SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Central Planning, Local Knowledge? Labour, Population and the Tajik School of Economics

Dr Artemy Kalinovsky (University of Amsterdam)

Date: 27 February 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 27 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50

Type of Event: Seminar


This paper examines the role of Tajikistan's economists in the various debates about planning that took place within their own republics, Central Asia, and the USSR as a whole. It focuses particularly on the views these economists developed on some of the key issues concerning Central Asia’s development, including the local population’s role in the industrial economy, education, and migration. Their story has echoes in other parts of the world where the economists used the weight of their professional institutions to intervene in a debate regarding regional and national development, among them Yugoslavia and Mexico. Although they became champions of “local” interests, they also took part in a broader debate about the nature of development and planning within the Soviet Union that had its parallels in the debate about Soviet aid to the Third World and in broader questions that became central to the development debate between the immediate post-war period and the 1980s.

Speaker's Biography

Artemy M. Kalinovsky is Assistant Professor (Universitair Docent) of East European Studies in the University of Amsterdam. He has a PhD and an MA from the LSE in International History and a BA from the George Washington University. Dr Kalinovsky is the author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Harvard University Press, 2011), and co-editor with Sergey Radchenko, of The End of the Cold War and the Third World (Routledge: 2011). His current research, supported by a Veni grant from the Dutch Science Organization (NWO), is focused on the politics and practices of modernization in Soviet Tajikistan.

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