Official Discourses on Peace and Security in Post-Soviet Central Asia
This chapter discusses security-related political discourses in the post-Soviet Central Asia and compares official rhetoric of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan using content analysis of major presidential speeches. Analysis shows a significant variation in rhetorical prominence of different security issues and actors in the post-Soviet period. Relative insignificance of most security issues for Uzbekistan conformed to its overall isolationist policies, while the general modernization frame of Kazakhstan prompted highest security-related references in its presidential speeches. Kyrgyzstan, as a relatively smaller country, falls in between with some notable degree of rhetorical dependence on some external actors as security providers. In state- and nation-building challenges, the need to sustain autocratic regimes largely affected speech patterns in the post-Soviet period.
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