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PUBLICATION- Globalisation, Geopolitics & Energy Security in Central Eurasia and the Caspian Region

Posted by: Mehdi Parvizi Amineh <amineh(a)>
Posted: 14 Jul 2003

Globalisation, Geopolitics and Energy Security in Central Eurasia and the
Caspian Region
by Mehdi Parvizi Amineh
The Hague: Clingendael International Energy Programme, 2003.
ISBN 90 5031 085 0, pp 280, soft cover, with illustrations, index, 

About the book

The dramatic and unprecedented events that took place in Eastern Europe and 
the Soviet Union (SU) in 1989-1991, radically transformed the bipolar 
structure of global politics. These events accompanied by economic 
globalisation, the transnationalisation of information and communication 
technology and techno-scientific risks have changed the dimensions and 
territoriality of geopolitics. The main ideas of traditional- or 'orthodox' 
geopolitics can be related to the realist school of International Relations 
(IR) who considers the 'nation state' as being paramount and international 
relations as a balance of power approach in the struggle of states for 
dominance in world politics. Instead we advocate a new approach towards 
geopolitics that can be termed 'neo-geopolitics'. Neo-geopolitics aims at 
creating a synthesis between orthodox geopolitics and the geo-economic 
discourse to develop a new understanding of geographic arrangements as 
social constructions that are changeable over time. This approach challenges 
how orthodox geopolitics presents the world as 'us' and 'them'. 'National 
security threats' are no longer defined in terms of military threats from 
other states and outlaw groups. Neo-geopolitics favours a more complex 
vision of world politics characterised by states which are themselves, 
enmeshed in transnational techno-economic power structures, and 
technological systems that threaten the conditions of habitation and 
survival on the planet as a whole

The newly independent states of Central Eurasia are faced with a complex of 
problems. With the disintegration of Soviet rule they had to create their 
own formally independent sovereign states. The current restructuring of the 
political system in most of these countries is characterized by the 
emergence of new types of 'authoritarian' regimes. However, these regimes 
have weak domestic sovereignty. The weak political and socio-economic 
situation has given rise to various forms of social upheaval, civil wars, 
ethno-religious conflicts, and border disputes.

At the same time significant oil and gas reserves have transformed Central 
Eurasia and the Caspian region into one of the most important geopolitical 
areas in the post-Cold War era.

The region's resources are vital for advanced industrialised countries and 
figure prominently in Western geostrategic and economic interests in the 
twenty-first century. Intense competition, as well as co-operation, among 
various state and non-state actors for the control of these resources is 
emerging. The main actors involved in Central Eurasia and the Caspian region 
are identified as follows: inner circle actors  (Russia, Iran, and Turkey), 
outer circle actors (China, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan), external 
actors (the United States, the European Union and its particular member 
states), and non-state actors (ethno-religious groups, Transnational 
Corporations, crime groups, etc.).

This mixture of state and non-state actors and the scope of their activities 
in the changing context of global politics demonstrate that the post-Soviet 
New Great Game for the control of Central Eurasian and Caspian Region's 
energy resources is far more complex then the nineteenth century competitive 
colonisation of the region by the Anglo-Russian powers. Post- Cold War 
competition is particularly marked by the quest for control of the most 
desired natural resources, oil and gas, which are concentrated in only a few 
regions of the world.

The question of where to construct pipelines engenders considerable 
conflicts between the interested players that could create obstacles to 
building the most economically viable and secure pipelines. Transportation 
of energy resources to the global market is also subject to conflicts 
between different forces within the Central Eurasian region, including 
ethno-religious conflicts. Problems such as lack of infrastructure and 
technology, and finding a solution for the Caspian legal regime dispute 
could pose further obstacles to prospective pipeline construction.

This book analyses these and other important post-Soviet geopolitical 
aspects to better understand the complexity of conflicts and co-operation 
around the energy resources in Central Eurasia and the Caspian Region.

 * List of Tables 
 * List of Figures 
 * List of Maps 
 * List of Abbreviations 
 * Preface Coby van der Linde 
 * Acknowledgments 
 * Introduction 
 * Chapter 1 Rethinking Geopolitics in the Age of Globalisation 
 * Chapter 2 The Central Eurasian Region: A Historical Background 
 * Chapter 3 Caspian Energy Resources and Global Oil Demand 
 * Chapter 4 The New Great Game in Central Eurasia: Russia, Iran, and Turkey 
 * Chapter 5 The New New Great Game in Central Eurasia: China, Afghanistan,  Pakistan: 
 * Chapter 6 The New Great Game in Central Eurasia: United States, European  Union 
 * Chapter 7: The New Great Game in Central Eurasia: Transnational Corporations 
 * Chapter 8: The New Great Game in Central Eurasia: drug-trafficking,  political Islam 
 * Chapter 9: The Caspian Legal Regime Dispute 
 * Chapter 10: The Dilemma of Pipeline Routes-The Challenge of Oil and Gas  Transportation from the Caspian Basin 
 * Chapter 11 Prospects for Geopolitics of Energy in the Caspian Region 
 * Bibliography 
 * Index

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PUBLICATION- Russia and Orient: the Problems of Interaction (in Russian)

Posted by: Center for Regional and Transborder Studies <transbound(a)>
Posted: 14 Jul 2003

Rossiya i Vostok: problemy vzaimodeistviya (Russia and Orient: the Problems of 
Volgograd: Volgograd State University Press, 2003.
326 pp. ISBN 5-85534-797-4

This collection of articles contains the papers prepared for the 
international conference of the same name which was held in Volgograd in 
November of 2002. It was organized by the Department of CIS at the Institute 
of Oriental Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences) and the Center for 
Regional and Transboundary Studies of Volgograd State University. The 
conference was supported by George Soros Foundation and Friedrich Naumann 


FOREWORD (pp. 3-4)


Vadim Astashin (Volgograd State University). The 'Eastern Issue' in Foreign 
and Russian Historiography

Elena Kussayinova (Uriupinsk Branch of Volgograd State University). The Role 
of the Cossacks in Russia's Eastern Policy in XVI-XVII Centuries

Alexander Loginov (Volgograd State University). The 'Turkic Stream' in 
Traditional Clothing of Don Cossacks in XVI-XVIII Centuries

Alexander Ryabtsev (Astrakhan State University).  The Role of Iran in 
Geopolitical Plans of Russia in XVIII Century

Ivan Kurilla (Volgograd State University). United States and Russia's 
Eastern Policy in the Middle of XIX Century

Larissa Chereshneva (Lipetsk State Pedagogical University).  Criticism of 
the Bipolar World Idea: International Asian Conference in Delhi in 1947

Zauresh Saktaganova (Karaganda State University, Kazakhstan). On the 
Question about the Role of Kazakhstan in the All-Union integration in the 
First Decade after World War II


Andrey Kussainov (Uriupinsk Branch of Volgograd State University). 
Historical Process in the Light of Ethnocentrism

