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Ambassador Series: Uzbekistan

Date : Oct 11, 2018
Time : 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Place : Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC

This event is in the Horizon Ballroom. 5:45pm-6:30pm Reception, 6:30pm-7:30pm Public Program


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Uzbekistan has a unique, rich culture that has been influenced throughout its history by different groups and empires competing for control over the territory in central Asia. The Persians, Macedonian Greeks, Mongols, Soviets and Russians have each passed through the area and left their lasting marks on the culture and its people.  Uzbekistan possess natural resources and its economy is growing.  It is a member of several international organizations, such as the Commonwealth of Independent States and most notably, the United Nations.

On October 11th, 2018, the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC hosted His Excellency Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the United States. Ambassador Vakhabov discussed President Mirziyoyev’s commitment to wide-ranging reforms in Uzbekistan and the success of his administration in extending trade and political goodwill to neighbor countries in Central Asia, among other topics in an event open to the general public and WAC-DC members located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.


The event commenced with remarks by WAC-DC Board Co-chair Hon. Jim Moran, who discussed the geostrategic location of Uzbekistan in Central Asia and the tremendous role Amb. Vakhabov has played in introducing his country to the American people. He then introduced Amb. Vakhabov, who gave opening remarks and shared an informational video created by the embassy.


Following the conclusion of the video, Ambassador Laura Kennedy, a retired US Ambassador who served as US Ambassador to Turkmenistan (2001-2003), and is also Chair of the WAC-DC Board of Directors International Affairs Committee, initiated a moderated discussion on Uzbekistan’s foreign policy and regional posture. Amb. Kennedy


 began the discussion with a question about how Uzbekistan and its foreign policy has shifted since it gained independence 27 years ago, and what the spark was for actionable change in the region. Amb.  Vakhabov emphasized the demand by ordinary citizens for change that led to President Mirziyoyev’s commitment to an accountable government.

Amb. Kennedy also asked about the government’s policy toward Afghanistan and combating terrorism. Amb. Vakhabov mentioned the importance of educating young people to get at the root cause of many of the problems in the region. Amb. Kennedy also noted that His Excellency Vakhabov was celebrating exactly one year in his position, to which His Excellency responded with his main challenges and goals for the future.


To close the event, Amb. Vakhabov took questions from the audience about child labor, tourism, and outside investments in Uzbekistan. 

Ambassador Vakhabov previously spoke at a WAC-DC Embassy Series event in July.  His formal remarks from that event can be found here.


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