This handbook is designed to help researchers, journalists, students, and business people to locate the rich array of Washington institutions and organizations that focus on issues pertaining to Central Asia and the Caucasus region, particularly in the post-Soviet period. Washington's status as a major repository of documentation on every aspect of the region is strong and growing daily. Beyond the Library of Congress, which intensively collects newspapers and other published materials from the region, and the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, which does the same for radio, there are hundreds of national and international public, non-profit, and private organizations and institutions in Washington with extensive links to Central Asia and the Caucasus, all of which maintain active archives and collections. The Guide includes more than 270 entries. It describes the structure and scholarly and technical resources of libraries, archives and manuscript repositories, museums and galleries, collections of sound and visual recordings, map and film collections, and the holdings of research centers and information agencies. Academic programs and departments of the metropolitan area's many institutions of higher learning are covered, along with international organizations, U.S. and foreign government agencies, association and advocacy groups, scientific organizations, educational and cultural organizations, corporations, technical assistance organizations, religious organizations, publications and media operations, bookstores and online resources. An index of organizations and institutions enhances the Guide's usefulness.
A. Academic Programs and Departments; B. Archives and Manuscript Repositories; C. Associations and Advocacy Groups; D. Bookstores and Online Resources; E. Collections of Sound and Visual Recordings; F. Corporations; G. Foreign Government Agencies; H. International Organizations; I. Libraries; J. Map and Film Collections; K. Museums, Galleries, and Art Collections; L. Publications and Media; M. Religious Organizations; N. Research Centers and Information Offices; O. Scientific, Educational, and Cultural Organizations; P. Technical and Humanitarian Assistance Organizations; Q. U.S. Government Agencies
Books in this series are published in association with the Central Asia–Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, US, and the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm, Sweden, under the editorship of Svante Cornell.