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New Book

NEW VOICES FROM CENTRAL ASIA: Political, Economic, and Societal Challenges and Opportunities

The volume “New Voices from Central Asia: Political, Economic, and Societal Challenges and Opportunities” gives the floor to a young generation of experts and scholars from Central Asia and Azerbaijan.

Sunday 29 October 2017


In the twenty-five years since the collapse of the Soviet Union catapulted the Central Asian states into independence, knowledge of the Central Asian region has primarily been produced by US and European scholars…

Sunday 29 October 2017


The most closed and understudied country in Central Asia, Turkmenistan has been facing profound evolutions since the death of its first president, Saparmurat Niyazov, in December 2006.

Sunday 29 October 2017

UZBEKISTAN: Political Order, Societal Changes, and Cultural Transformation

Marlene Laruelle, editor Academic knowledge on Uzbekistan blossomed in the 1990s, before drying up in the 2000s and 2010s with the closure of the country and the increased difficulty of doing fieldwork. However, research has […]

Sunday 29 October 2017

Kazakhstan: Nation-Branding, Economic Trials, and Cultural Changes

Edit by Marlene Laruelle The economic driver of Central Asia, Kazakhstan stands up for its forward-looking branding and its multivectoral foreign policy. Behind its many successes, the country has been facing difficulties in managing its relationship […]

Sunday 29 October 2017

TAJIKISTAN: Islam, Migration and Economic Challenges

In the past few years, Tajikistan’s domestic situation has been shaped by the shrinking place given to the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT)…

Sunday 29 October 2017


At the collapse of the Soviet Union, Western pundits celebrated the dramatic reshaping of regional interactions in Southern Eurasia to come, with the hope of seeing Russia lose its influence…

Sunday 29 October 2017

KYRGYZSTAN: Political pluralism and economic challenges

Kyrgyzstan has been the most studied country in Central Asia, due to its openness to Western observers and the substantial presence of foreign institutions in its higher education system.

Sunday 29 October 2017

War and Exile Through the Musicians’ Eye in Afghanistan (Book Review)

Books on Afghan music are rare, especially compared to the number of publications on Afghan society and history. The main stories about Afghan music tend to be written by non-specialists and focus mainly on its prohibition during Taleban rule.

Monday 21 August 2017

A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific

Asia & the Pacific is exposed to climate change impacts. Home to the majority of the world’s poor, the population is vulnerable to those impacts. Unabated warming could largely diminish previous economic achievements putting the future of the region at risk.

Thursday 20 July 2017