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.
Constructing the Narratives of Identity and Power: Self-Imagination in a Young Ukrainian Nation
Thursday, March 6, 4:00-5:00
Turkey in Crisis? Transformations of the State and Civil Society
Thursday, March 6, 4:00-5:30
The Unique Role of the American University of Central Asia
Wednesday, March 12, 4:30-7:00
Assistant Director Robert Orttung comments in Voice of America on the fate of the G8 and on the possability of sanctions against Russia [in Russian] (March 3, 2014).
Assistant Director Robert Orttung comments in Voice of America on the Western response to Ukraine [in Russian] (March 3, 2014).
Associate Director Cory Welt writes on the formation of a new Ukrainian government [in Russian].
Professor Harris Mylonas wins 2014 Council of European Studies Book Award Prize for his book The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities.
Professor James Hershberg edits volume on the Cold War and ice hockey politics.
Professor James Hershberg authors book chapter on the end of the Cold War and Cold War history.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung speaks about Ukraine after Yanukovych.
Professor Scheherazade Rehman blogs about the failure to predict financial crises.
Visiting Scholar Sufian Zhemukhov quoted in New York Times article on construction for the Sochi Olympics.
Associate Director Cory Welt writes about resolving the crisis in Ukraine.
Latvian website reports on IERES event on state media [in Russian].
Visiting Scholar Jean-Francois Ratelle discusses the myth of the black widow.