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Dispatches from a Post-Western Landscape: Geopolitical Competition, Regime Survival and “Local Rules” in Central Asia

  • When
  • June 26, 2012
    1:30–7:30 p.m. (EDT)
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Programs
  • Open Society Fellowship Program

Central Asia in a Post-Western Landscape


Please join us on the evening of June 26 for a panel discussion of Alexander Cooley’s new book, Great Games, Local Rules, just published by Oxford University Press. Cooley, Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and a former Open Society Fellow, will be joined by two distinguished guests to discuss Central Asia's lessons for governing a multipolar or “post-Western” world. 

The discussants will also tackle the politicization of NGOs in Central Asia, the rise of alternative development providers (China, in particular), the backlash against human rights, democracy and externally-imposed political conditions, as well as the West’s declining normative standing in the region.


  • Stephen Kotkin, Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University, and Vice Dean, Woodrow Wilson School
  • Alexander Cooley, Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College; author, Great Games Global Rules; Open Society Fellow (2009–10)
  • Gideon Rose (moderator), Editor, Foreign Affairs

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