Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Central Asia Program
The Central Asia Program (CAP) is a non-partisan initiative funded by the Elliott School's Project Initiation Fund. It is hosted by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), a leading institution for post-Communist studies that is already host to the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) and the GW Cold War Group.
Our research activities focus on four main axes: security, development, state-building, and regional environment.
The aim of the Central Asia Program is to promote high-quality academic research on contemporary Central Asia, and to become an interface between academia and the policy community by providing a space for discussion that brings the policy, academic, diplomatic, and business communities together.
By Central Asia, the CAP understands the five post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Xinjiang, Mongolia, as well as, in accordance with this broad interpretation, the Volga-Ural region, Kashmir, and Balochistan.
The CAP calls for a multidisciplinary approach combining political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, history, globalization studies, and security studies. It provides a platform for different, and even contradictory, points of view on contemporary Central Asia.
Research on Central Asia tends all too often to be carried out by geographically compartmentalized groups. The CAP aims to get counterparts from the US, Europe, Russia, Asia, and Central Asia all working together, by promoting various forms of interaction and joint projects.
The CAP "Knowledge Hub Project" offers a virtual library that collects reports, articles, and research and policy papers related to Central Asia and available online. The CAP also contributes to mapping the worldwide academic and policy institutions working on Central Asia.
The CAP organizes monthly seminars, half-day forums, a yearly workshop, and international conferences. It publishes The Central Asia Policy Brief, The Central Asia Policy Forum, The Central Asia Research Papers, The Central Asia Economy Papers, Voices from Central Asia, The Afghanistan Regional Forum, and The Iran Regional Forum.
Cinema Club Film Screening: Daughter-in-Law
January 26, 2017
Official Islamic Leadership in Central Asia: The Soviet Legacy
February 14, 2017
Cinema Club Film Screening: Angel on the Right
February 23, 2017
Professor Hope M. Harrison quoted in USA Today article about 2016 immigration figures in Germany.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on relations between Russia and China in Central Asia in the ASAN Forum..
Visiting scholar Farid Guliyev edits special edition of Caucasus Analytical Digest devoted to human capital in Azerbaijan.
Professor Robert Orttung quoted in article about global implications behind Russia's climate policy.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on views of China in Central Asia on the East Asia Forum.
Hoffman Fellowship recipient Alexander Reisenbichler writes article on housing finance policy in Germany for Cityscape, published by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article in Foreign Affairs with Akis Georgakellos about the potential impact of Donald Trump's presidency on the Greek political system.
GWU will be offering a class with a short-term study abroad component in Fall 2017! For more information, click here. The application deadline has been extended to November 11
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes op-ed in the Washington Times on changes in US-Russian relations in Central Asia.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article Stakes and Perspectives of the Portable Telephones Market in Central Asia in the October 2016 issue of CAP Papers.
Professor Hope M. Harrison featured on CNN during interview about Putin and Trump.
Professor Marlene Laruelle co-writes article on a Norwegian-Russian refugee corridor on the Arctic Center's website.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes "Threats to Territorial Integrity, National Mass Schooling, and Linguistic Commonality" in a Special Issue of Comparative Political Studies.
Professor Eliot Sorel writes op-ed on 21st century health, education, development, and global security at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Professor Peter Rollberg published the article "Revenge of the Cameramen: Soviet Cinematographers in the Director's Chair" in Birgit Beumers, ed., A Companion to Russian Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, pp. 364-388).
Professor Marlene Laruelle recently publishes paper How Islam will Change Russia.
Professor Eliot Sorel authors op-ed pieces for the Woodrow Wilson for International Scholars on 21st century business and science partnerships and America's health and the US presidential elections.
Peter Rollberg published a review of Alisher Khamdamov's film A Fatal Step (2015) in the online journal KinoKultura (53/2016).
Professor Henry Hale writes article “Twenty-Five Years after the USSR: What’s Gone Wrong?” for the Journal of Democracy.
Professor Eliot Sorel writes article on the Brexit, the Euro-Atlantic Alliance, and Global Security for the Wilson Center's Global Europe Program.
Professor Harris Mylonas writes a book review of Paschalis M. Kitromilides's Enlightenment and Revolution in Nations and Nationalism, Volume 22, Issue 3: 598-600.
Professor Eliot Sorel participated in the World Bank Group and World Health Organization high level meeting on Making Mental Health a Global Development priority. Professor Sorel was a member of the the innovations panel and presented, together with his GWU students, an innovator's booth with a focus on TOTAL Health, integrating primary care, mental health and public health. This innovator's booth was based on the research done by Professor Sorel and his team in China, India, Iran & Romania and was recently published in the International Medical Journal in Japan.
Nationalities Papers (Volume 44, Issue 3, 2016: 488–502) recently published a book symposium of Professor Harris Mylonas' book The Politics Of Nation-building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes a piece for the Washington Times' Monkey Cage blog on Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Central Asia.
Professor Marlene Laruelle is interviewed by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs on the European and Russian Far Right.
Professor Marlene Laruelle recently publishes a new work on the European Union in Eurasia, The European Union in a Reconnecting Eurasia.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes essay on Greece on the Cultural Anthropology website.
Professor Eliot Sorel's ideas and projects to be presented at the Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority summit at the World Bank (April 13-14, 2016).
IERES member Professor Harris Mylonas has made several appearances in the Greek media where he discussed the refugee crisis in Europe and the terrorist attacks in Brussels. Appearances include Star Channel (March 16 and March 24), Radio Athens, and Mega Channel.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on Islamic finance in Central Asia.
Professor Marlene Laruelle published an article on Geidar Dzhemal ("Between Islamism, Occult Fascism and Eurasianism"), available here.
