Ethnic Challenges Beyond Borders: Chinese and Russian Perspectives of the Central Asian Conundrum

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This book gathers a rare collection of essays by leading Chinese and Russian Central Asian specialists. The contributors address the problems and challenges posed by the resurgence of Central Asia to China and Russia. Both countries are in search of a post-communist and post-Cold War order. The editors explore uncertain transformations in Central Asia and their implications for Chinese and Russian foreign policies and speculate on the possible outcome of the current search for a...
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This book gathers a rare collection of essays by leading Chinese and Russian Central Asian specialists. The contributors address the problems and challenges posed by the resurgence of Central Asia to China and Russia. Both countries are in search of a post-communist and post-Cold War order. The editors explore uncertain transformations in Central Asia and their implications for Chinese and Russian foreign policies and speculate on the possible outcome of the current search for a regional order.
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Essayists explore uncertain transformations in Central Asia and speculate on the possible outcome of the current search for a regional order. Issues addressed include the implications of the resurgence of Central Asia for China and Russia; how the Chinese and the Russian foreign policy elite have perceived political and economic transformations in newly independent Central Asian states; and appropriate policy responses to the ethnic challenges from Central Asia. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312210373
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: St. Antony's Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Russian and Central Asia: Evolution of Mutual Perceptions, Policies, and Interdependence 11
2 China and Central Asia: Towards a New Relationship 32
3 Ethnopolitical Issues and the Emergence of Nation-States in Central Asia 50
4 Ethnic Harmony and Conflicts in Central Asia: Origins and Policies 73
5 Russia and Russians in Central Asia 93
6 Islamic Fundamentalism, Ethnicity and the State: the Cases of Tajikistan, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan 112
7 Population Dynamics in Central Asia and Adjacent Countries from 1960 to 2020 123
8 Central Asia's Transition to a Market Economy: An Analytical Comparison with China 147
9 Central Asia: Towards Ethnic Harmony Through Openness and Reform? 166
10 Sino-Central Asian Trade and Economic Relations: Progress, Problems and Prospects 179
11 Security Issues in China's Relations with Central Asian States 203
12 Central Asia and the World: Foreign Policy and Strategic Issues 218
Index 234
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