Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Central Asia Program

The Central Asia Program (CAP) is a non-partisan initiative funded by the Elliott School's Project Initiation Fund. It is hosted by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), a leading institution for post-Communist studies that is already host to the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) and the GW Cold War Group.

Our research activities focus on four main axes: security, development, state-building, and regional environment.

The aim of the Central Asia Program is to promote high-quality academic research on contemporary Central Asia, and to become an interface between academia and the policy community by providing a space for discussion that brings the policy, academic, diplomatic, and business communities together.

By Central Asia, the CAP understands the five post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Xinjiang, Mongolia, as well as, in accordance with this broad interpretation, the Volga-Ural region, Kashmir, and Balochistan.

The CAP calls for a multidisciplinary approach combining political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, history, globalization studies, and security studies. It provides a platform for different, and even contradictory, points of view on contemporary Central Asia.

Research on Central Asia tends all too often to be carried out by geographically compartmentalized groups. The CAP aims to get counterparts from the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Central Asia all working together, by promoting various forms of interaction and joint projects.

The CAP "Knowledge Hub Project" offers a virtual library that collects reports, articles, and research and policy papers related to Central Asia and available online. The CAP also contributes to mapping the worldwide academic and policy institutions working on Central Asia.

The CAP organizes monthly seminars, half-day forums, a yearly workshop, and international conferences. It publishes The Central Asia Policy Brief, The Central Asia Policy Forum, The Central Asia Research Papers, The Central Asia Economy Papers, Voices from Central Asia, The Afghanistan Regional Forum, and The Iran Regional Forum.

 

 

Events

Youth in Kazakhstan: Societal Changes, Challenges and Opportunities
Monday, April 21, 9:00-6:30

Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Historiography
Monday, April 21, 4:00-5:00

Soviet and Russian Environmental Practices
Thursday, April 24, 4:00-5:00

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News

Professor Marlene Laruelle co-authors policy brief on presidential successions in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Ph.D. Student Lisel Hintz writes about Turkish democracy and the opposition in The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse authors article on Iran's role in Central Asia for Al Jazeera.

Visiting Scholar Agustin Rossi publishes article on internet privacy and the European Data Protection Directive.

Ph.D. Student Alexander Reisenbichler awarded fellowship at Johns Hopkins University's American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

Associate Director Cory Welt interviewed on the Ed Schultz radio talk show on the conflict in Crimea.

Professor Laura Engel authors feature article on internationalizing schools in National Capital Language Resource Center's Newsletter.

Professor Laura Engel blogs about international large-scale assessments for Education Week.

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