Central Asia is becoming more well-known to the international community as a region of strategic, economic and political importance. The tourism attraction of the region has also improved in recent years as it has become a fabled Silk Road destination. People are starting to ask, who are these people? Who lives there? What are their traditions and cultures? In the current issue we will try to give some more information covering these topics, although as the saying goes you have to see it to believe it! We've been very lucky to get the most interesting authors in this field from all over the world. The Central Asia region has a wide diversity of cultures and people. Over 100 ethnic groups live there. Professor Rafiz Abazov from the Harriman Institute has written a very comprehensive introduction to the culture and traditions of Central Asia. Vitaliy Shuptar brings your attention to several articles on the Kazakhs who are known for their nomadic lifestyle. We even go deeper into original Kazakh culture in an article on the Kazakhs of Western Mongolia by Anna Portisch from SOAS. The Kyrgyz, whose history brings them from Siberia to the mountains of the Tien Shan, which creates a unique culture, are proudly presented by Kuban Mambetaliev from the Kyrgyz Embassy in London and Elena Bosler-Guseva from AUCA. The Tajiks are the only non turkic country in Central Asia with a deep Persian influence but with a very original culture highlighted in articles written by VSO volunteers in Tajikistan. Uzbeks are undoubtedly the most vibrant nation in Central Asia with a long history, rich in folklore and traditions. They are beautifully described in articles by the celebrated writer Hamid Ismailov and Dr. Razia Sultanova from London. Last, but not least, we have an article about the Russians, who are not originally from Central Asia but with a population of almost 10 million had a significant influence on Central Asian culture.