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Expert speaks about the declining legacy of Soviet rule in Central Asia, and what this may mean for Russia, China, and the U.S.



On July 29th 2016, Mr. Ulan Bigozhin, a doctoral candidate and visiting fellow of George Mason University, spoke on the current social and political dynamics of Central Asia, paying close attention to the far-reaching effects of a relative decline in secularization. With a resurgence in Islamism, Mr. Bigozhin paints the picture of a region prone to internal destabilization, traditionalism, and outside neo-colonization. He concluded with remarks arguing that the U.S. and its Western allies should not lose out on an opportunity to reshape what is at present a very fluid region and geopolitical situation.