"The papers collected here were presented at the Fourth annual Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) conference on Russia in May 2012. They focus largely, though not exclusively, on the interactions of the great powers in, about, and around Central Asia. That said, it is imperative that anyone trying to make sense of the complex situation in Central Asia remember that the contemporary or new great game is not played upon a chessboard of inert Central Asian subjects, as was the case in Kipling's time. Today the Central Asian states are all active subjects, as well as objects of international action, and are perfectly capable of attempting, even successfully, to shape the interactions of great powers and foreign institutions upon their politics.1 As a result, today's version of the new great game is a multidimensional and multiplayer game that is played simultaneously on many 'chessboards.' Furthermore, that game is about to change dramatically and substantively."
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4th Annual Strategic Studies Institute Conference on Russia. Washington, D.C.. May 2012