Local and Regional Politics in the Ferghana Valley
Pascale Meige Wagner, Head of Operations for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, International Committee of the Red Cross
At the intersection of three states - Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan - the Ferghana valley is a rich and diverse region which faces complex social challenges. The recent violence in the Osh and Jalalabad regions of Kyrgyzstan illustrated the risks of potential conflict. The region is frequently (mis)represented by observers as inherently dangerous, a hotbed of religious extremism and criminality. The speaker will draw on the ICRC's strong operational presence in Central Asia to discuss current social and political dynamics in the region.
Pascale Meige Wagner has been ICRC Head of Operations for Eastern Europe and Central Asia since 2008, overseeing the organisation's humanitarian work in twelve countries of the former Soviet Union. Before moving to headquarters in 2005, Ms Meige Wagner served for 11 years in the field, starting in southern Sudan and moving successively to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indian-administered Kashmir, Sierra Leone, the Republic of Georgia, Rwanda, Nepal and Kosovo.
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