Central Asia's Second Chance / Edition 1

Central Asia's Second Chance / Edition 1

by Martha Brill Olcott
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0870032178

ISBN-13: 9780870032172

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

A leading authority on Central Asia offers a sweeping review of the region's path from independence to the post-9/11 world. The first decade of Central Asian independence was disappointing for those who envisioned a straightforward transition from Soviet republics to independent states with market economies and democratic political systems. Leaders excused

Overview

A leading authority on Central Asia offers a sweeping review of the region's path from independence to the post-9/11 world. The first decade of Central Asian independence was disappointing for those who envisioned a straightforward transition from Soviet republics to independent states with market economies and democratic political systems. Leaders excused political failures by pointing to security risks, including the presence of terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. The situation changed dramatically after 9/11, when the camps were largely destroyed and the United States introduced a military presence. More importantly the international community engaged with these states to give them a "second chance" to address social and economic problems. But neither the aid-givers nor the recipients were willing to approach problems in new ways. Now, terrorists groups are once again making their presence felt and some states may be becoming global security risks. This book explores how the region squandered its second chance and what might happen next.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870032172
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
389
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (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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