The Central Asian and Caucasus Partnership (CACP) group was formed in 2010 as a collaboration between the Center for European, Russia, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) and the Asian Studies Center of Michigan State University. It is composed of MSU faculty members and advanced students from a wide range of academic fields and research interests relating to the analysis of two neighboring regions of the Former Soviet Union -- Central Asia and Caucasus. These regions share partly a similar past, culture, and politics, but remain as two of the most neglected world areas.
The CACP group strives to promote both interest in and study of the region through brown bag luncheon talks, special lectures and collaborative research initiatives. In the past, many prominent U.S. and international scholars, ambassadors, and policy makers as well as native researchers and PhD students from Central Asian and Caucasus have led discussions of topics such as local and regional politics and economics, environmental problems, social and cultural issues, agricultural development challenges, and higher education capacity-building and linkages.