Central Asia Since Independence / Edition 1

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When the Soviet Union officially ended in December 1991 and was replaced by the Commonwealth of Independent States, the five Central Asian republics—Kazakstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—also became independent. This study examines the course of nationalist, ethnic, and pro-independence movements in the Central Asian region since 1991, as well as the geopolitical situation surrounding and involving these new states. Because of differences in size, ethnic composition, historical and cultural characteristics, resource base, and geographical location, these countries' patterns of evolution during the post-independence period have varied greatly. Nevertheless, during the last few years, certain basic common patterns have emerged, both in the political and economic development of the Central Asian states and in their external relations. These patterns and developments are analyzed here by a noted expert in Eurasian studies.

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Hunter (visiting senior research fellow at the Center for European Policy Studies-Brussels) analyzes how the Central Asian countries have managed to cope with post-perestroika independence, examining how each has charted its own foreign policy course in conducting relations at the intra-Central Asian, intra-CIS, regional, and international levels. Includes detailed analysis of issues pertaining to minority rights in the region. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275955397
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1996
  • Series: Washington Papers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

SHIREEN T. HUNTER is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she has held the positions of deputy director of the CSIS Middle East Program (1983-92) and director of Islamic Studies (1992-93).

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Pt. I Internal Dynamics: Challenge and Reform 1
1 Central Asia: Historical, Ethnic, Cultural, and Geopolitical Context 3
2 Political Ideology and Institution-Building 20
3 Central Asian Political Systems 40
4 Economic Revitalization and Reform 66
Pt. II External Relations 89
5 Intra-Central Asian Relations 91
6 Intra-CIS Relations 107
7 Central Asia and Its Neighbors 124
8 Central Asia and the West 151
Conclusions and Future Outlook 165
Appendix 171
Notes 183
Selected Bibliography 205
Index 211
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