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.
Putin 3.0 - One Year Later
Tuesday, May 28, 4:00-6:00
Traps of Political Succession in Kazakhstan
Wednesday, May 29, 12:00-1:30
Promoting Sustainability in Russia's Arctic Cities
Thursday, May 30, 9:00-4:45
Friday, May 31, 9:00-4:45
Visiting Scholar Aglaya Snetkov comments on Kyrgyzstan's decision to close the Manas airbase to the US in mid-2014 for Voice of America [in Russian].
Visiting Scholar Aglaya Snetkov speaks about the US-Russia reset [part 2].
Professor Scheherazade Rehman blogs about the state of the global economy.
Visiting Scholar Ivan Kurilla and Ph.D. Student Charles Sullivan analyze US-Russia relations on the anniversary of the victory over the Nazis in WWII [in Russian].
Professor Harris Mylonas discusses nation-building in a recent article for e-International Relations.
Professor Scheherazade Rehman blogs about austerity in the Eurozone.
Professor Henry Hale authors policy paper on prospects for Afghanistan in 2014.
Proessor Hope M. Harrison authors article about looking back at the history of the Berlin Wall.
Professor Marlene Laruelle edits volume on Migration and Social Upheaval as the Face of Globalization in Central Asia.