Source description last updated: 16 October 2018

In brief: The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI), together with the Silk Road Studies Program, form a joint independent, privately funded transatlantic research and policy center publishing the biweekly briefing CACI Analyst. The CACI is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Stockholm.

Coverage on ecoi.net:
Analytical Articles (Special or Analytical Report), Field Reports (Special or Analytical Report) and other Publications (Special or Analytical Report)
Covered monthly on ecoi.net for countries of priorities A-C.

Mission/Mandate/Objectives:
“The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Silk Road Studies Program were designed, in 1996 and 2002 respectively, to respond to the increasing need for information, research and analysis on these regions with the identical ambition: to help bring these regions out of the shadows of the American and European consciousness to which fate had consigned them.” The aim of the founders was to encourage “Americans and Europeans to enter into an active and multi-faceted engagement with the region” and to promote “serious and well-informed policies towards it." (Silk Road Studies website: Mission, undated)

“The Center is affiliated with the American Foreign Policy Council, and with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy.” (Silk Road Studies website: Mission, undated)

“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.” (Silk Road Studies website: Mission, undated)

Funding:
The CACI is privately funded (Silk Road Studies website: Mission, undated). In 2017, funding for the Institute For Security & Development Policy (ISDP), one of the two organisations of which the CACI is an affiliate, stems from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (accounting for 35 per cent of total revenue), the EU (accounting for 32 per cent), ISDP’s own taxable operations (6 per cent) and other funders such as the Korea Foundation, Vetenskapsrådet, Stiftelsen riksbankens jubileumsfond, Nordforsk, and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Sweden, which together account for 27 per cent. (ISDP: Annual Report 2017, undated, p. 26).
No funding information was found on the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC).

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Central Asia, Southwest Asia, Northeast Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey
Thematic focus: Politics, conflict, security, development, political systems, human rights

Methodology:
“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.” (Silk Road Studies website: About, undated)

Language(s) of publications:
English

Further reading / links:The CACI-Analyst has its own website:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/
 
All links accessed 16 October 2018.
 
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