12, 2022, the 25th session of the Academic Council of the International
Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) was held in the building of the
Farab Library in Turkestan, the Republic of Kazakhstan.
was timed to coincide with the V International Congress of Archeology of the
Eurasian Steppes "Eurasian Steppe Civilization: Man and Historical and
Cultural Environment", co-organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher
Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Akimat (Government) of the
Turkestan Province and a number of research organizations and universities from
Kazakhstan and Russia, including IICAS.
to the members of the Academic Council, the meeting was attended for the first
time by a representative of Keimyung University, Republic of Korea (associate
member and partner of the institute) Ms. Farra Sheikh. The Islamic Republic of
Iran at the session was represented by Dr. Khalil Shirgholami, acting Vice-President
of the Institute of Political and International Studies (IPIS) for research, who
replaced Dr. Seyed Majid Ghafelebashi in this post, according to the note of
the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
speech by the Director of IICAS Dr. Dmitry Voyakin was followed by a detailed
report on the budgetary and extrabudgetary activities of the institute and the
implementation of the scientific program and budget for 2022-2023. Separately,
a report was presented on the results of Dr. Voyakin's activities as Director
of the institute for a 5-year period from 2018 to 2022. The activities of the
institute's secretariat staff over the past year were also given positive
feedback. The Director summed up some preliminary results of the implementation
of the IICAS scientific program for 2022-2023, and also highlighted the achievements
and challenges in the implementation of grant projects.
The list of
the institute’s Corresponding Members has been replenished with a new name -
the candidacy of Dr. Julio Bendezu-Sarmiento, a well-known scientist and
researcher who has devoted many years to studying the history and culture of
Central Asia, was unanimously supported by the members of the Academic Council.
conclusion, a description was given of the potential for a number of countries
to join IICAS as full Member States and of the relevant efforts made by the Secretariat.