Published: April 7, 2020

Political Geographies of the Post-Soviet Union

Political Geographies of the Post-Soviet Union

About the book: This comprehensive volume observes how, after 25 years of transition and uncertainty in the countries that constituted the former Soviet Union, their political geographies remain in a state of flux. The authors explore the fluid relationship between Russia, by far the dominant economic and military power in the region, and the other former republics. They also examine new developments towards economic blocs, such as membership in the European Union or the competing Eurasian Economic Union, as well as new security arrangements in the form of military cooperation and alliance structures.

This book reflects the broad range of changes across this important world region by engaging in insightful analysis of current developments in Central Asia, Ukraine, Russia, the Caucasus, and separatist regions. The authors explore new state alliances and the evolving cultural and geopolitical orientations of former Soviet citizens. Some chapters also examine the dynamics of wars that have occurred in the post-Soviet space, as well as how local political developments are reflected in electoral preferences and struggles over control of public spaces.


About the author: John O’Loughlin is College Professor of Distinction in Geography at the University of Colorado-Boulder, USA. He has conducted field work for over 25 years in the states of the former Soviet Union on state building, national conflicts, and emerging geopolitical orientations.

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