- Code MEAS8103
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
The course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of politics in Central Asia. It aims at exploring issues of governance, security, conflict and cooperation in the region as a whole, as well as investigating problems and processes specific to each of the former Soviet republics of Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. While international relations of the newly independent states will be analysed primarily from the geopolitical and geostrategic point of view, students will be encouraged to develop interpretive frameworks based on indigenous knowledge and perceptions.
One 4,000-5,000-word essay (60%), 3-hour final examination (40%)
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One two-hour seminar per week
S Soucek, A History of Inner Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
O Oliker & T S Szayna (eds), Faultlines of Conflict in Central Asia and the South Caucasus, Santa Monica: RAND, 2003.
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