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Kazakhstan's Foreign Policy: Regime neo-Eurasianism in the Nazarbaev era

Author:
Anceschi, Luca

ISBN:
978 0 415 71143 2
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
240
List price(s):
150.00 USD
105.00 GBP

Publication date:
1 June 2018

Full description: 

For much of the post-Soviet era, Kazakhstan's international relations developed against a specific backdrop: the Eurasian continent, a (vaguely defined) politico-cultural space with the modern Kazakhstani state at its centre. This book looks at the central role occupied by `regime neo-Eurasianism' in the foreign policy of post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Using this analytical category to describe the version of neo-evraziistvo developed in Kazakhstan from 1994 onwards, the book considers regime neo-Eurasianism as a most defining example of the neo-Eurasianist trend. It looks at how Kazakhstani neo-evraziistvo emerged in an authoritarian context and was developed in a consistently regime-centric trajectory, and how it rapidly evolved into a force that unequivocally conformed to the interests of the Nazarbaev regime while wielding a decisive influence on the foreign policy of the Kazakhstani state. With case studies on identity and power, this book offers a ground-breaking analysis of Kazakhstani foreign policy, and is of interest to students and scholars of Central Asian Politics, International Relations and Security Studies.

Table of contents: 

Introduction 1. Kazakhstan's foreign policy in the pre-Eurasianist era (December 1991-November 1993) 2. From idea to initsiativa? Neo-Eurasianist rhetoric in post-Soviet Kazakhstan 3. Regime neo-Eurasianism and regional integration in Central Asia 4. Dilemmas of anti-imperial neo-Eurasianism: Promoting integratsiya in the former Soviet space 5. Searching for legitimacy: Integratsiya beyond the CIS space 6. A bridge between East and West? Kazakhstan and the geopolitics of Eurasian infrastructure 7. Conclusions - Foreign policy, identity and power in post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Biography: 

Luca Anceschi is ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Australia. He is the author of Turkmenistan's Foreign Policy, also published by Routledge (2009).

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