This course is an introduction to Central Asia, in particular those areas which emerged from the Soviet Union. The course includes a historical review of the entire Soviet period, but the majority of the course focuses on the 1980s and beyond. Among the topics covered are the politics, social problems, and economy of the region; other subjects include demographic problems, Islam, the role of women, and foreign policy. The format of the course is primarily lecture, with three essay exams. Graduate students are required to write a paper or complete a project approved by the instructor.
Days and Time: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00-2:15.