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Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2006
Central Asia and South Caucasus Affairs: 2006
Regional Security Issues: 2006
Regional Security Issues: 2006
Between the Black and Caspian Seas: New Challenges and Opportunities for the South Caucasus
Between the Black and Caspian Seas: New Challenges and Opportunities for the South Caucasus
Regional Security Issues
Regional Security Issues
The South Caucasus as a Part of the Wider Europe
The South Caucasus as a Part of the Wider Europe
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  • Russia: Moscow Looks To Expand Military Presence In Central Asia
    Some events this month indicate Russia is trying to boost its military presence in energy-rich Central Asia, and the region's governments seem content to expand their military ties with Russia. more...

  • Punjabis in Central Asia
    In the spring of 630 CE, Xuanzang, the pious Chinese Buddhist pilgrim, set out from the monastery of Chang’an (Xian on modern maps). He travelled across the sandy wastes of Turkistan, over the dangerous snow-draped passes of the Hindu Kush Mountains to Afghanistan and eventually fetched up in what is today called Pakistan. more...

  • International Seminar on Globalisation and Eurasia
    Will be organised by Centre for Russian & Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from 10-12 November 2008 more...

  • Outside View: Russia-Armenia uranium pact
    Russia and Armenia signed a treaty Tuesday in Yerevan to set up a joint venture for the exploration and mining of uranium and other minerals in Armenia. more...
  • Georgia, Russia and energy
    Russia “wielding the energy weapon” is a well-worn topic in the European media. When Moscow turned off gas supplies to Ukraine two years ago, governments across the continent were reminded of the political clout such a large energy supplier as Russia possesses. And they were also reminded of the importance of alternatives. more...

  • The Caucasus: Frozen Conflicts and Closed Borders 

  • Central Asia: Tashkent Latest Capital To Embark On Demolition Project
    Authorities in the Uzbek capital are determined to give their city a facelift as part of preparations to mark the 2,200th anniversary of Tashkent's founding later this year. more...

  • Call for Papers - Journal of Central Asian and the Caucasian Studies

  • Central Asia: Kazakh, Tajik Presidents Show Oil And Water Do Mix
    In return for closer ties with Kazakhstan, visiting Tajik President Imomali Rahmon has hinted at support for a Kazakh plan to form a Central Asian Union -- an idea also backed by Kyrgyzstan but soundly rejected by Astana's main regional rival, Uzbekistan, and unlikely to please Russia. more...


Book Review

Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that Disappeared
Apples Are from Kazakhstan: The Land that DisappearedClosed to foreigners under Tsar and Soviet rule, Kazakhstan has remained largely hidden from the world, a remarkable feat for a country the size of Western Europe. Few would guess that Kazakhstan—a blank in Westerners' collective geography—turns out to be diverse, tolerant, and surprisingly modern, the country that gave the world apples, trousers, and even, perhaps, King Arthur.
Christopher Robbins is the author of five non-fiction books, including the award-winning The Empress of Ireland. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Times Magazine (UK), the Guardian (UK), and many others. He lives in London. more...

Chalk Lines: The CaucasusChalk Lines: The Caucasus
Chalk lines: The Caucasus is the amazing testimony of the only photographer who spent so much time-from before the Red Army's invasion of Chechnya until now-in this deeply unstable and fast-changing region of the world. It is a striking, moving, and compelling account. more...



 For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia
Kara Flook reviews For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia, by Robert D. Crews.
Crews, an assistant professor of history at Stanford University, investigates relations between the Russian state and its Muslim subjects from the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth century, with a focus on exploiting the wealth of Russian documents available after 1991, including police reports, court records, Muslim petitions, and clerical writings. more..

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