18 March: Contemporary history of Uzbekistan in national and international context

Lecture by Professor Mirzokhid Rakhimov, head of the Contemporary history and international relations department at the Institute of History, Academy of Science, Uzbekistan. The lecture is organized within the Central Asia Week at Leiden University in collaboration with the Uzbek Embassy to Brussels.

Tashkent, Independence Square

Tashkent, Independence Square

15.15-17.00 hrs

Leiden University
Lipsius Building Room 148
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


Tashkent, Museum of Uzbek History

Tashkent, Museum of Uzbek History

After the eventful break-up of the Soviet Union, the republics of Central Asia entered a complex phase in their search for new models of political change and nation building processes. Uzbekistan proclaims the creation of a democratic society based on universal values whilst taking into account the particularities of its national culture and historical traditions. The presentation will analyze the contemporary history of Uzbekistan. This includes among others the formation of state and civil society institutions, nation building processes and foreign relations. During the last two decades, Uzbekistan has been building new bilateral and multilateral relations with countries including Russia, China, US, EU, Japan, Republic of Korea and India. However, relations with leading countries have not been smooth and have evolved through several transformations due to regional and global factors. Furthermore, Uzbekistan joined main international and regional organizations. Like other CIS republics Uzbekistan was one of the co-founders of regional organizations including the Central Asian cooperation organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The study of contemporary history is a relatively new trend in Uzbekistan’s historical scholarship. The discipline did not exist during the Soviet period.


15.15 Welcome by Prof. Frank Pieke on behalf of Leiden University

15.20 Welcome by Mr Vladimir Norov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan

15.30 Film screening

15.40 Lecture by Prof. Mirzokhid Rakhimov

16.40 Q&A

Professor Mirzokhid Rakhimov

Professor Mirzokhid Rakhimov is the head of the Department for Contemporary History and International Relations of the Institute of History at the Uzbek Academy of Science. Currently, he is also a Professor at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent. His research interests include contemporary history and international relations of Uzbekistan and Central Asia. Professor Rakhimov has been the recipient of several fellowships among others at the University of Washington (2003) and the University of Georgia (2004); University of Cambridge and SOAS (2006, 2007), at the research branch of NATO Defense College Rome (2006) and the Slavic Research Center of the University of Hokkaido (2010). In 2005 he was a fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden.

His publications include the monograph Mejdunarodnoe sotrudnichestvo Uzbekistana v obespechenie stabilnosti i ustoychivogo razvitiya v Sentralnoy Asii (2011, International Cooperation of Uzbekistan in Securing Stability and Sustainable Development in Central Asia). He is the author of many book chapters and editor of several books, the most recent among them being Sinatillo Jonboboev, Mirzokhid Rakhimov, Reimund Seidelmann (eds). 2014. Central Asia today: Countries, Neighbors, and the Region. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Publishing House.

Professor Rakhimov is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Eurasian Studies, Elsevier publisher/Hanyang University, and of the Korean Journal of Central Asia and Caucasus Studies, ICAS, University Hankuk, Korea. He is a member of the Central Eurasian Studies Society and a member of the council on contemporary history of Uzbekistan.

Last Modified: 16-03-2015