Sebastien Peyrouse

Nonresident Senior Fellow



Sebastien Peyrouse is a Senior Research Fellow with the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program. For 2008, he is a Principal Investigator for the project “Coping with the Russo-Chinese Competition in Central Asia: Local Perspectives and Strategies”, granted by the Smith Richardson Foundation. His research originally focused on the impact of the Russian/Soviet heritage in the five Central Asian republics. His main areas of expertise are political systems in Central Asia, Islam and religious minorities, and Central Asia’s geopolitical positioning toward China, Russia and South Asia. 

Peyrouse is the author or co-author of five books in French,Christians between Atheism and Islam: a regard on Religion in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia (2003); Turkmenistan: A Destiny at the Crossroads of Empires(2007); with Marlene Laruelle, Russians in Kazakhstan. National Identities and New States in the Post-Soviet Space (2004), and Central Asia, the Drift Towards Authoritarianism (2006); and with Pierre Chuvin and René Letolle, History of Contemporary Central Asia(2008). He is the editor of two volumes in French, Managing Independence and the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia (2004) and Islam and Politics in the former Soviet Union (2005).

His articles have appeared in numerous academic and journals such as Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, Religion, State and Society, Journal of Church and State, Current trends in Islamist Ideologies, The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Politique étrangère, La Revue internationale et stratégique, Politique internationale, Revue d'études comparatives Est-Ouest, Revue d'études des mondes musulman et méditerranéen, Le Courrier des pays de l’Est, Cahiers d'Asie centrale, Cahiers du monde russe.

Peyrouse holds a Ph.D. at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures in Paris. He was a doctoral and postdoctoral Fellow at the French Institute for Central Asia Studies in Tashkent (1998-2000 and 2002-2005), a Research Fellow at the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University in Sapporo (2006), and a Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington (2006-2007). In Paris, he is an Associated Fellow at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Nationalities PapersCentral Eurasian ReaderCentral Eurasian Studies ReviewCahiers d'Asie centrale.

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