Abubakar Farooqui is the founder of Rationale-47. He is an alumnus of Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He writes on International Relations and National Security.
Uzbekistan is witnessing a transformation of its political economic structure owing to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s ambitious agenda of bringing reforms in the hitherto one of the most closed states of the Central Asian region. Ever since the independence of Uzbekistan in 1991 in the aftermath of dissolution of the Soviet Union, the country has been witnessing a repressive autocracy whose roots got only strengthened in Islam Karimov’s long dictatorial regime. This paper discusses how Mirzyoyev’s regime surprised the world and even Uzbek citizens by embarking on the agenda of political economic reforms and also discusses its impacts on the Uzbek state so far. The paper, based on the effectiveness of reforms, makes an attempt to critically inspect the possibility of the reforms culminating into a nascent democratic set up in the near future.