Uzbekistan and the United States : Authoritarianism, Islamism and Washington's Security Agenda Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 180 pages
- Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/02/2005
- Category: International relations
- ISBN: 9781842774236
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