Memos and Ebooks

Strategic Nodes and Regional Interactions in Southern Eurasia

The volume provides academics and policy makers with an introduction to current trends in Southern Eurasia. At the collapse of the Soviet Union, Western pundits celebrated the dramatic reshaping of regional interactions in Southern Eurasia to come, with the hope of seeing Russia lose its influence and be bypassed by growing cooperation between the states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as the arrival of new external powers. This hope has partially failed to come to fruition, as regional cooperation between the South Caucasus and Central Asia never started up, and cooperation within these regions has been hampered by several sovereignty-related and competition issues.

However, a quarter of century after the disappearance of the Soviet Union, strategic nodes in Southern Eurasia have indeed deeply evolved. Some bottom-up dynamics seem to have taken shape and the massive involvement of China has been changing the long-accepted conditions in the wider region. Islamic finance has also emerged, while external actors such as Turkey, Iran, the Gulf countries and Pakistan have progressively structured their engagement with both Central Asia and South Caucasus. Another key node is centered in and around Mongolia, whose economic boom and strategic readjustments may help to shape the future of Northeast Asia.

The book is available here.

New Voices from Central Asia: Political, Economic, and Societal Challenges and Opportunities (Volume 1)

The volume “New Voices from Central Asia: Political, Economic, and Societal Challenges and Opportunities” gives the floor to a young generation of experts and scholars from Central Asia and Azerbaijan. They were fellows at GW’s Central Asia-Azerbaijan Fellowship Program, which aims to foster the next generation of thought leaders and policy experts in Central Asia. The Program provides young professionals (policy experts, scholars, and human rights and democracy activists) with opportunities to develop their research, analytical, and communication skills in order to become effective leaders within their communities. The Program serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas and builds lasting intellectual networks of exchange between and amongst Central Asians and the U.S. policy, scholarly, and activist communities. It increases and helps disseminate knowledge about Central Asian viewpoints in both the United States and Central Asia.

The book is available here.

Центральная Азия – 25: мысли о прошлом, проекция будущего. Сборник эссе из Центральной Азии

To reflect over a quarter century of independence, we decided to give the floor to local voices exclusively. In this book, Central Asian scholars express what they consider to be the main successes and failures of these 25 years of national sovereignty, as well as the challenges their society will have to face in the near- and long-term future.

The book Central Asia at 25. Looking Back, Moving Forward  includes an essay by 31 authors: Dilorom Abdullaeva, Aida Alymbaeva, Umed Babakhanov, Bakhytzhamal Bekturganova, Denis Berdakov, Alima Bissenova, Konstantin Bondarenko, Svetlana Gorshenina, Shairbek Juraev, Gulzhigit Ermatov , Galym Zhussipbek, Nargis Kassenova, Diana Kudaibergenova, Sobir Kurbanov, Sanat Kushkumbayev, Guzel Majdinova, Parviz Mullodzhanov, Anar Musabaeva, Davron Mukhamadiev, Parviz Mukhamadiev, Madina Nurgalieva, Adil Nurmakov, Mirzohid Rakhimov, Aidos Sarim, Talant Sultanov, Sanjar Sulton, Farhad Tolipov, Valikhan Tuleshov, Umida Hashimova, Alexander Tsay, and Aynabat Yaylymova.

The first part of the book insists on three critical elements of the last 25 years: integration processes of the new states in the international scene, an ideology that absolutizes the sovereignty acquired in 1991 as the quintessence of the nation’s achievement, and, domestically, a political path shaped by presidentialism and a fear of pluralism of opinions, seen as a risk for the countries’ stability and essence. The second part of the book looks at the transformation of identities and societies in their ‘post-Sovietness.’ In the third part of the book we look at new social forces at work. The fourth part looks forward and investigates the new ideological trends that will shape some or all Central Asian countries.

The book is available in Russian and English.

Annual Memos

The Annual Memos group all CAP online publications in an easily downloadable booklet to keep you up to date on current research on the region.

CAP 2015CAP 2014

CAP 2013CAP 2012

Annual Uyghur Studies Conferences

Uyghur Studies 2014Uyghur Studies 2015 uyghur-conference-program

Интервью с воинами-интернационалистами Афганской войны 1979-1989 годов

This book offers unique insight into the memory of the Central Asian afgantsy, who fought in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion of 1979-1989. This work of oral history, organized by a team of Kazakh, Tajik, and Uzbek scholars under the supervision of Prof. Laruelle, contributes to a better understanding of the deep influence of the Soviet-Afghan war on the Soviet Central Asian social fabric, and the memories still at play today.

Данная книга представляет собой уникальную информацию – память войнов-«афганцев» из трех стран Центральной Азии: Казахстана, Таджикистана и Узбекистана, принявших непосредственное участие в военных действиях в Афганистане в ходе десятилетней войны.

Благодаря замечательной работе группы, состоящей из казахстанских, таджикских и узбекских специалистов, «афганцы» Центральной Азии, наконец, получили возможность высказаться. Будучи самостоятельными вершителями своих судеб, далекими от нынешних идеологических установок, они описывают реальность своей повседневной жизни, свой опыт в качестве солдат и офицеров, а также взаимоотношения с жителями Афганистана. Они определяют то, что считают важным сохранить в памяти, в основном, свою гордость за советские достижения. Данная книга посвящена памяти всех «афганцев» Центральной Азии, которых уже нет
в живых и кто уже не может поведать миру свою историю.