Center for American Studies

Center for American Studies

The Center for American Studies is a structural subdivision of the Institute for Advanced International Studies, which organizes and conducts research, information and analytical activities, as well as provide educational and methodological assistance to students and teachers of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) on the domestic and foreign policy of the United States and the countries of North and South America.

The main objectives of the Center are:

Participation in the development of cooperation in the field of politics, security, economy and the human dimension within the framework of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United States; constant monitoring of key areas and events of U.S. domestic and foreign policy affecting the national interests of the Republic of Uzbekistan; studying the activities of leading national and international centers specializing in the study of the United States.
Systematic study of a wide range of issues related to key aspects of historical, socio-economic development, domestic and foreign policy, scientific and technological progress, foreign trade activities of the United States based on qualitative analysis, reasoned conclusions and judgments, a balanced assessment of the state and prospects of development of the American state and society.
Study of the legislative process in the United States, in particular, the role, prerogatives and mechanisms of interaction of various branches of government in decision-making on a wide range of issues of domestic and foreign policy, inter-party relations, as well as the electoral system and election campaigns.
Generalization and analysis of methods and approaches to the management process practiced in the United States in various fields, including taking into account the ongoing changes in the scientific and technical sphere.
Study of various aspects of national security, including in the military, social, and economic spheres; issues of regional development; the place and role of the United States in international politics; systems of value and political criteria in America; evaluation of the activities of lobbying structures, research centers, philanthropic foundations and sponsorship organizations in the United States and preparation of recommendations for establishing partnerships with them.
Systematization of factors influencing the dynamics and transformation of US domestic and foreign policy, assessment of the conflict potential in the domestic political life of the country, its impact on decision-making, both at the federal and local levels.
Preparation of political portraits of leading American politicians and public figures.
Conducting scientific and expert forums on topical issues of American studies.
Development and implementation in the educational and scientific process of the methodology of an interdisciplinary approach aimed at obtaining a systematic understanding and expanding knowledge about different aspects of the life of American society in their totality and interrelation, about the factors and mechanisms of U.S. policy formation within the country and in the world.
Participation in the formation of the University's development strategy based on the preparation and implementation of proposals on priority areas in educational, scientific and international activities in order to increase the competitiveness and rating of the University at the national and international level.
Main functions of the Center:

Implementation of research activities, development of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to research and analytical processes.
Discussion and dissemination of the scientific results of the Center through the organization and holding of seminars, round tables, open lectures, participation in national and international conferences.
Publication of educational and methodological materials, scientific articles and the formation of collections of scientific papers based on them.
Development of a list of topics for theses and obtaining scientific degrees in American studies.
Involvement of the teaching staff, postgraduates, undergraduates, students of UWED in the research activities of the Center.
Establishment of partnerships with specialized research and educational structures of foreign countries, study of their work experience; development of projects and programs of joint fundamental and applied research; preparation of documentation for international grants; involvement of qualified specialists and teachers from abroad in scientific and educational processes.
Development and creation of an information base for scientific research.

Head of Center


Ulugbek Ishankhodjaev


Mr. Ulugbek Ishankhodjaev is the head of the Center for American Studies at the Institute for Advanced International Studies affiliated with the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, where he also lectures on the subject of American Government.

Mr. Ishankhojaev has extensive experience of working in public agencies of the Republic of Uzbekistan, such as the Office of the President and the Academy of Sciences. In his Foreign Service career, he worked as a Head of the Department of Americas and the Department of Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served two tours of duty as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Uzbek Embassy in Washington, D.C. as well as at the Uzbek Embassy to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg and a mission to NATO.




Alexander Schrier

Visiting Research Fellow



Fazliddin Djamalov

Research Fellow at the Center for American Studies


Madina Kholikova

Fellow at the Center for American Studies


Shahzoda Jumaniyazova

Research Fellow at the Center for American Studies






Overview of the visit of Mongolia's President to Uzbekistan

The commentary was prepared by IAIS research intern Malika Khakimova under the supervision of Fazliddin Djamalov.


From June 23 to 26,2024 the President of Mongolia, Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, paid a state visit to Uzbekistan. The main agenda of the negotiations between the leaders of Mongolia and Uzbekistan focused on prospects for expanding multifaceted cooperation between the countries and intensifying political dialogue.

