Overview

Since the tragic events of September 11, Central Asia has been drawn into the intense struggle of the international community against the forces of religious extremism and transnational crime. The great powers were able to put aside their geopolitical differences in order to crush al-Qaeda and the Taliban. With the marginalization of the Taliban and the eviction of al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, however, the tension between the great powers is notably increasing, as is the discomfort of Central Asian states who find ...
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Islam, Oil, and Geopolitics: Central Asia after September 11

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Overview

Since the tragic events of September 11, Central Asia has been drawn into the intense struggle of the international community against the forces of religious extremism and transnational crime. The great powers were able to put aside their geopolitical differences in order to crush al-Qaeda and the Taliban. With the marginalization of the Taliban and the eviction of al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, however, the tension between the great powers is notably increasing, as is the discomfort of Central Asian states who find themselves, their political development, and their oil reserves in the middle of a renewed Great Game.

Islam, Oil, and Geopolitics is a truly international volume, including chapters written by senior scholars, upcoming students in the field, prominent diplomats, and renowned academics from Russia, China, the United States, and the Central Asian republics. They collaborate to focus on three important issues that are usually—and unfortunately—analyzed separately: Islamic political issues, energy security, and geopolitical maneuvering. Once an obscure and little-known region, Central Asia has become an important test of America's ability to consistently promote global liberal change, of Russia's true foreign policy agenda, and of China's readiness to translate economic power into political influence. Terrorism, economics, and politics all converge in this strategic region, with important implications for Asia and the world. This significant and timely volume helps readers understand current events in Central Asia and how those events affect the rest of the world.

Contributions by: Kamoludin Abdullaev, Rouben Azizian, Gaye Christoffersen, Elizabeth Van Wie Davis, Feng Shaolei, Pan Guang, Shireen Hunter, Alisher Khamidov, Mikhail A. Konarovsky, Najibullah Lafraie, Murat Laumulin, Sergey I. Lounev, Aleksei V. Malashenko, Orhon Myadar, Manabu Shimizu, Thomas W. Simons Jr., Robert Smith, Sergei Troush, Kang Wu, and Shi Yinhong.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461638285
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/6/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Van Wie Davis is professor of regional studies at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Rouben Azizian is professor of policy studies at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Islam, Oil, and Geopolitics in Central Asia
Part I: Conflict and Peace
Chapter 2: Central Asia and War Against Terrorism: A View from Russia
Chapter 3: The Afghanistan Peace Process: Progress and Problems
Chapter 4: Islam and Ethnic Minorities in Central Asia: The Uyghurs
Chapter 5: Integrating Political Islam in Central Asia: The Tajik Experience
Chapter 6: Countering Religious Extremism in Central Asia: Hizbut-Tahrir and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
Chapter 7: Islam, Politics, and the Security of Central Asia
Part II: Energy Security
Chapter 8: Central Asia's Energy Resources: Japan's Energy Interests
Chapter 9: China's Energy Interest and Quest for Energy Security
Chapter 10: Central Asia and Asia-Pacific Energy Requirements
Part III: Geopolitics of Central Asia
Chapter 11: Great Power Politics in Central Asia Today: A Chinese Assessment
Chapter 12: Russia and India Meet in Central Asia
Chapter 13: Iran, Turkey, and Central Asia: The Islamic Connection
Chapter 14: China-Russia Strategic Relations: The Central Asian Angle
Chapter 15: China and Russia in Central Asia: Interests and Tendencies
Part IV: Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific
Chapter 16: Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Prospects
Chapter 17: Kazakhstan and Confidence Building Measures in Asia
Chapter 18: Post-Soviet Transitions: Central Asia and Mongolia
Chapter 19: The United States, Asian Security, and Central Asia Before and After September 11
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