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Stable Outside, Fragile Inside?

Post-Soviet Statehood in Central Asia

Stable Outside, Fragile Inside? by Emilian Kavalski
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In the wake of Soviet disintegration, Central Asia became an idiom for the ensuing confusion in the post-Cold War climate of international affairs, characterized by inter-state order and intra-state anarchy. Dynamic changes associated with the end of communism, the 'revival' of ethnic, religious and clan mobilization and the gradual involvement of various international actors, have inspired extensive scholarly and policy engagement with the region. Yet most analyses fail to bring Central Asia into the mainstream of systematic interrogation.

This timely volume analyzes the quality of statehood in the region by assessing the complex dynamics of Central Asian state-making and focusing on the simultaneous patterns of socialization and internalization in the region. It straddles four different bodies of literature and addresses the systematic lacunae in all of them to investigate the localization effects of Russia, China, the EU and NATO on forms of post-Soviet statehood in Central Asia – placing Central Asia in the study and practice of world politics.

Ashgate Publishing Ltd; March 2013
252 pages; ISBN 9781409499626
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Title: Stable Outside, Fragile Inside?
Author: Emilian Kavalski; Neil Robinson
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