The first of a three-volume series on the interaction of the US and China in different regions of the world, China, the United States, and the Future of Central Asia explores the delicate balance of competing foreign interests in this resource-rich and politically tumultuous region. Editor David Denoon and his internationally renowned set of contributors assess the different objectives and strategies the U.S. and China deploy in the region and examine how the two world powers are indirectly competitive with one another for influence in Central Asia. While the US is focused on maintaining and supporting its military forces in neighboring states, China has its sights on procuring natural resources for its fast-growing economy and preventing the expansion of fundamentalist Islam inside its borders. This book covers important issues such as the creation of international gas pipelines, the challenges of building crucial transcontinental roadways that must pass through countries facing insurgencies, the efforts of the US and China to encourage and provide better security in the region, and how the Central Asian countries themselves view their role in international politics and the global economy. The book also covers key outside powers with influence in the region; Russia, with its historical ties to the many Central Asian countries that used to belong to the USSR, is perhaps the biggest international presence in the area, and other countries on the region's periphery like Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and India have a stake in the fortunes and future of Central Asia as well. A comprehensive, original, and up-to-date collection, this book is a wide-ranging look from noted scholars at a vital part of the world which is likely to receive more attention and face greater instability as NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan.
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David B. H. Denoon is Professor of Politics and Economics at New York University. He is the author of many books, including Real Reciprocity: Balancing U.S. Economic and Security Policies in the Pacific Basin, and The Economic and Strategic Rise of China and India: Asian Realignments after the 1997 Financial Crisis.
- Preface and Acknowledgments
- 1. Alternative Views of Central Asia's Future
- 2. Walls and Windmills: Economic Development in Central Asia
- 3. Factoring the Foreign Policy Goals of the Central Asian States
- THE OUTSIDE POWERS
- 4. Both Epicenter and Periphery: U.S. Interests in Central Asia
- 5. Chinese and Russian Economic Interests in Central Asia: Comparative Analysis
- 6. The Strategic Interests of China and Russia in Central Asia
- 7. Life after Divorce: Russia, Central Asia, and Two Decades of Tumultuous Relations
- 8. Europe in Central Asia: Political Idealism and Economic Pragmatism
- 9. Japan and Korea in Central Asia: Economic Observations
- 10. India's Objectives in Central Asia
- 11. Ambitions of Grandeur: Understanding Turkey's Foreign Policy in a Changing World
- REGIONAL INTEGRATION?
- 12. Alternative Futures for Central Asia: How Far Will Integration and Cooperation Proceed?
- 13. The Development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: The Impact on China-U.S. Relations in Central Asia
- 14. The Quest for Energy Security in the Central Asian "Neighborhood"
- 15. Uncertainty Ahead: China Rising, U.S. Fatigued, and Central Asia Waiting on New Alignments
- About the Contributors
"Until the collapse of the USSR, China's westernborder was seen as the Beijing's `back door.' This collection documents itsemergence as a new front door, and analyzes its implications for US-China relations.Readers of this well-crafted volume will inadvertently be led to ask whether,and how, Central Asian countries can take charge of their own security, or atleast shape it."-S. Frederick Starr,author of Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane "In a time of increasing geopoliticaluncertainty and intensifying Sino-US interactions in so-called `third areas,'this timely collection of high quality essays breaks from outmoded ways of academicand policy thinking to identify a host of emerging governance, security andeconomic challenges that Central Asia poses for both Washington and Beijing.This volume offers valuable lessons about each of these external power's `toolsof influence,' their co-existence in practice, and the extent to which they canactually shape regional developments according to their respective strategicpriorities."-Alexander Cooley,author of Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia
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