Sergey Arkhipov (North Ossetian State University).  Information Picture of 
the World in Russia and the East: Comparative Analysis

Igor Kazanin (Volgograd State University). The Orient in Perception of the 
Russian Intelligentsia

Victor Dyatlov (Irkutsk State University). 'Yellow Peril:' Transformation of 
the Phobia

Natalia Gronskaya (Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University). 
Socio-linguistic Situation in Eastern Regions of Russian Federation: 
Asymmetries and Differences

Vladimir Bobrovnikov (Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of 
Sciences). The Myth about the Caucasian War and Orientalism in the Northern 

Marina Ryblova (Volgograd State University). 'Wild Steppe:' the Culture of 
Frontier Today and in Ethnographic Retrospective


Victor Victorin (Astrakhan State Pedagogical University).  
Ethno-confessional Specific Groups within the Ethnic Structure at the 
Eurasia's Frontiers

Elvira Mamytova (Kyrgyz State National University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan). 
Ethno-confessional and Tribal Aspects of Conflicts in Central Asia

Olga Brussina (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of 
Sciences). 'Double Citizenship' in Central Asia in the Post-Soviet Period: 
Legal Basis and Non-official Practice

Vladimir Boyko (Barnaul State Pedagogical University).  Eastern Diasporas of 
the Russian-Asian Borders (Altai Region): Social and Geopolitical Aspects

Grigory Pyadukhov (Penza State Architectural Academy).  Ethnic groups of 
External Migrants: the Tendencies of Inflow to Saratov, Penza Region and 
Mordovian Republic


Oleg Reut (Petrozavodsk State University). About the Leadership in (of) 

Grigory Kossach. (Institute of Asian And African Studies at Moscow State 
University). Russia and the Arabian World: Realities of Interaction

Leonid Vardomsky (Institute of International Economic and Political Studies, 
Russian Academy of Sciences). The Problems and Prospects of Euro-Asian 
Economic Community

Sergei Panarin (Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences). 
Russia and Central Asia: before and after September 11

Sergei Abashin (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of 
Sciences). Islam in Central Asia: Local Conflicts and Global Threats

Svetlana Kozhirova (Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan). 
Border Aspect of Russian-Kazakhstanian Relations

Sergei Golunov (Volgograd State University). The Caucasian Border of Russia: 
Issues of Security and International Cooperation

Due to the support of Soros Foundation the book is itself of no cost. 
Unfortunately, we are not able to cover postal expenses.

All queries should be sent to:

Dr Sergey Golunov
Center for Regional and Transborder Studies
Volgograd State University
30 2nd Prodolnaya str.,
Volgograd 400062
Tel:7 (8442) 432025
Fax:7(8442) 438124
E-mail: transbound(a)
Site: <>

INTERNET RESOURCE- Religious Studies on the Internet

Posted by: International Association of Religious Studies <iars(a)>
Posted: 11 Jul 2003

Dear Colleagues:

The International Association of Religious Studies has just launched the
following forums on religious studies on the Internet:
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 * Religious Archaeology 
 * Buddhist Studies 
 * Christian Studies 
 * Catholic Studies 
 * Islamic Studies 
 * Hindu Studies 
 * Jewish Studies
 * Daoist Studies
 * Confucian Studies

They are provided for the IARS members as well as general scholars on 
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Best wishes,

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PUBLICATION- Security and Transboundary Cooperation in Russia's New Borderlands (in Russian)

Posted by: John Schoeberlein <centasia(a)>
Posted: 9 Jul 2003

Transparent Borders: Security and Transboundary Cooperation in Russia's New

Prozrachnye granitsy: bezopasnost. i transgranichnoe sotrudnichestvo v zone 
novyh pogranichnyh territorii. Rossii (Transparent Borders: Security and 
Transboundary Cooperation in Russia's New Borderlands)
Ed. by Leonid Vardomsky and Sergey Golunov
Moscow-Volgograd, Academic Educational Forum on International Relations, 
2002, 573 p. ISBN 5-901981-03-0.

This collective monograph is a result of the international research project 
"Security Issues of the New Russian Borderlands" was held from September, 
2001 to June, 2002 on the base of the Center for Regional and Transboundary 
Studies at Volgograd State University. The project was supported by the 
Academic Educational Forum on International Relations. All papers are in 


Andrei Bykov
Vladimir Chassovsky
Sergey Golunov
Alexei Kiriukhin
Vladimir Kolossov
Alexander Kubyshkin
Andrei Makarychev
Vladimir Ostapchenko
Eugeny Pankratov
Olga Romanova
Elena Samburova
Ilya Toropitsyn
Leonid Vardomsky
Musa Yusupov


Chapter I. Conceptual Fundamentals Of Transboundary Security: International 

1. Spatial Descriptions of Transboundary Security
2. Northern American Experience of Security and Cooperation in Borderlands 

Chapter II. The Phenomenon Of Russian New Borderland

1. Historical Background of Forming Russian and Soviet Borders in 20th Century 
2. New Borderlands in International Relations at the Post-Soviet Space
3. Security Issues for New Russian Borders and Formation of the Border Policy
4. New Borders of Russian Federation in the Light of Regional Cooperation in  the Post-Soviet Space

Chapter III. Old Borders of Russian Federation

1. The Borders with Norway and Finland
2. Russian-Chinese Border

Chapter IV. New Borders of Russia

1. The Borders of Kaliningrad Exclave
2. The Borders with Latvia and Estonia
3. Russian-Byelorussian Border: the Experience of Interregional Cooperation 
4. Russian-Ukrainian Border
4.1. Cross-Border Cooperation
4.2. The Factor of Regional Transboundary Identities
5. The Borders with Georgia and Azerbaijan
6. Border Problems of Caspian Territories
7. Russian-Kazakhstani Border



APPENDIX 1. Conception of Cross-Border Cooperation in Russian Federation 

APPENDIX 2. The List of Passing Points through the New Russian Borders

APPENDIX 3. Some Social-Economic Indices of the New Russian Border Regions 
in 2000

APPENDIX 4. Foreign Trade Turnover of Russian Border Regions with the 
neighbor Post-Soviet States

Due to the support of MacArthur Foundation the book is itself of no cost. 
Unfortunately, we are not able to cover postal expenses.

All queries should be sent to:

Dr Sergey Golunov
Director Center for Regional and Transborder Studies
Volgograd State University
30 2nd Prodolnaya str.
Volgograd 400062
Tel: 7 (8442) 432025
Fax: 7(8442) 438124
E-mail: sgolunov(a)

PUBLICATION- Fonus #7, Intercultural Journal for Peace and Development

Posted by: Munira Shahidi <munira_shahidi(a)>
Posted: 8 Jul 2003

More than one and a half years passed between the withdrawal of the Taliban 
and the start of the constructive reconciliation of Afghanistan. But 
constant local wars and ethnic contradictions contribute to the 'war-torn' 
image of the country in the world community. Although Afghanistan has huge 
potential for sustainable development, this image constricts realization of 
that potential. Fonus #7 will promote the exchange of knowledge and positive 
thinking with respect to Afghanistan, in order to bring that country into 
intercultural dialogue. Our project, which is supported and financed by 
UNESCO, aims to create constant intercultural dialogue between Tajikistan 
and Afghanistan. We will see new positions on gender policy, education, 
economy and ecology, as well as the state of the museums, transformation in 
literary thought, art, music etc. We are open to positively thinking authors.

