Confronting Independence: Political Overview

  • Martha Brill Olcott
Part of the Euro-Asian Studies book series (EAS)


After the euphoria of gaining independence settles down, the elites of each new sovereign country inevitably stumble upon the challenges of building a viable state. The inexperienced governments soon venture into unfamiliar territory when they have to formulate foreign policy or when they try to forge beneficial economic ties with foreign investors. What often proves especially difficult is the process of redefining the new country’s relationship with its old colonial ruler or federation partners.


Foreign Investor Regional Cooperation Caspian Region Soviet Period Central Asian Country 
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