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Status Seeking in the Steppe

Taking Stock of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy, 1992-2019

Nicola Contessi    York Centre for Asian Research, York University, Canada    

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abstract

In its 25 years of existence as an independent state, Kazakhstan has had to invent an entire foreign policy. The process was driven by multiple objectives, for a large part aimed at ensuring the success of the broader state-building project: the preservation of national sovereignty, political stability, economic growth, and taking on international responsibilities. This strategy, shaped at once by the nature of the political regime and the constraints of the regional system, was inspired by the convergence of economic, political, and geopolitical considerations. Taking stock of Kazakhstan’s external action, this article finds unexpected correspondence with the key tenets of middle power doctrine, pointing to a widely unacknowledged reading of the country’s external action.

Pubblicato
16 Dicembre 2019
Presentato
08 Agosto 2019
Accettato
02 Ottobre 2019
Lingua
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-377-9
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-376-2