The Caspian Information Centre was founded in 2003 as a forum for study, discussion and debate about the remarkable countries of the Caspian region.

CIC is served by a small but dedicated team of senior academic writers, contributing editors and volunteers.

Launched in London in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent, the Centre initially embarked on an ambitious programme focused exclusively on Kazakhstan.   During its first four years, it hosted a number of high-level events and seminars in London and Brussels, published a wide-ranging and informative catalogue of Occasional Papers, and led a delegation of senior European politicians and academics to observe the 2005 presidential elections in Astana.   For those who are interested in CIC’s work on Kazakhstan, the archive may be found here.

Starting in September 2011, CIC focused its research resources on Azerbaijan, a small, little known country which has nevertheless recently taken centre-stage in Europe’s unfolding energy security drama.   As a result of its energy riches and skilful economic management,  Azerbaijan can justifiably claim to possess one of  the fastest-growing economies in the world.   According to The Independent newspaper, “This small country of nine million people finds itself once of the most important places on Earth”.

CIC has already announced an exciting programme of events and publications planned for the next 12 months.   It has already published twenty Occasional Papers, the most recent of which discusses the impact of the Eurovision Song Contest, as well as a major study of Azerbaijan’s society, economy and politics.

The Caspian Information Centre finances its activities through Individual and Corporate subscriptions and occasional sponsorship of its events by leading international corporations operating in the Caspian region.   If you or your company or institution are interested in supporting CIC’s work and benefitting from the very high-level participation and networking opportunities offered by its events, or in sponsoring a specific seminar or research programme, please contact us for further information.