Transitions in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Identity, Polity and Strategic Choices
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This book discusses the ideological and historical relevance of the term ‘Eurasia’ as a concept in the global geopolitical and ethno-cultural discourse. It focuses on the contested meanings attached to the idea and traces its historical evolution and interpretations.
The volume examines the contours and characteristics of power politics in the Eurasian landscape by exploring the dynamics of the contending and competing interests that have come to occupy the region, particularly in the aftermath of the disintegration of the Soviet Union. It further examines the multiple narratives that define the socio-political realities of the region and also the policies of the state actors involved, by reflecting upon the multifaceted dimensions of the Eurasian issues. These include nation building strategies, identity, ethnic conflicts, security, democratization, globalization, international migration, climate change and energy extraction. The geopolitical and civilizational aspects of Eurasianism, in which Russia occupies a pivotal geo-political place creates both opportunities and anxieties for other stakeholders in the region. The book also holistically analyses the developmental dimensions of the post-Soviet space and ‘Eurasianism’ as a concept and political practice in domestic, regional and global affairs.
The book also analyses the developmental dimensions of the post-Soviet space and ‘Eurasianism’ as a concept and political practice in domestic, regional and global affairs.
Table of Contents
1. Situating Eurasia: Cultural, Economic and Geopolitical Constructs 2. Foundation and Evolution of Eurasia Identity 3. Gender Epistemologies in post-Soviet Eurasia and the Revolutionary Subject 4. The Great war and the Russian Revolution as factors in the formation of Belarusian Statehood (1914-1919) 5. Democracy in Eurasia 6. Ethnic conflicts and nation-building trajectories in post-Soviet states 7. Secessionism and De-facto State-Building as a tool for managing Ethnic-Cultural Diversity:The case of Abkhazia and South Ossetia 8. Siberian Regionalism in XXI century 9. Mapping Russia’s Foreign Policy since 1991 10. The Prospects for Russia-India Partnership in Eurasia 11. Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: The Aura of Kazakhness 12. Eurasia on the Move 13. Choices of post-Soviet Eurasian States Amidst Globalization: The role of Civil Society 14. The Climate Change and Water Related Problems of Central Asia 15. Negotiating Mongolian Identity in the Eurasian geopolitical landscape 16. Visegrad 4 and Resurgent Russia 17. Perceiving South Asian Peace through Regionalisation Mode 18. Religion in Post-Soviet Russia: Reflections on evolving dynamics, forms and manifestations 19. Regional Studies in Russia’s Indology: Present State and Prospects 20. Russian Banking System: Trends and Analysis
Archana Upadhyay is a Professor in the Centre for Russian & Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi India.