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IR5510 Central Asia in World Order

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Wed

Dramatically and unexpectedly, Central Asia was thrust to independence in 1991. Of all the Soviet republics, the five of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - had been the largest net recipients of Soviet aid, had benefited most economically from the Soviet Union and had thus been the most reluctant to break from the Soviet empire. Once the path of independence was followed, each of these five states faced considerable ethnic, state, economic, social and foreign policy challenges. This course aims to analyse these nation- and state-building agendas, seeking to address critically some of the now widely held assumptions about this post-Soviet area. Moreover, located in one of the world's most strategic zones, between Russia, China and a troubled Middle East, Central Asia relies on its substantial human and natural resources in the renegotiation of its geopolitical status.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies

Optional for Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies (IR5029, IR5058, IR5510 or IR5527) Optional for International Security Studies Postgraduate Programme Optional for International Relations MRes Programme

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 lecture and 1 tutorial.

Assessment pattern

Postgraduate Assessment :3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
Re-assessment:re-sit and/or re-submission


Module coordinator:Dr M Fumagalli
Module teaching staff: