Journal of International Affairs

Foreign affairs periodical focuses on policy analysis, including state building and peace operations.

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 2, Spring

About the Publication
Originally entitled the Columbia Journal of International Affairs, the Journal was established in 1947 as a non-profit organization affiliated with the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. As the second oldest publication...
Acronym List
ABC Aqtau-Baku-Ceyhan pipeline ACBAR Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief ADB Asian Development Bank ASEAP Aral Sea Environment Assistance Plan BITS Swedish Bank for Investment and Technical Support BTC Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline...
Domestic Sources of Uzbekistan's Foreign Policy, 1991 to the Present. (the Andrew Wellington Cordier Essay)
While Karimov's policies have appealed to recent U.S. administrations, the recognition that Uzbekistan's stability is merely an illusion may jeopardize U.S.-Uzbek relations in the future. ********** While systemic theories often serve as the...
Foreword
The events of 11 September 2001 and the subsequent war in Afghanistan saw their fair share of winners and losers in the international arena. The Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, at the very...
From Warlords to Peacelords? (the Future of Afghanistan)
In a country with a deep tradition of localized and personalized rule, the prospect of a centralized government--the base around which reconstruction efforts were to be harnessed in the aftermath of the war against the Taliban--remains distant. Instead...
Iran's Pragmatic Regional Policy. (Foreign Policies toward the Region)
The notion that an ideological competition between Iran and Turkey would determine the internal evolution and external orientation of post-Soviet Muslim republics was simplistic and deeply flawed. ********** By mid 1990, it became increasingly...
Islam, Islamism and Political Order in Central Asia. (Pressing Issues)
Above all, the West should make every effort to not present Muslims with a perceived choice between repressive secular governments supported by the West and repressive anti-Western governments run by Islamists--in other words, between Iran and Uzbekistan,...
Population Politics in Kazakhstan. (Pressing Issues)
There may be a Kazakh majority not because of [Nazarbayev's] attempts to create a Kazakh homeland, but because of Kazakhstan's desperate economic conditions. Echoing the Kazakh flight during Soviet collectivization, many Kazakhs appear to have left...
Promoting Democracy: An Interview with Stephen Sestanovich. (Foreign Policies toward the Region)
These countries are not ours to remake. But influencing the direction they take is not only something that we can contribute to. It is very much in our interest to do so. ********** Journal: Is there a serious analysis out there that says that...
Rethinking Governance in Afghanistan. (the Future of Afghanistan)
Any future government in Afghanistan will have to resolve the problem of representation in a government based on population, and most importantly, on territorial representation that will accommodate most major ethnic groups and regional alignments....
Sizing Up the Central Asian Economies. (Pressing Issues)
As the countries achieve international prominence, and the focus on post-Communist transition fades away, labeling them the "stans" fails to capture the vital economic and political differences that each nation faces. How each country deals with their...
Southern Watch: Russia's Policy in Central Asia. (Foreign Policies toward the Region)
With regard to Central Asia, as well as globally, Russia has dropped all ideological claims. Neither Soviet modernization nor the czarist mission civilisatrice inspire the present ruling elite in Moscow. ********** Contemporary Central Asia is...
Taking Stock of Central Asia. (Assessing the Central Asian Republics)
The region may be changing less than a cursory glance would suggest. Russia's influence in the region was waning steadily well before the September 11 attacks, while the influence of the United States in the region had been steadily on the rise. ...
The Aral Sea Disaster and the Disaster of International Assistance. (Pressing Issues)
Mirroring the graveyard of ships littering the bed of the ever-shrinking Aral Sea, a similar graveyard of international assistance projects mars the landscape--projects that failed, were discontinued or never even begun. ********** Before the...
The Caspian Energy Conundrum
The region as a whole has a series of tense and complicated connections with bordering states and an unstable and shifting role in global politics and economics. All of these factors contribute to making the energy trade in Central Asia a dangerous...
The Strategic Future of Central Asia: A View from Washington. (Foreign Policies toward the Region)
To avoid the errors of the past, the United States must develop a wide-ranging policy to win the global war on terrorism, while encouraging the evolution of political and economic pluralism in all Central Asian countries. ********** The tragic...
Who's Watching the Watchdogs? (Pressing Issues)
Imagine a smuggler approaches, one former border guard told me, describing how guards patrol in groups of two or three over sparse terrain. "He tells you that if you turn the other way for five minutes, you can be a millionaire. But if you don't, he...