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147 Acknowledgments This study sprang from my earlier research on Central Asia’s politics, security , and human rights. While gathering data for a project on counterterrorism and human rights in Central Asia, I arrived at the conclusion that the United States has been “losing” in the region to Russia and China. This discovery inspired me to delve more deeply into the reasons why this was the case. That is how my journey down the path of international democratization began, and I would not have arrived at the desired destination— the publication you hold in your hands—without intellectual, financial, and administrative support from a number of agencies and people. A travel grant from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research helped me conduct the survey for this project in Uzbekistan in the summer of 2010. A short-term travel grant through an IREX program funded by the US Department of State sponsored my trip to Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan and to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, where I conducted a public opinion survey in the summer of 2011. My work on this book was generously supported by the University of Kansas General Research Fund. I benefited from the insightful comments and encouraging remarks of participants at several international workshops and conferences where I presented my initial findings. I was invited to present parts of my study at the Summer OSCE Academy in Astana, Kazakhstan, in June 2010 and at the International Conference on Democratic Reforms in Uzbekistan held in Tashkent in November 2010. I used these events not only to get feedback on my project but also to broaden my network of contacts in the region and to carry out several unstructured interviews on the topic of democracy promotion abroad. I was helped tremendously by the opportunity to discuss my work with the participants of two other workshops on democracy promotion funded by the Center for EU Studies at Ghent University, Belgium, in June and December 2011. I was able to obtain insightful comments on my project from the European scholars there. I am particularly thankful to Fabienne Bossuyt, Anne Wetzel, Jan Orbie, and Michelle Pace. I am grateful to my friends and colleagues at the International Studies Association who saw the potential for my research to be turned into a book, put me in contact with the publisher, and reviewed my work. This 148  Acknowledgments book would not have been possible without the generosity of the many people I met with or interviewed in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Special thanks to the student assistants who helped me administer the survey instrument. Many other people contributed to this work in one way or another, and unfortunately, only a small number of them can be acknowledged here. These include the anonymous reviewers of this book, whose invaluable comments found their way into the final version. Last, this project would not have been completed without the emotional support of my dearest partner, Angel Espinal, and inspiration from my son, Vladimir. ...


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