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By Eugene Rumer, Dmitri Trenin, Huasheng Zhao

Info: 232pp. Map, tables, index.
Publication Date: March 2007.

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Description: The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 quickly and irrevocably remodeled imperative Asia's political panorama. This zone of 5 sovereign states with a inhabitants of a few fifty million humans quick grew to become a massive concentration of curiosity and impact for competing poles of power.

The eminent individuals to this quantity provide a four-part research of the region's new value in international affairs. Rajan Menon examines where of primary Asia in an international point of view. Eugene Rumer considers the viewpoint of the post-9/11 usa. Dmitri Trenin seems to be on the zone from the point of view of conventional hegemon Russia. Huasheng Zhao presents the view from monetary superpower-in-the-making China.

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Acknowledgments

Introduction: principal Asia within the Twenty-First Century, Rajan Menon
1. the us and principal Asia: looking for a method, Eugene Rumer
2. Russia and important Asia: pursuits, rules, customers, Dmitri Trenin
3. primary Asia in China's international relations, Huasheng Zhao

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S. interests in that part of the world. S. policy. Loose Nukes The first and most urgent condition on the ground requiring immediate attention after the breakup of the Soviet Union was the remaining nuclear arsenal and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) components—both of which were found on the territory of post-Soviet Central Asia in large quantities. Securing, removing, or eliminating this extremely dangerous legacy of the Soviet era was priority number one—given the high risk of proliferation, the proximity of Central Asia to the Middle East and South Asia, and the large potential market for such merchandise (whether in the Middle East, North Korea, or elsewhere).

S. policy community and general public in Central Asia diminished as well. S. policy was beset by growing disillusionment with Central Asia. By the end of the second Clinton administration, its relations with the region reached a difficult stage. The image of Central Asia had become tarnished in Western media by widespread reports of corruption, growing authoritarianism, and lack of progress on economic reform. Increasingly, the policy community came to view the “stans” not as the next generation of Asian tigers but as the next wave of failing states.

For the time being, at least, American interests in Central Asia were defined in terms of conflict avoidance, building democracy, market reform, and cooperative security arrangements. And these presupposed not an outdated zero-sum (we-win-you-lose approach), but on the modern post-Great Game, post-Cold War geopolitics that abjured the zero-sum, win-lose perspective. 30 EUGENE RUMER Hidden beneath the allegorical use of Flashman’s fictional character was an important message to all those suspecting the United States of engaging in yet another land grab in the heart of Eurasia.

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