Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Joseph Klesner

Second Advisor

Aybike Seyma Tezel

Third Advisor

Shannan Mattiace


In 1992, one year after independence, Tajikistan descended into a civil war. In 2005, Kyrgyzstan experienced the Tulip Revolution, which ended with the fall of an authoritarian leader. Both of these countries were born out of the dissolution of the USSR, and both of these events emerged out of anti-government protests. But why did these two states have such different outcomes? This paper analyzes the causes of these events, how they impacted the further development of political society in those states, and how those events impacted the development of state-society relations in the greater Central Asian region.

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