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.
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.