CENTRAL ASIA-CAUCASUS INSTITUTE & SILK ROAD STUDIES PROGRAM
Last update of this source description: 9 July 2009, current as at 12 October 2011.
“The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Silk Road Studies Program constitute a joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center. The Center is independent and privately funded, and has offices in Washington, D.C., and Stockholm, Sweden. The Center is affiliated with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, and with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy. It is the first Center of its kind in both Europe and North America, and is firmly established as a leading focus of research and policy worldwide, serving a large and diverse community of analysts, scholars, policy-watchers, business leaders, journalists, and students.”
Analysts, scholars, business leaders, journalists, students, policy makers.
“The joint Center strives to promote study and policy-related work on the region through five main channels: Impartial research, publications and dissemination, forums and conferences, teaching, and acting as a ‘switchboard’ for knowledge and information.” (CACI Website, http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/inside/mission/index.htm, accessed on 9 July 2008)
Larger and smaller grants are provided by a large number of sources. Among the main sponsors are: Smith Richardson Foundation, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, W.P. Carey Foundation, US government, Swedish Emergency Management Agency, Folke Bernadotte Academy (see a list of main sponsors: CACI Website, http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/inside/sponsors/index.htm, accessed on 9 July 2008).
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Central Asia, Southwest Asia, China, the Caucasus, Turkey.
Thematic focus: Political developments (domestic and foreign policy), regional security, energy security and cooperation, state-building and political systems, constitutional developments and human rights, US and European policy towards the region, narcotics and organised crime, political violence and conflict management, environmental security.
“The joint Center fosters both fundamental and applied research in a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, ranging from short research projects involving a sole researcher to larger, multi-year endeavors involving numerous researchers. This research is undertaken mainly at the Center's two offices, but often involves sponsoring research in the field. The Center also often receives visiting scholars. In fields formerly dominated by males, women have been prominent among scholars at the Center.” (CACI Website, http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/inside/mission/index.htm, accessed on 9 July 2008; see also: information on the joint centre’s research: http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/inside/research/index.htm, accessed on 9 July 2008; information on the CACI Analyst’s editorial principles: http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/59, accessed on 9 July 2008)
- Biweekly journal: “The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst”: Periodical for analysis and information on the region. It has its own website: http://www.cacianalyst.org/ (accessed on 9 July 2008).
- Biweekly journal: “The Turkey Analyst”: Periodical for analysis and news on domestic and foreign policy issues in Turkey.
- Quarterly journal: “China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly”: Periodical for analysis of current issues.
- Weekly news digest on the narcotics and security situation in Eurasia (as of 9 July 2008 the most current issue was published on 3 April 2006).
- Books: No fixed publication cycle.
- Occasional papers series (“Silk Road Papers”): An average of six to ten Papers are produced per year and are freely available online.
- “Fact Sheets, Eurasian Narcotics”: Insights on the drug problem in each country (as of 9 July 2008, all Fact Sheets currently available have been published in 2004).
Navigation of website:
The joint centre’s publications can be found under the navigation items: “Publications”, “Staff Publications” and “Research”.
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