Ambassador From Kyrgystan to Visit Stetson

The Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States, Kadyr Toktogulov, will visit campus on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the invitation of Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (SPREEES).  Besides meeting informally with students and faculty, Ambassador Toktogulov will speak to Professor Eugene Huskey’s class on Central Asian Politics and give a public lecture at 2:30 p.m. on The Role of Central Asia in World Affairs.  The lecture will be held in Room 136 of the Lynn Business Center.  It is free and open to the public.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Kadyr Toktogulov when he was still an undergraduate at the American University of Central Asia, and it was clear even then that he was headed for great things,” Dr. Huskey noted.  After graduation, Ambassador Toktogulov worked for several years as a journalist for Dow Jones publications before becoming press secretary to Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambaev.  In December 2014, he was appointed Kyrgyzstan’s ambassador’s to Washington.

Located just 100 miles north of the Afghan border, Kyrgyzstan served for more than a decade as a transit point for American military personnel fighting in the war in Afghanistan.  It is the only democratic country in former Soviet Central Asia.

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