History of IICAS


The International Institute for Central Asian Studies was established on July 5 1995 as a direct outcome of the UNESCO Silk Roads Expeditions. The concept of the Institute was conceived during the Steppe Route Expedition in Central Asia organized within framework of UNESCO Project “Integral Study of the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue”, and a major project of the World Decade for Cultural Development (1987-1997).

Following the official establishment, the General Director of UNESCO Mr. Federico Mayor solemnly opened the Institute on 27 August 1995 in Samarkand (Uzbekistan).

Initially, the Agreement of the Institute was signed by Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. In 2020 Mongolia joined the IICAS.

The main objectives of IICAS are to bring to the attention of the international community historical and cultural issues on Central Asia and to strengthen collaboration between local scholars and their colleagues abroad through a multidisciplinary study of the region. Institutions and scholars are linked to IICAS through a system of Associated Members (public or private institutions and non-government organizations of a scientific or cultural nature) and Corresponding Members individuals.

IICAS is governed by a General Assembly and an Academic Council. The IICAS Secretariat is headed by a director elected from among the nominations made by Member States. When choosing a leader, the principle of rotation of the countries represented by the institute is used.

Directors IICAS:




Mr. Ashraf Akhmedov (Uzbekistan), 1995-2001

PhD, Leading Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Tel.: +99891 187 11 75

E-mail: beruni1@uznet.net 


Mrs. Kadicha Tashbaeva (Kyrgyzstan), 2002-2007

Head of the Department of Archeology, Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic

Tel.: +996 550 165 167

E-mail: kadichaty@gmail.com


Mr. Shahin Mustafayev (Azerbaijan), 2008-2013

Professor, Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies. Full member of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. IICAS Corresponding Member

E-mail: mustafayevsm@gmail.com

Website: https://independent.academia.edu/SMustafayev


Mr. Pilho Park (South Korea), 2014-2017


Mr. Dmitriy Voyakin (Kazakhstan), 2018

PhD, Head of the Department for Documentation and Archaeological Conservation of the Institute of Archeology named after Margulan of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Member of the National Commission for UNESCO and ISESCO of the Republic of Kazakhstan

E-mail: d_voyakin@hotmail.com

Тел.: +7 701 788 72 60




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