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Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2006
Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2006
 
Regional Security Issues: 2006
Regional Security Issues: 2006
 
Between the Black and Caspian Seas: New Challenges and Opportunities for the South Caucasus
Between the Black and Caspian Seas: New Challenges and Opportunities for the South Caucasus
 
 
Regional Security Issues
Regional Security Issues
 
The South Caucasus as a Part of the Wider Europe
The South Caucasus as a Part of the Wider Europe
 
Publications   Last Updated ( Friday, 14 March 2008 )

SPF Publications

-Boris Rumer and Lau Sim Yee ed, “Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2006”, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, 2007
Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2006This annual continues the publication of articles produced under the aegis of a project supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF). The original papers, which were presented at conferences in Bangkok(July 2006) and in Goa(November 2006), shed light on the most important aspects of political and economical reality in the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus.
Contents
1. Introduction, Boris Rumer
Central Asia
2. Central Asia: Recent Developments and Prospects, Viktoriia Panfilova
3. Multi-Vector Foreign Policies in Central Asia, Murat Laumulin
4. The Newly Independent States of Central Asia: A Foreign Policy of Subordination or Coordination?, Farkhod Tolipov
5. The Chinese Factor and the Problems of Security in Central Asia, Konstantin L. Syroezhkin
6. The Multi-Vector Policy of Kazakhstan: Factors, Content, and New Threats, Askar Nursha
7. The Foreign Policy of Kazakhstan: Some Theoretical Aspects, Fatima Kukeeva
8. The Panorama of Economic Growth in the Countries of Central Asia, Stanislav Zhukov
9. Economic Coorperation between Kazakhstan and China: Structure and Effectiveness, Aigul Kosherbaeva
10. The Influence of Foreign Trade Policy on the Diversification of Industry, Erlan Kylbaev
11. Uzbekistan: Economic Trends and Problems, Komil Akhmetov
12. Uzbekistan and China: Comparision of Industrial Policy, Agriculture, Textile Industry, and Foreign Trade, Komil Akhmetov
South Caucasus
13. Problems of Intra-Regional Stability in the South Caucasus, Vadim Dubnov
14. Security in the South Caucasus: Political and Economical Challenge, Archil Gegeshidze
15. Armenia: The Dynamics of Domestic Political Processess Through the Prism of Foreign Policy, Gaiane Novikova
16. Trade, Integration, and Economic Development in the Countries of the South Caucasus: Achievements, Problems and Prospects, Levon Barkhudarian, Gaik Barsegian, Armen Egiazarian, Kenneth Munter

-Boris Rumer and Lau Sim Yee ed, “Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2005”, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, 2005
This collection of essays is part of a series that publishes the analytical works from a project initiated in 1995 by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and decocted to the study of the social, economic, and political development of the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. The essays published here represent papers that were presented at the biannual conferences in 2005: the first in Almaty, Kazakhstan in June 2005 (jointly organized by SPF and the Kazakhstani analytical journal Exclusive) and the second in Goa, India in November 2005 (jointly organized by SPF and the International Center of Goa, India).
Contents:
1. The Protracted Process of the Breakdown of the Russian Empire
2. The Political System of Kazakhstan: Factors of Instability, Prospects for Development
3. The South Caucasus: An Encyclopedia of Transition Models
4. China and Central Asia: Tendencies and Prospects for Economic Corruption
5. Central Asia: Factors in the Reestablishment of Economic Growth, 1996-2004
6. Institutional Barriers to the Economic Development of Uzbekistan
7. Accession of Azerbaijan to the World Trade Organization: A Comparative Analysis
8. A Series of Interviews: Dr. Boris Rumer

