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Title: Nation-building in the Post-Soviet Central Asia
Authors: Gurbangeldiyev, Atamyrat
Keywords: national identities
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Department of International and Comparative Politics
Abstract: The primary aim of this paper is, in political perspective, to elaborate the rule of states and state policies to make or remake national identities in the Central Asian countries. Particularly, it addresses the question of engagement of the states in nation-building projects while most of the state regimes are identical authoritarian and strong presidential system. The introduction part deals with the thesis statement, and a conceptualization of nation-building gives short background information about case countries. Secondly, paper discusses about Soviet Legacy and remaining obstacles that countries still do not get away with. Thirdly, paper compares and contrasts two countries’ nation-building practices with their regime survival of Central Asia those are Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. Particularly, it addresses early stages of nation-building processes in which the two states were busily engaged. Finally, the conclusion starts global comparison in what nation-building looks like in democratic states of the western countries.
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