2018 Asian Studies Visiting Fellow: Dr.Timur Dadabaev


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Dr. Timur Dadabaev

Residency: Mid-May through Mid-August
Contact Information: dadabaet@EastWestCenter.org*
Research Topic:  Discursive Power: Comparative Analysis of the "Silk Road" Narrative in the Japanese, the Chinese and Korean Foreign Policies towards Central Asia and its implications for the US regional presence. 

There is considerable debate over how, and in what form, Central Asian(CA)states should conduct relations amongst each other and with other post-Soviet states. The notion of the “Silk Road” has become one of the symbols of extended economic and political cooperation. Notably, however, Japan (Silk Road Diplomacy, 1996-1999), the US (Silk Road Strategy Act, 1999), China (One Belt, One Road Initiative) and South Korea (Silk Road Strategy, 2011) have utilized rhetoric of reviving the Silk Road to imply closer engagement with the CA region with different connotations. In addition, alternative schemes to the Silk Road have been offered by Russian (Eurasian Union), Turkey (Eurasia) and others. This project focuses on the discourse formation in China, South Korea and Japan and raises the following questions: How can the emergence of such a great number of “Silk Roads” be explained? What is the discursive process of social construction of American, Japanese and Chinese “Silk Road” projects? What is the impact of these initiatives on foreign and domestic policy formation in the US, China and and Japan towards Central Asia?


Timur Dadabaev is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Special Program for Japanese and Eurasian Studies at the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tsukuba, Japan. He published with Communist and Post-Communist Studies, The Pacific Review, Nationalities Papers, Journal of Contemporary China, Asian Survey, Inner Asia, Central Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Strategic Analysis, Journal of Eurasian Studies, Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies, Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, Japanese Journal of Political Science and others. His latest monographic books are Identity and Memory in Post-Soviet Central Asia (Oxon: Routledge, 2015) and Japan in Central Asia (NY: Palgrave Macmillan 2016). His edited volumes include Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan: Life and Politics during the Soviet Era, (Co-edited with Hisao Komatsu), NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 and Social Capital Construction and Governance in Central Asia (Co-edited with Yutaka Tsujinaka), NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. These works can be accessed at www.tsukuba.academia.edu/TimurDadabaev

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