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Great Game in Central Asia: Causes and Consequences

Ali Muhammad Bhat1
  • 1 Islamic University of Science and Technology, India
Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 16 No. 1, 2020, 125-133


Submitted On: 6 June 2020 Published On: 23 August 2020

How to Cite: Bhat, A. M. (2020). Great Game in Central Asia: Causes and Consequences. Journal of Social Sciences, 16(1), 125-133.


Great game, a political attitude adopted by great powers to achieve geo-strategic and geo-economic benefits in the Central Asian and the Caspian region. The main thrush hold of current strategic and economic relations in the region are Afghan crisis. Throughout the nineteenth century, Great Britain was obsessed by the fear that one of the other European powers would take advantage of the political decay of Central Asia. From 18th century till date great powers are vulnerable to bump with each other to have hold on the central Asia. A new force after disintegration of USSR is trying and mending its shoulders to have control over central Asia. This economic hub is politically very important where almost all great powers from British to Russia, US and China have interest prone to collision. In such circumstances other regional states like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey, nuclear states like Indian and Pakistan have sway in the region in order to have major control over the gigantic economic resources which can flow through their countries. This study will try to explore the overall complexity of contemporary strategic and economic relations in Central Asia, but also to identify the main characteristics of these relations and the most important players and their strategies.

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  • Great Game
  • Origin
  • Influence of Great Powers
  • Regional Players
  • Consequences