ON-LINE JOURNAL- Transoxiana 6 - Julio 2003 (in Spanish)

Posted by: Paola E. Raffetta <paola_raffetta(a)>
Posted: 6 Jul 2003

Transoxiana 6 - Julio 2003

Disponible online en:



El mito indio del diluvio en su relación con los cuentos clásicos 
y próximo-orientales - Paolo Magnone

Ancient Jewelry from Central Asia
Antigua joyería del Asia Central - Elena Neva

El conflicto kurdo en Irak
Segunda parte: la guerra y más allá - María Inés Pampín

Arte culinario en la Antigua Mesopotamia - Lic. Noemí Sierra

La iconografía de Aton en el Egipto de la dinastía XVIII y su relación 
con la ideología amarniana - Lic. Graciela N. Gestoso Singer

The Establishment and Development of Christianity in the Parthian Empire
El establecimiento y desarrollo del Cristianismo en el Imperio Parto -
Evangelos Venetis & Dr. M. Alinia Mozdoor

>From Portraiture of Power to Gold Coin of Kaghan: Western Turks 
and Eastward Diffusion of Solidus - Lin Ying

Paola E. Raffetta

E-Journal de Estudios Orientales
Mail to: editor[(a)]

Escuela de Estudios Orientales "RP Ismael Quiles SJ"
Universidad del Salvador - Buenos Aires - Argentina

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 4 June 2003 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 4 Jul 2003

The 4 June 2003 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a subscription
Web journal, is now on-line at

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University-The Nitze 
School of Advanced International Studies is proud to announce the publication 
of the 4 June 2003 issue of its biweekly Journal, The Central Asia-Caucasus 

The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is freely available on the world wide web at  The Institute also offers its readers the option 
of downloading The Analyst in PDF format, enabling readers to view and print 
out the entire issue of The Analyst at 

The website has recently seen a major graphic facelift, and its archives have 
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Please take a minute of your time to take the Analyst survey at, where you can communicate your opinions 
of the Analyst. This will help us make the Analyst an even better publication.


Mike Redman
The Islamic radical party Hizb-ut-Tahrir has recently been issuing aggressive 
new statements throughout southern Kazakhstan, calling for jihad against the 
U.S. and Britain.  In a clear attempt to make political  gains from  regional 
uneasiness about the recent war in Iraq, this propaganda offensive points to a 
deviation from the party's usual targets of criticism; secular regional 
governments and the state of Israel.  While such propaganda is unlikely to
a receptive audience in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh government of Nursultan 
Nazarbayev will have to act wisely in stemming the potential influence of a 
party which has proved elsewhere to be capable of thriving amid  rigid 
controls  by the state.

Hooman Peimani
Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov praised Turkmenistan's relations with 
Uzbekistan in mid-May less than six months after the Uzbek ambassador was 
declared persona non grata. He was subsequently forced to leave Ashgabad as he 
was accused of involvement in a November 2002 assassination attempt against 
Niyazov. The Turkmen authorities described the assassination attempt as a 
failed coup. As evident in Niyazov's remark, the sudden change of attitude 
towards Uzbekistan indicates Ashgabad's efforts to break its mainly self-
imposed isolation. Abrupt changes in its policies, such as its May decision to 
withdraw from the dual-citizenship agreement with Russia, have worsened this 

Matthew Oresman
On May 28 and 29, the Heads of State of the Member Nations of the Shanghai 
Cooperation Organization (SCO) met in Moscow to transform the SCO from a mere 
talk shop to a "full-fledged" international organization.  While it remains to 
be seen how long these new commitments will last, the SCO has received a new 
infusion of life that should allow it to develop rapidly in the short-term.  
Still many questions remain about the true intentions of the individual SCO 
members and what role the organization will play in the rapidly changing 
strategic environment of Central Asia and the balance-of-power diplomacy of 
China, Russia, and the United States.

James Purcell Smith
For the last 10 years, President of Turkmenistan Saparmurad Niyazov became 
famous, among other extraordinary actions, by the announcement of a number of 
gas pipeline projects in every possible direction, which never materialized. 
After being subdued to Russian dominance because of a foreign-orchestrated 
assassination attempt, the Turkmen president came up with another pipeline 
project: Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan-Russia, in addition to already existing and 
operating 5 pipelines in the Northern direction. This raises questions as to 
the implications for Turkmenistan, but also regarding the developing 
international environment in Central Asia.


Gulnara Ismailova
On May 27, the Azerbaijani parliament passed the law on the adoption of a new 
elections code, in its third and final reading, with a vote of 95 to 5. 
According to this document, the provisions of the Election Code (EC) touching 
upon the formation of election commissions at all levels would come into force 
after the new parliamentarian elections in 2005. 

Fariz Ismailzade
The already tense relations between Azerbaijan and Iran have again become the 
focus of this week's political agenda in the region after an article in the 
Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta's on May 29. In this article, the 
newspaper claimed that the U.S. Administration had already secured the 
Azerbaijani government's approval for the usage of the latter's territory
for a 
possible attack on Iran.

Aijan Baltabaeva
The Kyrgyzstan government closed its borders with China to prevent the
penetration of SARS into the country. The Kyrgyz authorities have heeded the 
request of the Health Care Minister, Mitalip Mamytov, who appealed to the
Minister to shut its borders with China. Earlier, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
done the same. Physicians say Kyrgyzstan has a damp, hot, subtropical climate, 
which means great conditions for the spread of SARS.

Chemen Durdiyeva
President Niyazov's latest decree of April 22, 2003 stipulated the complete 
cancellation of dual citizenship between Turkmenistan and Russia, and put an 
end to the ongoing confusion over citizens' travels to Russia. However, this 
decree keeps causing unexpected results by creating uneasiness within and 
consolidation of the opposition abroad.

The Analyst provides a rigorous, concise and nonpartisan forum where 
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for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers,
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PUBLICATION- Nations in Transit 2003, Freedom House Publication

Posted by: Alla Corey <acorey(a)>
Posted: 2003

Nations in Transit 2003
Democratization in East Central Europe and Eurasia
By Freedom House

How are democracy and the rule of law faring in Central and Eastern Europe 
and the former Soviet Union? In Nations in Transit 2003, leading regional 
specialists offer answers by reporting on more than fifty key indicators of 
political and social reform in twenty-seven post-Communist countries. Each 
country report analyzes electoral processes; civil society; media 
independence; governance; corruption; and constitutional, legislative, and 
judicial frameworks. The results are incisive, authoritative, and 
comprehensive. As an added dimension, Freedom House-which for more than 
twenty-five years has rated global political rights and civil liberties in 
its benchmark Freedom in the World surveys-has developed a rating system 
that allows for comparative analysis of reforms. Nations in Transit 2003 is 
an invaluable resource and reference tool for governmental and 
nongovernmental organizations, schools and universities, and anyone else 
interested in better understanding the structures and institutions that form 
the infrastructure on which transitions to open societies depend.

