Roundtable "Society and Politics in the 2020-2021 Elections and Constitutional Revisions in Kyrgyzstan"

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Recent political upheavals in Kyrgyzstan have led to dramatic shifts in power and policy, bringing new actors to the fore, with heightened populism around policies, nationalism, ethnicity, and political coalitions. Although the new President, Sadyr Japarov, has gained strong popular support, it is still far from clear what his government will mean for Kyrgyzstan’s diverse society, human rights, political and personal freedoms, and social movements. This roundtable will feature short presentations about Japarov’s movement and its supporters and challengers, from three scholars of Kyrgyzstani politics and society, followed by discussion among the participants and with the audience.


Dr. Asel Doolotkeldieva is Senior Lecturer at OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She holds PhD in Political Science and International Relations from University of Exeter (UK). Dr. Doolotkeldieva’s academic training relates to security studies, diplomacy, international relations and politics. For more information, please visit

Dr. Aksana Ismailbekova is Postdoctoral Fellow at Leibnitz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin. She is currently working on the project titled “Future Building in Central Asia: Intergenerational Cooperation, Infrastructure, and Translocal Mobilities”. Dr. Ismailbekova did her PhD research at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, and received her PhD in Social Anthropology from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU). For more information, please visit

Dr. Emil Dzhuraev is Program Director at Soros Foundation - Kyrgyzstan. Dr. Dzhuraev holds PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland, USA. For more information, please visit 


Dr. Nathan Light

Visiting Researcher, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University.