Created in 1993, IFEAC is under the administrative supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has the status of a CNRS service and research unit (UAR 3140). Its main mission is to support French and Central Asian researchers working on the region in archaeology and in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences (history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, linguistics, political science, economics, geography, etc.)
The Institute’s geographical competence extends over the five Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) and is also interested in the dynamics that link the region to the neighboring territories of Russia (Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Siberia), Afghanistan, Iran (Khorasan), China (Xinjiang) and Mongolia.
- Spread and valorize the scientific activities of IFEAC in partnership with local research institutions
- Support the actions of cooperation between France and Central Asia in social sciences
- Inform about the activities of French partner organizations (university laboratories, research centres and institutes)
IFEAC has a periodical, the Cahiers d’Asie centrale, available online on the website Revues.org (http://asiecentrale.revues.org).
Located in Tashkent until 2010, the regional headquarters of IFEAC is now located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.