Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-communist Studies (AACaPS – X)

Two Decades without the Soviet Union: Transformations in Eurasian Space


Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-communist Studies (AACaPS – X), 3 - 4 February 2011, held at the Australian National University, Canberra



Kirill Nourzhanov, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia), Australian National University


First published 2011

ISBN: 978-0-646-55616-1


1. About these Conference Proceedings


The 10th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies was held at the Australian National University’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia) on 3-4 February 2011. It brought together scholars, policymakers and journalists from all over the world who discussed various aspects of political, strategic, economic and cultural change in the wake of the implosion of the USSR.


In order to make the information and ideas presented at the conference promptly and widely available, participants in the conference were invited to submit written papers based on their presentation for inclusion in these refereed online conference proceedings.  Each paper submitted for consideration was peer-reviewed according to the requirements of the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR): it was sent to two scholars who were asked to provide a scholarly judgment on the paper’s suitability for publication. In order to expedite the timely dissemination of the ideas presented and deliberated at the Conference, papers were either accepted or rejected in the form in which they were submitted; there was no process of revision in response to comments by the referees.


2. Editorial board


Papers presented in this volume have been accepted for publication by an editorial board comprising the following persons, listed in alphabetical order:


  • Matthew Gray, Australian National University
  • Kirill Nourzhanov, Australian National University
  • Leonid Petrov, University of Sydney
  • Kevin Windle, Australian National University


3. Acknowledgements


The editor would like to thank anonymous referees who responded to his request to assess papers for these proceedings. He is infinitely grateful to his fellow members of the editorial board for their support.


4. Suggested citation format for papers published in this online volume


Fortescue, Stephen. “Russia’s Policy Process and the Prospects of Tandemocracy.” In Kirill Nourzhanov, ed. Two Decades without the Soviet Union: Transformations in Eurasian Space. Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference of AACaPS, 3 - 4 February 2011. Canberra: Australasian Association for Communist and Post-communist Studies and the Australian National University. ISBN: 978-0-646-55616-1. 




5. Intellectual property


Responsibility for the content of each paper lies with its author(s).  The author(s) also retain copyright over text.  Papers appear on the Conference Proceedings website by permission of the authors.  Any paper may be downloaded for fair use under the Copyright Act (1954), its later amendments and other relevant legislation. 

Access to the papers is free of charge.





Paper title

A’Beckett, Ludmilla

Monash University

Debates about Ukrainian Language and National Identity:  Heteroglossia and Political Mythology

Akimov, Aleksandr and David Banister

Griffith University; Oxford University

Urban transport in post-communist transition. The case of Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Bowman, Linda

University of New South Wales at ADFA

Travelers’ Tales: Great Game Narratives

Chaya, Vladimir and Olga Rush-Latypova

Moscow State University; Griffith University

Anti-crisis Management of an Economy in Transition: System of Analytical Triggers

Fischer-Smith, Ruth

University of Canterbury

Policy Implementation and Learning in a Transition Economy: Assessing the Effects of SME Policies in

Ukraine, 1991 – Present.

Fortescue, Stephen

University of New South Wales

Russia’s Policy Process and the Prospects of Tandemocracy

Gugleta, Zdravka

Monash University

Vasko Popa and National Mythology: Notes on Wolf Salt

Ilisevic, Milena

Institute for Literature and Arts

Two Models Presenting the ‘Political’

in Contemporary Serbian Drama

Istileulova, Yelena

Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research

Transformation of Higher Education in Central Asia for Twenty Years

Jamagidze, Mzia

Institute of Comparative Literature

Crisis of National Identity in Literary Discourse  – The Soviet Experience and the Contemporary Context

Lazea, Dan

New Europe College

EU Enlargement towards Central and Eastern Europe: A Social Constructivist Approach

Markovic, Nina

University of Melbourne

Russia’s Role and Influence in the Balkans in the 21st Century:

Investment, Energy and Politics

Nadkarni, Vidya

University of San Diego

Central Asia and South Asia: India and Pakistan

Orlic, Milan

Monash University

Critical Integralism of Borislav Pekic

Radford, David

Flinders University

‘God created me Kyrgyz’ – Challenging normative constructs of ethnic identity in post-socialist Kyrgyzstan

Raff, Murray and Anna Taitslin

University of Canberra

Post-socialist civil law in historical perspective

Salata, Genrikh

Australian National University

Doing Business in Ukraine: Experiences of Australian Companies

Sawczak, Peter

Monash University

Obama’s Russia Policy: The Wages and Pitfalls of the Reset

Shuqin, Gao

Peking University

The Geopolitical Consequences and the Reaction in the Asian-Pacific Region on the Virtual Sino-Taiwan Warfare Scenario: based on an analysis of the 2008 Russian-Georgia war

Vangelovski, Tom

Australian National University

The Framework Agreement in Macedonia: Successful Intervention or Prelude to Conflict?

Zabortseva, Yelena

University of Sydney

Transformation of Russia-Kazakhstan Post-Soviet Political Relations: from Chaos to Integration?



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