Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation : Understanding Societal Consequences of Connectivity Projects
Published on: 16/12/2018
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This paper examines how external actors’ strategies can limit state’s authority over their societies, through their borderlands, defined here as spaces of subtle intersection of cultures, political authorities (or lack of thereof), and economic interests. Fergana Valley in Central Asia-where territories of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan intersect-represent this type of a borderland, of which there are many, both in the developed and in the developing worlds. Borderlands represent vital social settings, because that is where both change and stability of states and societies originate. Furthermore, that is where international processes and patterns intersect, overlap or clash.