Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781842774236 Published February 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842774229 Published February 2005 For sale in North and South America only

Uzbekistan and the United States

Authoritarianism, Islamism and Washington's Security Agenda

Shahram Akbarzadeh

Uzbekistan and the United States

Shahram Akbarzadeh

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192 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2005
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781842774236 Published February 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $90.95 ISBN: 9781842774229 Published February 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Uzbekistan, the most strategically situated Central Asian country, has exhibited the most appalling record on human rights and democratic reforms. Yet, post - September 11, a transformation in US policy has suddenly taken place. US troops are now stationed there; Washington has put the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan on its list of terrorist organizations; and the Bush administration has promised to triple aid to President Karimov‘s highly authoritarian regime.

This unique study explores the central question from a longer-term Uzbek point of view: to what extent are closer ties between Washington and Tashkent contributing to political reforms inside Uzbekistan? Dr Akbarzadeh describes political events since independence, including the emergence of a radical Islamic opposition. He analyses how September 11 has catalysed a transformation in Washington‘s attitude as it perceived a common Islamic enemy, and he examines the possible beginnings of a retreat from Soviet-style politics.
Contents
Foreword by Yaacov Ro‘i
1. From Soviet to Post-Soviet Authoritarianism
2.. Islamic Challenge
3. Tashkent‘s foreign policy decisions
4. Uzbekistan and the United States: A difficult relationship
5. September 11 and the ‘War on Terror‘
6. Human Rights and Democracy
7.Prospects for Authoritarian Withdrawal
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Selected Bibliography
Index
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