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Uneasy Alliance: Relations Between Russia and Kazakhstan in the Post-Soviet Era, 1992-1997
Uneasy Alliance: Relations Between Russia and Kazakhstan in the Post-Soviet Era, 1992-1997
By Mikhail Alexandrov
Greenwood Press, 1999, 327 pp.

We could use more books like this. It explores in great depth Russia's relations with one of the most important post-Soviet successor states, tracing in detail and over time each dimension of the relationship: the problem of ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan, the two countries' approach to integration within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), military and security ties, and the role of oil and gas in Russia's calculations. These systematic and parallel treatments follow a careful history of Russia's relations with Kazakhstan in the immediate pre-independence period and a general overview of Russian policy toward it since. Alexandrov does all this with great attention to specific events, reconstructed from a wealth of primary materials.