Central Asia and the Caspian

The Conflict Research Group has extensive field experience in Central Asia and the Caspian.

Beki, Mangistau province, Kazakhstan ©Bruno De Cordier
Beki, Mangistau province, Kazakhstan ©Bruno De Cordier
The Central Asia and Caspian area comprises Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Xinjiang as well as Azerbaijan and the Russian Caspian.

It forms the subject of both a history and an area study course, which both concentrate on the societies and identities of the countries of interest.

The approach is thematic and based on cross-country case studies, while the course also examines trends and events in or affecting the region the future. Much attention is given to how the region acquired its current cultural and political geography during and upon it integration in the Russian (and partly the Chinese) greater space, how this continues to affect the present, and whether ‘classical’ (post-)colonial paradigms are applicable here.

Specific issues of research interest are: the social and economic impacts of globalization in and on the region; social change; the nature of the state and political culture; the dynamics of religion and national identity; and the position and role of ethnic and confessional minorities.


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