Tajikistan in the New Central Asia: Geopolitics, Great Power Rivalry and Radical Islam
Central Asia has become the battleground for the major struggles of the 21st century: radical Islam versus secularism, authoritarianism versus identity politics, Eastern versus Western control of resources, and the American 'War on Terror'. Nowhere are these conflicts more starkly illustrated than in the case of Tajikistan. Embedded in the oil-rich Central Asian region, and bordering war-torn Afghanistan, Tajikistan occupies a geo-strategically pivotal position. It is also a major transit hub for the smuggling of opium, which eventually ends up in the hands of heroin dealers in Western cities. In this timely book, Lena Jonson examines Tajkistan's search for a foreign policy in the post 9/11 environment. She shows the internal contradictions of a country in every sense at the crossroads, reconciling its bloody past with an uncertain future She assesses the impact of regional developments on the reform movement in Tajikistan, and in turn examines how changes in Tajik society (which is the only Central Asian country to have a legal Islamist party) might affect the region. The destiny of Tajikistan is intimately connected with that of Central Asia, and this thorough and penetrating book is essential reading for anyone seeking to make sense of this strategically vital region at a moment of transition.
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LIST OF MAPS AND TABLES
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
The Foreign Policy of a Small Power
Foreign Policy Change
The Determinants of Foreign Policy
Possible Implications of Foreign Policy Change
A Russian Return?
Tajik Policy and the Engagement of Regional Powers
Afghanistan Uzbekistan and Tajik Policy
A Turn for the Worse?
Efforts to Strengthen the Regime
The Structure of this Book
Back to the Future?
Ancient Bactria and Sogdiana and the Persian Conquest
Alexander the GraecoBactrian State and the Fall of BactriaSogdiana
The Arab Conquest
The Turks Genghis Khan and the Timurids
The Emirate and the Russian Conquest
The First Ten Years of Independence
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Bandwagoning with Russia
BigPower Engagement and Tajik Policy
The Turn of Events in 2001
The Backdrop of Russian Influence
Into the Shadow of the Kyrgyz Revolution
The Dynamics on the Domestic Scene
Why this Change?
The Foreign Policy of Small Powers
Implications for Tajikistans Future Policy
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