Central Asia Research Forum is a series designed to present cutting-edge research on the Central Asia region spanning the whole of the social sciences.
Founding editor: Shirin Akiner, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.
Tajikistan The Trials of Independence
The Management of Public Services in Central Asia Institutional Transformation in Kyrgyzstan
Xinjiang - China's Northwest Frontier
Turkmenistan’s Foreign Policy Positive Neutrality and the consolidation of the Turkmen Regime
Religion and Security in South and Central Asia
The Post-Soviet Decline of Central Asia Sustainable Development and Comprehensive Capital
By Shirin Akiner, Mohammad-Reza Djalili, Frederic Grare
July 08, 2016
Since its independence in 1991 Tajikistan has suffered a painful series of political crises followed by a civil war, still continuing, whose repercussions extend far beyond its borders. This work examines the causes of the turmoil, and analyses, through the case of Tajikistan, social and political ...
By David Scott
March 08, 2016
The ending of the Soviet Union in 1991 had a major political and economic impact on Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan was one of the most severely affected countries, suffering a deeper recession than the other republics. During the first five or six years Kyrgyzstan followed the advice of the International...
By K. Warikoo
March 08, 2016
Xinjiang is the ‘pivot of Asia’, where the frontiers of China, Tibet, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia approach each other. The growing Uyghur demand for a separate homeland and continuing violence in Xinjiang have brought this region into the focus of national and international ...
By Michal Biran
February 29, 2016
Qaidu (1236-1301), one of the great rebels in the history of the Mongol Empire, was the grandson of Ogedei, the son Genghis Khan had chosen to be his heir. This boof recounts the dynastic convolutions and power struggle leading up to his rebellion and subsequent events....
By Luca Anceschi
December 18, 2015
Turkmenistan, an independent nation since 1991, is a strategically important Central Asian state. This book covers the most significant period of the establishment of the Turkmen political regime. At the core of this book is the Doctrine of Positive Neutrality, which, from 1995 onwards, constituted...
By Carole Blackwell
December 11, 2015
This unique study of Turkmen women and their folk songs looks at religion, ritual and family as seen through the eyes of the women and their songs....
By Dr Farideh Heyat
February 27, 2015
This study of women and gender in a Muslim society draws on archival and literary sources as well as the life stories of women of different generations to offer a unique ethnographic and historical account of the lives of urban women in contemporary Azerbaijan. Focussing on a group of professional ...
By Timur Beisembiev
February 27, 2015
This work studies a narrative devoted to the history of the Kokand Khanate, a state that played a great role in Central Asian history in the 18th and 19th centuries, controlling territory equal to continental western Europe, until it was conquered by the Russian Empire in 1876. This unique ...
By K. Warikoo
March 07, 2014
Religion and security play an important role in traditional societies. In South and Central Asia, traditional and moderate Islamic beliefs and practices with strong indigenous and Sufi content are diametrically opposed to radical Wahabi and Taliban brands of Islam intolerant of other cultures and ...
By Eric W. Sievers
January 15, 2003
Sievers draws on his experience of Central Asia to take on the task of explaining the remarkable economic declines of the post-Soviet Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) in the past decade, and the turn of these states towards despotism....
By Martin C. Spechler
April 30, 2012
This book examines the economic reforms and material progress made since the Central Asian republics became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991. Without some of the neo-liberal reforms recommended by the "Washington Consensus" and with an authoritarian presidency, Uzbekistan, the largest of ...
By Boris Najman, Richard Pomfret, Gaël Raballand
February 03, 2012
The Caspian Basin region has boomed since the late 1990s due to new oil discoveries, new pipelines that have diversified countries' transport options and world oil prices that have risen from below $10 in 1998 to $70 in 2006. This book analyzes the experience of the Caspian countries during the ...