Dr Luca Anceschi

  • Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Studies (Central & East European Studies)

Biography

I have been teaching Central Asian Studies in CEES since September 2013.

Before coming to Glasgow, I lectured in International Relations at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where, in 2012-2013, I held a Discovery Early Career Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council.

There are three major lines of inquiry in my research agenda, which, throughout my career, has remained generally focused on the Politics and International Relations of post-Soviet Central Asia.

One of my key interests relates to the investigation of the region’s processes of foreign policymaking, which remained idiosyncratic throughout the post-Soviet era and are often characterised by mainstream media and academic observers as opaque. Here, my work contributed to unveil the domestic power implications of policy frameworks designed to operate at international level. I authored two monographs looking at how foreign policy is made across Central Asia.

I have a longstanding interest in locating discursively Central Asia’s energy mega projects in multidisciplinary debates focusing on the role that energy infrastructure play domestically and internationally. As part of my contribution to these debates, I completed a multi-level study of the virtual politics intrinsic to the TAPI megaproject, a long-distance natural gas pipeline intended to operate across the Central/South Asia divide. This study appeared in article form on the Central Asian Survey. I am involved in a project designed to offer a further contribution to the study of Central Asia’s energy infrastructure. This project, currently in its very early stages of development, is focused on the role assigned to the Kashagan oil megafield in the narratives of development framed in Kazakhstan during the late Nazarbaev era.

A third, more recent line of research is meant to result in a multi-stage investigation of Central Asia’s personalistic rulership. My initial contribution to Political Science debates on personalism centred on the processes that regulated power transfers out of personalist regimes in post-Niyazov Turkmenistan and post-Karimov Uzbekistan. A research article exploring these themes is forthcoming on the Journal of Contemporary Asia in 2020.     

I contribute regularly to the international debate on Central Asian Affairs. I am a regular writer for Open Democracy Russiaand I am frequently interviewed in the Central Asia-focused podcasts organised by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Recently, I have been quoted in The Economist, the Financial Times, The GuardianForeign Policy, and The New Republic.

Together with my CEES colleague Prof David Smith, I edit the journal Europe-Asia Studies.

I am the coordinator of the consortium delivering the Erasmus Mundus International Master in Central & East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, which will receive, between 2018 and 2022, a €3.1 million grant awarded by the European Commission.

 

 


Research interests

 

  • The making of foreign policy post-Soviet Central Asia
  • The geopolitics of Eurasian energy in the era of climate change
  • Personalism and personalistic rulership in post-Soviet Central Asia  

Publications

Selected publications

All publications

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Jump to: 2020 | 2019 | 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2005
Number of items: 32.

2020

Anceschi, L. (2020) Analysing Kazakhstan's Foreign Policy: Regime Neo-Eurasianism in the Nazarbaev Era. Series: Central Asia research forum. Routledge. ISBN 9780415711432 (doi:10.4324/9781315674698)

Anceschi, L. and Smith, D. J. (2020) From the Editors. Europe-Asia Studies, 72(1), pp. 1-2. (doi: 10.1080/09668136.2019.1705613)

2019

Anceschi, L. (2019) After personalism: rethinking power transfers in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Journal of Contemporary Asia, (Accepted for Publication)

2017

Anceschi, L. (2017) Kazakhstani neo-Eurasianism and Nazarbayev’s anti-imperial foreign policy. In: Bassin, M. and Pozo, G. (eds.) The Politics of Eurasianism: Identity, Culture and Russia’s Foreign Policy. Rowman & Littlefield International, Ltd., pp. 283-300. ISBN 9781786601612

Anceschi, L. (2017) Turkmenistan and the virtual politics of Eurasian energy: the case of the TAPI pipeline project. Central Asian Survey, 36(4), pp. 409-429. (doi: 10.1080/02634937.2017.1391747)

2015

Anceschi, L. (2015) The irreplaceables in Central Asia. Open Democracy, 2015, 24 Apr.

