Category Archives: Caucasus

"The Steppe and the Sown": European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) Biennial Conference 2013

 

Conference participants discuss the first day panels during the conference dinner.
Conference participants discuss the first day panels during the conference dinner.

From August 4th to the 7th, Nazarbayev University in Astana hosted the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) XIII Biennial conference with “The Steppe and the Sown” theme. The conference was dedicated to the study and image of both pastoral nomadic and sedentary lifestyles and heritage as well as the complexities between the two.  Continue reading "The Steppe and the Sown": European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) Biennial Conference 2013

NATO and Russia: Reconciling Interests in the Caucasus and Central Asia?

About 70 policy-makers, diplomats, academics, experts and students from all over the North Caucasus Federal District – as well as Moscow, Brussels and Berlin – visited the city of Pyatigorsk June 6-8, 2013 for the conference, “New Challenges to Regional Security” organized by the NATO Information Office in Moscow and Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University.  Continue reading NATO and Russia: Reconciling Interests in the Caucasus and Central Asia?

Where are the Moderate Protestants? Reimagining Religious Identity in Boston and Bishkek

946524_10151338295621863_820180304_nWhile the debate continues over whether to try Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, he and his brother Tamerlan appear to have solidified that status in the American consciousness already, as evidenced by a recent magazine cover in which the Caucasian brothers are depicted with dark skin, thick eyebrows, and narrow, furtive eyes.  The reference to Islamic terrorism in the title apparently necessitated these phenotypic modifications, just as the resulting visages seem to intimate terrorism, even without proof that the Tsarnaevs’ goal in bombing the Boston Marathon was to terrorize as a means to a determinable end.  Continue reading Where are the Moderate Protestants? Reimagining Religious Identity in Boston and Bishkek

KU/Fort Leavenworth Conference: “China and Russia: Architects of a New Global Order?”

Last week, I had the good fortune to participate in the conference “China and Russia: Architects of New Global Order” organized by the Kansas University Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) at Fort Leavenworth. The wide spectrum of research presented (more on this in a moment) was well complimented by the diversity of panelists with academia, the Defense Department, and various thinks tanks all well represented.
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