Silk Road Studies Program
The Silk Road Studies Program focuses mainly on the western part of Eurasia, including Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea region. It incorporates the Turkey Center. Together with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, the Silk Road Studies Program forms a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center. It is the first Center of its kind in Europe and North America and is today firmly established as a leading center for research and policy worldwide, serving a large and diverse community of analysts, scholars, policy-watchers, business leaders and journalists.
From 2005-2017, the Joint Center was affiliated with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University.
The Joint Center has offices in Washington and Stockholm, and is affiliated with the American Foreign Policy Council and the Institute for Security and Development Policy.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program publishes the biweekly Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst and the occasional Silk Road Papers series as well as monographs. Its Turkey Initiative publishes the biweekly Turkey Analyst.
Ranging from 50 to 150 pages in length, the Silk Road Papers are an avenue for the rapid publication of research in a concise and accessible yet rigorous manner. An average of six to ten Papers are produced yearly. The Papers are published electronically and in print, and are freely available online. The papers are published by the Central Asia- Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program.
Editorial correspondence should be addressed to the editor of the paper series, Dr. Svante Cornell.
The Silk Road Studies Program regularly invites scholars and distinguished experts to hold ISDP Forums concerning relevant and timely topics. In addition to these forums, the program also arranges conference and seminars.
Religion and the Secular State in Kazakhstan
Executive Summary At independence, Kazakhstan shared with the successor states to the Soviet Union the challenge of replacing Soviet atheism with new state approaches to religion. Like the rest of […]
The Economic Modernization of Uzbekistan
Executive Summary When Shavkat Mirziyoyev succeeded Islam Karimov as President of Uzbekistan, many observers expected his tenure to represent continuity rather than change. And while continuity is present in terms […]
Political Reform in Mirziyoyev’s Uzbekistan: Elections, Political Parties and Civil Society
Executive Summary Since taking over from long-time President Islam Karimov in 2016, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has pursued an aggressive policy to transform Uzbekistan’s decision-making processes, invigorate civil society, encourage political […]
Judicial and Governance Reform in Uzbekistan
Executive Summary Since President Mirziyoyev assumed power as interim president in September 2016, a major agenda of reforms has been introduced in Uzbekistan. In this broader agenda, judicial and governance […]
The U.S. and Turkey: Past the Point of No Return?
With Ankara and Washington on a collision course in northern Syria, both sides will have to rethink their priorities if they want to salvage an increasingly hollow alliance.
Russian Hybrid Tactics in Georgia
Since its independence in 1991, Georgia is the country in the former USSR that has been most frequently and harshly subjected to Russian hybrid tactics – a practice that gained […]