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World society as a shared ethnos and the limits of world society in Central Asia

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After the demise of the Soviet Union, the five Central Asian republics have struggled to maintain a degree of regional identity within the wider region of Eurasia by combining historical, religious and value-related discourses of commonality. In particular, ‘the Central Asian people’ has always been hailed as the ‘glue’ of this region, despite the fact that states in this area are following different political and economic orientations. Although ‘Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tajiks, Turkmens and Uzbeks have lived for centuries together as brothers’, as it is often heard in regional official statements, this ‘regional world society’ is being fractured by what I call the hyper-institutionalisation of pluralist institutions of international society. Using an English School approach, this paper explores the detachment of the Central Asian international society from the Central Asian world society, and investigates into the role played by the institutions of the former in weakening the substance of the latter.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-72
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Politics
Issue number1
Early online date8 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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  • Central Asia, Regional international society, Regional world society, Authoritarianism, Nationalism, Hyper-institutionalization

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