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19 JEMIE 1 (2020)

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                          Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
         JE  M    E       Vol 19, No 1, 2020, 1-5.

                          Copyright © ECMI  2020
                          This article is located at:
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                          0oC3°oA4tze/Jemie 2020 1/0BEober.pdf

Introduction: Ethnic Issues in Central Asia

Sergiusz Bober*

European  Centre for Minority Issues

The present special issue reflects the ECMI's renewed interest in Central Asian topics, which
grew  out of a workshop held in April 2018. The workshop featured prominent international
scholars and focused on various aspects of the Central Asian reality (e.g. ethnicity, nationalism,
human  rights, cross-border issues). This resulted in several publications, intensification of
ECMI's   cooperation with Central Asian partners, participation in conferences, hosting of
interns from Central Asian higher education institutions as well as the organization of further
events. Before the reader launches into this issue of JEMIE, as the guest editor of this special
issue, together with Aziz Berdiqulov, I would like to offer a set of introductory remarks
contextualizing the ECMI's interest in Central Asia and explaining how it is reflected in the
following contributions.

       Central Asian  studies traditionally focus on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,  Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan   and  Uzbekistan. Importantly,  parts of neighbouring   countries such  as
Afghanistan  or China  are also frequently included, not only because of the geographic
proximity, but also due to a shared history, ethnic and linguistic profiles, or geopolitical

* Contact: bober@ecmi.de

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