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Introduction: China and Russia: partners or firewalls for the Caspian petro-states?

ByINDRA OVERLAND, STINA TORJESEN, HEIDI KJAERNET

Part I of this book dealt with the balancing acts which semi-authoritarian and authoritarian rulers must carry out at the domestic level. In Part II we ask how the Caspian petro-states interact with China and Russia, and how energy issues and semi-authoritarianism at the domestic level affect are affected by inter-state politics.