Mohammed Ayoob (ed.) and Murad Ismayilov (ed.) (Routledge- 2015- 224 Pages)
“The multicultural region of Central Eurasia is living through its early post-independence years and as such serves as an ideal case to study and analyze theories of identity and foreign policy in a non-European context. Looking to re-introduce identity as a multidimensional factor informing state behavior, this book analyses the experiences of the different Central Eurasian states in their post-independence pursuits.
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