CA 507 Central Asia in Global Politics
Mohira Suyarkulova, PhD, Political science
Central Asian states entered the global political stage when they acquired unexpected independence with the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. This module introduces the region from the perspective of its place in global politics and the study of International Relations. The five former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan underwent decolonialisation under the conditions of globalisation of world economy and on the wave of post-Cold war confidence in the inevitability of triumph of liberalism. At the same time the recent decade of the global ‘War on Terror’ waged by the United States and its Western allies has been dominated by the discourses of danger that transformed this part of the world from the ‘Second’ into the ‘Third World’, from post-communist into ‘Islamic’ world. This fascinating region offers scholars of international relations a unique insight into the challenges of state- and nation-building under the conditions of globalisation of world politics. This module aims to analyse some of the key phenomena, ideas and events in the region’s recent history, seeking to address critically some of the now widely held assumptions about this post-Soviet area.