About the project

The Bishkek Project is an initiative by EurasiaNet.org with funding from the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.

The publications on BishkekProject.com are the outcome of an international conference entitled “The Great Powers and Central Asia after Western Drawdown from Afghanistan,” which was co-hosted by Columbia University’s Harriman Institute and the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in June 2016.

Through a grant provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this conference was the second of a two-part series exploring the geopolitics of the borderlands of Eurasia, particularly in the “buffer zones” of Ukraine and Central Asia. The conference in Bishkek convened experts based in Russia, Central Asia, the US and Europe to examine the geopolitical significance of Central Asia and discuss how the region is an arena of “great power” influence and competition between the US, Russia, China, and Europe.

This borderlands project was organized and led by Rajan Menon, the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at City University of New York and a Saltzman Institute senior research scholar, and Jack Snyder, a professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science and Saltzman Institute at Columbia University. Alexander Cooley, a Columbia University professor of political science and director of the Harriman Institute, coordinated the Central Asia and Afghanistan portion of the project.