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.
Can “Constitutional Engineering” Once Again Succeed in Pacifying Turkey?
Historically in Turkey, there is a relationship between the rise of emancipation movements and “constitutional engineering”, between class- or ethnic-based challenges to the established order and the imposition of authoritarian […]
Myths and Mysteries: Six months on from Turkey’s Curious Coup
Six months after the failed coup of July 15, 2016, many questions still remain unanswered. Disturbingly, most can no longer be asked. Amid the purges, imprisonments and oppression, Turkey has […]
Turkey is Expecting a Restart with the U.S.
The Kurdish question has, once again, complicated Turkish-American relations. The rhetoric of anti-Americanism remains useful to whip up and mobilize nationalist opinion. Yet, Erdoğan’s Islamists are not any aspiring anti-imperialists. […]
EU–China trade to bolster security in the South Caucasus
Foreign investment in Georgia is strengthening the country’s importance in connecting East Asia with Europe, which has positive implications for the broader region. The rise in FDI in commercial and […]
Russia: an Enabler of Jihad?
Russian officials have had to contain their glee in monitoring recent political events in America and Europe. They appear to think their days in the cold may soon be over. […]
Assassination in Ankara: Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics
On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action was apparently meant as retribution for Russian bombings in eastern Aleppo, […]