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Umida Hashimova

Umida Hashimova

Umida Hashimova is an Associate Research Analyst in the Strategic Studies division of CNA. Umida, whose native languages are Russian and Uzbek, is a scholar on Central Asia’s current affairs.

Umida Hashimova is an Associate Research Analyst in the Strategic Studies division of CNA. She has over eight years of experience in project management and research/analysis on the Eurasia region. Umida is a scholar on Central Asia’s current affairs and a frequent contributor to the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily. She is able to call upon her skills in the Russian, English and Uzbek languages in order to thoroughly research and cross-check sources for analytical pieces, assuring an objective result. Previously, Umida worked for a trade association in Washington, D.C., where she managed USAID-funded projects on energy regulation in Eurasia. In her native Uzbekistan, Umida worked for United Nations agencies on economic, illicit drugs, and crime issues.  Umida recently received her Master in Public Policy concentrating on International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. The Russian and Uzbek languages are Ms. Hashimova’s native languages.

Posts by Umida Hashimova
January 14, 2020

Why an Iran-US Conflict Would Be a Disaster for Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent’s aims to diversify its transportation routes, a necessity for the double-landlocked state, rest largely on Iran.

December 17, 2019

What Recent Protests in Uzbekistan Really Tell Us

By Umida Hashimova
Nascent protests in Uzbekistan, many sparked by energy shortages, indicate some government weaknesses but also greater tolerance.
December 02, 2019

Central Asian Presidents’ Second Consultative Meeting Zooms in on Water, Trade, and Regional Cooperation

By Umida Hashimova
The second consultative meeting of Central Asian leaders sidesteps regional issues, but annual meetings are assured to continue.

November 20, 2019

Uzbekistan’s Parties Take the Stage to Debate

By Umida Hashimova
Heading toward parliamentary elections, Uzbekistan holds first debate among five running parties.

November 12, 2019

US and Russia Watching Closely Uzbekistan’s Economic Choices

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent is reopening its negotiations to join the WTO and considering Eurasian Economic Union membership. Russia and the West are watching.

October 28, 2019

Bickering Emerges on Uzbekistan’s Political Scene

By Umida Hashimova
Parliamentary elections set for December 22 will take place under a new atmosphere, but small campaign feuds aren’t yet touching main issues.
October 07, 2019

Not So Fast: Will Uzbekistan Join the Eurasian Economic Union?

By Umida Hashimova
In Russian framing, the Uzbek decision to join the EAEU has already been made. But Tashkent is still exploring its options.

September 23, 2019

Uzbekistan Joins the Turkic Council

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent joins a regional organization for the first time in 13 years. 

September 09, 2019

Religion, Beards, and Uzbekistan’s Secular Government

By Umida Hashimova
The president of Uzbekistan reacted with new appointment and policy changes following the latest beard-shaving raids.

August 26, 2019

China Opens Education Opportunities for Uzbekistan’s Youth

By Umida Hashimova
The knowledge-hungry youth of Uzbekistan are ready to take up education in China.

July 29, 2019

Uzbekistan Focused on Developing Trade with Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent’s intentions have swiftly moved toward actions when it comes to increasing trade cooperation with Afghanistan.
July 08, 2019

A New Era for Press Freedom in a Changing Uzbekistan?

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan’s media was reborn following the new administration and its transformation is still ongoing.

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