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Umida Hashimova

Umida Hashimova

Umida Hashimova works as an analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), where she concentrates on U.S. national security issues. Umida is a scholar on Central Asia’s current affairs and regularly publishes on the topic.

Umida Hashimova works as an analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), a federally funded research and development organization in Arlington, Virginia, on U.S. national security issues. She has many years of experience in research and project management on the Eurasia region. Umida is a scholar on Central Asia’s current affairs and a frequent contributor to the The Diplomat and Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily. In her native Uzbekistan, Umida worked for United Nations agencies on economic, illicit drugs, and crime issues. Umida holds Master in Public Policy concentrating on International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and Master of Arts in Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. Umida’s thesis was on labor migration from Uzbekistan, and she conducted field research on the topic in Russia and Uzbekistan. The Russian and Uzbek languages are Umida’s native languages.

Posts by Umida Hashimova
September 21, 2020

Beyond the Intra-Afghan Talks, Uzbekistan Sees a Bright Future 

By Umida Hashimova
The promise of peace in Afghanistan opens doors for Uzbekistan. 

September 08, 2020

Pandemic Slows Central Asia’s Gas Exports to China

By Umida Hashimova
The economic slowdown in China, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, has affected the gas trade. 
August 10, 2020

Will Tajikistan Ever Join the Eurasian Economic Union?

By Umida Hashimova
If Uzbekistan enters the EAEU, Tajikistan will have little choice but to follow.

August 03, 2020

China Changes Diplomatic Styles in Central Asia Over COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
Why is China rushing to comment on domestic COVID-19 developments in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan?

July 20, 2020

China Launches 5+1 Format Meetings With Central Asia

By Umida Hashimova
The format marks an expansion of China’s role in the region and a signal of its readiness to compete for influence.

July 13, 2020

Why It Matters That Uzbekistan’s President Endorsed Russia’s Referendum

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbek President Mirziyoyev endorsed constitutional changes in Russia that will likely keep Putin in power for years to come, with serious implications for Central Asia.
June 22, 2020

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Transport Corridor Stretches Further Into China

By Umida Hashimova
The transport corridor is in use and has great potential, but the middle section through Kyrgyzstan still transports cargo via trucks and not railcars.

June 08, 2020

Despite Observer Choice, Uzbek Officials Sell Benefits of Full Eurasian Economic Union Membership

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan is joining the union as an an observer, but its officials have been promising the benefits of a full member.

May 19, 2020

Can Uzbekistan Put the Uzbek Language First?

By Umida Hashimova
Moscow made an unprecedented comment in defense of the Russian language in Uzbekistan.

May 04, 2020

Uzbek Parliament Approves EAEU Observer Status

By Umida Hashimova
The parliament of Uzbekistan approved observer status to the EAEU. Could it be just a deferment on membership?

April 20, 2020

Uzbek MPs Voice Concerns About Potential Eurasian Economic Union Membership

By Umida Hashimova
Despite an earlier lack of debate or dissent, members of the Uzbek parliament have pushed back on the government’s plan for EAEU membership.
April 06, 2020

Uzbekistan Adopts Strict Regulations to Fight COVID-19

By Umida Hashimova
The pandemic has led to the resurrection of heavy law enforcement in Uzbekistan.

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