Institute for Central Asian and Caucasian Studies registered in November 1998 in the Swedish city of Luleå (Reg. No. 620720-0459). Dr. Murad Esenov is the founder and head of the Institute. The Institute is set up on the basis of the IAC "Central Asia" which existed until October 1998.
The basic purpose and objectives of the Institute:
- to study and review the social and political situation in Central Asia and the Caucasus;
- intellectual support of the political and economic reforms in these countries, forming a positive perception of western liberal democratic values in Central Asia and the Caucasus;
- to encourage the formation of a civil society in the region;
- to create a data base and distribute information.
The Institute's research activities cover the following subjects most urgent for the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus:
- characteristic features of the emergence of democracy and the institution of private property;
- the power structures and election system;
- the antiterrorist campaign and its influence on the situation in the region;
- the regional power centers and their impact on the local situation;
- the problem of religious extremism;
- interstate integration;
- religion in the social and political life of the countries of the region;
- ethnic conflicts, and ways to ensure their early prevention and settlement;
- the part played by raw material supplies in shaping the national independence of the countries of the region;
- national and regional security issues;
- energy policy and energy projects.
The Institute will primarily engage researchers from Central Asia and the Caucasus and also from the states whose impact is most felt in the region by maintaining direct contacts with them through its offices in the respective countries.
The results of this research are presented in the CA&CC Press® AB journal published by the Center bimonthly (each issue contains about 200 pages) in English and Russian.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE INSTITUTE
Institute for Central Asian and Caucasian Studies has branches in all the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, and in the USA, the Russian Federation, Great Britain, Germany, China, Israel, Iran, Poland and Ukraine.