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Cambridge Central Asia Forum

The Cambridge Central Asia Forum (CCAF) is an interdisciplinary forum which collates Cambridge’s scholarly activities in Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as Russia, the Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in China, Iran and Afghanistan. CCAF affiliated researchers and students have been involved in field-based research in this part of the world since 1996.

CCAF aims to promote research within existing disciplines – in the arts and sciences, social sciences, engineering and medicine – and to encourage new interdisciplinary research on Central Asia and Eurasia. A number of Armenian, Afghan, Azeri, Chinese Uyghur and Kazakhs, Indian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen, Pakistani and Russian academics have been hosted by CCAF for prolonged periods of research collaboration and public events, covering political, cultural and economic developments in their countries and regions.

Established by academic faculty members of the University of Cambridge in 2001, CCAF is now based at Jesus College and is closely linked to the University’s Centre for Development Studies.

CCAF’s management committee is chaired by Professor Lord Robert Mair FRS, and CCAF is directed by Dr Siddharth Saxena, a principal scientist at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Contact us

If you would like to be involved in any aspect of CCAF’s work, please contact Prajakti Kalra, the Research, Administrative and Social Coordinator, or Dr Siddharth Saxena, the Director.

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