“Until the collapse of the USSR, China's western border was seen as the Beijing's ‘back door.’ This collection documents its emergence as a new front door, and analyzes its implications for US-China relations. Readers of this well-crafted volume will inadvertently be led to ask whether, and how, Central Asian countries can take charge of their own security, or at least shape it.”
—S. Frederick Starr, author of Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
“In a time of increasing geopolitical uncertainty and intensifying Sino-US interactions in so-called ‘third areas,’ this timely collection of high quality essays breaks from outmoded ways of academic and policy thinking to identify a host of emerging governance, security and economic challenges that Central Asia poses for both Washington and Beijing. This volume offers valuable lessons about each of these external power's ‘tools of influence,’ their co-existence in practice, and the extent to which they can actually shape regional developments according to their respective strategic priorities.”
—Alexander Cooley, author of Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia
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