-Boris Rumer ed., “Central Asia: At The End of The Transition,” M. E. Sharpe, 2005
For better or worse, the former Soviet republics of Central Asia have largely completed their post-independence transitions. Over more than a decade, they have established themselves as independent states whose internal regimes and external relations have characteristic patterns and vulnerabilities both individually and as a group. The purpose of this volume is to assess both what has been accomplished and the trends of development in the region, especially its leading states. How sound are the foundations of this bulwark against the spread of terrorism in Eurasia?
Contents:
Part I: Overview
1. Central Asia: At the End of the Transition, Boris Rumer
Part II: The External Context
2. Russia and Central Asia: Problems of Security, Irina Zviagel'skaia
3. Russia: On the Path to Empire?, Konstantin Syroezhkin
4. China's Central Asia Policy: Making Sense of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization, Richard W. Hu
5. Islamic Radicalism in Central Asia: The Influence of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Vyacheslav Belokrenitsky
Part III: The Internal Social and Political Context
6. The Regime in Kazakhstan, Dmitrii Furman
7. Uzbekistan: Between Traditionalism and Westernization, Evgeniy Abdullaev
Part IV: The Prospects for Economic Development
8. Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: Landlocked Agrarian Economies with an Unlimited Supply of Labor, Stanislav Zhukov
9. Institutional Barriers to the Economic Development of Uzbekistan, Eshref Trushin and Eskender Trushin 10. Kazakhstan: The Development of Small Raw-Material Exporters Under the Constraints of Globalization, Stanislav Zhukov
11. Economic Ties Between Russia and Kazakhstan: Dynamics, Tendencies, and Prospects, Stanislav Zhukov and Oksana Reznikova

-Boris Rumer and Lau Sim Yee ed, “Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2003”, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, 2003
Ever since the events of 11 September 2001, media coverage of Central Asia and the South Caucasus has seen a considerable rise. Despite the rapid increase in the amount of information available through both traditional media outlets and the Internet, however, it is often difficult to distinguish reliable information from the unreliable and get a clear picture of the real situation in these regions.
This is the second volume of articles on Central Asia and the South Caucasus Affairs sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, aimed to provide readers with better insight into the broad spectrum of forces and influence that have taken shape around the region and created a new geopolitical formation. The articles written by various regional experts cover a wide range of domestic and foreign issues facing the two regions, such as cross-border confrontation, economic reform and governance.

-Boris Rumer and Lau Sim Yee ed, “Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2002”, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, 2002
Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2002 Part 1
Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2002 Part 2

-Boris Rumer ed, “Central Asia: A Gathering Storm?”, M.E. Sharpe, 2002
The societies of Central Asia are besieged from within and without. The political elites -- virtually unchanged despite the transition to independent statehood - battle radical Islamic movements and other oppositional threats , which are externally supported and internally fueled by economic instability , corruption , environmental deterioration , and the collapse of social services .
This survey of the political, economic, and social situation in Central Asia offers geopolitical context,, unparalleled coverage, and analytical depth to our understanding of a region that appear to be rapidly spiraling into crisis .

-Boris Rumer ed, “Central Asia and the New Global Economy”, M.E. Sharpe, 2000

-Hashida Tan ed., “Development Strategies for Central Asia Countries (in Japanese),” Keiso Shobo, 2000

-The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Economic Reform in Turkmenistan: Issues and Challenges, 2000

-Boris Rumer ed, “Central Asia: The Challenges of Independence”, M.E. Sharpe, 1998

-The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Economic Reform in Uzbekistan: Characteristics and Responses”, 1998

-The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Transformation in Kazakhstan; Issues and Challenges”, 1998

-The Sasakawa Peace Fondation "Economic Reform in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan", 1997 
Economic Reform in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Part 1
Economic Reform in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Part 2

-Boris Rumer ed, “Central Asia in Transition: Dilemmas of Political and Economic Development”, M.E. Sharpe, 1996

-The Sasaskawa Peace Foundation, “Study Tour Report: Implementing a market Economy in Central Asia: Implications from the Experience of China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan”, 1996

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS ON INDIA AND CENTRAL ASIA
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-Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
VOL. 8 NO. 15
26 JULY 2006

Publications of Caucasus Media Institute (CMI)

-THE CAUCASUS YEARBOOK
Ed. A. Iskandaryan, CMI, Yerevan, 2006.
The CMI presents the second issue of its Caucasus Yearbook – an analytical review and reference book summing up events and tendencies in the Caucasus.
The research papers of the second issue are based on presentations given at the CMI International Caucasus Conference in Yerevan in spring 2005. The authors try to understand what the previous year meant for the Caucasus in terms of domestic and foreign political developments, economic changes, interethnic relations and religion. The volume includes reference material such as a list of books about the Caucasus; a list of useful web-resources; a brief chronology and a set of full-color maps of the Caucasus and the region. 
 
