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.
Be on the look-out for more exciting events in 2015!
Professor Peter Rollberg, IERES director, was quoted in the New York Times' review of Andrey Zvyagintsev's new film "Leviathan."
Professor Henry Hale was interviewed by CNN on Putin's popular support.
Professor Henry Hale appears as a guest on Scholar’s Circle, a syndicated radio talk show, to speak about Russia’s relations with the West.
Professor Peter Rollberg was interviewed by BuzzFeedNews about Johnson's Russia List, which is published through IERES. The article was reprinted by the Ukrainian service StopFake.org
Professor Robert Orttung co-authors article on increasing media censorship in Russia.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's policy-drivers in the Arctic.
Professor Eliot Sorel analyzes recent presidential elections in Romania.
Professor Marlene Laruelle's paper on Russia's policy towards Central Asia published in EUCAM.
Associate Director Cory Welt analyzes the current Georgian political climate in Foreign Policy.
Professor Hope Harrison authors an article in The Washington Post about five myths surrounding the Berlin Wall and another article in The Wilson Quarterly about German perspectives on the fall of the Wall. Read the articles here and here. In addition, a German-language article of hers devoted to the fall of the Wall recently appeared in the Berlin Tagesspiegel, and she was recently filmed in a video created by the US Embassy in Germany where she explains the building and fall of the Berlin Wall.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times about Ukraine's recent elections.
Participants in a recent conference Central Asia Program speakers quoted by Al Jazeera on Uyghur affairs.
Professor Marlene Laruelle authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on Russian nationalism and Eastern Ukraine.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes a policy memo for PONARS on the Kremlin's views on Russia's European identity.