Image of Group of people at an outdoor restaurant in Central Asia, looking at the camera
Photo: Dr Siddharth Saxena


The Cambridge Central Asia Forum (CCAF) organises seminars, talks and panel discussions, focusing on scholarly activity in Central Asia and the Caucasus and discourse with the region.

Ongoing weekly seminars are delivered by prominent guest academics and researchers, ambassadors, industry specialists and representatives of civil society and NGOs. These contributions bring a wealth of experience in the region that extends across all issues of progress, discontent, strife and development in the Central Asia and Eurasia Region.

Topics include Western intervention, China’s role, regions’ resilience, climate change, food and energy security, economic reform, corruption, human rights and daily life.

Previous events

Past CCAF events have been diverse, ranging from talks on development from leading Eurasian policy makers to workshops identifying the key learnings from sustainable fishing practises in the Caspian Sea.

One major highlight, following a competitive selection process, was hosting ESCAS 2011, the largest Central and Eurasian Studies conference. The conference featured a wide range of topics, including ancient Islamic manuscripts of Uzbekistan, the anthropology of state in the Kyrgyz republic, the ethno-politics of Xinjiang Region, the Afghan conflict and the Kazakhstan energy economy.

Upcoming events

Time: 11-1pm, every Friday in term time
Venue: Room S2, Alison Richard Building (in person) or Zoom.

For more information please visit the University’s Cambridge Central Asia Forum events page.

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