China's Rise and Reconfiguration of Central Asia's Geopolitics: A Case for U.S. "Pivot" to Eurasia

China's Rise and Reconfiguration of Central Asia's Geopolitics: A Case for U.S. "Pivot" to Eurasia
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China's Rise and Reconfiguration of Central Asia's Geopolitics: A Case for U.S. "Pivot" to Eurasia
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China’s global rise has prompted numerous discussions and studies of this historically monumental phenomenon and its implications for the world. On the one hand, China’s emergence as a global player has generated a lot of optimism for global development and economic convergence. On the other, it has spurred concerns about possible collisions on the world stage as existing and emerging powers seek to retain and redesign their roles and influences. Related opportunities and fears have been especially pronounced in countries neighboring China, including in Central Asia where the newly independent and post-Soviet republics face a possibility of yet another imperial expansion due to strategic advances of the “Middle Kingdom.”

As the strongest power on the planet, the United States has a major stake in China’s and the region’s future because both directly affect the U.S. global standing and the U.S.-led global economic and security order. The author advocates for “a robust, direct, and long-term” U.S. engagement with the region. Washington, he argues, needs to complement its “Pivot to the Pacific” with a “Pivot to Eurasia” in order to shape China’s rise on both flanks and ensure a more managed evolution of the global economic and security architecture. According to Mr. Muzalevsky, the U.S. “pivot” to Asia has aggravated China’s concerns of strategic encirclement by the United States and prompted Beijing to exploit an opening along the western track of its global expansion through Central Asia. China’s regional activities, he finds, are rapidly sidelining all other powers, and the U.S. planned withdrawal from Afghanistan and the region may herald lost strategic opportunities for Washington.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ROMAN MUZALEVSKY works for iJet International Inc., performing research, reporting, and analysis of global, regional, and national security affairs, risks, and trends, as well as providing incident response and crises management services. He is also a Contributing Analyst on Eurasian Affairs and Security at Jamestown Foundation. Previously, he worked for CSM Solutions Inc., National Democratic Institute, DFID Public Finance Reform Project, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, security consultancy Wikistrat, and global strategy advisory consultancy Krull Corp. in the United States and Central Asia. He conducted research on security issues in the post-Soviet space at the Center for Political and Military Analysis at Hudson Institute as part of the George F. Jewett Foundation Fellowship Award for Projects on the Study and Practice of Grand Strategies. Mr. Muzalevsky has authored at least 100 articles on Eurasian and global affairs, geopolitics, security, and strategic trends. In 2014-15, he authored two works, Central Asia’s Shrinking Connectivity Gap: Implications for U.S. Strategy and From Frozen Ties to Strategic Engagement: U.S.-Iranian Relationship in 2030 (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College). Mr. Muzalevsky received his M.A. in international affairs with concentration in security and strategy studies from Yale University and a diploma in international affairs from the International Ataturk Ala-Too University in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia.

 

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Foreword ............................................................................................................................vii
About the Author ………………............................................................................................... xi
Summary ...........................................................................................................................xiii
Introduction..........................................................................................................................1
1. China’s Current and Projected Regional Presence..........................................................12
China’s Needs, Interests, Goals, and Capabilities........................................................12
China’s Geo-Economics vs Russia’s Geopolitics ..........................................................21
China’s East-West “Pull” vs India’s South-North “Push”.................................. ...........30
China’s Expansion vs U.S. Containment?.....................................................................37
2. Reconfiguration of Central Asia’s Geopolitics …...........................................................…47
Multidirectional “Push-Pull” Forces …………………………………………………………………....…47
Division of Labor in Central Asia …..............................................................................51
Attributes of China’s Regional Hegemony ...............................................................…56
Indigenous Responses to Regional Change .............................................................…69
3. Advancing U.S. “Pivot to Eurasia”..................................................................................78
Boosting Military Engagement in the Region..............................................................81
Upgrading U.S. New Silk Road Initiative.....................................................................83
Advancing Cooperation with Key Partners.................................................................85
Shaping China’s Global Ascendance...........................................................................92
4. If China Succeeds or Fails: The Future of Economic and Security Order in
    Central Asia...................................................................................................................96
Endnotes.........................................................................................................................102

Audience

This work is recommended for analysts and policymakers interested in the fate of China, the United, States, Central Asia, and the world.

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Key Phrases:
  • China
  • Eurasia
  • Geopolitics, Asia, Central
  • Security, International, Asia, Central
  • China, Foreign relations, Asia, Central
  • Asia, Central, Foreign relations, United States
  • Asia, Central, Military relations, United States
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Record Creation Date:
09/22/2015
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