The Central Asia Collection at the Global Resources Center (GRC) is devoted to the research needs of those actively engaged in Central Asian Studies.
Institutions Working on Central Asia
Shanghai Institute for International Studies – SIIS is a government-affiliated think tank studying politics, economics, foreign policy, and international security which cooperates with research institutes and bolsters China’s international influence and soft power.
China Institute of International Studies – CIIS is the think tank of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs which studies issues of medium and long-term strategic significance including international politics and the world economy.
China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations – CICIR is a research and consultation institute for international strategic and security studies which covers all regions and major international issues.
Jawaharlal Nehru University – The foremost university in India and a world-renowned center for education and research.
Centre of Central Asian Studies – CCAS is based at the University of Kashmir and focuses their research on the rediscovery of Central Asian peoples and cultures as well as the connections between Kashmir and Central Asia.
Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses – MP-IDSA is a non-partisan institute dedicated to research and policy studies related to defense and security in order to promote national and international security through the sharing of information regarding defense and security issues.
Centre for Central Eurasian Studies – as a research center at the University of Mumbai, the Centre for Central Eurasian Studies is dedicated to studying the peripheral countries of Central Eurasia and their international significance. Their research covers topics such as economic and political changes, demographic situations, ethnic conflict, gender issues, human rights aspects, security and terrorism.
South Asia Analysis Group – a non-profit think tank designed to inform decision makers, strategic planners, academics, South Asian media, and the world on issues regarding Indian and International security.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies – MAKAIAS was created in a joint initiative with the Government of India. It is a body dedicated to the study of sociocultural, political and economic developments in Asia since the mid 19th century especially those linked to India and with an emphasis on the life and works Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies – IPCS is an independent and non-partisan think tank seeking to develop a new framework to South Asian peace and security by bringing policy research into scholarly and public contexts.
Institute for Conflict Management – a non-profit society committed to the evaluation and resolution of South Asian internal security problems. They conduct research on terrorism, low intensity warfare, sectarian and other conflict, developmental and economic policies in areas of widespread disorder and the effective civil administration of areas under threat of terrorism or other patterns of widespread strife.
Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations – ICRIER is a non-profit, autonomous economy policy think tank which conducts research to inform Indian policy-makers and to improve India’s connection to the global economy. Their research topics include financial liberation/regulation, economic competition, multilateral trade and free trade agreements, urbanization, climate change, sustainable development, Asian economic integration, and entrepreneurship.
Center for Air Power Studies – CAPS is an autonomous research and analysis body focused on national security, defense, and aerospace issues including trends in air and space power.
Observer Research Foundation – ORF is a non-partisan and independent research body designed to inform Indian public policy to aid a prosperous country and bring Indian perspectives to global forums
Institute of Developing Economies – IDE studies economic, political, and social issues facing developing countries and regions including Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Oceania, and Eastern Europe.
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia – a research institute dedicated to understanding Asia’s relationship with the world by studying a wide variety of subjects such as politics, society, law, economics, religion, culture, anthropology, history, and the arts in regions of the world where Asian languages are spoken.
Slavic-Eurasian Research Center – SRC is a leading research body with a wide range of regional studies sections each with its own multidisciplinary approach. These sections study regions including Russia, Siberia, the Far East, Central Eurasia, and Eastern Europe.
The Japan Institute of International Affairs – JIIA is a foreign policy and security think tank which conducts foreign policy research and examines Japanese foreign policy in order to improve Japan’s favorability on the international stage and ensure that Japan’s foreign policy contributes to peace and prosperity.
Department of Russian Studies at Hanyang University – as part of the Hanyang University Graduate School the Department of Russian Studies seeks to cultivate knowledge about national economics, Russian polity, and Korean-Russian trade and investment.
Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies at Australian National University – CAIS is a research center dedicated to the study of the contemporary politics, economics, history, and culture of the Middle East and Central Asia as well as the role of Islam in the global order and regional languages such as Turkish and Arabic.
Lowy Institute – an Australian think tank with a focus on Asia-Pacific research on subjects ranging from foreign policy and defense to science and the arts.
Digital Silk Road – Digital Silk Road is a digital archives of cultural heritage created by the National Institute of Informatics in Japan. They work to preserve the vast number of ancient artifacts which can be used to understand cultures throughout history. By integrating the study of culture with information technology, they seek to carry these stories on for future generations.
