Global Security Watch - The Caucasus States

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Overview

Written from a multidisciplinary perspective, Global Security Watch—The Caucasus States is the first serious study to investigate the 21st-century security concerns raised by the Caucasus states of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia—states that interact with the Great Powers in a region that has become even more significant as a new energy corridor for the West.

Following a review of the geographic and historical characteristics of the South Caucasus region, the book examines the political and security conditions of each Caucasus state, providing a highly detailed analysis of the political roots of security challenges, the key players, and the farthest-reaching effects of events and leaders. A final chapter summarizes the main security concerns of all three states for the future. Beyond the policy significance of this work, readers will find it useful for examining the relevance of the Clash of Civilization theory to a geographic region that led previous generations to formulate theories such as the "Great Game" and the "New Great Game."

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What People Are Saying

Robert H. Donaldson

"Houman Sadri has produced a reference work that will prove indispensable for students, journalists, policy analysts, and business people alike. I know of no other single volume that contains such comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable information on the Caucasus--a region of vital geopolitical and economic importance both to the U.S. and to neighboring countries. The inclusion of maps, trade statistics, biographies, and important documents adds extra value to Sadri's impressive summary of key security issues in the region."

Robert H. Donaldson, Ph.D. Trustees Professor of Political Science and former President University of Tulsa co-author, The Foreign Policy of Russia: Changing Systems, Enduring Interests

Gregory Gleason

"This comprehensive survey of the Caucasus provides at once both domestic and international perspectives on the dynamics affairs of the region. Sadri's analysis affords indispensible insight into the pivotal role of the complex and variegated region. Sadri explains the how the region's contrasting cultures and often conflicting political agendas interact amid competing commercial and political influences. This is a *must-read* for anyone who wants to understand the background of the Caucasus as we look ahead."

Gregory Gleason, Professor of Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Reuel R. Hanks
"The Caucasus and Caspian Basin now stand as one of the world's most vital geopolitical zones. Sadri has deftly encapsulated both the promise and perils of this strategic crossroads, and his study should be required reading for all who seek to understand and shape American foreign policy in the region."
Reuel R. Hanks, Professor of Geography, Oklahoma State University, and Editor of the Journal of Central Asian Studies

Robert H. Donaldson

"Houman Sadri has produced a reference work that will prove indispensable for students, journalists, policy analysts, and business people alike. I know of no other single volume that contains such comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable information on the Caucasus--a region of vital geopolitical and economic importance both to the U.S. and to neighboring countries. The inclusion of maps, trade statistics, biographies, and important documents adds extra value to Sadri's impressive summary of key security issues in the region."

Robert H. Donaldson, Ph.D.
Trustees Professor of Political Science and former President

University of Tulsa co-author, The Foreign Policy of Russia: Changing Systems, Enduring Interests

Gregory Gleason

"This comprehensive survey of the Caucasus provides at once both domestic and international perspectives on the dynamics affairs of the region. Sadri's analysis affords indispensible insight into the pivotal role of the complex and variegated region. Sadri explains the how the region's contrasting cultures and often conflicting political agendas interact amid competing commercial and political influences. This is a *must-read* for anyone who wants to understand the background of the Caucasus as we look ahead."

Gregory Gleason, Professor of Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Reuel R. Hanks

"The Caucasus and Caspian Basin now stand as one of the world's most vital geopolitical zones. Sadri has deftly encapsulated both the promise and perils of this strategic crossroads, and his study should be required reading for all who seek to understand and shape American foreign policy in the region."

Reuel R. Hanks, Professor of Geography, Oklahoma State University, and Editor of the Journal of Central Asian Studies

Reuel R. Hanks

"The Caucasus and Caspian Basin now stand as one of the world's most vital geopolitical zones. Sadri has deftly encapsulated both the promise and perils of this strategic crossroads, and his study should be required reading for all who seek to understand and shape American foreign policy in the region."

Gregory Gleason

"This comprehensive survey of the Caucasus provides at once both domestic and international perspectives on the dynamics affairs of the region. Sadri's analysis affords indispensible insight into the pivotal role of the complex and variegated region. Sadri explains the how the region's contrasting cultures and often conflicting political agendas interact amid competing commercial and political influences. This is a *must-read* for anyone who wants to understand the background of the Caucasus as we look ahead."

Robert H. Donaldson

"Houman Sadri has produced a reference work that will prove indispensable for students, journalists, policy analysts, and business people alike. I know of no other single volume that contains such comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable information on the Caucasus--a region of vital geopolitical and economic importance both to the U.S. and to neighboring countries. The inclusion of maps, trade statistics, biographies, and important documents adds extra value to Sadri's impressive summary of key security issues in the region."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313379802
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Series: Global Security Watch Series
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xiii

Chapter 1 Security and the Caucasus States 1

Chapter 2 Azerbaijan 27

Chapter 3 Armenia 65

Chapter 4 Georgia 99

Chapter 5 Summary of Security in the South Caucasus 137

Appendix A Azerbaijan Biographies 147

Appendix B Armenian Biographies 153

Appendix C Georgian Biographies 157

Appendix D Chronology of Azerbaijan 163

Appendix E Chronology of Armenia 167

Appendix F Chronology of Georgia 171

Appendix G Documents 177

Glossary 249

Bibliography 251

Index 267

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