During the visit, the two countries signed 14 intergovernmental documents, including agreements on trade and economic cooperation, air and road transportation, tourism, agriculture, science, and culture.

Consequently, the following key trends aimed at intensifying relations between Uzbekistan and Mongolia can be highlighted:

Strengthening Regional Cooperation. This visit underscores Mongolia's ambition to strengthen its position in Central Asia. Mongolia aims to move beyond its status as a "buffer zone" between China and Russia and position itself as part of Central Asia. Following its "third neighbor" policy, Mongolia is developing close political ties with other influential states to secure their support on the international stage. In this context, the European Union (EU) is an ideal "third neighbor"[1] for Mongolia, as it does not provoke strategic concerns in Beijing or Moscow. Experts note that Mongolia's desire to associate itself with Central Asia is linked to the EU's active cooperation with the region. The European Union shows significant interest in Central Asia due to its strategic geographic location, vast energy resources, considerable market potential, and role in ensuring regional security. From 2014 to 2020, the total amount of EU assistance to Central Asian countries was €1.1 billion, and for the period 2021-2024, it is expected to be at least €390 million[2]. At the same time, EU investments in Mongolia for the period 2021-2024 amounted to €31 million[3]. Therefore, through regional integration into Central Asia, Mongolia hopes to strengthen its ties with the European Union.
Diversification of Foreign Economic Relations. Both countries are diversifying their foreign economic relations to reduce dependence on traditional trading partners. Mongolia, situated between China and Russia, is seeking new opportunities for economic growth through cooperation with Uzbekistan. Mongolia specializes in the production and export of cashmere, wool, meat, meat products, and leather goods. Uzbekistan, in turn, offers vegetables and fruits, fertilizers, medicines, household appliances, plastic and rubber products, building materials, ready-made textiles, and footwear in exchange. In 2022, the trade turnover of food and agricultural products between the two countries amounted to about $5.5 million, with the majority of this sum coming from Uzbekistan's exports to Mongolia, which totaled $4.4 million[4]. In the coming years, mutual trade is expected to increase 5-10 times by expanding the range and volume of demanded products.
Intensifying Diplomatic Contacts. The opening of the Mongolian embassy in Tashkent and Uzbekistan's plans to open its embassy in Ulaanbaatar demonstrate the countries' readiness for closer political interaction. To attract Mongolian youth to Uzbekistan, the government of the latter has expressed its willingness to allocate grant funds for the education of Mongolian students. In 2022, Mongolian and Uzbek agricultural universities already negotiated regarding student exchange programs[5]. During the visit, it was noted that it is also necessary to develop partnerships between research institutes, especially in the field of animal husbandry.
Bolstering International Status. Mongolia was one of the first countries to support Uzbekistan's inclusion to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Uzbekistan's accession to the WTO could create favorable conditions for the development of bilateral trade between Mongolia and Uzbekistan. During recent negotiations, Uzbekistan and Mongolia have prepared an agreement on preferential trade and proposals for simplifying mutual market access[6]. This agreement will allow both countries to benefit from preferential tariffs and conditions, thereby enhancing the competitiveness of their products in international markets. For Mongolia, this will also open up new opportunities for exporting its goods and attracting investments.
Developing Transport Infrastructure. The presidents signed agreements on air and road transport aimed at improving transportation infrastructure and logistics. This is particularly crucial for landlocked countries. Prior to the visit of the Mongolian president, the construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway was announced, with the parliament ratifying a six-year implementation agreement for the project[7]. Mongolia might be interested in joining this project, which would enable shorter and more economically viable transportation routes for its goods, as well as integration into a wider network of transportation corridors.
Moreover, the project has the potential to connect to the Trans-Afghan corridor, offering Mongolia opportunities to export its agricultural and meat products to Afghanistan and South Asia. Participation in such a significant infrastructure project would also contribute to the formation of a unified Central Asian identity in Mongolia.

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[2] European External Action Service. (2022, November 14). Josep Borrell: We are actively working on building a stronger, broader, and modern partnership with five Central Asian countries.

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[5] Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan. (2022, August 27). Student exchange was established between agricultural universities of Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Retrieved from


[6] (2024, June 24). Uzbekistan and Mongolia to prepare an agreement on preferential trade. Retrieved from

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