The Evolution of the Central Asian Order

Speaker: Dr Filippo Costa Buranelli (St Andrews)

Convenor: Professor Roy Allison (RESC, St Antony's; REES)

The talk will make the case for looking at Central Asia as a regional order, emphasising its fundamental norms, rules, and institutions as well as elements of continuity and change. It will do so by showing that in the past thirty years, Central Asian international relations have assumed three specific institutional configurations: aspirational integrationism (1991-2004), basic coexistence (2004-2016), and pragmatic cooperation (2016-now). The presentation will end with an overview of the possible future developments of the Central Asian order, including the position of Afghanistan within it.

Filippo Costa Buranelli is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews and is currently Chair of the English School section at the International Studies Association. His interests include International Relations theory, international history, global governance, Eurasian politics, and regionalism. His research has been published in Millennium: Journal of International StudiesInternational Studies QuarterlyInternational PoliticsGeopoliticsInternational Relations, and Problems of Post-Communism, among other outlets. He is currently editing a forum on the politics of informality for International Studies Review and serves as expert advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy on the establishment of an Italy-Central Asia consultation mechanism in the field of scientific cooperation.


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