Policy Memos

Averting Central Asian Rwandas

Policy Memo:

132

Publication Date:

10-2010

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With the May 2010 pogroms in southern Kyrgyzstan, the semi-forgotten specter of ethnic violence and state disintegration has returned to Central Asia with a vengeance. In the two decades since Soviet collapse, commentary on Central Asian affairs has focused mainly on measuring how near or far the so-called “Stans” have come in embracing the standards of Western countries. This intrinsically optimistic vision has translated into measurements along three principal scales: authoritarianism vs. democratization, corruption vs. free market entrepreneurship, and Islamist fundamentalism vs. moderation or secularism. [...]

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Professor of Social Research and Public Policy
New York University Abu Dhabi; Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration