Dilemmas of compatibility: GCC-Kazakhstani relations

Anceschi, L. (2014) Dilemmas of compatibility: GCC-Kazakhstani relations. Journal of Arabian Studies, 4(1), pp. 1-19. (doi: 10.1080/21534764.2014.918466)

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This article examines in detail the political and economic relations that post-Soviet Kazakhstan established with member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It argues that the underpinning compatibilities shared by the states in question led to the progressive failure of most initiatives attempting to connect Kazakhstan with the Arab Gulf. The paper devotes its initial attention to the detrimental influence that the logic of regime maintenance exerted vis-à-vis the establishment of political cooperation between the parties. In reflecting on how the wider GCC-Kazakhstani relationship came to feature a very narrow agency, the paper will also highlight the dynamics through which structural economic factors prevented the consolidation of successful commercial ties between two critical constituencies of contemporary Asia.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anceschi, Professor Luca
Authors: Anceschi, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Arabian Studies
ISSN (Online):2153-4780

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