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dc.contributor.advisorMeierding, Emily
dc.contributor.authorChen, Andrew
dc.dateSep-17
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-07T23:39:05Z
dc.date.available2017-11-07T23:39:05Z
dc.date.issued2017-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56113
dc.description.abstractSince the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has managed to overcome a crumpling economy and ethnic tensions to become the wealthiest and most internationally respected republic in Central Asia: the only one to garner membership and leadership roles in the United Nations Security Council and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. How has Kazakhstan achieved this, given its history of oppression by foreign powers and its remote and vulnerable geography? Abandoning the logic of realism, President Nursultan Nazarbayev rejected the militaristic route to building state power, including giving up inherited Soviet nuclear weapons. Instead, he has implemented a "multi-vector" foreign policy that utilizes Kazakhstan’s mineral resource wealth and geopolitical position, taking advantage of major powers’ dependence on imported natural resources to build leverage. By examining his strategies through the lens of geoeconomics, this thesis sheds light on how a producer state can peacefully gain power vis-à-vis stronger neighbors in the modern international arena, what that means for U.S. foreign policy in dealing with illiberal regimes, and what challenges still lie ahead that may threaten to derail Kazakhstan’s unexpected and remarkable rise.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/kazakhstansgeoec1094556113
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleKazakhstan’s geoeconomic quest for power in a multipolar worlden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBarma, Naazneen H.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorKazakhstanen_US
dc.subject.authorgeoeconomicsen_US
dc.subject.authormiddle powersen_US
dc.subject.authornatural resourcesen_US
dc.subject.authoroilen_US
dc.subject.authorpipelinesen_US
dc.subject.authoruraniumen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Europe and Eurasia)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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