The Central Asia Collection at the Global Resources Center (GRC) is devoted to the research needs of those actively engaged in Central Asian Studies. No one definition of the bounds of Central Asia is universally accepted. Historically, Central Asia encompassed the Old Silk Road. Today it can be divided into three main parts 1) Western Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan; 2) Middle Central Asia: Afghanistan, India's Kashmir valley and Ladakh, region of Gilgit-Baltistan, which lies in northern Pakistan: and 3) Eastern Central Asia: Xinjiang province of China, Tibet, Chinese province of Inner Mongolia and the country of Mongolia.
The GRC Central Asia library guide and collection includes resources on Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazkahstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The Central Asia Program (CAP) is a non-partisan initiative funded by the Elliott School's Project Initiation Fund. It is hosted by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES). Research on contemporary Central Asia, and to become an interface between academia and the policy community by providing a space for discussion that brings the policy, academic, diplomatic, and business communities together.
By Central Asia, the CAP understands the five post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan), Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Xinjiang, Mongolia, as well as, in accordance with this broad interpretation, the Volga-Ural region, Kashmir, and Balochistan. The CAP calls for a multidisciplinary approach combining political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, history, globalization studies, and security studies. It provides a platform for different, and even contradictory, points of view on contemporary Central Asia.
The George Washington University Central Asia Program at the Elliot School of International Affairs hosts researchers, policymakers, and specialists from around the globe to share knowledge, ideas, and further the field of Central Asian Studies. Below is a list of full-time faculty & researchers at GWU working in Central Asian Studies.