The Central Asia-Afghanistan Relationship: From Soviet Intervention to the Silk Road Initiatives - Contemporary Central Asia: Societies, Politics, and Cultures (Hardback)Dr. Marlene Laruelle (editor)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 608 g
Dimensions: 239 x 159 x 27 mm
In this timely and well-edited volume, The Central Asia-Afghanistan Relationship: From Soviet Intervention to the Silk Road Initiatives, Marlene Laruelle brings together a diverse group of academics and regional experts to explain the often overlooked dynamics that exist between Afghanistan and its northern neighbors. The contributions offer a range of perspectives on the often tumultuous relationships Afghanistan has had (and hopes to have) with the states of Central Asia. Often, these were framed by the actions of outside powers, but increasingly, the countries themselves are shaping it. In this volume, the contributors demonstrate intimate knowledge of the region, providing data, explanations of events, and more locally-derived explanations for what has transpired over the past several decades. Historians and policy experts-especially those who are working to bring stability and connectivity to Afghanistan-will find Marlene Laruelle's latest effort to be essential reading. -- Roger D. Kangas, National Defense University
The long understudied and misunderstood set of relationships, current trends, and threats in Central Asia and Afghanistan point to what is likely to be a regional security flashpoint that may abruptly surprise us all. Marlene Laruelle has brought together some of the world's top scholars on Central Asia and Afghanistan to produce this authoritative look at this region and its fragile security relationships. This collection should be a must read for those studying the region. -- Raffaello Pantucci, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
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