MICRO-GEOPOLITICAL SEMIOTICS OF CENTRAL ASIA: “CROSSROADS” AND “BRIDGES”
Farkhod Tolipov, Ph.D. (Political Science), Director, Caravan of Knowledge—Uzbek Research and Educational Center (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
The author analyzes a highly specific geopolitical phenomenon—geopolitical self-identification of the Central Asian countries with the help of geographic images, symbols, and signs used to prove their importance on the international arena and at the regional level in particular. In his analysis the author uses a constructivist approach to the efforts to fit several geographic descriptions into a geopolitical context combined, to a certain extent, with a realistic approach expressed by the term “geopolitical semiotics.”
Keywords: micro-geopolitics, semiotics, transportization, Central Asia.
In the years of independence the Central Asian republics have enriched their political vocabulary with quite a few new terms, expressions, and figures of speech.
Since 1991, that is, for practically quarter of a century of renewed independence, the Central Asian region has been coping with real and virtual geopolitical challenges.
Many experts in Central Asian developments have acquired the habit of talking about the regional context in geopolitical terms better suited to the Great Powers’ rivalry in this part of the world. Suffice it to mention the famous “Balkanization of Central Asia” offered by former U.S. national security advisor and………..