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Soldiers from Uzbekistan and the United States train together during the Invisible Sentry exercise in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in February 2020.

The Armed Forces Academy of Uzbekistan

Defense Reform and Professional Military Education in Uzbekistan

April 2021, Number 11.01

“As the entire system of international relations is transformed, Central Eurasia is experiencing mounting threats to international and regional security. To meet these challenges, Uzbekistan has instituted unprecedented reforms across the entire spectrum of government and society, emphasizing defense reform in particular.

The unique challenges to international security and cooperation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 have placed a premium on the responsibility, agility and resourcefulness of governments around the world. The more capable of adaptation and adjustment, the more likely the government is to successfully address the multiple security challenges caused by the shifting contours of the international security terrain. The modernization of defense capacity requires updating doctrine and protocol, but that is not sufficient in itself; defense modernization is not an act but a process of continuous improvement.

One of the most salient features of Uzbekistan’s current defense modernization program is the government’s deep commitment to undertake significant and ongoing internal internal reforms and improvements in all spheres of economic, social and governmental affairs. One of the government’s highest priorities is improving relations with foreign countries, particularly Uzbekistan’s nearest neighbors...”

Excerpt from Murad Ibragimov and Gregory Gleason, “Defense Reform and Professional Military Education in Uzbekistan,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 11, No. 1, 2021: 42-45.

Col. Murad M. Ibragimov is director of the Department for the Study of Foreign Military Experience at the Armed Forces Academy of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.