Year of Graduation
Zachary johannus De groot
Role Theory in Central Asia: an Analysis of Regional Relations and Emerging Institutions
International Relations in Eurasia
In this dissertation, the author integrates the theory of national identity formation with role theory to develop the typology of States and related national role concepts (NRCs). In this paper, this framework applies to the three former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Their unique processes of nation-building have led to the formation of certain national values, norms and expectations that define certain expectations of the state's behavior, which in turn affects their foreign policy. Special attention will be given to the process of defining the role, as well as to the elements of acceptance of the role by States. This analysis of the identified NRC aims to enrich the existing literature linking role theory to Central Asia and, more broadly, to demonstrate the usefulness of the theory for understanding the relationship between Central Asian national ideas and foreign policy.