Past eventInvitation Only

Discourses of Danger and Western Policy Towards Central Asia in Light of Recent Events

13 September 2010 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London


Annette Bohr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
John Heathershaw, University of Exeter
David Lewis, University of Bradford
Nick Megoran, University of Newcastle
James Nixey, Research Fellow and Manager, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Madeleine Reeves, University of Manchester



This half-day seminar will examine the discursive and analytical practices which underpin Western policy towards Central Asia. The event will consist of two sessions. In session one, Nick Megoran and John Heathershaw will discuss a recent paper arguing that representations of Central Asia in the West are dominated by 'discourses of danger' which (mis)represent the region as inherently dangerous, unstable and obscure.

The second session, addressed by Madeleine Reeves, will look more concretely at recent events in Kyrgyzstan and the West's response. It is intended that this discussion will provide a test case for the thesis put forward in the first panel, raising the question: 'Is Western policy towards Central Asia flawed, and if so, how can policy-makers improve their understanding and approach?'

Attendance is by invitation only.