Interethnic tensions in Kyrgyzstan: A political geographic perspective

Andrew Bond, Natalie Koch

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Abstract

Two U.S. geographers review an array of intertwining political geographic issues that provide context and set the stage for deadly armed conflict between groups of ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in the southern Kyrgyzstan city of Osh in June 2010. Applying a disaggregated and localized approach to understanding the ambiguous and complex factors underlying the current instability in Kyrgyzstan, they focus on: the role of north-south political competition; the country's uneasy economic relationship with its western neighbor, Uzbekistan; widespread official corruption and the penetration of organized crime into government structures; as well as broader geopolitical issues. The latter include Tashkent's policy toward the Uzbek diaspora, perceived threats from international terrorism/Islamist fundamentalism, the potential for the export of a "color revolution" to Uzbekistan, the presence of U.S. and Russian military forces in Central Asia, and the relative ineffectiveness of regional security structures such as the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-562
Number of pages32
JournalEurasian Geography and Economics
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

Keywords

  • Akayev
  • Bakiyev
  • Collective Security Treaty Organization
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Osh
  • Uzbekistan
  • clans
  • color revolutions
  • corruption
  • diaspora
  • drug trafficking
  • ethnic conflict
  • ethnopolitical entrepreneurs
  • organized crime
  • smuggling
  • terrorism
  • virtual regionalism
  • water management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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