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The Resource Central Asia

Central Asia

Central Asia
Central Asia
This is an important analysis of a key but little-known region, in the wider context of world politics. Central Asia has huge oil and gas resources, divided between five independent states - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - each with their own problems and interests. The region is energy-rich and, being situated between Russia and China and close to Afghanistan and other potential trouble-spots, it has acquired immense geo-strategic importance. History is seen and felt everywhere. Old legacies, whether they go back to Genghis Khan or stem from the recent Soviet past, have a profound effect on contemporary issues and political choices. Concentrating on today's problems against a complex historical background, the book draws on the author's extensive involvement with the region. Considerable attention is paid to Central Asian Islam, human rights issues in the region, and Central Asia's place in the 'war against terrorism'
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  • Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- 1. Peoples on the Great Silk Road -- 2. My eastern approaches -- 3. Eclectic approaches to diverse reality -- 4. The structure of the book -- Chapter I Central Asia: Glorious History, Total Eclipse, and the Player of the New Great Games -- 1. Empire builders and great intellectuals from Central Asia -- 2. Central Asia - a chessboard of the Anglo-Russian Great Game -- 3. Central Asia under the Russian and Soviet Empires -- 4. Stalinist national policy and current territorial problems in Central Asia -- 5. Self-determination by default -- 6. Central Asia as Eurasia - torn between the East and the West -- 7. Outsiders on the Central Asian chessboard -- a. Muslim neighbours of Central Asia -- b. Russia in Central Asia -- c. The United States in Central Asia -- d. China in Central Asia -- e. The Uighur issue in the context of the new Great Games in Central Asia -- f. Central Asia as a microcosm of the changing world political structure -- Chapter II Central Asia: Struggling with its Historical Legacies -- 1. Uses and abuses of history lessons: Genghis Khan and the unity versus disunity debate -- 2. The Soviet legacy in Central Asia -- 3. Reinterpreting Kipling on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul -- Chapter III Deserts and Oases, Past and Present: Paradoxes of Closed Societies -- 1. Uzbekistan - past and present -- a. Tashkent -- b. Bukhara -- c. Samarkand -- d. Khiva -- e. High arts in the middle of nowhere: Karakalpakstan and Savitsky museum -- 2. The farce and tragedy of Turkmenistan -- Chapter IV The Role of Religion in Central Asian Societies -- 1. The pre-Islamic period -- 2. Islam in Central Asia -- 3. Central Asian empires and religion -- 4. Islam of sedentary and nomadic Central Asian peoples -- 5. Islam and secularism in Central Asia
  • 6. Religious extremism in Central Asia -- 7. Religion and human rights in Central Asia -- Chapter V The war against terrorism and Central Asia -- 1. 'Flatland' thinking in combating terrorism -- 2. Separating terrorism from politics? -- 3. Terrorism and faith -- 4. Terrorism and human rights -- 5. The Andijan tragedy: trying to make sense -- Chapter VI Missions civilicatrice in Central Asia: then and now -- 1. Mission civilicatrice then -- 2. From the 'civilized-non-civilized' to the 'post-modern-pre-modern' divide? -- 3. From mission civilicatrice to bilateral and multilateral human rights diplomacy in Central Asia -- 4. UN human rights diplomacy in Central Asia -- Chapter VII Promoting elections while suppressing liberties: the Central Asian way? -- 1. Expansion of elections, constriction of liberties? -- 2. What are human rights and what are they not? -- 3. Individualism, communitarianism, and human rights -- 4. Proud democrats and shy liberals -- 5. Oil and gas: not only as issues of geopolitics but human rights too -- 6. 'Power vertical' versus checks and counterbalances -- 7. Enlightened autocracy versus inept democracy or unstable coalitions? -- 8. Democratization and liberalization: slowly but in sync -- Instead of conclusions: from an African village to a global village - a roadmap for humankind? -- Index
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