The Central Asianist Podcast

Top experts and journalists from around the world discuss the politics, economy, and culture of Central Asia. Hosted by Nate Schenkkan.
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Apr 18, 2015

For this podcast, I talked with Luca Anceschi, Lecturer in Central Asian Studies at the University of Glasgow, about the implications of a potential Iran deal for Central Asia.

What would Iran opening for business mean for Central Asia, especially for energy exporters Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan? Can Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan benefit if Uzbekistan remains autarkic and closed? How would it affect the different Eurasian economic integration schemes that the US and China advocate for Central Asia? How would it affect pipeline projects like TANAP and TAPI?

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"An Enduring Vision for Central Asia" (New US State Department Policy Speech), March 31, 2015

"Does Nuclear Deal Presage a New Era for Iran-Central Asia Relations?" Qishloq Ovozi, RFE/RL, April 6, 2015

Luca Anceschi, "Dilemmas of Compatibility: GCC-Kazakhstani Relations," Journal of Arabian Studies, Volume 4, Issue 1, 2014 

Follow Luca Anceschi on Twitter: @anceschistan


Apr 6, 2015

For this episode I spoke with Joanna Lillis, Chief Central Asia correspondent for, about the recent presidential election in Uzbekistan and the one upcoming April 26 in Kazakhstan. What do elections in these closed countries look and feel like? How are they different? What are the key issues at stake in each election? How are these governments addressing the economic crisis?

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Resources: OSCE/ODIHR preliminary findings on presidential election in Uzbekistan



Apr 2, 2015
Episode 2 - The Myth of Radicalization with John Heathershaw

This is a follow-up to Episode 1 that I originally recorded thinking they would go together, then decided should appear as separate episodes. I spoke with John Heathershaw of Exeter University about his recent paper with David W. Montgomery The Myth of Post-Soviet Muslim Radicalization in the Central Asian RepublicsWe discussed what we do and don’t know about radicalization, Islamic revival in Central Asia, and the use of Islam in the political sphere in the region by state and non-state actors.

See resources from Episode 1 for links. 

Audio for this episode may be a little rockier - I’m still learning the editing, and we did have some connection problems during the call. Bear with me as I learn the ropes of podcasting.

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