Uneasy Alliance: Relations Between Russia and Kazakhstan in the Post-Soviet Era, 1992-1997

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Based on sources still unavailable in the West, this first English language study of Russian-Kazakh relations provides unorthodox interpretations of many events and introduces new concepts in analysis of contemporary relations. Because political thought found itself a little behind the rapid political change that engulfed the former USSR, a process of adjustment of concepts and development of new approaches is now underway. Examining the complex nature of Russian-Kazakh relations immediately prior to and after the collapse of the USSR, the book examines four major groups of issues in Russian-Kazakh relations: status of ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan; Kazakh and Russian attitudes to post-Soviet integration; bilateral military relations; and Russian and international competition for Kazakhstan's energy resources.

Beginning with research on Gorbachev's time in office, the book analyzes the effect of Moscow's policies on Kazakhstan and the factors which propelled the republic to independence. Next, one sees how Kazakhstan and Russia tried to establish a new, post-imperial basis for their relations during the first six months after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Subsequent chapters move from historical to structural analysis. With his inside knowledge of the mechanisms of Russian foreign policy formulation, the author pays particular attention to such controversial problems as Kazakh policy in the creation of a nation and its effects on Kazakhstan's Russian population; the concept of Eurasian Union, Custom's Union, and other integration initiatives supported by Kazakhstan; Kazakh nuclear disarmament; the Caspian Pipeline Consortium; and the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

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Discusses Russian-Kazakh relations after the collapse of the USSR, focusing on the period from 1992 to 1997. Topics include a background of the relationship between the two countries; the evolution of Russian political thinking on issues of its relations with Kazakhstan and Central Asia in the first year after the break up; and what the author deems the four major problems in Russian-Kazakh relations. An appendix offers several tables of relevant statistics and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

MIKHAIL ALEXANDROV works as a consultant for government and business organizations in Australia.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Maps
Introduction
Ch. 1 Emergence of Independent Kazakhstan 1
Ch. 2 Formulation of Russian Policy Towards Kazakhstan 57
Ch. 3 Problem of Ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan 99
Ch. 4 Russian and Kazakh Approaches to CIS Integration 155
Ch. 5 Relations Between Russia and Kazakhstan in the Military and Strategic Spheres 203
Ch. 6 Russia and International Competition for Kazakhstan's Energy Resources 259
Appendix 309
Index 321
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