The Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies(CRACAS) at Fudan University, whose predecessor was The Center for Russian and East European Studies, was founded in 2005. Major research interests of the CRACAS faculty encompass: Russian and Eurasian politics, diplomacy, security and society; China-Russian and China-Eurasian state-to-state relations; security, economy, people-to-people and cultural exchanges among Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) member states; Silk Road Economic Belt; international energy security and diplomacy.
At present, the full-time CRACAS faculty members consist of 2 professors,1 associate professor,1 assistant professor and 1 translator. In close collaboration with School of Economics and College of Foreign Language and Literature at Fudan University, a number of the adjunct researchers participate in the academic events organized by the Center on a regular basis.
In the year of 2017, the CRACAS at Fudan University was designated by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China as the Institute for China-Russia People-to-People Exchange Studies and one of the Institutes of International and Regional Studies. The CRACAS at Fudan actively carries out decision-making and advisory service, building close ties with government departments in China. The CRCAS researchers are committed to undertaking numerous national policy projects, invited to attend related consultation and decision-making meetings.
The faculty members have published numerous specialized academic findings in Chinese, Russian as well as English and constantly attend the following internationally renowned events on Eurasian studies: Valdai Discussion Club, Astana Economic Forum and The East Asian Conference on Salvic-Eurasian Studies. Since 2015, the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies at Fudan University has jointly launched the research project “China-Russia Dialogue” with Russian International Affairs Council and issued the annual research report accordingly, harvesting favorable resonance in academia and decision-making circles. In the meanwhile, the Academic Newsletter (an internal journal) comes out annually as scheduled.
As a platform-based research center affiliated to the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University, the CRACAS conducts routine work, organizes and hosts domestic and international academic symposiums, develops academic exchanges with the institutions, experts and scholars both at home and abroad. In addition to the renowned research institutes, the CRACAS has also initiated academic collaboration and partnership with Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Institute of Far Eastern Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Carnegie Moscow Center, The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, The Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, The University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, The Kyrgyzstan National Strategic Research Center, The Kyrgyzstan National Strategic Research Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS), Brookings Institution, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Slavic Eurasian Studies of Hokkaido University, Centre for Eastern Studies in Poland and Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The CRACAS at Fudan University offers courses on Russian politics and diplomacy to undergraduates and postgraduates, enrolling master’s and doctoral program candidates in the area of international relations and international politics while cultivating talents specializing in Russian and Eurasian studies. The postgraduates accepted comprise native students as well as those from Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States and Ukraine. Furthermore, all necessary conveniences and facilities have been and will continue to be provided to visiting scholars and interns worldwide, amongst whom come from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Turkey and the United States.