In the Media

Vanessa Ruget

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When civil unrest broke out in the Kyrgyz Republic in April, toppling the government of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, news media scrambled to find those with an expertise on the somewhat obscure Central Asian country to provide commentary. Salem State Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Vanessa Ruget was the expert to whom the British Broadcasting Corporation turned.

In the audio clip that follows, Dr. Ruget, whose research centers on migration, citizenship and democracy in the Kyrgyz Republic, explains to BBC host Rhod Sharp the context of the unrest. Professor Ruget’s commentary on the unfolding situation was heard by a worldwide audience on April 13. Professor Ruget taught at American University in Kyrgyzstan as a Soros Foundation fellow and as a visiting fellow at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Academy. She returned to the Kyrgyz Republic in May to continue her research.

Listen to Dr. Vanessa Ruget's interview with the BBC.

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