Offshore Central Asia: an introduction
Taylor and Francis
Reason for embargo
For the first two decades of independence, most academics and policy analysts viewed Central Asia as detached from the global economy and the diffusion of globalization trends. The apparent failure of ‘transition’–allegedly manifest in high levels of corruption, elite control of critical industries and assets, and low levels of formal intra-regional trade–has been interpreted as providing further evidence of Central Asia’s distance from the world economy and has led to new initiatives to bridge the gap. This is most evident in US State Department’s recent vision of creating a ‘New Silk Road’ that will increase trade and infrastructure linkages between Afghanistan and the Central Asian states.
Vol. 34 (1), pp. 1-10