Central Asia


Trace the ancient Silk Road in today's Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and come to understand the diversity of cultures as you visit important sites and meet with experts and local people.

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 Shah-i-Zinda Mausoleum, Samarkand  Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand  The Chor-Minor Madrassah in Bukhara  Domes of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand  Panorama of the ancient city of Khiva, Uzbekistan  Ruins of Nisa, Turkmenistan  Antique jars and carpets in a Samarkand shop  Kerchiefs and women’s wear, Turkmenistan  National Uzbek dish pilau with quails and eggs  Dry fruits in a bazaar in Tashkent  The Guri Amir Mausoleum in Samarkand  Mir-i Arab Madrasah, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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Joseph Presel

Joseph Presel

Oct 5 - 19, 2014

Joseph Presel retired from the US Foreign Service in October 2001. His last overseas post was as the American Ambassador to Uzbekistan, where he served from October 1997 to October 2000. Most of Ambassador Presel's career as a Foreign Service Officer involved the USSR and its successor states, East-West relations, arms control, and politico-military affairs - the key issues of the Cold War rivalry between the two superpowers. His career has also included extensive bilateral and multilateral negotiating experience at the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and with the governments of the former socialist Bloc, Japan, and Western Europe.