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Post-Soviet Transition in Central Asia
Catalog Number CEUS-U 596
William Fierman

This course will examine the issues of transition which have arisen in the former Central Asian republics as a result of the collapse of the USSR. Weekly sessions will be devoted to individual problem areas, such as the political relations with Russia, the development of foreign policy with the "far abroad," and the war in Tajikistan. Other sessions will cover demographic development, language policy, problems of economic reform, creation of new political structures, and environmental issues. In addition to a major research paper, students will write weekly "reactions" to reading selections and submit them before class.