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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
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Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Capacity Building
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Capacity BuildingThe Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program was established in 1997 and now represents a true, robust development partnership; a concrete example of countries and institutions cooperating to achieve a common purpose. The Program’s overarching goal is development through cooperation, leading to accelerated economic growth and poverty reduction. By promoting and facilitating regional cooperation in transport, trade, energy, and other key areas of mutual interest, the CAREC Program helps the countries of greater Central Asia realize their immense potential in an increasingly integrated Eurasia. more...

Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present

For its citizens, contemporary Central Asia is a land of great promise and peril. WhileEveryday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present the end of Soviet rule has opened new opportunities for social mobility and cultural expression, political and economic dynamics have also imposed severe hardships. In this lively volume, contributors from a variety of disciplines examine how ordinary Central Asians lead their lives and navigate shifting historical and political trends. Provocative stories of Turkmen nomads, Afghan villagers, Kazakh scientists, Kyrgyz border guards, a Tajik strongman, guardians of religious shrines in Uzbekistan, and other narratives illuminate important issues of gender, religion, power, culture, and wealth. A vibrant and dynamic world of life in urban neighborhoods and small villages, at weddings and celebrations, at classroom tables, and around dinner tables emerges from this introduction to a geopolitically strategic and culturally fascinating region. more...


Opium Season: A Year on the Afghan Frontier
Opium Season: A Year on the Afghan FrontierOPIUM SEASON is the story of a young American working on the brutal fault line where the war on terror meets the war on drugs. Joel Hafvenstein didn?t know what he was getting into when he signed up for a year in Afghanistan?s rugged Helmand province, the heart of the country's opium trade.  He was running an American-funded aid program with two goals: to help tens of thousands of opium poppy farmers make a legal living, and to win hearts and minds away from the former Taliban government. more...

The History of the Central Asian Republics (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)

The History of the Central Asian Republics (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)The History of the Central Asian Republics (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)Central Asia's long and complicated history is teeming with diverse cultures and traditions. The nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have served as a major cultural crossroad throughout the millennia, with many customs colliding and blending along the way. In this comprehensive volume, students can learn how Central Asia developed in ancient times and how the nations of the steppes evolved through the Middle Ages into modern history. From the Silk Road to Russian colonization to Soviet rule, Central Asia's ever-changing nations continue to play an important role in international society today. This volume is the perfect addition to any high school, public, or undergraduate library. more...

Babur's Women: Elite Women in Late Medieval Central Asia and North India
This book reconstructs the role of women at Babur's court, whose life (1483-1530) spanned the collapse of Timurid rule in Central Asia and the first phase of Mughal rule in India. The sources, especially Babur's own memoirs, are unusually rich in references to the presence and activities of women in the courts and camps of Babur and his kinsmen. This was a period characterized by a notable florescence in literature and the arts, in women's role was still being determined. more...

Conflict and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus more...

Central Asia: Views from Washington, Moscow, and Beijing
Authored by: Eugene Rumer; Dmitri Trenin; Huasheng Zhao. more...

INDIA-KAZAKHSTAN PERSPECTIVES:  Regional and International Interactions
By Shri N. Rav,Secretary East,Ministry of External Affairs
on Friday, the 8th March, 2007, at 10:00 A.M., at Sapru House, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. The book is edited by K Santhanam, President, India-Central Asia Foundation (ICAF), New Delhi Kuralay Baizakova, Dean, DIR, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty and Ramakant Dwivedi, Associate Fellow, IDSA, New Delhi. more...

Current Geostrategy in the South Caucasus
In recent months, relations between Georgia and Russia have deteriorated. The clash between these two states is only a symptom of the broader strategic positioning of  the West and Russia in and around  the South Caucasus. Geo-strategy in the South Caucasus Power Play and Energy Security of States and Organisations/report

Central Asia: Tajiks, Uzbeks Trying To Cope With Higher Prices
Gulnoza Saidazimova
Imagine working all month only to find out after receiving your paycheck that the money you earned is barely enough to buy flour to make bread. For many in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, that is the harsh reality of their lives, as this man in Dushanbe told RFE/RL's Tajik Service more...

Conflict in Georgia. Religion and Ethnicity
Archil Gegeshidze
For over a decade Georgian authorities have attempted to characterize Georgia as a nation of extraordinary religious tolerance...more...

U.S. Aims in Central and South Asia Challenged by Russia and China
Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher met with representatives from South and Central Asian countries to discuss how the United States could promote economic integration in their region. The session was part of a dialogue conducted as part of the Third Annual Meeting of the U.S.-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) more...

 Mongolia Is Roiled by Miner's Huge Plans
OYU TOLGOI, Mongolia – When Robert Friedland first set foot on this desolate land in 2001, the mining magnate saw a windswept desert, some rocks, and the opportunity to turn Mongolia into the world's next big natural-resources play. more...

The political transition in Turkmenistan offers the United States an opportunity to recoup some of its recent geopolitical losses in Central Asia.Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov -- the former minister of health and vice premier, a dentist by profession and a rumored close relative of the late dictator. more...