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Central Asia

Central Asia includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Content related to these countries can be found below. For content on a specific country, please use the links above. For more Asia Society work on Central Asia, please visit the Asia Society Policy Institute.

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A historical overview of the Central Asian region, including descriptions of its people and great empires.
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How religions and philosophies spread throughout the Silk Road over the centuries.
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Using images of art objects from the Silk Roads, students will generate word maps that act as creative writing prompts. The archaeological finds act as entry points to introduce students to the rich cultural traditions of the region.
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Summary of Kazak Prime Minister Karim Massimov's remarks at the Asia Society International Business Conference.
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An interview with the author and Financial Times Washington bureau chief.
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The president of the Brookings Institution discusses the US-India negotiations following India's 1998 nuclear tests.
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Speech by Ambassador Nicholas Platt, Asia Society President.
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How the country's intravenous drug epidemic helped spread the disease, and what's being done to fight both.
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How the country's intravenous drug epidemic helped spread the disease, and what's being done to fight both.
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Ahmed Rashid discusses his new book, Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, and the explosive situation unfolding in the region today.
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Experts discuss the challenges facing reconstruction in Afghanistan and priorities for the international community’s role in creating a peaceful nation.