The Geopolitics of Uzbekistan

No. 108 – July 2017

Authors: Nickolas Wathke, Aidan Johnson, Mohammad Kayali, Amanda Simon, Ty Simons, Kendyll Taylor, Olivia Towner
Editor and Co-Author: Prof. Phil Kelly
Language: English

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The unique physical setting of Uzbekistan, an exposed and dependent location within central Eurasia, invites a geopolitical description, the goal of this essay. The interest of the authors lies in utilizing the concepts of “heartland” and “autarky,” both terms intersecting and reinforcing, along with additional concepts, to portray the contemporary foreign affairs of this newly-independent, centrally-positioned, but vulnerable Islamic country. A common theme throughout will direct to Uzbekistan’s resident liability caused by its isolation, an interior placement within an immense continent that will encourage an eventual dependency erasing its current autonomy. In addition, the authors’ intent will be to test appropriate theories, in this case, as taken from the classical geopolitics model, for bringing deeper insight into international events, those being within the realm of the geopolitics of Uzbekistan. For example, will a heartland motif offer further understanding into the regional setting of Uzbekistan? Does the concept of autarky or self-sufficiency contribute new light into the country’s security? Similar queries will be exhibited to offer the reader a wide assortment of classical geopolitics methodology that will contribute to a deeper study of the regional setting of Uzbekistan and its neighbors.