As the cotton season starts in Uzbekistan, VOA's Navbahor Imamova interviews Jonas Astrup, International Labor Organization's chief technical advisor in Tashkent. How is this UN body tackling the forced labor problem in the country? How does it monitor the cotton picking process in which the system has always relied on forced labor? How did the ILO find a common language with the Uzbek government? Who are its local and international partners? Why is Astrup so optimistic about reforms in Uzbekistan?
Daniel Rosenblum, who has played a key role in Washington's policy toward Central Asia over the last few years, is set to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan. He recently testified at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Atabek Nazirov is the first Uzbek American joining the Mirziyoyev administration in Tashkent. Why and how? What does change mean for this 43 year old banker? And what is his advice to those who would like to follow him? VOA's Navbahor Imamova talks to Nazirov about goals and challenges.
Roger Kangas, dean of the Near East and South Asia Center at the National Defense University talked to Navbahor Imamova, VOA Uzbek, about what officials have been calling the new era of strategic partnership between Tashkent and Washington. How does such agreements work? What are the conditions for success?
How do presidential visits happen? Why should we care about official meetings? VOA's Navbahor Imamova talks to U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen to Uzbekistan about President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's recent visit to Washington, new strategic partnership, and her own legacy as America's top diplomat to a country in transition.
Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to President Trump and Senior Director on South and Central Asia at the National Security Council in the White House, discusses the factors behind the new strategic partnership with Uzbekistan, which leader just visited Washington. She talks to VOA's Navbahor Imamova.
Reforms are not easy, says Uzbekistan's Justice Minister Ruslanbek Davletov. Talking to VOA in Washington, Davletov shared some of the challenges in building a society based on justice and the rule of law. How can U.S. help? We got answers to several important questions.