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Chasing the Shadow of a Region

Alexander Cooley

in Great Games, Local Rules

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199929825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929825.003.0009
Chasing the Shadow of a Region

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Chapter 9 examines Central Asia’s persistent lack of regional integration, despite regular great power interest in promoting greater cooperation. It overviews some of the region’s common problems, including water management, and shows how the construction of new infrastructure remains highly politicized. The chapter then explores how local rules, particularly the region’s patrimonial structures and commercialization of borders, have checked outside efforts to promote greater cooperation and formal integration. Finally, it compares and contrasts the difficulty of conducting formal cross-border transactions with the growing informal integration produced by the border shuttle trade and narcotics trafficking.

Keywords: regional integration; water management; borders; shuttle trade; narcotics trafficking

Chapter.  4756 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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