In an exclusive interview with Voice of America's Uzbek Service, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon says that peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan are crucial for the future of South and Central Asia. As the US representative to the recent Tashkent conference on the future of Afghanistan, Shannon argues that governments in the region well understand this. The challenge now, then, is less how to fight the war than how to end it in an enduring way. Washington views Uzbekistan as an emerging leader in pushing for a peace deal in Afghanistan. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's actions, Shannon says, are "radiating very positively.” And Washington is determined to support reforms in Uzbekistan too.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is actively engaging with women, Deputy Prime Minister Tanzila Narbaeva says, tasking his government with opening doors to them in every sector while also providing more support to those who remain at home.
Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, talks to Navbahor Imamova, Voice of America Uzbek Service, about the Trump Administration's approach to Central Asia, Uzbekistan's reform agenda, Afghanistan and the new South Asia strategy.
As she starts her final year as the US Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen talks to Navbahor Imamova, Voice of America Uzbek Service, about how sees the new leader and current dynamics in this country.
Daniel Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia, talks to VOA Uzbek. The interview starts with a question on the latest developments in Uzbekistan, where President Islam Karimov remains in critical condition following a stroke. The conversation was taped early on Monday, Aug 29, 2016.
In a special interview with VOA's Navbahor Imamova, US Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen reflected on her first year in Tashkent and discussed several critical issues, including Congressional restrictions on Uzbekistan, forced labor and the Cotton Campaign, business and economy, educational opportunities, and the critical role media play.
Kyrgyzstan is sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Central Asia because of its mountainous terrain and cool climate. But experts are increasingly worried about environmental problems and pollution in the country.
As environmentalists say, any issues related to Mother Nature are both local and global. VOA’s Navbahor Imamova talked to Kulsum Ahmed, lead expert at the World Bank, about the most critical issues facing the region.