Regional Challenges for Resources and Religion

  • Elizabeth Van Wie Davis


Punctuated by burning Korans, tortured prisoners and drones, the War in Afghanistan, retaliation for the horrible events of September 11, 2001, began in October of 2001 and continued for over a decade of bloody conflict with unintended consequences for the world, for Asia and for China. The dawn of the twenty-first century, with its wars and religious revivalism, came as a sharp contrast to the seemingly more positive era of the relative peace and prosperity of the final decade of the twentieth century. Clearly, the horrible events of September 11, 2001 and the thousands of horrific deaths that were watched live on television were not on the same scale as the two cataclysmic World Wars that revolutionized the world system in their wake. However, it did bring religious revivalism to the forefront, both as an ingredient in nationalism as well as an element in some global violence, and the War in Afghanistan to China’s border. The question is: Did September 11, 2001 and the dawn of the twenty-first century change the way the Chinese perceive the international system and its neighborhood, especially in terms of ethnic minorities, religion and resources?1


Great Power Regional Challenge Shanghai Cooperation Organization Central Asian Region Islamic Movement 
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  1. 6.
    For a useful discussion on this, see Rajan Menon, “The New Great Game in Central Asia,” Survival 45, no. 2 (Summer 2003), 187–204.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    For a more complete discussion of comprehensive security as cited here, see Wu Xinbo, Comprehensive Security: The Conception of Security in the People’s Republic of China (Honolulu, HI: East-West Center, 1995).Google Scholar

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  • Elizabeth Van Wie Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.Colorado School of MinesUSA

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