Anceschi, L. (2015) The persistence of media control under consolidated authoritarianism: containing Kazakhstan’s digital media. Demokratizatsiya, 23(3), pp. 277-295.

2014

Anceschi, L. , Gervasio, G. and Teti, A. (Eds.) (2014) Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies. Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government. Routledge: Abindgon. ISBN 9780415624367

Anceschi, L. (2014) Authoritarian informality: elite centralization in Turkmenistan. In: Anceschi, L., Gervasio, G. and Teti, A. (eds.) Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies. Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government. Routledge: Abindgon, pp. 190-206. ISBN 9780415624367

Anceschi, L. (2014) Dilemmas of compatibility: GCC-Kazakhstani relations. Journal of Arabian Studies, 4(1), pp. 1-19. (doi: 10.1080/21534764.2014.918466)

Anceschi, L. (2014) Regime-building, identity-making and foreign policy: neo-Eurasianist rhetoric in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Nationalities Papers, 42(5), pp. 733-749. (doi: 10.1080/00905992.2014.928276)

Anceschi, L. (2014) The importance of (not) being a stan. Open Democracy,

Anceschi, L. (2014) The tyranny of pragmatism: EU–Kazakhstani relations. Europe-Asia Studies, 66(1), pp. 1-24. (doi: 10.1080/09668136.2013.864101)

2013

Anceschi, L. (2013) Belusconi’s l’amico Nursultan, and the Shalabayeva affair. Open Democracy,

2012

Anceschi, L. and Symons, J. (Eds.) (2012) Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change: The Asia-Pacific Experience. Series: Energy, climate and the environment. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230279872

Anceschi, L. (2012) Central Asia: succession planning in dictatorships. Open Democracy,

Anceschi, L. (2012) Central Asian Islam: activism, radicalism, and opposition. Fair Observer,

Anceschi, L. (2012) Change put on hold in Nazarbayev’s Kazakhstan. Open Democracy,

Anceschi, L. (2012) Elections in Turkmenistan: Niyazovshchina redux? Fair Observer,

Anceschi, L. (2012) Energy governance and climate change: Central Asia’s uneasy nexus. In: Anceschi, L. and Symons, J. (eds.) Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change: The Asia-Pacific Experience. Series: Energy, climate and the environment. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 180-197. ISBN 9780230279872

Anceschi, L. (2012) When it’s not time for change: Russia, China and the Arab revolutions. In: Akbarzadeh, S., Isakhan, B. and Mansouri, F. (eds.) The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East. Series: Islamic studies series. Melbourne University Press: Melbourne, pp. 131-152. ISBN 9780522861600

2011

Anceschi, L. (2011) Reinforcing authoritarianism through media control: the case of post-Soviet Turkmenistan. In: Freeman, E. and Shafer, R. (eds.) After the Czars and Commissars: Journalism in Authoritarian Post-Soviet Central Asia. Series: Eurasion political economy and public policy study series. Michigan State University Press: East Lansing, MI, pp. 59-77. ISBN 9781611860054

Anceschi, L. and Akbarzadeh, S. (2011) Central Asia: pragmatism in action. In: Akbarzadeh, S. (ed.) America’s Challenges in the Greater Middle East: The Obama Administration’s Policies. Palgrave Macmillan: New York, NY, pp. 217-235. ISBN 9780230112773

2010

Anceschi, L. (2010) External conditionality, domestic insulation and energy security: The international politics of post-Niyazov Turkmenistan. China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 8(3), pp. 93-114.

Anceschi, L. (2010) Integrating domestic politics and foreign policy making: the cases of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Central Asian Survey, 29(2), pp. 143-158. (doi: 10.1080/02634937.2010.498231)

Anceschi, L. and Peyrouse, S. (2010) Turkmenistan. China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 8(3),

2009

Anceschi, L. , Camilleri, J.A. and Petito, F. (2009) Europe, the United States and the Islamic world: conceptualising a triangular relationship. International Politics, 46(5), pp. 505-516.

