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 Initiative. 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.
Turkey and the West: How Bad is it?
The U.S. suspension of visa services in Turkey is an indication of the depth of the fissures between the West and Turkey. While Turkish bureaucrats are trying to maintain functioning relations with the West, there are growing calls in Washington, Ankara and Berlin to redefine Turkey policy. Is Turkey headed for an incremental divorce with the West?
Kazakhstan in Europe: Why Not?
Executive Summary Is Kazakhstan a European state? The answer to this question could define the character of the country’s long-term relationship with European institutions and organizations, and profoundly affect the […]
Sounds, Silences and Turkey’s Crumbling Core
Since the failed coup of July 2016, Turkey’s spiralling descent ever deeper into authoritarianism has been characterized by arbitrary arrests and widespread abuses of even the draconian powers afforded the […]
The EU and Central Asia: Expanding Economic Cooperation, Trade, and Investment
Since the independence of the Central Asian states, this landlocked region has taken time to reconnect with the world, including Europe. Twenty-five years ago, many underestimated the diverse challenges – infrastructural, economic, political – that impeded the region’s trade and connectivity with the rest of the world. Yet as trade statistics show, much has been accomplished in a quarter century.
The European Union’s Political and Security Engagement with Central Asia: How to Move Forward
Despite an ambitious set of policy initiatives for Central Asia, the EU is punching below its weight in a region where Russia and China are far more influential. Ten years after the EU launched a strategy for Central Asia, the EU is still facing substantial challenges in implementing its strategy successfully.
Iran’s Azerbaijan Question in Evolution: Identity, Society, and Regional Security
Executive Summary Iranian Azerbaijanis have historically been considered the country’s most loyal ethno-linguistic minority. Predominantly Shiite, with religion being the most important source of collective identity, Turkophone Azerbaijanis had until […]