This book investigates the roles that ideas and constructs associated with Eurasia have played in the making of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy during the Nazarbaev era.
This book delves into the specific Eurasia-centric narratives through which the regime, headed by Nursultan Nazarbaev, imagined the role of post-Soviet Kazakhstan in the wider Eurasian geopolitical space. Based on substantive fieldwork and sustained engagement with primary sources, the book unveils the power implications of Kazakhstani neo-Eurasianism, arguing that the strengthening of the regime’s domestic power ranked highly in the list of objectives pursued by Kazakhstani foreign policy between the collapse of the Soviet Union and Nazarbaev’s apparent withdrawal from the Kazakhstani political scene (19 March 2019). This book, ultimately, is a study of inter-state integration, which makes use of a rigorous methodological approach to assess different incarnations of post-Soviet multilateralism, from the Commonwealth of Independent States to the more recent, and highly controversial, Eurasian Economic Union.
This book offers a ground-breaking analysis of Kazakhstani foreign policy in the Nazarbaev era. It will be of interest to students and scholars of Central Asian Politics, International Relations and Security Studies.
Introduction 1. Kazakhstani Foreign Policy in the Pre-Eurasianist Era (December 1991–November 1993) 2. From Ideya to Initsiativa? Neo-Eurasianist Rhetoric in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan 3. Regime Neo-Eurasianism and the Failure of Central Asian Regionalism 4. Civilised Divorce, Marriage of Convenience: Revisiting Two Decades of Post-Soviet Re-INTEGRATSIYA (1994-2010) 5. Eurasia without Eurasianism. Kazakhstan and the Eurasian Economic Union Conclusion: Foreign Policy, Power and Identity in the Nazarbaev Era
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