Freedom House is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that supports 
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ON-LINE RESOURCE- News Central Asia, On-Line News Agency

Posted by: Tariq Saeedi <tariq(a)>
Posted: 1 Jul 2003

We are pleased to announce that a news agency - News Central Asia (nCa) -
has been launched from Central Asia.

A trial version of the website is available at the following URL: 

Please note, this is a trial version only and there may be some bugs in the 
software. Your feedback will help us improve the quality and content.

Accompanying Newsletter will soon be introduced to deliver fresh news 
stories in your mailbox.

In case of any problems, or for any enquiries, please contact me at: 


Tariq Saeedi
Editor, nCa

PUBLICATION- Missionnaires de l'Islam en Asie Centrale (in French), Bayram Balci

Posted by: Bayram Balci <bayram.balci(a)>
Posted: 27 Jun 2003

Missionnaires de l'Islam en Asie Centrale.
Les écoles turques de Fethullah Gülen
Bayram Balci

Ed. Maisonneuve & Larose, 15 rue Victor Cousin, Paris 5ème
E-Mail: <servedit1(a)>

A l'heure où la Turquie frappe aux portes de l'Union Européenne, elle 
développe en parallèle une stratégie d'influence dans les républiques 
turcophones de l'ex-URSS, où sa présence économique et culturelle se 
renforce depuis le début des années 90. Cette présence turque en Asie 
centrale est largement l'oeuvre d'une puissante organisation religieuse, 
dirigée par l'énigmatique Fethullah Gülen, longtemps prêcheur officiel au 
service de l'Etat turc et actuellement en exil volontaire aux Etats Unis.

Charismatique et visionnaire, Gülen a choisi l'éducation comme vecteur de 
son expansion. Aujourd'hui, son mouvement est présent dans toutes les 
républiques d'Asie centrale : Ouzbékistan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, 
Turkménistan et Tadjikistan où ses disciples animent un vaste réseau 
d'écoles privées. A long terme, ces "jésuites de l'Islam turc" projettent 
de former les nouvelles élites centre-asiatiques qui réislamiseront les 
populations locales, longtemps soumises à la propagande athée soviétique. 
Cette entreprise a su se concilier l'appui tacite des gouvernements locaux 
et des puissances extérieures - Turquie et Etats Unis notamment - qui 
craignent l'implantation d'éléments islamistes plus radicaux, d'obédience 

L'auteur : Bayram BALCI, docteur, diplômé des Instituts d'Etudes Politiques 
de Grenoble et d'Aix en Provence, est actuellement responsable du programme 
"Turquie-Caucase" à l'Institut Français d'Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA) à 
Istanbul. Il a séjourné quatre ans en Asie centrale comme chercheur à 
l'Institut Français d'Etudes sur l'Asie Centrale (IFEAC) à Tachkent. 
Actuellement, ses recherches portent sur l'éducation islamique dans le 
Caucase et en Asie centrale et les mouvements migratoires entre l'Asie 
centrale et l'Arabie Saoudite via le pèlerinage.

Chapitre 1 Les ambitions de la Turquie en Asie centrale
Chapitre 2 Le mouvement nourdjou en Turquie, de Said Mursi à Fethullah Gülen
Chapitre 3. La communauté de Fethullah Gülen en Turquie: une organisation  
            omniprésente marquée par le charisme de son chef
Chapitre 4. Mode d'implantation des lycées nourdjou en Asie centrale
Chapitre 5. Relais et réseaux des écoles nourdjou en Asie centrale
Chapitre 6. Entre islam et turcité : le message véhiculé par les disciples de 
            Fethullah Gülen en Asie centrale
Chapitre 7. Action étatique turque et action nourdjou en Asie centrale: rivalité 
            ou complémentarité?

CFP- Reconceptualizing Autonomy in Post-Communist Europe, JEMIE, No. 3 (2003)

Posted by: Graham Holliday <holliday(a)>
Posted: 27 Jun 2003

Call for Papers: Reconceptualizing Autonomy in Post-Communist Europe?

The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is a 
peer-reviewed electronic journal edited under the auspices of the European 
Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). JEMIE is a multi-disciplinary journal, 
which addresses issues across a broad field of studies, including 
ethnopolitical conflict, strategies of conflict management in divided 
societies, nationalist movements, minority mobilization and participation, 
and minority rights. It is devoted to the analysis of current developments 
in minority-majority relations in the wider Europe, and aims to stimulate 
wider debate amongst academics, students and practitioners. As an electronic 
journal, JEMIE further aims to promote scholarly debate across as broad an 
audience as possible, and make the latest literature available to students 
who do not have easy access to an academic library.

Every quarter, a Special Focus section is published which highlights a topic 
of particular interest to students of minority issues and ethnopolitics. The 
third issue of 2003 will include a section examining the variety of autonomy 
arrangements that currently obtain throughout Eastern Europe and the former 
Soviet Union, and seek to discover whether these arrangements constitute the 
evolution of a distinctly 'post-communist' form of autonomy.

Contributions are invited which examine the various models of autonomy 
developing in this region, either in the form of single or comparative case 
studies. In this way, papers may wish to address examples of local 
self-government arrangements in Hungary or Slovenia, post-conflict and 
preventative conflict arrangements such as Kosovo and Vojvodina, the 
specifics of Gagauzia (Moldova), the Crimea (Ukraine), forms of federalism 
in Russia, and the situation of Ajaria (Georgia). More specifically, the 
papers may seek to examine some of the following questions:

What forms of autonomy arrangements presently exist in post-communist 
Europe? Can these arrangements be defined simply in territorial or ethnic 
terms? Are such arrangements formalized or informal, and how effective have 
they been in mitigating conflict? 
How did these arrangements arise? Were they a natural response to domestic 
challenges or rather the result of external pressures and the involvement of 
outside actors? What has been the impact of the transition context on 
autonomy arrangements?

If regional or intergovernmental organizations have been involved, to what 
extent, and with what purpose, have they promoted autonomy arrangements over 
other models of accommodation, or advanced some hybrid mix of 
conflict-regulating strategies?

Can novel forms of 'post-communist' autonomy arrangements be discerned, and 
how is this shaping the evolution of minority rights norms and regimes in 
the wider Europe?

