This course offers students an overview of history and politics of Central Asia. The primary objective of the course is to introduce the students to historical background of Central Asian political system, political culture, and society. The students will have a background knowledge about Central Asia and its historical and current regional context. The course will first provide a historical background (Tsarist Russian and Soviet periods) outlining the conditions that shape the formation of modern Central Asian nation-states and then their transition in the Post-Soviet era. Instead of focusing on national histories of the countries, we will look at Central Asian history from a holistic perspective. Moreover, the course will try to explore general characteristics and parameters of politics and foreign relations in the region, Russian-Soviet strategy towards the region and enduring legacies of Soviet era, nation-building and state-building processes, religious and identity issues, authoritarianism and challenges of democracy, new great game and great power rivalries in the region, regional integration prospects, ethnic problems, current issues and challenges facing transition societies of Central Asia, and cases of different Central Asian republics and their differentiating characteristics.