Panelists Justin Burke, David Merkel, Sean Roberts and Philip Shishkin look at the crisis in Central Asia--its ongoing political problems in the context of its strategic importance. In conjunction with Asia Society's report Central Asia's Crisis of Governance."
Justin Burke is Managing Editor of EurasiaNet.org, a news website covering Central Asia and the Caucasus. Previously, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, based in Russia and Germany. He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
David Merkel is the Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and the Former Director for Central Asia at the National Security Council.
Sean Roberts is Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the International Development Studies Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School. In 1998–2000 and 2002–2006, he worked on democracy programs at USAID in Central Asia. He was also post-doctoral fellow in Central Asian Affairs at Georgetown University.
Philip Shishkin is a correspondent at Reuters. He served as Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the Asia Society during 2011, writing the report Central Asia's Crisis of Governance. He spent 10 years as a staff reporter of The Wall Street Journal, running their Baghdad bureau in 2006 and 2007. He has written extensively about Central Asia, chronicling the turbulent nation-building process in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.