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Central Asian regionalism or Central Asian order? Some reflections

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This article reflects on how the concept of regionalism has been used to explain and interpret Central Asian politics since independence. It argues that regionalism, often a norm-laden analytical category based on Eurocentric assumptions, tends to paint the region as “failed” and regional states as incapable of institutionalizing multilateral relations. In its place, the article suggests the concept of order, which is more neutral and—through its focus on the operation of sovereignty, diplomacy, international law, authoritarianism, and great power management—is able to incorporate elements of both the conflict and cooperation that have marked the region’s politics since 1991.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalCentral Asian Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2021

    Research areas

  • Central Asia, Regionalism, Order, Theory, Institutions, Interdisciplinary

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