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Readership: General readers interested in relations between the U.S. and China; students and scholars of international relations, American politics, Chinese politics, Asian studies, and international political economy.
Alexander Cooley is the Tow Professor for Distinguished Scholars and Practitioners in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College and Columbia University. His books include Contracting States, Logics of Hierarchy, and Base Politics.
"Great Games, Local Rules is a timely contribution ... this concise book (under 200 pages) with handy subheadings every two pages or so is recommended reading for journalists and students who want to brush up on the developments of the last ten years. In turn, Cooley has brought Central Asia to a wider academic audience." - Annabelle Chapman, LSE Review of Books
"Alexander Cooley challenges the conventional wisdom about the new 'Great Game' in this wide-ranging and compelling book." - Angela Stent, Survival
"It is an important book that deserves to be widely read among scholars of IR who seek to make
sense of what 'multipolarity' means today." - John Heathershaw, International Affairs
"a highly readable, richly researched and insightful book that explores the increasingly intensifying interaction between China, Russia and the USA. ...Cooley has produced an excellent study of the region that should be required reading for scholars, policy makers, and interested students." - Johannes Olschner, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs
Chapter 1: The New Multipolar Politics of Influence in Central Asia
Chapter 2: Local Rules: The Origins and Politics of Central Asian Regime Survival
Chapter 3: Washington's Strategy: Juggling Interests and Values on the Road to Afghanistan
Chapter 4: Moscow's Strategy: The Quest for a Privileged Role
Chapter 5: Beijing's Strategy: The SCO, Xinjiang and China's Great Leap Westward
Chapter 6: Anti-Terrorism, Democratization and Human Rights
Chapter 7: Geopolitical Competition and Political Stability: The Case of Kyrgyzstan
Chapter 8: Corruption and Governance: Competition and Collusion in Contracting
Chapter 9: Regional Integration: So Many Proposals, So Little Cooperation
Chapter 10: Conclusion: Central Asia's Multipolar Politics in Comparative Perspective
Appendix 1: Laws Passed after Color Revolutions that Introduced New Restrictions on NGOs
and the Media
Appendix 2: Election Monitor Assessments, ODIHR/SCO/CIS