Conflict and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus, 1st Edition

  • Hooman Peimani
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  • ISBN-10: 159884055X
  • ISBN-13: 9781598840551
  • DDC: 958.043
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 573 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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From one perspective, Central Asia and the Caucasus are a powder keg. Their struggling, unstable nations that once made up the Soviet Union are either already embroiled in conflict or sliding rapidly toward it. Their region is oil-rich, dotted with U.S. military bases, and the countries are potentially important trading partners and allies for the United States. How will the future turn out?

This insightful work maps out the possibilities and dangers that lie ahead for the nations of Central Asia and the Caucasus. The book analyzes the current security situation and clarifies its historical context, identifying the factors that have shaped the security of these young nations since their independence. It also examines the parameters -- political, economic, ethnic, energy, and military -- that will decide the security of the region in the future.

The book's author tells the whole story behind the headlines when he discusses, for example, the real reason for the "wine war" of 2006, when Russia banned imports of Georgian wine for "health reasons," or when explaining the impact of the expanding American presence -- both political and military -- after September 11. Conflict and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus is a primer for those who want to know more about this strategic region and essential reading for all students of world affairs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Acronyms and Abbreviations.
1: Regional Essays.
2: Central Asia as a Transitional Region: Destabilizing Factors since Independence (1991–2009).
3: Social Implications of Central Asia's Failed Transition.
4: Elections in Azerbaijan and Georgia and Their Impact on Regional Security.
5: Oil and the Caucasus: Short- and Long-Term Prospects.
6: Major Trends of Significance to Long-Term Stability in Central Asia.
7: Country Profiles and Chronologies.
8: Central Asia.
9: Chronology of Events.
10: Kazakhstan.
11: Kyrgyzstan.
12: Tajikistan.
13: Turkmenistan.
14: Uzbekistan.
15: The Caucasus.
16: Chronology of Events.
17: Armenia.
18: Azerbaijan.
19: Georgia.
20: Geopolitical Organizations.
21: Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
22: Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
23: Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
24: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
25: Organization for Democracy and Economic Development–GUAM.
26: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
27: What the Future Will Hold for Central Asia and the Caucasus.
28: Conclusion.