REES-425-01 Central Asia: Foreign and Domestic Relations
Spring for 2015-2016
Kangas, R.
This course will focus on the political institutions, actors, and dynamics within the five states of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). We will analyze pre-Soviet and Soviet-era influences, as well as the current challenges to state-formation, stability and economic growth in these five case studies. To this end, the course will examine various political models used to evaluate such regimes. In the latter part of the course, we will focus on comparative assessments and the role of external actors in the development of the current systems. Some knowledge of comparative politics and/or Central Asia will be beneficial, but not essential.
Credits: 03
Prerequisites: None
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