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Umida Hashimova

Umida Hashimova

Umida Hashimova works as an analyst at the CNA Corporation, 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 CNA Corporation, 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
March 23, 2020

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Engage in Joint Military Exercises

By Umida Hashimova
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan take joint responsibility for their border with Afghanistan.

March 02, 2020

Uzbekistan Appears to Settle on Observing the Eurasian Economic Union

By Umida Hashimova
Tashkent has lined up its rationale and settled on a narrative for cooperation with the EAEU.
February 19, 2020

Before and Beyond 5G: Central Asia’s Huawei Connections

By Umida Hashimova
Huawei and Central Asian countries have special and long-lasting relations that are here to stay. 

February 10, 2020

US Pledges $2 Million to Uzbekistan

By Umida Hashimova
The true nature of U.S. investment in Uzbekistan, and all of Central Asia, is broader than just direct financial assistance packages.

January 27, 2020

Uzbekistan Will ‘Cooperate’ with Eurasian Economic Union

By Umida Hashimova
In a state of the union address, Uzbek President said the country would engage in “cooperation” with the EAEU.

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.

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