Anceschi, L. , Camilleri, J.A. and Petito, F. (2009) The Islamic world between Europe and the United States. International Politics, 46(5),

2008

Anceschi, L. (2008) Analysing Turkmen foreign policy in the Berdymuhammedov Era. China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 6(4), pp. 35-48.

Anceschi, L. (2008) Turkmenistan’s Foreign Policy: Positive Neutrality and the Consolidation of the Turkmen Regime. Series: Central Asian studies series. Routledge: London ; New York. ISBN 9780415454407

2005

Anceschi, L. (2005) Asia Centrale post-sovietica: Cosa c’è dopo la pianificazione centralizzata? Oriente Moderno, 85(2-3), pp. 254-268.

Anceschi, L. (2005) La nottola di Minerva sull’Asia Centrale. Elezioni ed autoritarismo nel Kyrgyzstan post-sovietico (1990 – 2005). Meridione, 5(3), pp. 186-214.

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Number of items: 32.

Articles

Anceschi, L. and Smith, D. J. (2020) From the Editors. Europe-Asia Studies, 72(1), pp. 1-2. (doi: 10.1080/09668136.2019.1705613)

Anceschi, L. (2019) After personalism: rethinking power transfers in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Journal of Contemporary Asia, (Accepted for Publication)

Anceschi, L. (2017) Turkmenistan and the virtual politics of Eurasian energy: the case of the TAPI pipeline project. Central Asian Survey, 36(4), pp. 409-429. (doi: 10.1080/02634937.2017.1391747)

Anceschi, L. (2015) The irreplaceables in Central Asia. Open Democracy, 2015, 24 Apr.

Anceschi, L. (2015) The persistence of media control under consolidated authoritarianism: containing Kazakhstan’s digital media. Demokratizatsiya, 23(3), pp. 277-295.

Anceschi, L. (2014) Dilemmas of compatibility: GCC-Kazakhstani relations. Journal of Arabian Studies, 4(1), pp. 1-19. (doi: 10.1080/21534764.2014.918466)

Anceschi, L. (2014) Regime-building, identity-making and foreign policy: neo-Eurasianist rhetoric in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. Nationalities Papers, 42(5), pp. 733-749. (doi: 10.1080/00905992.2014.928276)

Anceschi, L. (2014) The importance of (not) being a stan. Open Democracy,

Anceschi, L. (2014) The tyranny of pragmatism: EU–Kazakhstani relations. Europe-Asia Studies, 66(1), pp. 1-24. (doi: 10.1080/09668136.2013.864101)

Anceschi, L. (2013) Belusconi’s l’amico Nursultan, and the Shalabayeva affair. Open Democracy,

Anceschi, L. (2012) Central Asia: succession planning in dictatorships. Open Democracy,

Anceschi, L. (2012) Central Asian Islam: activism, radicalism, and opposition. Fair Observer,

Anceschi, L. (2012) Change put on hold in Nazarbayev’s Kazakhstan. Open Democracy,

Anceschi, L. (2012) Elections in Turkmenistan: Niyazovshchina redux? Fair Observer,

Anceschi, L. (2010) External conditionality, domestic insulation and energy security: The international politics of post-Niyazov Turkmenistan. China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 8(3), pp. 93-114.

Anceschi, L. (2010) Integrating domestic politics and foreign policy making: the cases of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Central Asian Survey, 29(2), pp. 143-158. (doi: 10.1080/02634937.2010.498231)

Anceschi, L. and Peyrouse, S. (2010) Turkmenistan. China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 8(3),

Anceschi, L. , Camilleri, J.A. and Petito, F. (2009) Europe, the United States and the Islamic world: conceptualising a triangular relationship. International Politics, 46(5), pp. 505-516.

Anceschi, L. , Camilleri, J.A. and Petito, F. (2009) The Islamic world between Europe and the United States. International Politics, 46(5),

Anceschi, L. (2008) Analysing Turkmen foreign policy in the Berdymuhammedov Era. China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 6(4), pp. 35-48.

