About Us

The Central Eurasia – Religion in International Affairs (CERIA) initiative promotes a better understanding of religion in Central Eurasia, a region that includes Central Asia, Caucasus, Mongolia, and Xinjiang. It approaches religion as a “societal shaper” that has broader implications in affecting politics, economy, and culture. It investigates three fundamental research axes: religion and the nation state, religion and identity, and religion and entrepreneurship. CERIA offers a platform of dialogue between the policy community, which tends to have a security-centered reading of the role of religion in Central Eurasia, and the scholarly community, which look at religion in a more societal and cultural context.

The CERIA Initiative is generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.