A provisional deadline for submission is scheduled for 15 August 2003, with 
publication in mid-September and over the subsequent quarter. The Editors 
would welcome an early expression of interest. Manuscripts of between 7,000 
and 10,000 words will be accepted, and should be forwarded via email to 
Graham Holliday (holliday(a) and Gwendolyn Sasse (G.Sasse(a) 
Submissions should include a preliminary abstract, brief biographical note, 
and a list of references. Final decisions on publication are reserved by the 
Editorial Board.

Editors: Graham Holliday & Gwendolyn Sasse
Consulting Editor: Marc Weller
Assistant Editor: William McKinney

ISSN: 1617-5247

International Editorial Board

Gudmundur Alfredsson :: Marie-Janine Calic :: Richard Caplan
François Grin :: Ted Robert Gurr :: Lauri Hannikainen
Rainer Hofmann :: Donald Horowitz :: Jennifer Jackson Preece
Charles King :: Will Kymlicka :: Joseph Marko :: John McGarry
Margaret Moore :: Brendan O'Leary :: John Packer
Alan Phillips :: Max van der Stoel :: Stefan Troebst

PUBLICATION- Les Etats Post-Sovietiques (in French), Ed. by Jean Radvanyi, 2003

Posted by: Gael Raballand <lesballand(a)>
Posted: 27 Jun 2003

LES ETATS POST-SOVIETIQUES ed. by Jean Radvanyi (Armand Colin, 
Collection U, 2003). [in French].

In this book, the authors analyse the evolution, since 1991, of the 
fifteen former soviet Republics in four directions: the historical and 
territorial aspects of identity, the political systems, the economic reforms 
and the political choices in terms of foreign and security policies. This 
book is designed to a large audience: undergraduate and students but also 

researchers in geography, political science and even international relations.

Almost thirty young and senior researchers contributed to this book, 
including several major experts of the former Soviet Union.  L Observatoire 
des Etats postsoviétiques, headed by Jean Radvanyi, was created in 1992, in 
the framework of the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and 
Civilizations. This center is studying the post-socialist process in the 
former Soviet Union space with a pluridisciplinary approach. Jean Radvanyi 
is a geographer, Professor at the French National Institute of Oriental 
Languages and Civilizations where is heading the Russian Department.

The authors describe in detail the evolution of the South Caucasian 
and Central Asian countries in the parts 4 and 5 of this book. Maps are 
included for each State as well as one page with major geographic and 
economic data.

For further details, please contact Jean Radvanyi, radva at

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Scholarly Articles Research Alerting, Central Asia Survey

Posted by: Sharron Lawrence <Sharron.Lawrence(a)>
Posted: 24 Jun 2003

Dear Colleague

Taylor & Francis currently publishes over 750 academic peer-reviewed
journals across a variety of disciplines. In response to the changing needs
of the academic community, we are using the Internet actively to disseminate
information about journals in advance of publication.

SARA - Scholarly Articles Research Alerting, is a special email service
designed to deliver tables of contents, for any Taylor & Francis, Carfax,
Routledge, Spon Press, or Psychology Press journal, to anyone who has
requested the information. This service is completely free of charge.

All you need to do is register, and you will be sent contents pages of the
journal(s) of your choice from that point onwards, in advance of the printed

You can select to receive alerts by keyword or by title and you may
unsubscribe at any time. For each of your choices, you will receive the
relevant bibliographic information: journal title, volume/issue number and
the ISSN. You will also receive full contents details, names of authors and
the appropriate page numbers from the printed version.

This will give you advance notice of what is being published, making it
easier for you to retrieve the exact information you require from the hard
copy once it arrives in your library.

Titles that may be of interest are:

Central Asian Survey
Europe-Asia Studies

To register for this complimentary service, please visit:
<> and click on the SARA button.

For a free online sample copy or further information on the above titles,
please visit <>

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Transitions Online Magazine

Posted by: Ky Krauthamer <krauthamerk(a)>
Posted: 17 Jun 2003

Transitions Online <>, a respected magazine of
politics and society in the transition states of Europe and Central
Asia, is accepting proposals for articles on its culture site,

We are seeking informed, topical material on all aspects of culture,
society and diversity in the former Soviet Central Asian republics and
Mongolia, as well as Russia. We are looking for feature stories,
interviews, columns and essays, as well as reviews.

Transitions Online is a nonprofit organization providing high-quality
news, features, reviews and analysis by both young and experienced
journalists and experts. We do not publish articles meant for a small
specialist audience. Proposals are of course welcome from scholars and
experts eager to work on topical, high-quality journalism for a
well-educated readership. Transitions' family of publications are
widely read by media, public- and private-sector decision makers, and
scholars in Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, please write:

Ky Krauthamer
Culture editor, Transitions Online

Include a CV in English and copies of English-language publications, if

Additional information for contributors can be found on the Transitions
home page under About Us/Submissions.

PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, 2003 No. 3

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 17 Jun 2003

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to introduce the contents of the third issue, no.3 (21), of
the journal "Central Asia and the Caucasus" (in English and Russian).  It
will be published in late June.  To inquire about more details, as well
as to subscribe, please contact:

Murad Esenov
"Central Asia and the Caucasus"
Center for Social and Political Studies
Tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
Tel/fax: (46) 920 620 16

Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 3 (21), 2003


 * Frederik Coene. NATO and the South Caucasus: Much Ado About Nothing?
 * Alexei Fenenko. The U.S. Factor and the Crisis of the Trans-Eurasian Area
 * Sergey Minasian. Iran on the Way to the Nuclear Bomb? (Analysis of  Tehran's Nuclear Missile Program)

 * Bakhtiar Mirkasymov. Salafism in Central Asia and the Northern Caucasus
 * Amirkhan Magomeddadaev. Politization of Islam in Daghestan: The Factors behind It (1987-2002)

 * Pan Guang. Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Context of International Antiterrorist Campaign
 * Alexander Chepurin. Political Development Trends in the Transcaucasus in Light of Antiterrorist Operation
 * Aron Brudniy, Dinara Sydykbekova. Central Asia and Civilizational Trends at the Beginning of the 21st Century
 * Parvin Darabadi. The Caspian Region in Contemporary Geopolitics
 * Vladimir Kindalov, Oleg Limanov. Russia and China in Central Asia: Geopolitical Changes
 * Mikael Airapetian. Asia Minor and the Caucasus at the Crossroads of Civilizations: Armenian-Turkish Question in the New Age
 * Oleg Boronin. On the Priorities of Russian Policy in Post-Soviet Central Asia
 * Zakir Chotoev. Turkey in the Antiterrorist Campaign
 * Alec Rasizade. Azerbaijan after the First Decade of Capitalism
 * Sergey Markedonov. Polemical Notes about the Constitutional Referendum in Chechnia: Was It Another Khasaviurt?

