The New Geopolitics of Central Asia and Its Borderlands

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Ali Banuazizi, Myron Weiner
Indiana University Press, 1994 - Political Science - 284 pages
This book focuses on the newly independent Muslim republics of the former Soviet Union in Central Asia, especially Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan. It examines the recent economic and political developments in these states with reference to the lingering legacy of Tsarist Russian and Soviet rule, the resurgence of an Islamic political identity, the persistence of ethnic allegiances and rivalries, and the nascent democratic aspirations of their peoples.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The New Geopolitical Order
19
Emerging Political Elites
44
The Potential for Political Instability
68
Tajikistans Relations with Iran and Afghanistan
91
Islam Statebuilding and Uzbekistan Foreign Policy
136
7 Turkey the Caucasus and Central Asia
175
Iran the Caucasus and Central Asia
197
Tahir Amin
216
Rethinking the Role of the Great Powers
233
Issues and Challenges
261
Notes on the Contributors
273
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Ali Banuazizi is Professor of Social Psychology and Modern Iranian History at Boston College.
Myron Weiner is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and the author of several studies of Indian society and politics.

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