-POST SOVIET MEDIA: FROM PROPAGANDA TO JOURNALISM
The volume represents an attempt by the Caucasus Media Institute to take forward the debate around the role played by news media in the post-totalitarian countries of the former USSR and Eastern Europe.

-Diaspora, Oil and Roses. What makes the countries of the South Caucasus tick. Ed. Ivlian Haindrava, Alexander Iskandaryan. Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Caucasus Media Institute, Yerevan, 2005. (in Russian)
The new CMI publication saw light in September 2005. This volume is a result of a joint effort by Caucasus Media Institute and the Georgian Office of the Heinrich Boll Stiftung. The main idea was to give the reader a better understanding of development trends in the South Caucasus. Papers written by scholars in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia offer a possibly objective multi-faceted image of political life in each South Caucasus state in particular and in the region in general. 

-Religion and Politics in the Caucasus.
Ed. A. Iskandarian. - CMI, Yerevan, 2004. - 120 p. (in Russian)
The new CMI volume contains updated papers from the 2003 CMI conference on Religion and Politics. Written by prominent researchers from Armenia, Georgia, Russia, the US and Finland, the papers focus on the region's most acute problems in the sphere of religion and politics: radical Islamic trends in the Northern Caucasus, the activities of Orthodox purists anb anti-ecumenists in Georgia, Islamic revival in Azerbaijan, religious and political discord in the Armenian Diaspora and its repercussions in Armenia, and the role of the Russian Orthodox faith in multiethnic Russia. The volume is addressed to a wide readership, primarily journalists that have to cover these acute issues in their daily work, and anyone interested in the Caucasus and in the role religion plays in politics (and vice versa) in the modern world.

-Caucasus-Russia: Legal and Illegal Migrations.
Ed. A. Iskandarian. CMI, Yerevan.
The CMI volume on migration is a study on migrants from the Caucasus in the Russian Federation: their adaptation, employment, legal and social status, acceptance by the receiving society, further migration plans. The papers for this volume were written by prominent Russian social scientists based on extensive opinion polls conducted in various regions of the Russian Federation.

-Migrations in the Caucasus. Conference Papers.
The volume includes papers presented at the International Conference on Migrations in the Caucasus held at the Caucasus Media Institute. The authors are well-known experts on migration, social, political and national studies from Russia and the countries of the South Caucasus.

-Little Wars and a Great Game.
Vicken Cheterian, 2003. (in Russian).
Addressed primarily to journalists, this volume offers a general profile of post-Soviet conflicts in the North and South Caucasus in the last decade. Analyzing the emergence and evolution of the conflicts, the author follows their internal logic and looks at the main stakes and stakeholders, both regional and external, the international impact of the conflicts and potential prospects for the region.

-Pomegranate: a journal about democracy and diversity in the Caucasus.
CMI has cooperated with CIMERA and International IDEA in preparing an experimental issue of Pomegranate, a journal about democracy and diversity in the Caucasus.

-The Post-Soviet South Caucasus. Social science bibliography and analytical reviews.
Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, 1991 –2001.
Ed. Alexander Iskandarian. Moscow, autumn 2002 (in Russian).
The volume is a collection of social science bibliographies and analytical reviews of social science publications made in Russia and the three states of the South Caucasus in the last decade. Diagrams are used to illustrate tendencies in research and publication. The volume is addressed to academics and journalists and aims to fill a significant gap in reference material on the South Caucasus.

For more information on CMI publications, please contact:
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-War and Peace in the Caucasus
100 selected articles from IWPR’s Caucasus Reporting Service

This collection summarizes in 100 articles the basic events that have taken place in the Caucasus from 1999-2005 - a period during which not only saw the beginning of a new millennium, but of new developments in the region. Every week during these six years, the Caucasus Reporting Service (CRS) of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting provided readers around the world a view on these events. This unique resource published investigations by local journalists conducted according to international standards, joint cross-border reports, and analysis of developments taking place in the furthest reaches of the region.