Central Eurasia: Prize or Quicksand? - Contending Views of Instability in Karabakh, Ferghana and Afghanistan

Central Eurasia: Prize or Quicksand? - Contending Views of Instability in Karabakh, Ferghana and Afghanistan

by Kenneth Weisbrode

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Central Eurasia: Prize or Quicksand? - Contending Views of Instability in Karabakh, Ferghana and Afghanistan by Kenneth Weisbrode

This paper argues that the major powers have played a central role in fomenting a logic of regional rivalry that has prevented Central Eurasia from developing the critical foundations of co-operation that are necessary to produce the kind of post-Soviet stability one finds in Europe. While the paper does not dismiss the many internal causes of instability, it chooses to focus on the significance of the region to outside powers and the role those powers have played, both on the ground and in the symbolic realm. It does so by tracing the involvement of major powers in three particularly rich areas of instability - Karabakh, Ferghana and Afghanistan. Each case illustrates divergences between rhetorical policy and actual interests, and shows how the former have hindered the latter.

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ISBN-13: 9780198510703
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Series: Adelphi Series
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Weisbrode is a graduate student in the Department of History at Harvard University. He wrote this paper while he was a Research Associate at the IISS in 1999-2000.

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