Political conquests in this region-- the establishment of Turkish empires in the 6th and 7th centuries BC, the invasion of Ghengis Khan, and eventual incorporation into Russia in the 18th century--have resulted with Central Asia's multi-ethnic culture. In 1991, the region's five Soviet socialist Republics were returned their independence.
The regions of Asia vary according to geographic literature and organization. The United Nations geoscheme for Asia has been subdivided by the Statistics Divison:
Syrian Arab Republic
United Arab Emirates
This research guide was created by Lois Kepes with the assistance of Dawnlyn Diehl, MLIS Graduate Intern at Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh (2012 through 2014. Dawnlyn also researched and developed the country pages.
Recent News and analysis on Central Asia from the Brookings Institution