Central Asia’s states are currently pursuing a “Securitization of Society” – viewing substantial junks of citizen activity outside direct state control exclusively through a security lens. What is needed, however, is a “Societization of Security” by coming to an understanding that inclusive political and economic systems are not only integral to a country’s wealth (as Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have strikingly shown in their book “Why Nations Fail”) but crucial to its security as well.
Предложение президента США Дональда Трампа о переносе переговоров по урегулированию конфликта на Донбассе из Минска вызвало неоднозначную реакцию и в России, и в Казахстане, и в Белоруссии, и на Украине. Лидер Казахстана Нурсултан Назарбаев в ходе переговоров с Трампом в Вашингтоне подхватил инициативу и заявил о готовности начать новый раунд консультаций в Астане.
Своим мнением о том, что может стоять за перепалкой столиц, с EADaily поделился научный сотрудник Центра изучения Центральной Азии, Кавказа и Поволжья института Востоковедения РАН Александр Воробьев.
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Political Science is usually quite good at figuring out the main power players and relevant structures in the political systems of most countries. Those of us who are interested in Central Asia, however, will encounter an utterly incredible mess in the analysis of the political processes in the region. Mostly, the confusion centers around the term “clan” – a term that is so overused that it has been deprived of any clear meaning. This has led to a certain mystification of Central Asian politics around such poorly defined structures with little regard for the differences between clans, tribes and regional elites. So, this week, let us look at what clans really are, what their role is and if they are so special after all.
With Kyrgyzstan having its own preconditions and peculiarities in its development, it is insufficient to look at the country’s autocratic neighbors for comparison when assessing Kyrgyz democracy. Focusing on this regional context will inevitably obscure a number of very important trends under Atambayev’s tenure as President that threaten Kyrgyzstan’s democratic progress: in fact, there is a distinct risk of democratic rollback in Kyrgyzstan.
Read the full article in Fergana-News.
In early October when the Presidential race was in full swing in Kyrgyzstan, its outgoing President Almazbek Atambayev affronted Kazakstan’s Nursultan Nazarbaev, permanent leader of the country since independence. Atambayev, annoyed with the meeting of Nazarbayev with Kyrgyz Presidential candidate Omurbek Babanov in Astana, accused Kazakhstan of interfering in the Kyrgyz elections.
Germany’s politics for well over a decade now have been defined by a single principle: “Rule-and-Ruin”. Rule, that is, for Angela Merkel – and ruin for any other political force that joined her in a coalition government since she took office in 2005.
Today, even as Mrs Merkel still seems to be fairly on track for her fourth term, there is real reason to think that this old bargain is not going to work any longer. In fact, the future will look fundamentally different.
Read the full piece in Vocal Europe.
Central Asia is not exactly a region of primary interest to many decision makers in Brussels and wider Europe. There is, however, a profound political and economic risk in ignoring the momentous change that the region’s key country, Kazakhstan, is about to undergo. Published in Vocal Europe
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The failure of the Jamaica talks is the culmination of deeper conflicts and structural forces at work in Germany’s politics and society.
Read the full text in the Global Times.