Approaching Central Asia from the perspective of geopolitics, transition, oil and stability, the authors provide a very broad and diverse analysis of the region, examining domestic and international developments since 1991. The book both provides an introduction to the region and presents advanced research on international pipeline projects, political risk and developments after September 11th. The authors draw on a variety of disciplines, including economics, politics, international relations, law and sociology.

chapter |6 pages


part |2 pages

Part 1 Country surveys

chapter 1|16 pages

Independent Turkmenistan

From post-communism to sultanism
ByAnnette Bohr

chapter 2|11 pages

Independent Kazakhstan

Managing heterogeneity
BySally N. Cummings

chapter 3|11 pages

Independent Kyrgyzstan

Liberalisation and economic reform
ByMeg Luckins

chapter 4|12 pages

Independent Uzbekistan

Ten years of gradualism or stagnation?
ByStuart Horsman

chapter 5|14 pages

Independent Tajikistan

Ten years lost
ByRafis Abazov

part |2 pages

Part 2 Politics and society

chapter 6|9 pages

Constitutional change in Central Asia

ByJohn Anderson

chapter 8|12 pages

Continuity and change in the societies of Central Asia and the Caucasus

A theoretical approach
ByAnna Zelkina

chapter 9|11 pages


The political elite in an ethnic society
ByShokhrat Kadyrov

chapter 10|12 pages

Nation-building and language standardisation in Kazakhstan

The Irish–Norwegian model of nationalism
ByPål Kolstø

chapter 11|10 pages

Agricultural restructuring in Kyrgyzstan: the next phase

The next phase The privatization phase of agricultural restructuring: expansion of subsistence
ByMalcolm D. Childress

part |2 pages

Part 3 The Caspian: oil, pipelines and the environment

chapter 12|18 pages

Caspian oil and gas: how far have we come and where are we going?

How far have we come and where are we going? The reserve base
ByJohn Roberts

chapter 14|17 pages

The Caspian states of the former Soviet Union

Economic performance since 1998
ByHelen Boss Heslop

chapter 15|11 pages

The Caspian Sea

The management and politicisation of the maritime ecosystem in a period of transition
ByStuart Horsman

chapter 16|14 pages

Central Asian water problems

The role of international law
ByAlan Boyle

part |2 pages

Part 4 Security and geopolitics

chapter 17|15 pages

Central Asian military reform

National, regional and international influences
ByRoy Allison

chapter 18|12 pages

Russian and Iranian national interests and their policies in the Caspian geopolitical region

ByHabibollah Abolhassan Shirazi

chapter 20|8 pages

Eurasian manoeuvres

ByJohn Erickson