- List of Tables and Figures
- About the Contributors
- List of Acronyms
- The International Relations of Asia
- Realism and Asia
- The Liberal View of the International Relations of Asia
- Constructivism and International Relations in Asia
- Foreign Policy Analysis and the International Relations of Asia
- The International Society Approach and Asia
- International Relations Theory and the “Rise of Asia”
- Japan’s Foreign Security Relations and Policies
- The Domestic Context of Chinese Foreign Security Policies
- India’s Foreign and Security Policies
- Strong, Prosperous, or Great?: North Korean Security and Foreign Policy
- South Korea’s Foreign Relations and Security Policies
- Southeast Asia’s Evolving Security Relations and Strategies
- A Synthetic Approach to Foreign Security Relations and Policies in Central Asia
- Human Rights Developments in Asia
- Health Risks and Responses in Asia
- Forced Migration in Contemporary Asia
- Environment, Human Security, and Cooperation in Asia
- Asia’s Regional Security Institutions
- Ideas and Institutionalization in Asia
- Trade Institutions in Asia
- Geography and the Security Dilemma in Asia
- American Alliances and Asia’s Regional Architecture
- Strategic Asian Triangles
Abstract and Keywords
In adopting a synthetic framework, the chapter reviews simultaneously the actors, norms, and structures that have affected processes and policies of foreign policymaking in Central Asia. It concludes that Central Asia’s status as a peripheral or intermediate zone is unlikely to change. Central Asia is pulled culturally and ideationally in multiple and sometimes competing directions, both within and between states. The absence of strong intra–Central Asian unity further weakens these states’ ability to negotiate collectively as a defined regional space. Overall, multilateral and bilateral engagements have been acceptable to the Central Asian leaders only if they serve regime security. Regime security has been the fundamental driver behind major foreign security polices of the last two decades.
Sally N. Cummings is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Fife.
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