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25-08-05, 09:18

The Central Asia Caucasus Institute,SAIS, JHU

"Mass Media and the Role of Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan's Revolution"

Ambassador Zamira Sydykova, Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to the United States

Commentators: Tom Wood, Program Officer, International Foundation for Election Systems

Anisa Borubaeva, Fulbright Scholar, Central Asia Caucasus Institute

Wednesday, September 7,2005

1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW, The Rome Auditorium

Ambassador Sydykova comes to her subject from first hand experience as internationally recognized editor of the opposition newspaper Res Publica and activist against the previous government. She presented her credentials as Ambassador to the United States on July 12, two days after the election of the current president of Kyrgyzstan and less than four months after the events that resulted in the departure of the previous president.

Making brief comments on the subject will be Tom Wood, who worked in Bishskek 1997-2000 and just received his PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a dissertation on Kyrgyz Foreign Policy 1997-2004, and Anisa Borubaeva, Vice-Chief of the Center of Parliamentarism and Legislation of the Kyrgyz Parliament and Professor of Journalism at the Institute of Eastern Languages and Cultures, Inshenaly Arabaev University

Biographic Note on Ambassador Sydykova:
Born in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Ambassador Sydykova graduated from the journalism faculty of Moscow State University and began work as a reporter for the popular youth newspaper, Komsomolets Kirgizii. In early 1992, immediately after Kyrgyzstan separated from the former Soviet Union, she founded her country's first independent newspaper, Res Publica. As editor-in-chief, she led the struggle for a free press and open society in Kyrgyzstan. Her unrelenting criticism of corruption and authoritarian tendencies in the country's ruling elite resulted in her imprisonment and in repeated attempts to close Res Publica. For her valor in resisting the intimidation of the authorities and in championing the rights of the individual in Central Asia, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award by the Washington, DC-based International Women's Media Foundation in 2000.

Before assuming her ambassadorial post, Ambassador Sydykova had traveled on numerous occasions to North America as a representative of the democratic aspirations of the people of Kyrgyzstan. In that role, she lectured at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and gave testimony to the U.S. Helsinki Commission and to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States.
In the wake of the democratic uprising in Kyrgyzstan in March 2005, Ms.
Sydykova was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the USA and Canada.

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