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Central Asia Initiative: Mobility and Governability

At a time when Central Asia is of growing consequence to the global economy and security, the Asia Institute has launched an initiative to foster greater understanding of the history and the significance of Central and Inner Asia within the campus and broader academic communities and among the general public.

The organizing theme for this first year will be "Mobility and Governability." Highlighting the significance of Central Asia as a distinct geographic region which has been the site of repreated migrations and conquests from earliest times, this rubric  encourages reflection on how the mobility of Central Asian peoples has allowed both for conquest within and outside Central Asia, and for the ungovernability that has faced occupiers from outside the region.

Activities:

Central Asia Initiative Steering Committee:

  • Nile Green, Professor of History, Committee Chair
  • Nancy Levine, Professor of Anthropology
  • Helen Rees, Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Director, Center for India and South Asia and Doshi Professor of History