Accommodating revisionism through balancing regionalism: the case of Central Asia

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The Central Asian states face the challenge of containing Russia’s revisionism in the post-Soviet space while maintaining cooperative relations with it and integrating diplomatically and economically into the international system. This essay argues that the Central Asian states are managing this revisionism through a strategy we refer to as ‘balancing regionalism’: cooperating among themselves and with multiple actors to insulate themselves from great power revisionist power politics and from the establishment of an exclusive sphere of influence in their region. This balancing regionalism operates through the following three mechanisms: bridging, dovetailing, and branding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1033-1052
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number6
Early online date15 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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