By Christine Bichsel
This booklet offers the 1st systematic research of peace-building in imperative Asia for inter-ethnic conflicts over water and land within the Ferghana Valley according to concrete, in-depth and on-site investigation.
The center research centres on peace-building initiatives in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan by means of 3 overseas reduction businesses –an overseas NGO, a bilateral governmental donor and a multilateral company – and the shared procedure which the donors constructed and used for clash transformation. utilizing ethnographic case fabric, the writer seriously examines either the theoretical assumptions guiding this method and its empirical results whilst placed into perform. development on present paintings in clash transformation and the ethnography of overseas counsel in crucial Asia, the publication sheds mild on Western makes an attempt to rework the post-socialist societies of valuable Asia and offers clean empirical facts on and insights into irrigation practices, social associations, and country and identification formation within the Ferghana Valley.
The publication presents a singular and cutting edge method of the examine of improvement suggestions and peace-building. will probably be of curiosity to researchers within the box of significant Asian reviews, post-Soviet experiences, improvement and Peace and clash Studies.
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3 Project sites for Regional Dialogue and Development in 2004 Acknowledgements In writing this book I have enjoyed the support of many individuals and institutions. I am first and foremost thankful to those who permitted me to study their lived experiences in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Numerous persons have received me with extraordinary hospitality, kindly hosted me during my visits, allowed me to take part in their lives freely and generously shared their insights with me. Special thanks also go to representatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the United Nations Development Programme and Mercy Corps who have offered access to their projects freely, granted interviews and supported me in this study.
1999: xx) caution in their book titled Calming the Ferghana Valley that, ‘Without early intervention, there may be no alternative than belated attempts at conflict resolution’. Authors mostly assign competence and legitimacy for such an intervention to international organisations and Western donor governments. Tabyshalieva (1999: 42) contends that, ‘the Central Asian states will likely falter in attempts at cooperative integration without Western assistance’. She stresses the need for preventive action, in line with Schoeberlein (2002: 470), who states that, ‘Engagement from the international community will be required to avert the increasing tensions and the outbreak of proliferating regional conflict and chaos’.
His critical examination of the language used in the academic and policy-oriented literature exposes its Orientalist features and the unequal power relations underlying the discourse of conflict in the Ferghana Valley as well as the promotion of ‘civil society’ by the West in Central Asia. Megoran’s second contribution was part of a special issue of the Central Asian Survey on conflict in Central Asia. Thompson and Heathershaw (2005: 4) suggest conceiving of Central Asia’s portrayal as a place at risk for conflict as a ‘discourse of danger’.
Conflict Transformation in Central Asia: Irrigation disputes in the Ferghana Valley by Christine Bichsel