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CENTRAL ASIA IN WORLD POLITICS

A BOOK OF EURASIAN FOUNDATION

Concept Note

No nation is an island. Because domestic policies are constantly affected by developments outside, nations are compelled to (rather than sit on the fence or out-rightly isolate themselves) enter into dialogue with their counterparts for the purpose of enhancing their status quo, or increasing their power or prestige and survival in' the international system. These interactions among nations quite often is said to have taken place only after the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 is in fact much older than this. Superpower politics although have started recently but the Continents of the world have started interacting politically defying the geographical barriers about some five hundred years ago. Ever since, Eurasia (the present day Central Asia as a part) has been the centre of these interactions. For different reasons, at different times and in different ways Eurasia has been able to capture the global lime light for the greater part of history. This is true even during the post Westphalia period. Central Asia holds its importance all along. The Heartland Theory of Halford Mackinder is testimony to the fact of growing significance of the Central Asian region in global politics. Probably this is the reason why Brzezinski rightly regarded the Central Asian geographical area as the grand chessboard on which the struggle for global primacy continues to be played. 

In contrast to the doomsday prediction of 1990s about the future of Central Asian republics soon after the disintegration of the Soviet Union that the region would descend into anarchy, poverty striven, lawlessness, the region has consequently been come over and able to consolidate their national independence and sovereignty. Regional cooperation has taken an upward swing. The region’s integration in to the international system has been smooth and is advancing in right directions. The Central Asian countries have not only been able to draw the global attention but quietly have created much strategic space and geo-economic interests along with geopolitical significance that outside powers are made to negotiate with Central Asian republics defying the conventional concept of dictating the terms of engagement from the position of strength. 

It is in this context the proposed edited volume is aiming to focus on the political interactions of major powers with the Central Asian Republics and vise-versa. In the centre of the study, which covers mainly under Central Asia are the five Central Asian states (CAS) - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. They appeared on the world stage as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union and maintained their importance upon the linchpins of geopolitical importance, geostrategic significance and huge hub of energy resources from Europe to Asia, America to Australia at the intersection of competing interests, both regional and global amidst the rapidly changing world environment surrounding the Central Asian Region (CAR).

We would like to request to authors for contribution a chapter on the following thematic areas for this proposed book, “CENTRAL ASIA IN WORLD POLITICS.” You are requested to write a chapter on the subject of your interest and expertise related to Central Asia. We are sure that your chapter will fill up an important gap in this book. The manuscript should be typed in double apace using 12 point font with at least one inch margin on all sides in Times New Roman. The proper acknowledgement, Notes and References should be clearly written. The referencing system should be followed in the Harvard standard Style. If you need any further information regarding this book, please don’t hesitate to contact us in the following E-mail: . The chapter of the book should be sent the same email id within two months or latest by 31st August 2014.

The book is mainly based on the following themes.

  • Dynamics of Central Asia
  • Geopolitics of CA
  • Central Asia and its Neighbours
  • Regional Security in CAR
  • Foreign Policy
  • Central Asia and World Politics
  • Energy Politics and Pipeline Diplomacy in CA
  • Central Asia and Regional Organisations: SCO, CIS 
  • Traditional and Non-traditional Security issues.
  • Central Asia and India
  • Central Asia and China
  • Central Asia and Russia
  • Central Asia and Pakistan
  • Central Asia and U.S.
  • Central Asia and Japan
  • Central Asia and EU
  • Central Asia and Iran
  • Central Asia and Turkey
  • Central Asia and Israel
  • Central Asia and Afghanistan
  • Central Asia and UNO
  • Central Asia and Globalisation

Journal

Eurasian Report

Eurasian Report

Editor-in-Chief: Arun Mohanty

Price: INR250,   International Price: US$ 8,   CIS Country: US$ 6 (Postage Extra)

ISSN: 0974-7656

The Foundation publishes a quarterly journal, Eurasian Report since 2007. The Journal, first of its kind in India, focuses on domestic, bilateral, regional and international issues concerning the countries of Eurasia, which has profound significance and relevance for our country. Eminent scholars, diplomats and public figures with deep knowledge of the region are among the regular contributors of the journal. Policy makers, foreign policy experts, and scholars on international studies are immensely benefited by the input provided by the journal.

Editorial correspondence, contribution of Articles, Book Reviews, Advertisements and Subscriptions should be addressed to 

Dr. Arun Mohanty, 

Editor-in-Chief, Eurasian Report, Warden. Qr. No.4, Sabarmati Hostel, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067. 

