The New International Context

Edited by Roy Allison and Lena Jonson

This volume is the first comprehensive scholarly analysis of the strategic reconfiguration of Central Asia as Russia has become more disengaged from the CIS states in the region and they have developed new relations to the south, east and west.

This volume is the first comprehensive scholarly analysis of the strategic reconfiguration of Central Asia as Russia has become more disengaged from the CIS states in the region and they have developed new relations to the south, east and west. It assesses a variety of internal security policy challenges confronting these states and examines the security policy relevance of their expanding network of relations with regional and international powers - Russia, Turkey, Iran, China and the United States.This volume is the first comprehensive scholarly analysis of the strategic reconfiguration of Central Asia as Russia has become more disengaged from the CIS states in the region and they have developed new relations to the south, east and west. It assesses a variety of internal security policy challenges confronting these states and examines the security policy relevance of their expanding network of relations with regional and international powers - Russia, Turkey, Iran, China and the United States. Internal challenges and the evolution of relations with external powers may result in new cooperative relationships but may also lead to destabilizing rivalry and interstate enmity in Central Asia. It is important to identify new patterns of relevance for future security cooperation in the region, but the potential for a new security system or for new institutions to manage security in the region remains uncertain. These issues are explored in the chapters of this book by a team of prominent specialists from Western Europe, the United States, Russia and China.