American “soft power” penetrates the Central Asian republic more and more decisively
The other day in Karshi, the center of the Kashkardarya wilayat, in the building of the Barkamol Avlod public center, the US Ambassador to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum inaugurated the American Corner, a 230 square meter resource and consulting center.
According to Deputy Minister of Public Education Rustam Karimdzhanov, the “corner” will promote the study of English, provide access to printed and digital English-language resources, provide consulting services to those wishing to study under bachelor’s and master’s programs in the United States. In total, the American Councils for International Education in Uzbekistan will open seven such corners, the US government has allocated more than $ 800 thousand for this. Samarkand is next in line.
The choice by the Americans of the place for the first corner is characteristic: in Karshi there is a military base of Khanabad, which NATO troops used in 2001-2005 for conducting a military operation in Afghanistan. There is also one of the largest natural gas fields in Central Asia, the Shurtan natural gas field.
Even earlier, the Americans opened a “Window to America” in Tashkent at the National Library of Uzbekistan named after Navoi and the American Center at the US Embassy (of course, exclusively for the purpose of educating Uzbeks). And on November 21, 2020, the governments of Uzbekistan and the United States decided to transform the annual bilateral political consultations into the Strategic Partnership Dialogue; this is no longer about education, but about political and security issues.
It is assumed that the “Window to America” will be opened in six more regions of Uzbekistan. The American Council was registered and became the first American NGO in Uzbekistan since 2006. Restored his office in Tashkent American Council ***, which manages a portfolio of 13 programs, including an exchange program. Within the framework of these programs, the Americans are preparing the “future leaders” of Uzbekistan.
March 15, 2021 mission representatives YOU SAID in Uzbekistan launched a communication center in Tashkent under the Ministry of Innovative Development.
The situation with covid is also used; American The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is implementing a Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) in Uzbekistan.
In November 2018, after the President’s meeting Shavkat Mirziyova with the American congressmen in the US Congress, the so-called Caucus on Uzbekistan was created (Collection – a group of lobbyists).
In 2019, the US program of US assistance to Uzbekistan grew to almost $ 100 million (10 times more than in 2016).
On January 7, 2021, the governments of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the United States announced the creation of the Central Asian Investment Partnership, which will operate through the C5 + 1 platform (Central Asian Countries – USA). On March 19, 2021, the leaders of the Caucus for Uzbekistan, Congressmen Trent Kelly and Don Bacon, submitted a bill to the committees of the US House of Representatives to end the application of the Jackson-Vanik amendment with respect to Uzbekistan.
American “soft power” is penetrating the Central Asian republic more and more decisively.
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