Central Asia was rediscovered by the outside world after the collapse of the Soviet Union and with the resulting independence of the states Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in 1991. A multi-ethnic and multilingual region, it is the home of different Turkic, Iranian and European peoples. In spite of certain inter-ethnic clashes in the early 90's, Central Asia succeeded in preserving stability with the exception is Tajikistan, where a civil war erupted in 1992 on regionalist lines causing a huge number of casualties (estimated between 50 and 160 thousand). A peace agreement between the government and the United Tajik Opposition was signed in 1997. Meantime, tension has increased in the Ferghana Valley, considered the bread basket of the region, which is divided between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
CIMERA currently works on media development and language politics. We offer professional training for journalists and organize regional conferences on current regional concerns. We conduct and supervise research on the situation of the media in the region. Furthermore, by introducing bilingual education in Kyrgyzstan, we favour the integration of marginalized linguistic groups
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Vicken Cheterian in: Eurasianet, July 2000
Vicken Cheterian in: Eurasianet, June 2000
Vicken Cheterian in: Le Monde Diplomatique, May 1999
Vicken Cheterian in: Le Monde Dipomatique, July 1997