Center for Russian and Central Studies at Fudan University – CRACAS is based at Fudan University’s Institute for International Studies and conducts research in a variety of subject areas including Russian/Eurasian politics, security, and diplomacy as well as China-Eurasian relations in diplomatic, economic, and cultural dimensions.
Center for Eurasian and Central Asian Studies – CECAS promotes research and public knowledge of Eurasia and Central Asia by supporting diverse academic understanding of economic, political, cultural, and historical dynamics of the region. Some of their major projects include research on migration, Islam, and diaspora studies.
Centre for Conflict & Peace Studies Afghanistan – CAPS is an advocacy and research body which focuses on civic engagement and research on state-building, governance, narcotics, conflict resolution and peace-building in order to support stable peace in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit -AREU is a research think tank which studies governance, political economy, social protection, gender issues, natural resource management, regional cooperation, law, and constitutional review in order to promote sound public policy in Afghanistan.
Opinion Research Center of Afghanistan – ORCA is a research center which conducts public opinion, market, and media research in Afghanistan.
Center for Economic and Social Development – CESD is a leading think tank in Azerbaijan which researches economic and social policy issues with the goal of positively impacting the policy-making process.
Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan – SAM is a non-profit think tank funded by the government of Azerbaijan which conducts research and analysis on political, economic and security policy.
Caucasus Research Resource Center: Azerbaijan – CRRC collects and publishes data related to social, economic, and political trends in Azerbaijan as part of a regional effort to improve social science research and analysis in the South Caucasus.
Institute of Oriental Studies at the Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences – a research institute which studies a wide range of subjects related to Azerbaijan including the politics, economics, culture, and diplomatic relations of Azerbaijan and other Eastern peoples as well as relations between Eastern and Western civilizations.
American Center for Mongolian Studies – ACMS is a non-profit organization supporting academic exchanges and projects throughout Mongolia and Inner Asia. They also have an extensive collection of Mongolian studies materials in English.
Independent Research Institute of Mongolia – IRIM is a leading organization which specializes in research and consulting as well as the promotion of independent research to raise awareness about the realities in Mongolia.
Mongolia International University – a private university in Mongolia dedicated to the education of the future leaders of Mongolia and Central Asia.
Institute of Mongolian Studies – IMS is a research center at the National University of Mongolia which works towards the university’s goal of producing research to help solve global challenges of the 21st century.
Institute for Political and International Studies – IPIS is a government affiliated research institute which works on projects relating to Iran’s foreign policy. They work with the other think tanks, intellectuals, and foreign policy practitioners at home and abroad.
Ravand Institute for Economic and International Studies – the first think tank of its kind in Iran, the Ravand Institute is a private, independent, and non-partisan organization which studies important policy issues in Iran and fosters debate on a range of economic and political subjects.
Center for Strategic Research – sanctioned by Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, CRS is a research institute which studies a variety of topics including socio-cultural issues, economics, foreign policy, and legal issues.
Center for Scientific Research and Middle East Strategic Studies – a research center which seeks in depth understanding of the Middle East with a focus on theoretical issues international relations and political science.
Iranian Diplomacy – A resource for newspapers, articles, and headlines regarding Iranian foreign and diplomatic affairs.
Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies – KAZISS is a leading analytical institute which researches socio-political processes in modern Kazakhstan, international relations, foreign policy, socio-economic processes, and sociology.
Sange Research Center – as one of the largest companies in Kazakhstan, Sange is comprised of professional researchers, analysists, and specialists. They collaborate with international organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations on projects in social and political spheres.
Institute of World Economics and Politics – IWEP conducts scientific research of international relations, the global economy, and security as well as the independence of the Kazakh state and the promotion of international peace and security.
Al-Farabi Carnegie Program on Central Asia – as part of the Changing Geopolitics of Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace the Al-Fabaria Program assesses the trajectory of Central Asia by studying foreign policy, geopolitics, and the consequences for U.S. interests.
Public Policy Research Center – PPRC is an independent and non-profit research institute based in Kazakhstan which identifies solutions to problems in economics, law, governance, private sector development, the environment.
Institute for Comparative Social Research Studies – CESSI is a research agency which provides survey data and analysis to domestic and international organizations in Russia and countries throughout Eurasia. They analyze social information including public opinion polls, social surveys, and marketing research.
Center for Military Strategic Research – this center works with the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan to study and analyze military security and the state’s defense capabilities.
Pakistan Institute of International Affairs – PIIA is a non-profit and non-partisan think tank which studies international politics, economics, and jurisprudence with a special focus on foreign policy issues facing Pakistan.
Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad – ISSI is a non-profit research body which studies issues concerning both peace and security in Pakistan, the region, and the world.
Islamabad Policy Research Institute – IPRI is an independent and non-partisan think tank which covers all dimensions of Pakistan’s national security research including international relations, peace, defense, security, and human security.
Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad – IPS is an autonomous civil society organization dedicated to the promotion of policy-oriented research and the discussion of domestic and international issues, and they seek to encourage good governance and transparency.
Area Study Center for Middle East and Arab Countries – based at the University of Balochistan, this regional studies centers seeks to create strong academic and diplomatic relations across the Middle East to help deal with the opportunities and challenges facing this strategically significant region.
American University of Central Asia – AUCA is an international university that practices the liberal arts tradition and seeks to educate the next leaders of Central Asia which can help make positive transformations in the region.
Central Asian Studies Institute – based at American University of Central Asia, CASI promotes the study of Central Asia across the world by conducting research on a wide variety of topics ranging from literature to the political economy of Central Asia.
University of Central Asia – UCA seeks to promote the development of mountain societies and has located their campuses in secondary cities and rural regions of Central Asia to facilitate intellectual and economic transformation in the region.
Russian International Affairs Council – RIAC is an academic and diplomatic think tank which works to find foreign policy and conflict solutions by collaborating with scholars, government bodies, businesses, and civil society organizations. They aim to promote strengthened peace and solidarity between peoples to prevent conflict.
Russian Institute for Strategic Studies – RISS provides Russian government departments and ministries with information, analysis, and recommendations regarding Russia’s relations with other countries as well as geopolitical, socioeconomic, and security strategies.
Institute of World Economy and International Relations – IMEMO has a mission of conductive comprehensive research of international processes, the market economy, and comparative political systems. They also study trends of globalization, emerging challenges to international security, and changes to economic and political systems.
Institute for International Studies – as a research branch of MGIMO University, IIS assists Russia’s foreign policy practitioners in making informed foreign policy decisions.
Institute for International Economic and Political Studies – IMEPI is a leading center for the research of post-Soviet era economic and political problems with a special focus on micro and macroeconomic analysis of Russia’s transition from a planned to a market economy.
Russian Center for Policy Studies – PIR Center is an independent nongovernmental research and consulting organization focused on international security as well as the control and nonproliferation of WMDs.
Carnegie Moscow Center – as one of the Global Centers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Moscow Center publishes research on a wide variety of issues important to Russia, Eurasia, and Central Asia.
Center for the Study of Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Ural-Volga Region – CCACS is a subdivision of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences. They study the culture, religion, society, demographics, and conflicts of Central Asia, especially Russian-speaking populations in the region.
Institute for Far Eastern Studies – IFES is a research institution within the Russian Academy of Sciences which conducts research on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean economics, politics, culture, history, and philosophy.
Center for Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan – CRS is a research body that supports the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan by studying and analyzing issues approved Coordinating Council for Research in the Field of Natural, Technical, Medical, Human and Social Sciences of the Academy of Sciences
Zerkalo Center for Sociological Research – the Zerkalo Center conducts sociological and marketing research for governmental and international organizations, businesses and the media. In addition, they monitor the media, internet space, and public opinion.
Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research – SETA is a nonprofit research institute which provides policy makers with information on political, economic, and socio-cultural issues with an emphasis on the interdependence of the national, regional, and international dimensions of these issues.
Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Analysis – TURKSAM assesses Turkey’s national interests and seeks to help decision-makers understand Turkey’s position in a strategically vital region of the world among the ever shifting global environment.
Center for Eurasian Studies – AVIM is an independent research organization which studies the political affairs of Europe, the Balkans, the Wider Black Sea Region, the Caucus, and Central Asia all of which are strategically significant for Turkey.
Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies – TASAM is a think tank which conducts research on each region of the world with respect to Turkey’s strategic and security interests.
Marmara University Institute of Turkish Studies – a higher education institute which seeks to educate and research the history, culture, politics, economics, and demography of Turkey.
21st Century Turkey Institute – created under the Unity Foundation of Turkey, this research institute aggregates and disseminates information regarding Turkish society, religion, politics, culture and economics.
University of World Economy and Diplomacy – as created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, UWED seeks to train and educate specialists of foreign policy and international economics.
Center for Geopolitical Research – A research center at the Russian-Tajik (Slavic) University, CGI conducts research on geopolitics, international security, and the development of states in Eurasia.
Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies – a research institute which specializes in the collection and interpretation of oriental manuscripts. In recent years, they have expanded their projects to include the study of economics, politics, and culture of the Near and Middle East as well as this region’s relations with Central Asia.
Subregional Office for North and Central Asia | UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific – This office seeks to assist the transitioning economies of North and Central Asia in creating sustainable economic growth, regional cooperation and social inclusion.
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program – The CAREC Program is a cooperative partnership between 11 countries in and around Central Asia which works to promote economic growth and development as well as reductions in poverty.
Aigine Cultural Research Center – CRC works to promote cultural legacy and diversity in Kyrgyzstan through applied research, education, and traditional wisdom.
Black Sea and Central Asian Countries Research Center – Middle East Technical University (METU) – KORA is a leading research institute specializing in the advanced interdisciplinary study of Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern and Central Europe.
Balkan, Eurasian, and Central European Studies – BECES is a graduate program at Charles University in Prague dedicated to the understanding of the East by studying the politics, economy, culture, and society of the region as well as the mastery of regional languages.
Danish Institute of International Studies – DIIS is a leading research institute specializing in foreign, security, and development for all the regions of the world.
Aleksanteri Institute – a unit of the University of Helsinki Faculty of Arts and one of the top Russian and East European studies institutes in the world, the Aleksanteri Institute promotes the multidisciplinary research of Russia and Eastern Europe in Finland.
Crisis Managament Initiative – CMI is an independent Finnish organization which works with parties involved in vital world conflicts in order to offer mediation solutions and prevent conflicts.
Department of Cultures – a disciplinary department of the University of Helsinki, the Department of Cultures comprises the teaching and research of the world’s cultures and regions.
Finnish Institute of International Affairs – founded by the Parliament of Finland, FIIA is an autonomous research body which provides information on the EU and international affairs and publishes the Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs.
Center for the Study of the Russian World, the Caucasus and Central Europe – CEREC takes a historical approach to the study of Eastern Europe, the Caucus, and Central Asia with the collaborative effort of historians, geographers, political scientists, and sociologists.
Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan, and Central Asia Studies – CETOBAC conducts multidisciplinary research on Turkey, the former Ottoman Empire, and Central Asia. They study the peoples of these areas as well as their political, economic, and cultural relations with surrounding peoples.
Iranian and Indian Worlds Research Unit – a research body dedicated to studying Iranian and Indian culture and its presence across the Near East, Central Asia, and Southern and Eastern Asia.
French Institute of International Relations – IFRI is a leading research institution in the field of international relations which seeks to promote stable international governance for the creation of an open and peaceful world while maintaining the understanding of each nations culture and interests. The Russia/NEI Center publishes research on Russia and New Independent States to inform foreign policy and understand its interaction with energy policy .
French Institute for Central Asian Studies – created under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IFEAC supports researchers studying Central Asia’s history, economy, geography, and society as well as its interactions with surrounding nations and regions.
The Research Centre of East European Studies – an independent research institute at the University of Bremen which studies the legacy of socialism and Soviet hegemony on the societies and cultures of Central and Eastern Europe
German Institute for International and Security Affairs – SWP provides German government bodies and relevant international organizations with research and recommendations on foreign policy and international security. The Eastern Europe and Eurasia Research Division studies political and social structures in foreign policy of the post-Soviet states such as Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the South Caucasus and Central Asia
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology – as a leading research institute in social anthropology, the Max Planck Institute studies social change processes often with a focus on current topics of political debate.
German Council on Foreign Relations – DGAP seeks to promote German and European foreign policy that fosters peace, democracy, and the rule of law. The Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia Studies medium and long-term trends as well as current developments in foreign and domestic policy of target countries in these regions.
Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy – IFSH is a research institute based at the University of Hamburg which examines the conditions for peace in Germany and broader Europe as well as the challenges to this peace and the causes of conflict and escalation.
Konrad Adenauer Foundation – KAS is a political foundation aimed at the promotion of freedom, liberty, peace, and justice by acting as a think tank and consultancy agency, as well as a forum for intellectual debate about politics, economic, science, and society.
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – FES is the oldest German political foundation and is part-affiliated working to promote social democracy and the values of freedom, justice, and solidarity.
German Institute of Global and Area Studies – GIGA is a leading regional studies center in Germany conducting research on Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They have programs dedicated to topics such as globalization, peace and security, foreign policy, and accountability.
Italian Society for Central Asian and Caucasian Studies – ASIAC works to coordinate research with un