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.
Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article about Russian nationalists fighting in Ukraine.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung is quoted by Bloomberg regarding the situation in Ukraine.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors article on Russia's foreign energy policy.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung speaks about the Russian media landscape in the The Elliott School of International Affairs' Beyond the Headlines series.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung publishes the 2014 report on Russia for Freedom House's Nations in Transit (June 12, 2014).
Assistant Director Robert Orttung blogs about Russian media.
Associate Director Cory Welt authors book chapter on the historical origins of the Abkhazian and South Ossetian conflicts.
Ph.D. Student Alexander Reisenbichler awarded research grant and Robert K. Merton Award from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for his dissertation research.
Director Peter Rollberg authors article on politics and Russian miniseries.
Director Peter Rollberg reviews Kazakh filmmaker Adelkhan Yerzhanov's The Constructors.
Professor Hope Harrison authors book chapter on German memory of the Berlin Wall.
Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article on national identity and Russian television.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Uzbekistan's and Tajikistan's policy toward Afghanistan.
Professor Henry Hale co-authors article on Putin and Russian elections.