By Eugene Rumer, Dmitri Trenin, Huasheng Zhao

Info: 232pp. Map, tables, index.
Publication Date: March 2007.


Description: The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 quickly and irrevocably reworked important Asia's political panorama. This zone of 5 sovereign states with a inhabitants of a few fifty million humans speedy grew to become an important concentration of curiosity and impression for competing poles of power.

The eminent members to this quantity supply a four-part research of the region's new significance in international affairs. Rajan Menon examines where of critical Asia in an international point of view. Eugene Rumer considers the point of view of the post-9/11 usa. Dmitri Trenin seems to be on the quarter from the perspective of conventional hegemon Russia. Huasheng Zhao offers the view from financial superpower-in-the-making China.

Selected Contents:

Introduction: vital Asia within the Twenty-First Century, Rajan Menon
1. the us and imperative Asia: looking for a method, Eugene Rumer
2. Russia and vital Asia: pursuits, regulations, customers, Dmitri Trenin
3. important Asia in China's international relations, Huasheng Zhao

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Rather, they emerged sequentially; their combined importance took more than a full decade to be fully perceived and appreciated. S. interests, Central Asia neither offers major opportunities (like early post-Cold War Russia) nor ranks as a rising peer competitor (like China); it is neither an ally (like Europe or Japan) nor an adversary (like Saddam Hussein’s Iraq or Iran). S. foreign policy agenda is a product of many, often competing interests. S. concerns, as well as current ideological preferences and relationships.

This effort too—much like the political and economic reform agenda—reflected a general American UNITED STATES AND CENTRAL ASIA 27 preference for familiar structures and principles. In this instance, Washington encouraged Central Asia to establish and develop relations with the EuroAtlantic security institutions—the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). 20 Although not European, the five states of Central Asia were “grandfathered” into the OSCE as successor states to the Soviet Union.

S. foreign policy agenda is a product of many, often competing interests. S. concerns, as well as current ideological preferences and relationships. In the case of Central Asia, a region deeply rooted in its Soviet experience, this newfound fluidity and ambiguity has represented a stark departure from 24 EUGENE RUMER the certitudes that characterized Soviet-American relations during the Cold War. S. relations with Russia. S. policymakers seeking to devise a sustainable course for American relations with Central Asia, and for the leaders of Central Asia, who sought unequivocal international recognition and a clear geopolitical orientation.

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