The Euro-Asian World: A Period of Transition

The Euro-Asian World: A Period of Transition

The Euro-Asian World: A Period of Transition

The Euro-Asian World: A Period of Transition

Synopsis

The transition of the countries in Euro-Asia is one of the most important developments affecting the international system since the end of the Cold War. While some countries have progressed well, and may join the EU, others have undergone disintegration.

Excerpt

This edited collection addresses the transition in the Euro-Asian world. the book is divided into two parts which examine aspects of the security and economic transition in this area. the great strength and failing of many edited books resides in the usual eclectic mixture of chapters on many different topics. the hope for this book is that its coherence will display more strength than weakness. the book represents the output of members of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading. Some contributors are staff members of the University, while others are members of the Centre. Many of these chapters were presented at conferences and workshops organized by the Centre on aspects of the transition in Euro-Asia. Others are the result of close collaboration between staff at the University and members of the Centre based in other countries, academic centres and research institutes.

In this spirit of collaboration, this book is dedicated to the memory of the late Oumirserik Kassenov who passed away in September 1998. Professor Kassenov had a long-standing association with the Centre and was greatly respected in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. He was a clear thinker on the security of the new Kazakh state, and his publications are widely read and admired.

All edited books result from the collaboration of many people. We gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of Professor Christoph Bluth, General Editor of this series. We also thank the contributors to this book for the patience and timeliness. the support of Sylvia Smelt, Administrator at the Centre, has been important. We would like to thank Linda Auld for her excellent copy-editing of this volume. Finally, we are extremely grateful for the continuing support and invaluable assistance of Andrei Kalyuzhnov, and thank him particularly for the maps in this book.

Yelena Kalyuzhnova Dov Lynch Reading, uk

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