Mark Reese began his twenty three year career in Central Asia as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the second group to serve in Uzbekistan from 1994-1996. He has engaged in eight years of Central Asian based regional field work in a full spectrum of activities ranging from program management as country director for the Department of State’s Uzbekistan Partnership Program in Comparative Religious Studies, interpreter and consultant for the Department of Defense, as well as in-country academic research and scholarly translation. Mark has worked as a site manager for the United States Special Operations Command managing translation and cultural advisement contracts. Upon leaving USSOCOM he held positions as Deputy Director for the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and Director for the Center for Regional Studies at the United States Naval Academy.
Uzbek Language Editors and Analysts:
Umida Hashimova moved to the United States, her newly adopted country, in 2010, and has been living in Falls Church, Virginia, since then. Umida is a scholar of Central Asia and a frequent contributor to the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily. She writes about current affairs in Central Asia, focusing on migration, cross-boundary water, and trade issues. She works as an analyst at the Center for Naval Analysis’s Russia Team. In her native Uzbekistan, Umida used to work for United Nations agencies on economic, illicit drugs, and crime issues. Umida recently received her Master in Public Policy concentrating on International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She also studied at the University of Essex, UK, and World Languages University, Uzbekistan.
Umida Khikmatillaeva is an instructional designer at the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington. In the past, she worked as a project coordinator and materials developer for the number of Title VI projects as well as a freelance translator of Uzbek, Turkish, Russian, and English languages for the State Department. She has consulted many other organizations in the U.S. and Uzbekistan. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. She is passionate about conducting research and promoting intercultural competence among faculty and students.