Courses on Central Asia

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GOV 1783 Central Asia in Global Politics

(Offered in Spring 2019)

An in-depth study of the place of Central Asia in Eurasian and global politics, and the policies of key external actors, such as Russia, the United States, China, the European Union, Turkey, Iran, Japan, South Korea and India, toward the region. Students are familiarized with the ways Central Asia has been contextualized both in scholarly sources and media. We will dwell on the changing geopolitical dynamics of the region and analyze how developments there are intertwined with bigger contexts and stories, ranging from non-proliferation and small statehood to authoritarian consolidation and transnational corruption. We will define similarities and differences in the foreign policies of Central Asian states and discuss the future prospects of the region.