POLITICAL SCIENCE ON CENTRAL ASIA: 2012-2013

Murat LAUMULIN


Murat Laumulin, D.Sc. (Political Science), Chief Research Fellow at the Kazakhstan Institute of Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Almaty, Kazakhstan)


ABSTRACT

The interest of political science in Central Asia has not subsided: the academic community is paying close attention to the ways new national identities are being shaped in individual countries and to the geopolitical processes underway in the region as a whole, as well as to the results being presented in academic periodicals and exhaustive fundamental publications. Political scientists have noticed that despite certain common features, the local political regimes differ greatly from country to country. All the Central Asian states, those bordering on Afghanistan in particular, are very concerned about the rapidly approaching American pullout and the countrys possible destabilization.

Keywords: Central Asia, political science, historiography, geopolitics, Islam, security, migration.

Introduction

In the last couple of years, the flow of academic publications addressing Central Asias political problems has not subsided. Very much as before, authors have been showing a lot of interest in individual republics, particularly in the way they are acquiring and have acquired a new national identity. Large-scale fundamental geopolitical studies have appeared, while the veterans of Russian Oriental studies have added several fundamental works dealing with Russias Central Asian policies to the vast body of works published in other countries.

The editorial board of Pro et Contra, a journal published by the Moscow Carnegie Center, concentrated on the region and its problems in a special issue""=d Tsentralnaia Azia i vneshnie derzhavy (Central Asia and External Powers). The authors proceeded from the assumption that despite many common features, the local political regimes do not necessarily see eye-to-eye on many issues, while their foreign policy preferences differ widely. The generation change at the very top of..


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