By M. Holt Ruffin
What shape will the important Asian societies of Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan soak up the twenty first century? This ebook examines very important fresh advancements within the area as they symbolize developments towards - or clear of - pluralism and democracy.
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Over time, their influence is likely to be decisive, for they are reinforced by many elements of modem life. But before succumbing completely to a rosy optimism, one must face the reality that civil society is possible only when large nwnbers of citizens possess some form of private property and when their right to that property is protected by law. Given the overwhelming extent of the state's ownership of property in Soviet times, and the complexity of the privatization process, it is no criticism of the new governments in Central Asia to note that this condition has yet to be fully instituted anywhere in the region.
7. B. Gleason, p. 15. 14. "Remarks by Hillary Rodbam Clinton, Novernber 15,1997," Central Asia Monitor, no. 6,1997, p. 8 15. "Suffering without Protest in Kazakhstan," findings of a survey as reported by Debra Javeline, USIA Office of Research and Media Reaction, Central Asia Monitor, no. 3,1998. 16. Gleason, p. 38. 17. Transitions, September 1998, p. 81. Civil Society in Central Asia S. Frederick Starr C ivil Society:in Central Asia? Until very recently. few would have considered this to be a fruitful object of study, let alone a title for a book.
Gorbachev's first response was to try to shift the burden from Moscow to the republics and oblasts. But decentralization did not solve the problem since local govemments were also broke. , inviting normal citizens to take their well-being into their own hands. The spread of mass education, improved international communications, and the decline of fear left millions of Russians eager to accept the offer. But it bears repeating that official talk of civil society in the waning years of Soviet power was above all a means of addressing an irresolvable budgetary crisis.