Reviews

In a formula that could be adopted as a general exergue by the Central Eurasian Reader, the author soundly postulates that “an article on current research developments is defined as much by what it emphasises, as by what it does not call attention to.”  His study on recent research on the international politics of Central Eurasia focuses on the main concepts (‘Clash of Civilisations,’ ‘Dialogue of Nations . . .’) and orientations (transition economies, nation-building, security architecture features) at work.  These points notwithstanding, the article successively examines the mapping of Central Eurasia (a ‘subjective vision’ ensnared in ‘geographist’ ideology), analyses a selection of research developments, and focuses on a selection on interdisciplinary pathways.  Well-argued critical comments on the essentially fictitious mapping of Central Eurasia and its multiple consequences are followed by the author’s conclusion on the increasing cohabitation, in an intellectual sense, of scholars from both outside of Central Eurasia and those based within the region—an encouraging result of which in Western academic institutions being that “a line is no longer drawn between the West (as articulate) and Asia (as distant and inarticulate) [450].” (See also, by the same author: “Research and Eurasia: Geopolitical Contours,” Perceptions—Journal of International Affairs 6/1 (2001): 135-50.)

The Redaction
CER: I-1.2.C-92