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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.

Lent Term 2021 events

This term’s events will cover a wide range of topics, ranging from the peace process in Afghanistan to nomads in early Soviet Central Asia.

In view of UK Government, University of Cambridge and College advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, CCAF has currently postponed its 'in person' seminar series. Our virtual seminar termcard is as follows. 

5 February 2021: Dr A. Umarov, University of World Econmy and Diplomacy, ‘Peace Process in Afghanistan’

12 February 2021: E. Satybaldieva, University of Kent, ‘Grassroots Social Movements in Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic’

19 February 2021: B. Shin, Jeonbuk University (South Korea) ‘Uzbek Identity Building in the early Soviet period’

26 February 2021: His Excellency Masud Khalifazoda, Ambassador of Republic of Tajikistan to the UK

5 March 2021: A. Thomas, Staffordshire University, 'Nomads in Early Soviet Central Asia'

12 March 2021: Annual Cambridge Central Asia Navroz Celebrations

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

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