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Bottom-up peacekeeping in southern Kyrgyzstan: how local actors managed to prevent the spread of violence from Osh/Jalal-Abad to Aravan, June 2010

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alisher Khamidov, Professor Nick MegoranORCiD



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© 2017 Association for the Study of Nationalities In the aftermath of the June 2010 violence in southern Kyrgyzstan, much scholarly attention has focused on its causes. However, observers have taken little notice of the fact that while such urban areas as Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Bazar-Korgon were caught up in violence, some towns in southern Kyrgyzstan that were close to the conflict sites and had considerable conflict potential had managed to avoid the violence. Thus, while the question, “What were the causes of the June 2010 violence?” is important, we have few answers to the question, “Why did the conflict break out in some places but not others with similar conflict potential?” Located in the theoretical literature on “the local turn” within peacekeeping studies, this article is based on extensive empirical fieldwork to explore the local and micro-level dimensions of peacekeeping. It seeks to understand why and how local leaders and residents in some places in southern Kyrgyzstan managed to prevent the deadly clashes associated with Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Bazar-Korgon. The main focus of the project is on Aravan, a town with a mixed ethnic population where residents managed to avert interethnic clashes during the June 2010 unrest. The answers to the question of why violence did not occur can yield important lessons for conflict management not only for southern Kyrgyzstan, but also for the entire Central Asian region.

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Author(s): Khamidov A, Megoran N, Heathershaw J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nationalities Papers

Year: 2017

Volume: 45

Issue: 6

Pages: 1118-1134

Online publication date: 02/08/2017

Acceptance date: 30/11/2016

Date deposited: 23/11/2016

ISSN (print): 0090-5992

ISSN (electronic): 1465-3923

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2017.1335695


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