Pierre Chuvins is linguist and historian specializing in ancient Greece and contemporary Central Asia. Born in 1943, Pierre Chuvins studied classical literature (aggregation), particularly Greek, but he also studied at the Inalco. He is professor emeritus of ancient Greek language and literature at the University of Paris X-Nanterre. From 1993 to 1998 he was the first director of the French Institute for Central Asian Studies in Tashkent, and from 2003 to 2008, the director of the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA) in Istanbul. He led Les Arts of Central Asia (Citadels & Mazenod, 1999) and is also the author of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva (Flammarion, 2001). Rene Létolle is a geologist, a specialist in environmental science. Born in 1932, Rene Létolle is Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris III. He is co-author of Aral (Springer, 1993) Tales of a sea in the Sahara (The Hamattan, 1997), Great Lakes Asian (L'Harmattan, 1999) History of Central Asia contenporaine (Fayard, 2008). Sebastien Peyrouse is a Senior Research Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program. His research originally focused on the impact of the Russian/Soviet heritage in the five Central Asian republics. His main areas of expertise are political systems in Central Asia, Islam and religious minorities, and Central Asia's geopolitical positioning toward China, Russia and South Asia.
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