The Central Asia Program (CAP), George Washington University
The Central Asia Program (CAP) at George Washington University promotes high-quality academic research on contemporary Central Asia, and serves as an interface for the policy, academic, diplomatic, and business communities. The Central Asia Program focuses on the wider Central Asian space, which includes the five post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Xinjiang, Mongolia, as well as the Volga-Ural region, Kashmir, and Balochistan. The program calls for a multidisciplinary approach combining the fields of political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, history, globalization studies, and security studies. It provides a platform for different, and even sometimes contradictory, points of view on contemporary Central Asia. Research on Central Asia tends to be carried out all too often by geographically compartmentalized groups. Central Asia Program strives to bring together counterparts from the United States, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Central Asia by promoting various forms of interaction and initiating joint projects.Recognizing the increasing importance of Central Asia in the 21st Century, the Central Asia Program is a dynamic initiative that seeks to be at the forefront of the debate on the region.
Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) research group, Syracuse University
Housed in the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, the CAC Research Group unites graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and professionals from Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as other researchers working in the region. Members of the group have come from the United States, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. As a research network, our mission is to support active collaboration across disciplines within the Maxwell School and the broader Syracuse community, including SUNY-ESF. Monthly group meetings serve as a forum for participants to present and workshop their research, with the goal of promoting a deeper understanding of the region and the unique insights of participants’ respective disciplines. Designed to promote interdisciplinary and cross-regional dialogue, the CAC Research Group builds on the Maxwell School’s multi-disciplinary heritage and the mission of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs to advance regionally-grounded approaches to challenges to governance.
Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC), Harvard University
In 1993, Harvard University‘s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies jointly initiated an effort to enhance Central Asian Studies at the University. This was a response in part to the increasing importance of the former Soviet Muslim regions on the world scene following the break-up of the Soviet Union. This effort also sought to build on Harvard’s strength as one of the few institutions in the West with a long-standing commitment to the study of this region. The Program was initially modest, including a seminar series, a study group, course offerings, and a publications program. The scope of the Program has greatly increased in 1995 with a major grant from the Ford Foundation aimed at developing research and graduate training in Central Asian studies at Harvard in collaboration with scholars and institutions in Central Asia. The expanded program features course offerings in area studies and languages, support for collaborative research, a visiting scholars program, and a program office to serve the needs of Central Asian Studies at Harvard University.
Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), Indiana University
Central Eurasia, the home of some of the world’s greatest art, epic literature, and empires, is the vast heartland of Europe and Asia extending from Central Europe to East Asia and from Siberia to the Himalayas. The Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University took its present name in 1993. It was founded as an Army Specialized Training Program for Central Eurasian languages in 1943, then formally organized as the Program in Uralic and Altaic Studies (from 1956 to 1965) and later the Department of Uralic and Altaic Studies (from 1965 to 1993). The Department has long been one of the world’s leading centers of academic expertise on Central Eurasia as well as the sole independent degree-granting academic unit staffed with its own faculty of specialists.
Center for Languages of the Central Asian Regions (CeLCAR), Indiana University
Since 2002, Indiana University is also home to Center for Languages of the Central Asian Regions (CeLCAR) was founded in 2002. It is one of fourteen Title VI Foreign Language Resource Centers in the US, and the only one dedicated to the critical languages of Central Asia (as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan). CeLCAR is dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of the languages and cultures of Central Asia through the development of language learning materials (textbooks, workbooks, and multimedia resources), teacher training, distance language courses, and intensive language summer institutes. The less commonly taught languages currently being focused on at CeLCAR are Dari, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Pashto, Tajiki, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek.
European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS)
In 1985 a group of scholars from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Great Britain and Denmark working within Central Asian Studies decided to establish an informal cooperation with the purpose of promoting joint research and interdisciplinary studies among European scholars on Central Asia. A primary reason for establishing ESCAS was to give Central Asian Studies the status of a separate research field in its own right, independent of Soviet and Eastern European studies, to establish research links with disciplines working within the same historical and cultural continuum in adjacent areas, and to create opportunities for direct cooperation between scholars of the former Soviet Central Asia and scholars in adjacent areas.
Central Asian Studies Institute (CASI), American University of Central Asia
The Central Asian Studies Institute is a research and academic unit of the American University of Central Asia, established with the mission of promoting the study of Central Asia locally and internationally. The Institute will pursue this goal through the promotion of research, sponsorship of policy discussions, organization of conferences/round tables and development of academic programs focusing on Central Asia. CASI primarily focuses on five post-Soviet Central Asian republics but also on adjacent regions and cultures such as Afghanistan, Western China and the Caucasus. The Institute will support and promote individual and group research projects, host conferences, seminars and round tables on most pertinent issues of the region, provide support for publications that reflect the results of research on Central Asia and help promote local and international understanding of ongoing processes in the region.