenge facing activists from the former Soviet Union seeking asylum or refuge

Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) event at the House of Commons

Date: Monday December 4th 2017 Time: 6pm–7.30pm Venue: Committee Room 5, House of Commons, London, SW1 0AA Speakers: Claire Rimmer Quaid, Senior Policy and Project Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles Dr Leila Alieva, Academic Visitor, University of Oxford Dr Saipira Furstenberg, Postdoctoral fellow and Project Manager, Central Asian Political Exiles Project, University of Exeter […]

Tajikistan’s transnational repressions in the age of global authoritarianism: Findings from the Central Asia Political Exile Database (CAPE) project

Introduction Apparently distant and closed authoritarian regimes are increasingly enmeshed and integrated in the processes of globalisation. It is widely assumed that such globalisation undermines authoritarian rule. The advancement in communication technologies, information and international financial transaction facilitated the rise and empowerment of diaspora capable of instigating social change in the home country. It further […]

Migrant Rights and Migrant Hope (21 March)

‘Migrant rights and migrant hope: Amnesty International’s work in Central Asia’, 21 March, 17:30-18:30, Building One, Constantine Levantis Teaching Room. Large numbers of labour migrants leave Central Asia each year for work.  Two of the three most migration-dependent economies of the world are in Central Asia.  But many of these migrants are subject to abusive […]

Dictators Without Borders – A new book by Alexander Cooley & John Heathershaw

Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia (Yale University Press, 2017) A new book by Alexander Cooley & John Heathershaw “A lucid, iconoclastic primer on the region that demolishes the artificial distinction between domestic and international politics in Central Asia once and for all.”—Publishers Weekly Following independence from the Soviet Union, Central Asia’s […]

Central Asian Political Exiles database launched

The Central Asian Political Exiles database (CAPE) is now live. The database includes exiles and political refugees from five Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). Four types of exiles are includes (Former regime insiders, Secular oppositionists, Religious exiles and alleged extremists, Journalists and civil society activists). The extra-territorial security measures taken against them […]

No shelter: the harassment of activists abroad by intelligence services from the former Soviet Union

John Heathershaw speaks at Houses of Parliament on Central Asian Political Exiles databas

Online: FPC.org.uk Date: Tuesday November 22nd 2016 Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm Venue: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London Speakers: Chris Bryant MP Dr John Heathershaw, Associate Professor in International Relations, University of Exeter Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre Further speakers TBC Chair: Rt Hon. Fiona Mactaggart MP, Member of the Intelligence and […]

What does the impending demise of the IRPT mean for Tajikistan?

What does the loss of political status for the IRPT mean for Tajikistan?  And why do Western governments apparently no longer speak in its favour behind closed doors? By John Heathershaw Photo credit (frontpage):  David Trilling /Eurasianet.org On 8 July, 2015, the state news agency of the Republic of Tajikistan, Khovar, announced the loss of […]