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May 29, 2023

Podcast: Democracy in Central Asia

Central Asia stands at a pivotal crossroads, with the next few months likely to set the course for the region going forward. In Part 2 of this podcast, Dr. Erica Marat guides us through the most democratic of the Central Asian republics, and the paradox of this progress under the rule of strongman presidents, including the current President Sadyr Japarov.

May 28, 2023

Queen of Cities: A discussion on the Fall of Constantinople

On May 28, CISA Professor Dr. Andrew Novo was interviewed by Thanos Davelis of The Hellenic American Leadership Council about his novel, Queen of Cities, and the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.

May 18, 2023

Japan: New Lord of the Subsea?

As threats to the global web of subsea fiber-optic cables become more prominent, Japan has an opportunity to become a leader in submarine cable laying, repair, and security.

May 16, 2023

Ukraine: The Moment of Truth Is Near

The government in Kyiv knows something even the West finds hard to admit; that its fight for survival is based on performance bonuses.

May 15, 2023

China's Maritime Silk Route and the MENA Region 1

The Routledge Companion to China and the Middle East and North Africa brings together China scholars from around the world, including from China, the MENA region, the United States, Asia, and Europe. The contributors, experts in their respective areas––which range from politics, military and nuclear power to economics, energy, and tourism––use different methodologies to understand China’s policies in the MENA.

May 12, 2023

Dr. Sean McFate on How to Defeat the Wagner Group (German)

On May 12, Der Pragmaticus published CISA Professor Dr. Sean McFate's latest article on how to defeat the Wagner Group beyond killing them to death.

May 11, 2023

Interview with Dr. Peter Eltsov: Wagner Group Leader Announces Forces Will Leave Bakhmut, Al Jazeera

Watch CISA Professor Dr. Peter Eltsov's interview with Al Jazeera English on their evening news hour, where he gives his take on a last-minute deal after Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin announced his forces will leave Bakhmut.

May 1, 2023

Reclaiming the Narrative: Decolonizing Central Asian Studies for a More Inclusive Understanding

In this article, Dr. Erica Marat and Dr. Botakoz Kassymbekova examine how the words used to describe Central Asia sometimes reinforce the region’s image as being part of Russia or the Soviet Union.

April 4, 2023

The Russians Are Coming. There Could Be Downsides.

Russia’s neighbors and other countries hosting large numbers of anti-war exiles need to take seriously the dangers they could pose.

March 23, 2023

Podcast: Defeating the Wagner Group

In Season 1, Episode 1 of the Guns for Hire podcast, host Alia Brahimi of the Atlantic Council speaks with the author and former mercenary Dr. Sean McFate about his three-pronged strategy for defeating the Wagner Group. They also discuss internal dynamics within the Kremlin-linked private military company, the dangerously outsized influence of its leader in the war in Ukraine, and Sean’s argument that there’s nothing more unconventional today than a conventional war– and that this is borne out by the way that Russia is fighting in Ukraine.