After reading this book, I am not sure who is worse. The dictators and cronies of these Central Asian countries, or those in the Western countries, who are more than willing to help them get rich as they become more despotic? Cooley notes that in these Central Asian countries, Crony Capitalism is the only game in town. As the regimes get more powerful, it seems that the businesses in these countries must try to get more politically connected in order to survive. We see this to a certain extent in the United States as well. No wonder so many young people in the West are becoming disenchanted with capitalism. Another great book about this subject is titled "Crapitalism".
I also found it very interesting how these regimes abuse Interpol and the Red Notice system in order to punish their political opponents. A couple weeks ago, when Kim Jong Un had his half-brother killed in Malaysia it seemed to dominate the headlines for a week. That kind of thing is par for the course in Central Asia and we never hear about it! I found the stories about exiled political opponents fascinating and also a little depressing. Some of these opposition groups might be the only hope of moderating these countries, had they not been hunted down and often killed. The story of Ablyazov of Kazakhstan reminded me of Andy Dufresne in the Shawshank Redemption.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (4 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300243197
- ISBN-13: 978-0300243192
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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