Anceschi, L. (2005) Asia Centrale post-sovietica: Cosa c’è dopo la pianificazione centralizzata? Oriente Moderno, 85(2-3), pp. 254-268.

Anceschi, L. (2005) La nottola di Minerva sull’Asia Centrale. Elezioni ed autoritarismo nel Kyrgyzstan post-sovietico (1990 – 2005). Meridione, 5(3), pp. 186-214.

Books

Anceschi, L. (2020) Analysing Kazakhstan's Foreign Policy: Regime Neo-Eurasianism in the Nazarbaev Era. Series: Central Asia research forum. Routledge. ISBN 9780415711432 (doi:10.4324/9781315674698)

Anceschi, L. (2008) Turkmenistan’s Foreign Policy: Positive Neutrality and the Consolidation of the Turkmen Regime. Series: Central Asian studies series. Routledge: London ; New York. ISBN 9780415454407

Book Sections

Anceschi, L. (2017) Kazakhstani neo-Eurasianism and Nazarbayev’s anti-imperial foreign policy. In: Bassin, M. and Pozo, G. (eds.) The Politics of Eurasianism: Identity, Culture and Russia’s Foreign Policy. Rowman & Littlefield International, Ltd., pp. 283-300. ISBN 9781786601612

Anceschi, L. (2014) Authoritarian informality: elite centralization in Turkmenistan. In: Anceschi, L., Gervasio, G. and Teti, A. (eds.) Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies. Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government. Routledge: Abindgon, pp. 190-206. ISBN 9780415624367

Anceschi, L. (2012) Energy governance and climate change: Central Asia’s uneasy nexus. In: Anceschi, L. and Symons, J. (eds.) Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change: The Asia-Pacific Experience. Series: Energy, climate and the environment. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 180-197. ISBN 9780230279872

Anceschi, L. (2012) When it’s not time for change: Russia, China and the Arab revolutions. In: Akbarzadeh, S., Isakhan, B. and Mansouri, F. (eds.) The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East. Series: Islamic studies series. Melbourne University Press: Melbourne, pp. 131-152. ISBN 9780522861600

Anceschi, L. (2011) Reinforcing authoritarianism through media control: the case of post-Soviet Turkmenistan. In: Freeman, E. and Shafer, R. (eds.) After the Czars and Commissars: Journalism in Authoritarian Post-Soviet Central Asia. Series: Eurasion political economy and public policy study series. Michigan State University Press: East Lansing, MI, pp. 59-77. ISBN 9781611860054

Anceschi, L. and Akbarzadeh, S. (2011) Central Asia: pragmatism in action. In: Akbarzadeh, S. (ed.) America’s Challenges in the Greater Middle East: The Obama Administration’s Policies. Palgrave Macmillan: New York, NY, pp. 217-235. ISBN 9780230112773

Edited Books

Anceschi, L. , Gervasio, G. and Teti, A. (Eds.) (2014) Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies. Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government. Routledge: Abindgon. ISBN 9780415624367

Anceschi, L. and Symons, J. (Eds.) (2012) Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change: The Asia-Pacific Experience. Series: Energy, climate and the environment. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230279872

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Supervision

I am happy to consider proposals from students interested in pursuing postgraduate research related to any of the following areas:

  • Politics and International Relations of post-Soviet Central Asia
  • Eurasian security (both traditional and non-traditional)
  • Eurasian integration, especially the Eurasian Economic Union
  • The geopolitics of Eurasian energy
  • Comparative authoritarianism

 

Currently supervised students:

Julia Schwab (ESRC): Energy megaprojects in post-Soviet Kazakhstan and Russia

Paolo Sorbello (Europe-Asia Studies scholarship): Industrial Relations in Kazakhstan's Oil Regions

 


Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Contributor, Central and East European Studies Level 2 
  • Honours Option: The International Politics of post-Soviet Central Asia  
  • Honours Option: The Political Economy of post-Soviet Eurasia (not available in 2019/2020)

Postgraduate

  • Contributor, Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies 
  • MSc Option: Rethinking Central Asian Security (not available in 2019/2020)