January 10, 2007
S. Frederick Starr


S. Frederick Starr

"What's Happening at the Heart of Eurasia?"

Underwritten by: Barnes & Thornburg

Listen to the Inner Compass interview (#712) of
S. Frederick Starr that also took place while he was at Calvin College.

It is long since time a new continent was discovered, but this may well be happening in the heart of Eurasia.

There, between the great powers of India, China, Russia, and Europe, a "Greater Central Asia" is emerging. Ten countries are steadily emerging from centuries of oblivion. As they do so, they have the potential to relink Europe and Asia as they did during the region's golden age. In the process, they may be creating a different and more modern model of Muslim society than we see in the fractious Middle East. It's worth it for the U.S. to support this process.

S. Frederick Starr is Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and Rector of the University of Central Asia , an international initiative for education and development in Central Asia . Starr is also the founder and director of the Louisianna Repertory Jazz Ensemble.

Areas of expertise include: Central Asia, including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Xinjiang (China). Political and developmental issues; regional conflict and cooperation; Islamic factors; education and culture; Caspian hydrocarbon and Pamir electric energy issues.