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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