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Central Asia: Views from Washington, Moscow, and Beijing by Eugene Rumer, Dmitri Trenin, Huasheng Zhao

By Eugene Rumer, Dmitri Trenin, Huasheng Zhao

Info: 232pp. Map, tables, index.
Publication Date: March 2007.


Description: The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 swiftly and irrevocably remodeled relevant Asia's political panorama. This sector of 5 sovereign states with a inhabitants of a few fifty million humans speedy turned an incredible concentration of curiosity and impression for competing poles of power.

The eminent participants to this quantity provide a four-part research of the region's new significance in international affairs. Rajan Menon examines where of important Asia in a world point of view. Eugene Rumer considers the point of view of the post-9/11 usa. Dmitri Trenin appears on the zone from the perspective of conventional hegemon Russia. Huasheng Zhao presents the view from monetary superpower-in-the-making China.

Selected Contents:

Introduction: primary Asia within the Twenty-First Century, Rajan Menon
1. the us and imperative Asia: looking for a technique, Eugene Rumer
2. Russia and vital Asia: pursuits, rules, clients, Dmitri Trenin
3. vital Asia in China's international relations, Huasheng Zhao

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S. policymakers. The opposite view obtained for Turkey. S. ally, ethnic kin of Central Asia’s nations, and a secular Islamic nation with democratic governance, Turkey seemed like the natural partner for the United States to promote Central Asia’s re-emergence into the international arena and domestic modernization. Moreover, for Turkey, long spurned by the European Union in its aspirations for membership, the chance to expand its sphere of influence in Central Asia and to serve as a bridge between that region and Europe seemed an irresistible opportunity.

Programs designed to eliminate or, at a minimum, to reduce significantly the threat of the different types of WMD—chemical, biological, radiological, and of course nuclear—have continued in the region until the present day. However, with the elimination of the problem of “loose nukes”—unsecured ex-Soviet nuclear weapons and the risk of their falling into the wrong hands—nuclear diplomacy receded into the background, leaving room for other issues to dominate the American policy agenda in Central Asia.

Policy toward Central Asia in the 1990s. There were several others—for example, de-nuclearization of the former Soviet lands and nonproliferation, energy, promotion of democracy, counterterrorism, and Iran, to name just a handful of the principal factors. The problem for Central Asia then, as well as now, fifteen years into its independence, is the lack on the part of the United States of a clear vision of its interests in this remote and unfamiliar region. That lack of clarity is hardly unique to Central Asia and American policy toward this region, but it is certainly manifest there.

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