Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Virtual Roundtable Discussion on the Protests and Unrest in Kyrgyzstan

Virtual Roundtable Discussion on the Protests and Unrest in Kyrgyzstan

About the Event

Bishkek has seen mass protests since the October 4 parliamentary elections. What started out as peaceful anti-government demonstrations quickly turned violent as the protesters seized government buildings. The president has annulled the fraudulent election results, and has promised to resign after the repeat election takes place. But this has not remedied the still ongoing unrests. Kyrgyzstan remains embroiled in a political crisis. Where is Bishkek headed? What are the possible outcomes of this crisis? Who are the key players among the opposition forces? What is President Jeenbekov's strategy? How has Moscow reacted to the crisis? We will explore these questions in our discussion with FPRI Fellows Niva Yau and Maximilian Hess, and the director of RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service Venera Djumaeva. 

This event is co-sponsored by RFE/RL. 



Maximilian Hess

Maximilian Hess - Maximilian Hess is a Central Asia Fellow in the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Max is the former head of political risk at Hawthorn Advisors and former head of research and intelligence at AKE International. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on the relationship between trade, debt, international relations and foreign policy, as well the overlap between political and economic networks.

Niva Yau Tsz Yan

Niva Yau Tsz Yan - Niva Yau is a Fellow in the Eurasia Program. She is a Senior Researcher at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and a graduate from the University of Hong Kong.

Venera Djumaeva

Venera Djumaeva - Venera Djumataeva is the director of RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service. In her current capacity, and as a broadcaster for the Kyrgyz Service and freelancer in Bishkek, she covers major events in Central Asia and international topics relating to Kyrgyzstan and the region at large. Previously, she contributed to the War and Peace Reporting.

Maia Otarashvili

Maia Otarashvili - Maia Otarashvili is a Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Eurasia Program. ; Moderator