 * Natalia Ushakova. Central Asian Cooperation: Toward Transformation
 * Rafael Ultanbaev. Eurasian Economic Community: Thorny Path of Development
 * Talaybek Koychumanov. Economic Interests of Central Asian States: Identification Problems
 * Rubik Yegorian, Marina Oganesian, Anna Manvelian. Kazakhstan: the Present and Future of Its Transportation Corridors
 * Georgi Petrov. Tajikistan's Hydropower Resources
 * Mannon Aliev. Regulation of the Securities Market in Uzbekistan

 * Igor Semenov. The Mountain Jews in the Caucasus: Certain Aspects of Ethnic Identification
 * Iraklii Chikhladze, Giga Chikhladze. The Yezidi Kurds and Assyrians of Georgia: The problem of 
   Diasporas and Integration into Contemporary Society


The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:
Central Asia and the Caucasus
 * Energy Policy and Energy Projects
 * Regional Conflicts (Abkhazia, Nagorny Karabakh, South Ossetia, Chechnia) and Roads to Settlement
 * The Place of Religion in the Sociopolitical Context

If you are interested to go into more details about the content of the
articles you may find all necessary information on our Internet home-page:


ON-LINE RESOURCE- French Institute for Central Asian Studies Website

Posted by: IFEAC Administration <public(a)>
Posted: 28 May 2003

The French Institute for Central Asian Studies (IFEAC) would like to announce
the creation of its website at <>.

For those who read the French language and are interested in finding out
more about our activities, please find information about our publications,
such as Les Cahiers d'Asie centrale (the periodical of our Institute), and
many others;  topics studied by our researchers; and past and future
conferences and colloquia at:


Yours truly,

IFEAC Administration
E-mail: <public(a)>
Web: <>

In Tashkent:
18a, rue Rakatboshi (ex-Spilkov)
700031 Tachkent, Ouzbekistan

In Paris:
Ambassade de France en Ouzbékistan
Service de la valise diplomatique
128bis, rue de l'Université
75007 Paris

PUBLICATION- British Intelligence on Afghanistan, IDC Publishers

Posted by: Willemijn Lindhout <wlindhout(a)>
Posted: 27 May 2003

British Intelligence on Afghanistan and its Frontiers, c. 1888-1946
Secret and confidential print from the British Government of India

IDC Publishers is pleased to announce the publication of British
Intelligence on Afghanistan and its Frontiers, c. 1888-1946

The Intelligence files concentrate on Afghanistan's internal and external
affairs and trans-frontier tribes and personalities. The collection, from
the India Office Records in the British Library, is unique in its breadth
and accessibility.

Military Intelligence

The Intelligence Branch issued a stream of practical handbooks, route books,
military reports, tribal monographs, 'who's who' compilations, and summaries
of events. Sources were officers in the field and their contacts, together
with local tribesmen who had been clandestinely employed.

Political Intelligence

The Government of India Foreign & Political Department had a parallel
intelligence interest, concentrating on Afghanistan's internal and external
affairs and trans-frontier tribes and personalities. It issued its own
compilations, mainly sourced by political officers.

Finding Aid

In addition to this primary source IDC offers a printed and online finding
aid with an introduction and by A.J. Farrington, Former Deputy Director,
Oriental and India Office Collections (OIOC), British Library.
 * Approx. 17,000 frames * 410 microfiches * Including printed and 
   online guide <>

For more information on this or other intelligence collections, please visit
<> or contact us at <info(a)>

PUBLICATION- Archaeological Monuments of Egiin Gol Valley (Mongolia)

Posted by: Tsagaan Turbat <ts_turbat(a)>
Posted: 26 May 2003

Ts. Turbat, Ch. Amartuvshin and U. Erdenebat, Archaeological Monuments of 
Egiin Gol Valley (from Bronze age to Mongolian period), Edited by Prof. D. 
Tseveendorj, Ulaanbaatar, 2003, Mongolian text, pp.295, 139 b/w ills., 40 
color ills., 240x173 cm. Two hundred fifty copies of the book were printed.

The book is the first edition of excavation of survey of Egiin Gol valley in 
North Mongolia.  During last 12 years the Mongolian, French and American 
archaeologists jointly worked in this valley which was endangered by the 
construction of Hydroelectric Power Station.  The archaeologists made the 
survey over 251 sq. km and found over 900 archaeological sites related to 
many historical periods from Stone age to late Middle age.  Including 28 
sites of Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, 389 burial mounds called 
"kergesur" from Bronze age, 89 slab graves from Bronze age, 3 petroglyphs, 1 
deer stone, 119 Xiongnu tombs, 5 Turkic graves, 71 Mongolian period tombs, 2 
ancient settlement, 5 ruins of 19th century monasteries.  Since 1992 to 2002 
the archaeologists excavated 27 slab graves, 8 kergesur, 106 Xiongnu tombs, 
5 Turkic graves, 28 Mongol graves, 2 settlements from Xianbei and Kitan 
periods representatively and unearthed hundreds of artifacts.  This book is 
introducing that excavated materials completely with analysis of funeral 
practices and artifacts.  The book is devoted for archaeologists, 
ethnologists, historians and for all who interested in history and culture 
of Central Asia.  Send the e-mail to <ts_turbat(a)>, 
<ts_turbat(a)> or <chamar(a)>.

Ts. Turbat
Department of Mongolian History
Mongolian State Pedagogical University

PUBLICATION- The Caucasus: Armed and Divided, Saferworld Publication

Posted by: Anna Matveeva <amatveeva(a)>
Posted: 21 May 2003

Saferworld Publication Announcement:

"The Caucasus: Armed and Divided--Small arms and light weapons proliferation
and humanitarian consequences in the Caucasus."

This publication is a collective monograph that brings together the case 
studies of local experts in the Caucasus focusing on the region's conflicts, 
the relationship between conflict and levels of arms possession and the 
effects of small arms proliferation there since the break up of the Soviet 
Union. It also considers the ways in which new security actors emerged in 
the Caucasus and how societies in the region address the issues of personal 
and collective security. It also includes a chapter on Russia's policy 
towards the small arms issue in the Caucasus. The case studies demonstrate 
that there is no single problem with small arms and light weapons but rather 
that each area has its own specific 'problems' such as unresolved conflicts, 
state weakness, crime and trafficking as well as a range of external factors.

Now available on our website at: <>

For more information or to receive hard copies of this report please contact:

Anna Matveeva
Head of Arms and Security - Eastern Europe Programme
E-mail: amatveeva(a)
Tel: +44(0) 207 881 9290.

Paul Eavis
Executive Director

Stephen Gethins
Project Co-ordinator - South Caucasus
46 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0EB
Tel. +44 (0)207 881 9290
Web: <>

PUBLICATION- Letters of Khwaja 'Ubayd Allah Ahrar, Jo-Ann Gross and Asom Urunbaev

Posted by: Jo-Ann Gross <gross(a)>
Posted: 18 May 2003

Jo-Ann Gross and Asom Urunbaev have recently published "The Letters of
Khwaja 'Ubayd Allah Ahrar and His Associates" (Brill, 2002). The book
contains an annotated English translation, Persian transcription, and
facsimile of 257 autograph letters of the fifteenth-century Central Asian
Naqshbandi pir, Khwaja 'Ubayd Allah Ahrar and his associates. The letters
are contained in the Majmu'a-yi murasalat, which is housed in the
manuscript collection of the Institute of Oriental Studies in Tashkent,
Uzbekistan. Three introductory chapters discuss the Central Asian
Naqshbandiya; Khwaja 'Ubayd Allah Ahrar; the social, historical, economic,
and political significance of the letters; and the manuscript and its author.

