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Title: Kazakhstan's Foreign Policy Towards Russia, China and Central Asia (1991-2001) : International and Domestic Factors
Author: Passolt, Daniela
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 6701
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis analyses Kazakhstan's foreign policy towards its neighbours after the country became independent. The conceptual and empirical framework focuses on what international and domestic factors can help to explain Kazakhstan's foreign policy towards Russia, China and Central Asia, mainly during the period between 1991 and 2001. The research includes a critical review of primary and secondary sources and interviews. The thesis operates on the premise that Kazakhstan's relations ""ith Russia, China and Central Asia illuminate how both the international and the domestic environment provide explanatory factors to better understand Kazakhstan's foreign policy. By using some of the core tenets of Realist, Liberal and post-colonial domestic-based theories about the foreign policy of weak states, the main features and elements of Kazakh foreign policy can be identified. In particular, the thesis argues that international factors in the area of security as postulated by Realist theory, and economic factors as postulated by Liberal theory, have shaped Kazakhstan's foreign policy. In addition, the research confirms that domestic factors are also important for an understanding of Kazakh foreign policy. The two environments interact with and influence one other and thereby constitute Kazakhstan's complex foreign policy context. The thesis contributes to scholarship in the field of area studies and international relations. It is of immediate relevance to both academic and policy debates.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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