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State Erosion: Unlootable Resources and Unruly Elites in Central Asia

Lawrence P. Markowitz


State failure is a central challenge to international peace and security in the post-Cold War era. Yet theorizing on the causes of state failure remains surprisingly limited. This book draws on extensive fieldwork in two Central Asian republics—Tajikistan, where state institutions fragmented into a five-year civil war from 1992 through 1997, and Uzbekistan, which constructed one of the largest state security apparatuses in post-Soviet Eurasia—to advance a theory of state failure focused on unlootable resources, rent-seeking, and unruly elites. In Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and other countries wit ... More

Keywords: state failure, international peace, international security, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, co-optation, Middle East, Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451874
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence P. Markowitz, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rowan University