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Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus Events

The events draw a varied audience with an interest in the region. 

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  • Muslims of Central Asia: Between National, Eurasian and Global
  • Galina M.Yemelianova (Independent Scholar of Eurasian Islam, UK)
  • An examination of how throughout history various Muslim peoples of present-day Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan have negotiated their distinctively Central Asian Islamic identity.




  • The Belt & Road Initiative: International Responses
  • This conference is designed to examine how this flagship foreign policy initiative of President Xi Jinping is affecting the key regions in the world along both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, and how countries thus affected are responding.


  • Armenia and Azerbaijan: Anatomy of a Rivalry
  • Dr Laurence Broers (SOAS Research Associate)
  • The Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict for control of the mountainous territory of Nagorny Karabakh is the longest-running dispute in post-Soviet Eurasia. Laurence Broers shows how decades of dynamic territorial politics, shifting power relations, international diffusion and unsuccessful mediation efforts have contributed to the resilience of this stubbornly unresolved dispute.


  • Area Studies and the Urgent Need for Global Intercultural Dialogue
  • Geir Helgesen (SOAS Centre of Korean Studies/Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai), Chunrong Liu (Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai and NIAS, Copenhagen University), Rachel Harrison (SOAS)
  • In this roundtable discussion we propose that, given the precarious and fragile state of the world, it is essential for Area Studies to play a more important role.