The first North American edition of OPEN CENTRAL ASIA (OCA)—a quarterly magazine published in the United Kingdom since 2009 brings together members of the Central Asian diaspora resident in Europe and now in North America and, more broadly, to promote public interest in the unique cultural, economic, political and social history and heritage of this ancient region.
The content of this first North American edition of OCA—ranging from an American view of Kazakhstan’s energy EXPO-2017 last year in Astana to a celebration of the centennial of the birth of Sharaf Rashidov, Uzbekistan’s statesman and writer, and from an interview with Bolat Shamsiev, the renowned Kyrgyz actor, film director, and screen writer to a discussion of Turkmen hospitality centered around chorek (a flat, round loaf stamped with decorative patterns of dots)—epitomizes the sheer diversity of Central Asia, a territory that once encompassed the ancient Silk Road connecting China with Europe and that now, since the early 1990s, has re-emerged as a strategically significant region.
Future editions of OCA-North America will seek to highlight news from and about Central Asia, as well as the achievements of the growing number of Central Asians resident in North America. To this end, we welcome your feedback on this first issue and, in particular, contributions in the form of original articles, reviews of books, and announcements of upcoming events of interest to our readers.
- 19th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS 2018) October 24-28, 2018, University of Pittsburgh
- The Irtysh and Ili Transboundary Rivers: The Kazakh-Chinese Path to Compromise
- From Charles Weller: Central and Inner Asia: New Challenges for Independent Research
- Game Over? Shifting Energy Geopolitics in Central Asia
- Call for Applications: MA in Eurasian Studies at Nazarbayev University