Full information about the book may be found at:

PUBLICATION- ISAR and Oral Ataniyazova, Medical-Social Problems of Karakalpakistan

Posted by: John Deever <john(a)>
Posted: 13 May 2003

Now available, "The Aral Sea Crisis and Medical-Social Problems of
Karakalpakstan" (in Russian), produced by "Bilim", Karakalpakstan,
Uzbekistan, 2001, 78 pp.

This unique publication about the Aral Sea and the crisis of the people of
Karakalpakstan has been co-written by local NGO activist Oral Ataniyazova.
Ataniyazova was selected in 2000 as one of a handful of global environmental
activists whose work was deemed worthy of the Goldman Prize
--the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Unlike many other resources on the Aral Sea crisis, this publication is
written from the perspective of a resident and experienced physician whose
health projects and independent civil society activities are closely tied to
the fate of the Karakalpak people.  Exploring issues such as pesticides,
dioxin, women and children's health, and the history of Karakalpaks, the
book offers researchers excellent and rare primary source material into the
ongoing disaster of the Aral Sea and its people.

For more information, please write to:

PO: Box 27, Nukus-12,
Rep. Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan) 742012

Or email: <perzent(a)>; <oral(a)>

John P. Deever
Publications Program Officer
Initiative for Social Action and Renewal in Eurasia
1601 Connecticut Ave NW #301
Washington DC 20009
tel: 202-387-3034
fax: 202-667-3291
web: <>

PUBLICATION- Children of War, Emine Gursoy-Naskali, Aylin Koc, eds., (in Turkish)

Posted by: Emine Gürsoy-Naskali <Naskali(a)>
Posted: 12 May 2003

"Children of War: Orphans" (in Turkish)
Eds. Emine Gursoy-Naskali, Aylin Koc
Istanbul 2003, 467 p., ISBN 975-97708-1-4
Kirmizi Yayincilik

Introduction, Orphans in the Ottoman Social Context, Orphans in post
World War I in Turkey, Orphanages, Deportations and Memories, Orphans in
Azerbaijan and Russia, Orphans in Literature, Psychological and
Sociological Perspectives, Legal Aspects, Orphans in Music and Art.

Contains first time published photographs from the Celal Bayar and Kazim
Karabekir archives.

Regarding Central Asia: The section "Orphanages" has a chapter on
Ilkhanid orphanages in Tabriz; "Deportations and Memories" has two
chapters on the Crimean, Karachay-Balkar deportations, "Orphans in
Azerbaijan and Russia" has one chapter on Karabagh, one chapter on the
Russian Federation, and one chapter on Turkish aid to the post WWI
famine in Russia.


Sunus / Emine Gursoy-Naskali
Giris / Emine Gursoy-Naskali


Osmanli Devletinde Yetimlerin Sosyal Haklarinin Korunmasi / Veli Inanc
Savas Yillarinda Himaye-i Etfal Cemiyetinin Cocuk Sagligi Konusundaki Hedef
ve Faaliyetleri / Makbule Sarikaya
Osmanli Devletinde Yetimler Icin Alinan Bazi Sosyal Tedbirler / Ebubekir
Eytam Idaresi Sandiklari ve Osmanli Devletinde Yetimlerin Ekonomik
Haklarinin Korunmasi / Mehmet Canli
Osmanli Belgelerine Gore Birinci Dunya Savasi Yillarinda Almanya'ya
Gonderilen Daruleytam Ogrencileri / Safiye Kirbac


1911-1922 Yillarinda Anadolunun Kimsesiz Kiz Cocuklari / Ferhunde Ozbay
Milli Mucadele Doneminde Yetimlere Butceden Ayrilan Pay / Ridvan Akin
Amerika'daki Turklerin Milli Mucadele Yetimlerine Yardimlari / Veysi Akin
Cocuk Davamiz / Timsal Karabekir


XIV. Yuzyil Baslarinda Tebriz'de Iki Yetimhane / Osman Gazi Ozgudenli
Oksuz ve Yetim Cocuklar Icin Kurulmus Bir Egitim Kurumu: Darussafaka / Aylin
Izmir'de Cumhuriyet Donemi Cocuk Bakim Yurtlari - Fotograflar / Emine


1944-1945 Kirim Faciasi ve Yetimler / Aydin Semi-zade
Cocuk Gozuyle 1943-1944 Kirim Tatari, Karacay ve Balkar Surgunu / Svetlana
M. Tchervonnaia
Yemen Elmasi ve Dogu Cephesinden Bir Mektup / Ahmet Buran
Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa Zirhlisi Sehitlerinden Carkci Yuzbasi Ahmet
Efendinin Yetimleri: Nermin Atature ve Nakiye Sarier'in Hatiralari / Nilufer
Bir Darussafakali / Davut Okutcu


Karabag Savasinin Cocuk Yuzleri / Nesrin Sariahmetoglu-Karagur
Gunumuz Rusya'sinin Anali Babali Oksuzleri / Liaisan Sahin
1921-1923 Yillari Arasinda Rusya'da Basgosteren Kitliktan Etkilenen Turk
Cocuklari ve Turkiye'nin Bunlara Sahip Cikmasi / Husnu Yilmaz Livatyali


Turk Soz Varliginda 'Oksuz' ve 'Yetim' Kavramlari / Asiye Mevhibe Cosar
Turk Kahramanlik Destanlarinin Oksuz ve Yetim Bahadirlari / Mehmet Aca
Turk Masallarinda Oksuz ve Yetimler / Aylin Koc
Nasihat Icerikli Metinlerde Oksuz ve Yetim Kavramlari / Dilek Herkmen
Savasin Gercek Kurbanlari: Cocuklar / Alev Sinar Cilgin


Adli Psikiyatrik Acidan 'Savas ve Cocuk' / Gokhan Oral
Savas ve Yetimlik Kavramlari / Dursun Ayan
Oksuz ve Yetimlerin Toplumsal Butunlesme Problemi: Diyarbakir Yetistirme
Yurdu Ornegi / M. Cengiz Yildiz


Sehit Cocuklarini Korumaya Yonelik Yasal Duzenlemeler / Yusuf Cam
Savas ve Silahli Catisma Ortaminda Bulunan Cocuklara Iliskin Hukuki
Duzenlemeler / Feride Filiz Yuce


Turk Sinemasinda Oksuz ve Yetim Cocuk Imgeleri / Nilufer Ocel
Oksuz ve Yetim Konulu Turku Gufteleri / Metin Eke

PUBLICATION- Irrigation in Central Asia, World Bank Report

Posted by: David Mikosz <dmikosz(a)>
Posted: 8 May 2003

The World Bank has recently released a large report on irrigation in Central
Asia. It raises many interesting issues and will guide policy makers in and
out of the region.  Below is some information on the report and how to
receive a copy. In addition, a series of Global Development Learning Network
(GDLN) video conferences will be conducted on the topic.

