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Secular and Moderate Islam in the South Caucasus and Central Asia: Models and Challenges

September 11, 2012 • 1:00 – 5:30 pm EDT

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Please join us for a timely discussion on the post-Soviet experience with multiethnic and multi-faith societies and the destabilizing trends of rising religious extremism. Government officials and experts will draw lessons from the South Caucasus and Central Asia region on how to foster religious and ethnic tolerance and to preserve stability in insecure regions.

This discussion will be on-the-record.  

Please RSVP to Mihaela David at if you plan to attend. 

Preliminary Conference Agenda
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
8.30am-9.00am: Registration

9.00am: Introductions
Janusz Bugajski, Senior Associate, CSIS
Ariel Cohen, Senior Fellow, Heritage Foundation

9.10-9.30am: Opening Remarks

Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, Department of State

9.30-11.00am: Panel One: Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Faith Societies:
The Post-Soviet Experience
Moderator: Ariel Cohen, Heritage Foundation
Svante Cornell, Research Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Mark Levin, Executive Director, National Conference on Soviet Jewry
Mamuka Tsereteli, Director, Center for Black Sea-Caspian Studies
Stephen Blank, Research Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Army War College

11.10-12.50pm: Panel Two: Maintaining Diversity and Stability in Insecure Regions

Moderator: Janusz Bugajski, CSIS
Joshua Walker, International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Fatima Tlisova, Journalist, VOA Russian Service
Brenda Shaffer, Senior Lecturer, School of Political Sciences, Haifa University
Margarita Assenova, Director of Programs, Balkans, Caucasus & Central Asia, Jamestown     Foundation
Commentator: Ariel Cohen, Heritage Foundation

12.50-1.20pm Luncheon Keynote

Moderator: Heather Conley, Senior Fellow and Director, Europe Program, CSIS
Sevinj Fataliyeva, Deputy Chair, Standing Committee on International Relations,
Parliament of Azerbaijan

1.30pm: Concluding Comments
Janusz Bugajski, CSIS
Ariel Cohen, Heritage Foundation

Heather A. Conley