SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Central Asia in the 21st century: Caught between Russia, China, the USA and Islamic Extremism

IMG - Darwaza
Dr Christoph Baumer (Author and photographer)

Date: 8 November 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 8 November 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Book Launch

Central Asia had become a backwater of world history by the early 19 th century, but the British-Tsarist Russian rivalry soon made it a focal point of European geostrategic politics. After falling behind the Iron Curtain in the 20 th century, the region has since returned to the limelight. Global powers have set their sights on the now independent, landlocked Central Asian republics due to their resources, geographical position between China and Europe and their proximity to Afghanistan.

Speaker biography

Christoph Baumer has undertaken more than 20 expeditions and journeys to Central Asia since 1985, which have led to several major archaeological discoveries. The results of his research culminated in the  comprehensive four-volume book History of Central Asia. The final volume, The Age of Decline and Revival, was published in April. Baumer was in 2015 recipient of the prestigious Sir Percy Sykes Award for his research on Central Asian cultural history.

Organiser: Hosted by the SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

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Sponsor: Jointly sponsored by the RSAA and the Royal Asiatic Society