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.
Human Rights Reform in Kazakhstan
Introduction Kazakhstan’s leaders have long expressed ambitious goals for the country’s development, and worked to make the country a force in international affairs. To a considerable degree they have succeeded. Kazakhstan has played an important […]
Kazakhstan’s Role in International Mediation under First President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Executive Summary In the past decade, Kazakhstan has emerged as an important player in the world of mediation of international disputes. Its role in convening the Astana talks on Syria […]
Discovering Opportunities in the Pandemic? Four Economic Response Scenarios for Central Asia
Executive Summary The COVID-19 crisis represents not only an unprecedented economic disruption but also an opportunity for Central Asia. A specific economic policy response may trigger either game-changing reforms that […]
Religion and the Secular State in Kyrgyzstan
Summary Since independence, religion has become ever more important as an identity marker in Kyrgyzstan, with increased practical relevance in the everyday lives of many citizens. This religious revival poses […]
The Crackdown on HDP: Sustaining Authoritarianism with Ethnic Polarization
By the end of November 2019, 24 out of 69 mayors in Kurdish cities in Turkey had been dismissed and 19 had been arrested. The Turkish regime exploits nationalism to […]
A Steady Hand: The EU 2019 Strategy & Policy Toward Central Asia
Executive Summary The launch of a new EU Strategy for Central Asia in June 2019 marked a milestone in the gradual development of relations between the EU and the region. […]