My friend and colleague Okon Akiba has left the International and Comparative Politics Department of AUCA to return to the US. These pictures were taken at his apartment in Bishkek. He is the tall guy wearing the turtleneck. It was a great pleasure and honor to work with Dr. Akiba during the two years I have known him. He combined both serious scholarship and good natured collegiality in just the right proportions. I will greatly miss his presence in the office and wish him the best of luck back in the US. Now that Okon is gone I am the only person remaining in my department with a PhD.