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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CACI FORUM

"Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst"

Investing in the Caucasus, Greater Central Asia and Mongolia: Challenges and Opportunities

Published in Forums & Events

Wednesday, April 9, 2013

CACI Forum

"The Central Asia Caucasus Institute"

The April 26 Almaty ‘Istanbul Process’ Meeting: Towards Clarity on Post 2014 Afghanistan?

 In November 2011 Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the UAE, and Uzbekistan met in Istanbul to develop a new agenda for cooperation in the "Heart of Asia." The U.S., U.K. and other countries became "supporting nations" to this effort, as did the UN, CICA, SCO, OIC, NATO, and ECO. So far, the "Istanbul process" has embraced confidence building measures in various areas, as well as the "Silk Road vision" of reopening transport channels between Europe and Asia via Afghanistan.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CACI FORUM

"Central Asia-Caucasus Institute"

Central Asia’s Quest for a Useable Past: The Search for the Ancient Sogdians!?

All new countries must face the problem of their past. In an effort to affirm a useable past, some countries have simply to recall what they have never forgotten; others seek to rediscover what they have lost; while still others fabricate new pasts for themselves that better suit their current needs. In this Forum distinguished archaeologist and historian Aleksandr Naymark will show how globalizing Central Asians have followed the second course, rediscovering the amazing ancient Sogdians.

Published in Forums & Events

Wednesday, March 27 2013

CACI FORUM

"The Central Asia Caucasus Institute"

The Social Basis of Politics in Central Asia

What is the social basis of politics in Central Asia? Analysts have spoken of "clans," "power brokers," "regional elites," and "oligarchs." Are any of these relevant? And is there one or more model, or is each state unique? Three experts present their insights on this key problem, and offer their own answers.

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  • Read CACI Chairman S. Frederick Starr's recent interview on the resurgence of Imperial Russia with The American Purpose
    Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

    Why Russians Support the War: Jeffrey Gedmin interviews S. Frederick Starr on the resurgence of Imperial Russia.

    The American Purpose, May 23, 2023

    Jeffrey Gedmin: Do we have a Putin problem or a Russia problem today?

    S. Frederick Starr: We have a Putin problem because we have a Russia problem. Bluntly, the mass of Russians are passive and easily manipulated—down to the moment they aren’t. Two decades ago they made a deal with Vladimir Putin, as they have done with many of his predecessors: You give us a basic income, prospects for a better future, and a country we can take pride in, and we will give you a free hand. This is the same formula for autocracy that prevailed in Soviet times, and, before that, under the czars. The difference is that this time Russia’s leader—Putin—and his entourage have adopted a bizarre and dangerous ideology, “Eurasianism,” that empowers them to expand Russian power at will over the entire former territory of the USSR and even beyond. It is a grand and awful vision that puffs up ruler and ruled alike.

    What do most Russians think of this deal? It leaves them bereft of the normal rights of citizenship but free from its day-to-day responsibilities. So instead of debating, voting, and demonstrating, Russians store up their frustrations and then release them in elemental, often destructive, and usually futile acts of rebellion. This “Russia problem” leaves the prospect of change in Russia today in the hands of alienated members of Putin’s immediate entourage, many of whom share his vision of Russia’s destiny and are anyway subject to Putin’s ample levers for control. Thus, our “Putin problem” arises from our “Russia problem.”

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  • CACI director Svante Cornell's interviewed on the 'John Batchelor Show' podcast regarding Turkey's 2023 presidential election
    Friday, 19 May 2023 00:00

    Listen to CACI director Svante Cornell's recent interview on the 'John Batchelor Show' podcast regarding Turkey's 2023 presidential election. Click here!

  • New Article Series on Changing Geopolitics of Central Asia and the Caucasus
    Wednesday, 24 November 2021 11:53

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  • CACI Initiative on Religion and the Secular State in Central Asia and the Caucasus
    Sunday, 24 January 2021 13:53

    In 2016, the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program launched an initiative on documenting the interrelationship of religion and the secular state in the region. This initiative departed from the fact that little systematic reserch had been undertaken on the subject thus far. While there was and remains much commentary and criticism of religious policy in the region, there was no comprehensive analysis available on the interrelationship of religion and the state in any regional state, let alone the region as a whole. The result of this initiative has been the publication of six Silk Road Papers studying the matter in regional states, with more to come. In addition, work is ongoing on a volume putting the regional situation in the context of the Muslim world as a whole.

     

    Case Studies

    Each study below can be freely downloaded in PDF format.

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    Azerbaijan's Formula: Secular Governance and Civil Nationhood
    By Svante E. Cornell, Halil Karaveli, and Boris Ajeganov
    November 2016   




    2018-04-Kazakhstan-SecularismReligion and the Secular State in Kazakhstan
    By Svante E. Cornell, S. Frederick Starr and Julian Tucker
    April 2018

     

     

     

    1806-UZ-coverReligion and the Secular State in Uzbekistan
    Svante E. Cornell and Jacob Zenn
    June 2018

     

     

     

    2006-Engvall-coverReligion and the Secular State in Kyrgyzstan
    Johan Engvall
    June 2020

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    2006-Clement-coverReligion and the Secular State in Turkmenistan
    Victoria Clement
    June 2020

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    Articles and Analyses

    Svante E. Cornell, "Religion and the State in Central Asia," in Ilan Berman, ed., Wars of Ideas: Theology, Interpretation and Power in the Muslim World, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2021.

    Svante E. Cornell, "Central Asia: Where Did Islamic Radicalization Go?" in Religion, Conflict and Stability in the Former Soviet Union, eds. Katya Migacheva and Bryan Frederick, Arlington, VA: RAND Corporation, 2018.