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The sacking of Georgia’s pro-West Defense Minister and the resignation of its Foreign Minister has thrown the government into disarray and called into question the country’s Euro-Atlantic orientation.

Putin-binocsBringing together a group of leading American and European experts, this is the first book-length study of Russian President Vladimir Putin's effort to create a Eurasian Union. The book indicates the ideological origins and character of this project; focusing not only on Putin's strategic objectives but the tactics he employs to achieve them.

4471038590 67044d4a32 mTurkey has anticipated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s downfall ever since protests first broke out in Syria in 2011. It has been disappointed at every turn, though, and now it is not only Assad who is in trouble but Turkey as well.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, from 5 to 7 PM (reception at 5 p.m., followed by main program at 5:30)

CACI FORUM

How do China's concerns over the Uyghurs of Xinjiang affect its strategy in Central Asia?  Arguing that China's  turn to land routes to the West arise from its desire to escape from US control of sea lanes, Ben Chang suggests ways in which China's approach to former Soviet parts of Central Asia may mirror its strategy in Xinjiang.


This presentation will offer insights of importance to anyone following Central Asia, China, energy, development, and western strategies in Central Asia.

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  • Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani promotes Frederick Starr's "Lost Enlightenment" in London Speech (Video)
    Sunday, 07 December 2014 01:59

    In his 4 December talk at Chatham House in London on "Fixing Failed States: From Theory to Practice", Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani referred to Frederick Starr's recent book, Lost Enlightenment. In the video below, the remark comes two minutes into the video clip.

    "The dissolution of the Soviet Union, the takeoff of Central Asia now, is opening up a set of possibilities regarding resources that previously just were not there. We are reconnecting to our remote pasts. There's a fantastic book by Fred Starr, let me plug it, it's called "Lost Enlightenment." It's about Central Asia from the third century before the common era, to the twelfth century. Ant it shows how connected the area was. How the connectivities, the culture and the economy, interplayed. So with very deep structures, in Braudel's sense, that allow us no to resume, the story we are saying about the roundabout is not new. It is being realized, and it gives us opportunity to connect."

     

  • CACI Forum: Xinjiang and China's Central Asia Policy
    Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:32

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014, from 5 to 7 PM (reception at 5 p.m., followed by main program at 5:30)

    CACI FORUM

    How do China's concerns over the Uyghurs of Xinjiang affect its strategy in Central Asia?  Arguing that China's  turn to land routes to the West arise from its desire to escape from US control of sea lanes, Ben Chang suggests ways in which China's approach to former Soviet parts of Central Asia may mirror its strategy in Xinjiang.


    This presentation will offer insights of importance to anyone following Central Asia, China, energy, development, and western strategies in Central Asia.

  • Svante Cornell speak at SAIS conference on Critical Issues in Eastern Mediterranean (Video)
    Sunday, 07 December 2014 02:26

    Svante Cornell spoke on the role of Turkey at a November 19, 2014, conference on "Critical Issues in the Eastern Mediterranean organized by the Merrill center for Strategic Studies at SAIS, the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar-Ilan University, and Piraeus University, in Washington DC. 

    Cornell's remarks run from 1.04.00 in the video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7gLVrAqMrc&list=UUd6TdtUSk8wLXM_vXuLlsKA

  • Fall 2014 Rumsfeld Fellowship
    Friday, 17 October 2014 13:16

    9469325398 9a8a07d299 mThe Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Rumsfeld Foundation continue to sponsor a fellowship program for raising regional leaders in government, commerce, and academia from Central Asia, the Caucasus and Afghanistan. The goal of this program is to foster better understanding and build stronger relations between the United States and countries of the region. Since its inaugural session in fall of 2008 the program has brought dozens of young leaders to the United States to conduct independent research and to meet policymakers, business leaders, journalists and academics.

     

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