DUSHANBE, October 15, 2012, Asia-Plus  -- The Islamic Revival Party leader Muhiddin Kabiri, who is also deputy of the Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament), will give paper at the George Washington University on October 16, Muhammadali Hayit told Asia-Plus in an interview.

According to him, the theme of the paper is the current political situation in the Central Asian region and perspectives of its development.

Hayit noted that Kabiri is currently in the United States by invitation of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), the George Washington University and his visit will last until the end of this week.

“During his stay in the United States, Muhiddin Kabiri is expected to meet with Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr., representatives of NGOs and Tajik Diaspora in the United States.

Meanwhile, according to IERES’s website, the event scheduled for Tuesday is “Islam and Politics in Tajikistan: An Insider’s View.”

The George Washington University (GW, GWU, or George Washington) is a private, coeducational comprehensive university. It is located in Washington, D.C. in the United States. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 9, 1821, as The Columbian College in the District of Columbia.  GW is organized into twelve schools and colleges, each with a different dean and organization.

Primary mission of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) is to promote and support the study of Europe and Eurasia through courses, research, events, and publications.  The Institute''s hallmarks are combining academic rigor with policy engagement, promoting interdisciplinary perspectives, and recognizing that Europe, Russia, and Eurasia cannot be understood in isolation from each other or from global trends.  The principal disciplines at IERES are political science, economics, history, languages, literature, film studies, anthropology, sociology, public policy, and geography.

Founded in October 1990, the Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan was registered on December 4, 1991.  It was banned by the Supreme Court in June 1993 and legalized in August 1999.  Its official newspaper is Najot (Salvation).  According to some sources, IRP now has some 25,000-30,000 members.  It won two seats in the 2010 parliamentary elections.  The Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan is the only Islamic party registered in CIS Central Asia.