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AUCC Welcomes Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI) as Newest Member

aucconline.com
26 December 2017

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is an independent and privately funded research and policy center affiliated with the American Foreign Policy Council. Founded in Washington in 1996 as the first such institution in the United States, CACI today is firmly established as a leading focus of research and policy worldwide, serving a large and diverse community of policymakers, business leaders, scholars and journalists. It is led by S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, and Svante E. Cornell, Director.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute advances study and policy-related work on the region through its research, publications, forums and policy work. A main role for CACI is to advance applied research on the societies and politics of Central Asia and the Caucasus. This research can take the form of single-author books or, occasionally, larger collaborative projects involving numerous scholars. CACI's recent single-author monographs include S. Frederick Starr's Lost Enlightenment, published by Princeton University Press in 2013. It is an authoritative account of how Central Asia a thousand years ago was the world center of economic and scientific activity. The book, which is being translated to twenty-one languages, explains the rise and fall of this golden age of Central Asia. Johan Engvall's The State as an Investment Market, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2016, is a ground-breaking volume providing a profoundly different account of the inner functioning of post-Soviet politics, with Kyrgyzstan as a case study. Svante Cornell's Azerbaijan since Independence, published by M.E. Sharpe in 2011, is the most detailed account of the history and development of any regional state since the collapse of the USSR.

Since its inception, CACI has aimed to bring the most authoritative analysis on the region to a western audience in a timely fashion. For this purpose, CACI publishes two electronic journals and a series of occasional papers. The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, established in 1999, has established itself among the world's most authoritative sources of analysis and information on the region (www.cacianalyst.org).  CACI also published the Turkey Analyst (www.turkeyanalyst.org)

CACI's series of occasional papers, the Silk Road Papers,  provides an outlet for longer, in-depth studies that tend to be larger than journal articles and shorter than books, while avoiding the excessive publication delays affecting both. It provides an outlet for CACI scholars' research, as well as showcasing the best work by members of an emerging generation of scholars. CACI has published more than sixty Silk Road Papers since 2005, ranging from 40 to 150 pages in length.

CACI convenes Forum meetings in Washington, held at the Institute throughout the year, which are well established as Washington's premier locus for rigorous discussion of issues pertaining to Central Asia and the Caucasus. CACI also organize private briefings for public and private entities on specific issues in regional affairs.