Friday, February 13, 2009
Simon James, a video documentarian at The Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University, has produced an interesting introductory educational/informational aid on Central Asia, entitled "Understanding Central Asia" that is worth sharing with you. It a basic video that highlights interviews with various experts in the field of Central Asia studies, providing commentary on some basic issues as they relate to Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. I serve as the primary interviewee for the Uzbekistan section. Mr. James has hosted the video on a free video hosting site if people would care to access the video for educational purposes. On the same hosting site, he has posted a video on the IMU. While these pieces are not really for those who already follow events in the region, they are useful aids for those who are new to the region, but would like a good intelligent overview of major political, social, and economic issues. The link to the "Understanding Central Asia" video is here.