Central Asia and the Caucasus: From Independence to Interdependence" with Rumsfeld Fellows on April 27, 2016


“Central Asia and the Caucasus: From Independence to Interdependence,” a Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Forum, will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

The fall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics enabled people of Central Asia and the Caucasus (Greater Central Asia) to claim full independence and sovereignty. While bringing many benefits, the strengthening of new sovereignties also brought self-isolation and rivalry among people who had actively interacted for hundreds of years before the Russian conquest. The isolationism has created tensions in the region, deepened poverty, and fostered religious radicalization. Meanwhile geographic proximity, interdependent infrastructure, and the presence of Russian media have maintained ties with Russia.

Is it time to shift from the radical independence to intra-regional dialogue and economic integration within the region? Should the region as a whole capitalize on its strategic location, cultural diversity, and human capital? Participants of the Rumsfeld Fellowship Program, representing nine countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, will answer these questions and share their expertise.


Ozodkhon Davlatshoev (Tajikistan)
Nemuun Gal (Mongolia)
Emil Gasimli (Azerbaijan)
Sulkhan Glonti (Georgia)
Raykhona Khashimova (Uzbekistan)
Eliza Nishanbaeva (Kyrgyzstan)
Mahmood Noorzai (Afghanistan)
Rakhim Oshakbayev (Kazakhstan)
Lilit Petrosyan (Armenia)
Ruslan Ramanov (Uzbekistan)
Narantuguldur Saijrakh (Mongolia)
Barry Salaam (Afghanistan)

Moderated by S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute


5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The event will begin with a reception and follow with the main program at 5:30 p.m.


Rome Auditorium
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036


The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press may RSVP through the online registration form.

Media Contacts

April Gifford
Administrative Coordinator
The Central Asia Caucasus Institute
202.663.7723 office 

Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile

About the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is a leading institution in the U.S. for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Caspian Region. The institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins SAIS, is part of a joint center with the Silk Road Studies Program at the Institute for Security and Development Policy in Stockholm.

For more information, visit silkroadstudies.org.


Monday, April 25, 2016