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IV. US-Russian strategic relations and the structuration of Central Asia

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Central Asia is only one of the core regional subsystems of international relations that constitute Central Eurasia. The others are Southwest Asia and South Asia. The years 1989–1994 saw the geopolitical enlargement of Southwest Asia into Greater Southwest Asia; 1995–2000, that of Central Asia into Greater Central Asia; and 2001–2006, that of South Asia into Greater South Asia. These “Greater” complements overlap, and their intersection is key to the future of international relations in Greater Central Asia and Central Eurasia as a whole. It is through their matrix that powers such as Russia and the United States (as well as China, India, Iran, Turkey) play out their search for influence in Central Asia proper. A look back over the 1990s reveals better how US-Russian relations in Central Asia have unfolded so far in the early twenty-first century and why they are less central than was once the case.

Keywords: Central Asia; Central Eurasia; international relations; South Asia; Southwest Asia; US-Russian relations



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