Tel. 011-26704589(O), Mob: 09871471149, 

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Books

Evolution of Parliamentarism in Post-Soviet Russia

Evolution of Parliamentarism in Post-Soviet Russia

Author: Arun Mohanty

Axis Publications, New Delhi, 2009

ISBN:

State of Russian parliamentarism has been in the centre of an intense academic debate ever since soviet disintegration. This book traces the origin of   Russian parliamentarism which goes back to the Veche institute of Novgorod principality in the 11th century. This work attempts to debunk the myth that Russia never had any parliamentary tradition in its history at all, which is why Russia cannot have a sound parliamentary democracy. Russia has all the parliamentary institutes that exist in developed western democracies though they are essentially weak and need to be further developed. The author throws light on the evolution of parliamentarism in Russia. The book aims at enriching the understanding about Russian parliament, its role and place in the evolving political system of the country. The research provides a comprehensive account of parliamentary developments starting from the peak of perestroika in late eighties to the end of Putin’s presidency. It captures development of multiparty system in post-Soviet Russia through practice of parliamentary democracy by providing a detailed analysis of all five Duma elections held so far after Soviet breakup.

   

 

Russian Civilization

Russian Civilization

Editors: Ajay Patnaik, Arun Mohanty, N.S. Kirabaev, M.M. Mchedlova

F K Publications, New Delhi, 2007

ISBN:

This volume is produced through joint collaboration between Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Centre for National Glory of Russia on the occasion of Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s official visit to India in January, 2007.

 

 

 

 

Old India: Notes on Voyage Beyond Three Seas

Old India: Notes on Voyage Beyond Three Seas

Author: Ivan Minayev

Translated to English by Arun Mohanty

Eurasian Foundation, New Delhi, xxxx

ISBN:

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Kazakhstan: the Way Ahead

Contemporary Kazakhstan: the Way Ahead

Editors: Arun Mohanty, Sumant Swain

Axis Publications, New Delhi, 2009

ISBN:

Dedicated to the official visit of the Kazakh President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev to India in January, 2009.

Kazakhstan, located in the heart of Eurasia continent, is a country where diverse cultures and ethnicities have synthesized over centuries. Kazakhstan, the 9th largest country in the world in terms of territory with a population of 16 million, is a highly industrialized nation where one finds nomadic lifestyle co-existing alongside the sophisticated space programme. Kazakhstan like   India practices the principle of unity in diversity and firmly believes in cultural pluralism, secular values. Kazakhstan is located at the cross road of civilizations – Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, which makes it the right place for dialogue of civilizations.  

Kazakhstan is rich in vast natural resources. The entire periodic table of Mendeleyev can be found beneath the surface of the country. It is set to be among top ten oil producing countries and plans to be among 30 most competitive economies of the world in few decades. Kazakhstan ranks 7th in terms of oil deposits and 6th in terms of gas reserves in the world.

Independent Kazakhstan has emerged as a powerful economy from the ruins of disastrous   post-Soviet market reforms with a per capita GDP of   8500 USD   that makes it the   largest economy in Central Asia and second largest in CIS. Kazakhstan’s economy    accounting for 70% of the total GDP of Central Asia, is the driver of economic development and integration in the region. In the post-independence period, thanks to its prudent policies, Kazakhstan has attracted 80 billion $ in FDI which accounts for 80% total investments in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan pursues a predictable, consistent and peace-loving multi-vector foreign policy. Kazakhstan significantly contributed to world peace and international security by voluntarily abandoning its nuclear arsenal, the fourth largest in the world at the time of its dismantling and made major contribution in transforming Central Asia into a nuclear weapons free zone. Kazakhstan is a founding member of Sanghai Cooperation Organization and initiator of CICA.

Central Asia, part of our extended neighborhood, has profound significance for India because of its strategic location, huge natural resources, first of all, its hydrocarbon resources.         

India, one of the first  countries  to recognize  Kazakhstan’s  independence incidentally became  the first  foreign nation  to be visited  by President Nazarbaev, signifying  India’s central place  in that country’s  foreign policy agenda. The current volume, specially prepared to commemorate President Nazarbaev’s historic visit to India in January, 2009 when he was chief guest in our Republic Day celebrations contains 24 original articles contributed by eminent scholars and diplomats from both countries.

 

 

Indo-Russian Relations: from Yeltsin to Putin

Indo-Russian Relations: from Yeltsin to Putin

Author: Arun Mohanty

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Contemporary Odisha: Realities and Vision

Contemporary Odisha: Realities and Vision

Editors: Arun Mohanty, Nihar Ranjan Das, Sumant Swain

Axis Publications, New Delhi, xxxx

ISBN:

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