IERES member Eliot Sorel, MD was sworn in by Mayor Muriel Bowser to be a member of the District of Columbia Health Information Exchange Policy Board. The ceremony took place in the Old Council Chambers at Judiciary Square in the District of Columbia, on Thursday, March 17th, 2016.
Associate Dean Hope M. Harrison interviewed by CCTV about local elections in Germany, where the anti-immigrant AfD party made significant gains.
The Diplomat mentions the Central Asia Program's recent security conference in an article about China's Silk Road Initiative.
On March 1, 2016, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter-Steinmeir gave a talk at the Elliott School on "Times of Crisis: Why Translatlantic Partnership Matters." A transcript of his speech can be found here
Professor Eliot Sorel will be moderating at the Wilson Center's event "How Can Societies Control Corruption? : The European Experience." Those interested in attending can RSVP here
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes a PONARS memo about Islam and the government of Uzbekistan.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes report "EU Strategy in Central Asia: Competition or Cooperation" for the Al Jazeera Center for Studies.
Professor Eliot Sorel releases a new Global Mental Health and Psychiatry Newsletter as part of the Career, Leadership and Mentorship Program.
Nominations for the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award will be accepted through June 1, 2016. More details can be found here.
Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in recent Washington Post piece on Donald Trump.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article on political developments in Greece in 2014 for the European Journal of Political Research.
Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes paper on Russian nationalism for PONARS.
Professor Eliot Sorel writes op-ed piece entitled "Health, Education, Development, and Global Security."
Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in Wall Street Journal article on elections within Greece's opposition party.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article for Eurasian Geography and Economics entitled "The US Silk Road: Geopolitical Imaginary or the Repackaging of Strategic Interests" (not available online) and co-authors study "From Paris to Vladivostok: The Kremlin Connections of the French Far-Right."
Professor Henry Hale writes article on nationalism and cynism in politics (in Russian) for the IERES-sponsored journal Kontrapunkt.
Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in Washington Post's Monkey Cage in a post about Syria.
Professor Robert Orttung writes a guest blog for Resurgent Dictatorship: The Global Assault on Democracy.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse co-authors articlein the November 2015 issue of Eurasian Geography and Economics entitled "Central Asia: the New Silk Road Initiative's Questionable Economic Rationality Rationality."
Professor Robert Orttung to be principal investigator of a multi-disciplinary project "Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic," supported by the National Science Foundation and meant to assess the consequences of human activities in the region across a number of important dimensions.
Professor Robert Orttung featured in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog regarding Russia's media strategy and interviewed by the Institute of Modern Russia on effects of Russia's declining economy.
Professor Cory Welt writes a policy memo for PONARS Eurasia on media freedom and rule of law in Georgia.
Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor Hope Harrison recently interviewed by Deutsche Welle on US-West German relations under Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on Eurasianet.org entitled "Examining Kazakhstan's Religions Contradiction."
Professor Harris Mylonas reviews Kostis Kornetis' Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "Long 1960s" in Greece in the American Historical Review.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article with Keith Darden about why - and how - some countries are more linguistically homogenous than others.
Associate Dean Hope M. Harrison writes article on twenty-five years of German unification for the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse interviewed about Turkmenistan on the Steppe Dispatches website.
Professor Harris Mylonas reviews Onur Yıldırım's Diplomacy and Displacement: Reconsidering the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations, 1922–1934 in the Journal of Cold War Studies.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes article (in Russian) on governments' responses to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Central Asia.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on the perspectives and limits of Chinese-US competition, using Kazakhstan as a case study.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes new article on nation building in Social Science Quarterly.
Professor Harris Mylonas co-authored a post with Akis Georgakellos in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog about upcoming elections in Greece.
Professor Harris Mylonas co-authored a policy memo with Ariel Ahram about the distinction between bounded and unbounded de facto states.
Professor Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov write an op-ed for the Moscow Times entitled "Why Has Putin Spared Ekho Moskvy?"
Professor Robert Orttung quoted in Bloomberg article about recent Russian actions in Crimea.
Professor Harris Mylonas writes article in Foreign Affairs entitled "The Agreement that could Break Europe: Euroskeptics, Eurocritics, and Life after the Bailout."
Professor Harris Mylonas interviewed by TV2 Africa about Greece's recent 'no' vote.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes an article on Kazakhstan's World Religion Congress for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.
Professor Robert Orttung writes an article on Russia for Freedom House's annual "Nations in Transit" report.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes a book review of Dan Lainer-Vos's Sinews of the Nation: Constructing Irish and Zionist bonds in the United States (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013) in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
Professor Harris Mylonas participates in H-Diplo and International Security Studies Forum roundtable on Adria Lawrence's "Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire." A PDF can be found here (Professor Mylonas's contribution can be found on pages 8 through 12).
Professor Robert Orttung writes op-ed "Why Autocrats Love FIFA?" for the Moscow Times.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes paper entitled "The 'Russian World' : Russia's Soft Power and Geopolitical Imagination."
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's interaction with far-right European groups in the most recent Russian Analytical Digest.
Professor Henry Hale co-authors piece on Russians' opinion of Ukraine in the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage.
Professor Marlene Laruelle interviewed by Steppe Dipatches on Central Asian states' relations with Russia and China.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on Central Asian states' management of religion on Eurasianet.org.
Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes op-ed entitled "The Power of Soft Power in Kazakhstan" in the Monkey Cage blog of the Washington Post.
Professor Cory Welt is a guest editor (and co-authors the introduction) of a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism on Russian foreign policy.
Alexander Reisenbichler publishes an article on the creation of the Financial Stability Forum in the Review of International Political Economy.