Program on Central Asia

Scholar-Entrepreneur Initiative

The Program on Central Asia promotes research and teaching at Harvard on the history and current affairs of five Central Asian countries—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

We support the study of the Central Asian region using tools and insights from various fields of social sciences and humanities. Our activities include research projects, seminar series, curriculum development and course offerings, creation of digital resources for the study of the region, facilitation of research by students and visiting scholars, and cultural events. 

While the program aims at generating and disseminating knowledge and resources on Central Asia spanning different periods of its history, our main focus is on the independence period and current developments. We approach Central Asia as a region that opened up as a result of the dissolution of the USSR. The states, economies, and people of Central Asia are now an integral part of the globalized world, and developments in the region cannot be properly understood without tracing and analyzing different forms of connectivity, influence, and interdependence.

Resources, Events, and Publications

Related Insights

The evolution of Central Asia’s eastern linkages is capturing the attention of scholars and policymakers alike, but a focus on China and India has obscured the unique roles of other regional actors.

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan may lead to serious threats to Central Asia’s security, writes Aidai Masylkanova.

A new website from the Program on Central Asia facilitates research on the regions spreading east and west of the Caspian Sea.

Related Events

Past Event

Join an author discussion of the processes of digitalization and growing digital connectivity in Central Asia.

Past Event

This panel will discuss the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, Russia-brokered peace agreement, and implications for the region and international involvement.

Past Event

The Program on Central Asia invites you to the launch of Caspiana: Digital Toolbox for Students and Scholars of Central Asia and South Caucasus, a website created to facilitate research on the fascinating regions spreading east and west of the Caspian Sea.