Troubled Waters: The Geopolitics of the Caspian Region

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Troubled Waters presents a comprehensive analysis of the political and economic dynamics of the Caspian basin. It examines the diverse issues and players in what has become a modern variant of the “Great Game” of the 19th century. Following a historical overview of the region and its oil industries, the book analyzes the domestic politics and the foreign policies of the five states bordering the Caspian – Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. It identifies all the external interests involved in ...

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Overview

Troubled Waters presents a comprehensive analysis of the political and economic dynamics of the Caspian basin. It examines the diverse issues and players in what has become a modern variant of the “Great Game” of the 19th century. Following a historical overview of the region and its oil industries, the book analyzes the domestic politics and the foreign policies of the five states bordering the Caspian – Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. It identifies all the external interests involved in the Caspian’s political rivalries and control over its resources and territory, including the US, the European powers, various nationalist movements, Islamic militants, national corporations and international corporations.

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"This is the definitive book on the international politics and economics of the Caspian Basin because of its comprehensiveness, objectivity and clarity of analysis. It should be essential reading for...anyone interested in understanding the complex dynamics of this turbulent region." —A. Nizar Hamzeh, American University of Beirut

"This book has many merits: it is well-written, enjoys an extremely rich bibliography and shows a high degree of subject awareness." — Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Durham University

"This is an excellent survey of the region, comprehensive, painstakingly researched...logically laid out and tightly written...Dekmejian and Simonian have done a remarkable job." —Dilip Hiro, author of Between Marx and Muhammad: The Changing Face of Central Asia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860649226
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/20/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Hrair Dekmejian is Professor of Political Science and Hovann H. Simonian is Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science, both at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 The Caspian Basin: History, Politics and Resources
1 The Caspian in a Globalized World 3
2 The Caspian in History 10
3 Legal Status and Environmental Issues 19
4 Energy Estimates, Costs and Pipelines 28
Pt. 2 The Riparian States
5 The Riparian States: Politics and Interests 43
6 The Riparian States: Interstate Relations 74
Pt. 3 The External Actors
7 The Inner Circle 99
8 The Outer Circle 115
9 America, Europe, Japan and Asia 131
10 Non-State Actors in the Caspian Basin 150
11 The Caspian in the Global Marketplace 167
References 175
Bibliography 215
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