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Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia

Alexander Cooley

Abstract

The struggle between Russia and Great Britain over Central Asia in the nineteenth century was the original “great game”. For the British, control over the region protected their vital possessions in the subcontinent. For an expanding Russian Empire, Central Asia represented the next step in their evolution as a great power. In the past quarter century, a new “great game” has emerged. Not only is the region enmeshed in America's global war on terror, it sits between a newly aggressive Russia and resource-hungry China and alongside one of the volatile areas in the world. This book explores the d ... More

Keywords: Central Asia, United States, Russia, China, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, basing rights, natural resources, political influence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199929825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929825.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Cooley, author