Central Asia's Second Chance / Edition 1

Central Asia's Second Chance / Edition 1

by Martha Brill Olcott
     
 

Central Asia's first decade of independence was disappointing for those who envisioned a transition from Soviet republics to independent states with market economies and democratic political systems. The region was given a "second chance" to address social and economic problems, but the Soviet-era leaders have been more interested in exploiting state resources and… See more details below

Overview

Central Asia's first decade of independence was disappointing for those who envisioned a transition from Soviet republics to independent states with market economies and democratic political systems. The region was given a "second chance" to address social and economic problems, but the Soviet-era leaders have been more interested in exploiting state resources and controlling their populations than in implementing democratic and regional reforms.

Central Asia, a critical battlefield in the war on terror, is vitally important and still unfamiliar even to many foreign policy specialists. Regional expert Martha Brill Olcott highlights the deep contradiction running through U.S. policy toward Central Asia. Partnerships with antidemocratic regimes have created long-term security risks and the international community has remained complicit in its lack of effective engagement. As recent events in Uzbekistan and Kyrgystan demonstrate, tensions in the region lie close to the surface: If we are to prevent these states from descending into chaos, the international community must identify solutions to the economic, political, and social challenges confronting them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870032172
Publisher:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
389
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jessica T. Matthews
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and Acronyms
1. After September 11, and Unexpected Chance
2. Central Asia: The First Ten Years of Independence 
3. The Geopolitics of Central Asia Prior to September 11
4. Meeting Social and Economic Burdens
5. Failures of Political Institution Buliding Create the Challenge of Succession
6. Changing Geopolitics: Less Has Changed than One Might Think  
7. What to Expect from the Future: Dealing with Common Problems

Appendix 1: Basic Information by Country
Appendix 2: Key Economic Indicators
Appendix 3: Key Social Indicators 
Appendix 4: Multilateral Assistance
Appendix 5: U.S. Government Assistance Before and After 9/11
Appendix 6: Freedom Support Act Funding: 1992-2003
Appendix 7: Economic Growth, 1990-2002
Appendix 8: Major Joint Venture Projects
Appendix 9: Energy Production
Appendix 10: Freedom House Democracy Indicators
Appendix 11: Combating the Flow of Drugs
Appendix 12: Key Political Parties
Appendix 13: Islamic Organizations
Appendix 14: Major Cities-Old and New Names
Notes
Selected Biography
Index
About the Author
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Map of the Region (fold-out insert)

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