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Critical Approaches to Security in Central Asia

Critical Approaches to Security in Central Asia

1st Edition

Edward Lemon
December 04, 2018

Central Asia remains on the periphery, both spatially and in people’s imaginations. When the region does attract international attention, it is often related to security issues, including terrorism, ethnic conflict and drug trafficking. This book brings together leading specialists from a range of...

Identity, History and Trans-Nationality in Central Asia: The Mountain Communities of Pamir

Identity, History and Trans-Nationality in Central Asia: The Mountain Communities of Pamir

1st Edition

Dagikhudo Dagiev, Carole Faucher
October 23, 2018

Pamiris, or Badakhshanis in popular discourse, form a small group of Iranic peoples who inhabit the mountainous region of Pamir-Hindu Kush, being the historical region of Badakhshan. Pamiri communities are located in the territories of four current nation-states: Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China and...

Kyrgyzstan - Regime Security and Foreign Policy

Kyrgyzstan - Regime Security and Foreign Policy

1st Edition

Kemel Toktomushev
April 20, 2018

Kyrgyzstan is an interesting example of a relatively weak state, which for its brief period of independence has already ousted two presidents, experienced two revolutions, survived two interethnic conflicts and yet remained intact. This book explores this apparent paradox and argues that the schism...

Soviet Nation-Building in Central Asia: The Making of the Kazakh and Uzbek Nations

Soviet Nation-Building in Central Asia: The Making of the Kazakh and Uzbek Nations

1st Edition

Grigol Ubiria
March 21, 2018

The demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 resulted in new state-led nation-building projects in Central Asia. The emergence of independent republics spawned a renewed Western scholarly interest in the region’s nationality issues. Presenting a detailed study, this book examines the state-led...

From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus: The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh

From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus: The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh

1st Edition

Arsène Saparov
January 12, 2018

This book is the first historical work to study the creation of ethnic autonomies in the Caucasus in the 1920s – the transitional period from Russian Empire to Soviet Union. Seventy years later these ethnic autonomies were to become the loci of violent ethno-political conflicts which have...

Legal Pluralism in Central Asia: Local Jurisdiction and Customary Practices

Legal Pluralism in Central Asia: Local Jurisdiction and Customary Practices

1st Edition

Mahabat Sadyrbek
January 11, 2018

Legal Pluralism in Central Asia reports on historical, anthropological and legal research which examines customary legal practices in Kyrgyzstan and relates them to wider societal developments in Central Asia and further afield. Using the term legal pluralism, the book demonstrates that there is a...

The Afghan-Central Asia Borderland: The State and Local Leaders

The Afghan-Central Asia Borderland: The State and Local Leaders

1st Edition

Suzanne Levi-Sanchez
December 21, 2017

Based on extensive, long-term fieldwork in the borderlands of Afghan and Tajik Badakhshan, this book explores the importance of local leaders and local identity groups for the stability of a state’s borders, and ultimately for the stability of the state itself. It shows how the implantation of...

Growing Up in the North Caucasus: Society, Family, Religion and Education

Growing Up in the North Caucasus: Society, Family, Religion and Education

1st Edition

Irina Molodikova, Alan Watt
October 23, 2017

Investigating changes in upbringing in the North Caucasus, a region notorious for violent conflict, this book explores the lives of the generation born after the dissolution of the USSR who grew up under conditions of turmoil and rapid social change. It avoids the ‘traditional’ presentation of the...

Soviet Orientalism and the Creation of Central Asian Nations

Soviet Orientalism and the Creation of Central Asian Nations

1st Edition

Alfrid K. Bustanov
October 13, 2017

Orientalism – the idea that the standpoint of Western writers on the East greatly affected what they wrote about the East, the "Other" – applied also in Russia and the Soviet Union, where the study of the many exotic peoples incorporated into the Russian Empire, often in quite late imperial times,...

Institutional Reform in Central Asia: Politico-Economic Challenges

Institutional Reform in Central Asia: Politico-Economic Challenges

1st Edition

Joachim Ahrens, Herman W. Hoen
May 24, 2017

The countries of Central Asia are increasingly the focus of intense international attention due to their geopolitical and economic importance as well as their unsettled transition processes. The region faced enormous challenges when the Soviet Union disintegrated, and this book focuses on the...

Party System Formation in Kazakhstan: Between Formal and Informal Politics

Party System Formation in Kazakhstan: Between Formal and Informal Politics

1st Edition

Rico Isaacs
May 24, 2017

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Central Asian states have developed liberal-constitutional formal institutions. However, at the same time, political phenomena in Central Asia are shaped by informal political behaviour and relations. This relationship is now a critical issue affecting...

Mongolia Today: Science, Culture, Environment and Development

Mongolia Today: Science, Culture, Environment and Development

1st Edition

Dendevin Badarch, Raymond A. Zilinskas, Peter J Balint
January 21, 2016

This is a wide-ranging collection of essays written by experts in the field. The variety of topics provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary Mongolia. Topics include the impact of industrialization in Mongolia, environmental policies of the nation, the status of modern...

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