Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
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The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute or CACI was founded by S. Frederick Starr, a research professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He has served as vice president of Tulane University and as president of Oberlin College (1983–1994) and the Aspen Institute. He has advised three U.S. presidents on Russian/Eurasian affairs and chaired an external advisory panel on U.S. government-sponsored research on the region, organized and co-authored the first strategic assessment of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Afghanistan for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1999, and was involved in the drafting of recent U.S. legislation affecting the region.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Silk Road Studies Program, which is housed within the Institute for Security and Development Policy, form a joint think tank with offices in Washington, D.C. and Stockholm. S. Frederick Starr serves as the chairman of the joint institute, which is affiliated with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Its in-house publications include the CACI Analyst, the China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, and the Silk Road Paper series.