NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Program

NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Program

GWU’s Central Asia Program (CAP), Nazarbayev University and the National Analytical Center (NAC) have launched the NAC-NU Central Asia Studies Program.

The Program will develop state of the art research and act as a hub for research on and in Central Asia. Over 2017 and 2018, the Program will work on 5 topics:

China’s OBOR project and its impact for Central Asia;

External and internal migrations in Central Asia;

Economic diversification in Central Asia;

Youth and national identity in Central Asia; and

Exchange rate policy and macroeconomic policy framework in Central Asia.


Madina Bizhanova To what extent and how can the Silk Road Economic Belt contribute to economic diversification of Kazakhstan?

Aziz Burkhanov Impact of Chinese Silk Road Strategy on National Identity Issues in Central Asia

Bhavna Dave Silk Road Economic Belt: Effects of China’s Soft Power Diplomacy in Kazakhstan

Paulo Duarte China in theHeartland: The One Belt One Road challenges and opportunities for Central Asia

Vera Exnerova Supporting China´s OBOR Initiative: Transnational Ties and Local Society´s Role in Improving the PRC Image in Central Asia

Azad Garibov Contemporary Chinese Labor Migration and Its Public Perception in Central Asia: The Case of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Safovudin Jaborov Chinese Loans in Central Asia: Development Assistance or “Predatory Aid”?

Marek Jochec and Janat Jenishova Chinese Investment in the Framework of the Belt & Road Initiative in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: Current Situations, Challenges, and Perspectives

Sobir Kurbanov The Importance of Anticorruption, Trade and Investment Climate Reforms in Central Asia in the Context of China One Belt One Road Project

Sarah Lain The Potential and Pitfalls of Connectivity along the Silk Road Economic Belt

Gaukhar Nursha Chinese Soft Power in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: A Confucius Institutes Сase Study

Yelena Sadovskaya and Leah Utyasheva Human Silk Road – People-to-people aspect of the Belt and Road Initiative: a perspective from Central Asia

Hao Tian China’s Conditional Aid and Its Impact in Central Asia

Kemel Toktomushev One Belt, One Road: A New Source of Rent for Ruling Elites in Central Asia?

Alexander Wolters Hegemonial or Multilateral? Chinese Investments and the OBOR Initiative in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

Azizbek Abdurakhimov Are the Countries of Central Asia in the Emigration Trap?

Gulnaz Atabaeva Remittances and Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Kyrgyzstan

Malika Bahovadinova and Isaac Scarborough Capitalism Fulfills the Final Five-Year Plan: How Soviet-Era Migration Institutions Came to Fruition in Post-Soviet Eurasia

Galib Bashirov Between Securitization and Accommodation: A Comparative Study of Russian and Turkish Approaches to Migration from Central Asia

Ajar Chekirova Citizens Undocumented: Challenges of Internal Migration in Kyrgyzstan

Farrukh Irnazarov The Impact of Russian Re-entry Bans on Central Asian Labor Migrants’ Coping Strategies

Jakhongir Kakhkharov Remittances as a Source of Finance for Entrepreneurship in Uzbekistan

Nodira Kholmatova Changing the Face of Labor Migration? The Feminization of Labor Migration from Tajikistan to Russia

Shoirakhon R. Nurdinova Analysis of Socio-Economic Factors Effecting of Uzbek Labor Migrants’ Decisions in Turkey

Nazira Sodatsayrova Domestic and International Mobility: Being Present and Living in the Present Moment through Educational Mobility

Bolat L. Tatibekov and Reuel R. Hanks Spatial Dynamics of External Labor Migration in Contemporary Kazakhstan

Rustam Urinboyev Migration, Transnationalism and Social Change in Central Asia: Everyday Transnational Lives of Uzbek Labor Migrants in Russia

 Zhengizkhan Zhanaltay Social Remittance Dynamics in Central Asia: Potential and Limitation