The limits of neorealism: Understanding security in Central Asia

Rajan Menon, Hendrik Spruyt

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This paper specifies the conditions for conflict in Central Asia. Given Russian preponderance this should be an easy case for neorealism. But we demonstrate that the consequences of Russia's superior power will depend on the nature of its regime and domestic stability in Central Asia. The type of nationalism, the robustness of political institutions, and the success or failure of economic reform will be critical conditions for Central Asian stability. The paper also evaluates the prospects for conflict resolution and prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-105
Number of pages19
JournalReview of International Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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