Irrigation in Central Asia: Social, Economic and Environmental Considerations

The Central Asian countries in the Aral Sea Basin have some of the largest
irrigation schemes in the world.  Some 22 million people depend directly or
indirectly on the irrigated agriculture.   Entire communities exist solely
because of these schemes.  Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, farmers'
incomes have fallen dramatically, many institutions have ceased to function,
and maintenance has stopped almost entirely.  As a result, water supply is
erratic, salinisation and waterlogging have increased, canals are broken or
silted up, and machinery is on the point of breaking down altogether.
Rehabilitation is urgently needed, but neither governments nor the combined
donors have sufficient resources.  Policy-makers are faced therefore with a
series of difficult questions:

 * Which schemes should be rehabiliated and which left to decline?
 * What is the relationship between poverty and irrigation in this region?
 * Do the poor suffer disproportionately from a contraction in irrigation?
 * Would irrigated agriculture be economically viable if everything (including
   electricity for pumping) were at world market prices?
 * What happens to communities as the irrigation infrastructure declines?
 * How can we reduce the hardship that results from the decline?  For example,
   is it worth rehabilitating irrigation schemes as a form of social
   assistance, to keep people employed for a limited period?
 * What about the environmental problems associated with irrigation in this
   region?  If we added the costs of environmental damage, how would that
   affect the economic analysis of rehabilitation projects?

The World Bank and consultants from three Central Asian countries have
analyzed these questions using a combination of quantitative and qualitative
methods.  We found that enormous hardship results from the degradation of
infrastructure and households have very few alternative livelihood options.
The extent to which local institutions are able to function has an important
effect on well-being in the communities when water is available.

Quantitative analysis of household surveys validated the qualitative work by
finding that the poor suffer disproportionately from the contraction in
infrastructure.  The economic analysis showed that a surprising number of
schemes turned out to be economically viable, even those with high lifts,
and would be even more viable if economic reforms allowed farmers more
flexibility.   We found that incorporating a partial value of the
environmental externality did not fundamentally change decisions about
whether to go ahead with a particular investment in irrigation
rehabilitation.  We also found that it may be financially preferable for the
government to subsidize a loss-making rehabilitation scheme rather than
providing cash or other transfers to help soften the social burden of
letting infrastructure collapse and thus suggest that irrigation may be
worth considering as one way to ease social burdens of the transition
period.  We stress that rehabilitation should always take place in a context
of policy and institutional reforms.

To obtain an email version of this report, in English or Russian, please
contact: David Mikosz, <dmikosz(a)>

Please note, these reports are very large - more than 3.5 megabytes for the
Russian version and 2.5 for the English version. Please specify which
version you would like.

Also, you can contact the World Bank Country Offices to obtain a copy of that

Here are the main contact people at our country offices:

Bobojon Yatimov
email: <byatimov(a)>

Dilshod Khidirov
email: <dkhidirov(a)>

Kyrgyz Republic:
Orunbek Shamkanov
email: <oshamkanov(a)>

If you have any questions or are not able to reach them, please contact me at
<dmikosz(a)>. Please also contact me if you wish more information
on the upcoming series of video conferences.

PUBLICATION- Sharon Hudgins, A Slice of Life in Siberia & the Russian Far East

Posted by: Sharon  Hudgins <swhudgins(a)>
Posted: 7 May 2003

by Sharon Hudgins

Texas A & M University Press, 2003

This book is now in the bookstores--and can also be ordered online at
<> or at <>.


Travel to post-Soviet Siberia and the Russian Far East with author Sharon
Hudgins as she takes readers on a personal adventure through the Asian side
of Russia--an area closed to most Westerners and many Russians prior to the
1990s.  Even today, few people from the West have ridden the Trans-Siberian
railroad in winter, stood on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal, feasted with
the Siberian Buryats, or lived in the "high-rise villages" of Vladivostok
and Irkutsk.

One of only a handful of American women who have lived and worked in this
part of the world, Hudgins dispels many of the myths and misconceptions that
surround this "other side of Russia."  She artfully depicts the details of
everyday life, set within their cultural and historical context--local
customs, foods, and festivals, as well as urban life, the education system,
and the developing market economy in post-Soviet Siberia and the Russian Far


Sharon Hudgins is an award-winning author and food/travel writer who has
also worked as a university professor, book editor, magazine editor,
filmmaker, and photographer.  For almost two decades she worked for the
University of Maryland's education programs in Europe, Asia, and the United

She has lived abroad for 20 years--in Germany, Spain, Greece, France,
England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, and Russia--and has traveled in more than
40 countries around the world.  Her previous residences have ranged from
Munich, Athens, Paris, London, Madrid, and Tokyo, to a shepherd's cottage in
the Scottish Highlands, a German winery on the Mosel River, a mountain
village in southern Spain, and a high-rise apartment building in southern

She is the author of three books, one of which received a national literary
award in Germany in 1992.  In 1996 her paper about the foods of the Siberian
Buryats won a Sophie Coe Subsidiary Prize in Food History, at the Oxford
Symposium on Food & Cookery.  She is a contributor to the forthcoming Oxford
Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, and her culinary research in Russia
has been cited in The Oxford Companion to Food.  More than 500 of her food
and travel articles have been published in major magazines and newspapers in
the United States, Europe, and Asia.  She is currently working on her next
book, a culinary memoir titled T-Bone Whacks & Caviar Snacks: Cooking with
Two Texans in Siberia.

She holds a bachelor's degree in government (with a specialization in Soviet
and East European studies) from the University of Texas at Austin, a
master's degree in political science (with a specialization in United
States-Soviet strategic relations) from the University of Michigan at Ann
Arbor, and a master's degree in communications from the University of Texas
at Austin. 

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Transoxiana Resources Index (in Spanish)

Posted by: Paola E. Raffetta <paola_raffetta(a)>
Posted: 5 May 2003

El indice de sitios web recomendados de Transoxiana ha sido actualizado.

Transoxiana Resources index updated.


Transoxiana Resources busca ser un espacio interactivo de promocion de 
aquellos recursos electronicos valiosos para la difusion de los Estudios 
Orientales. Si conoce sitios que desee recomendar, escribanos. Si encuentra 
un link que no funciona, agradeceremos el aviso.


Paola E. Raffetta


E-Journal de Estudios Orientales
URL: <>
Mail to: <editor(a)>

Escuela de Estudios Orientales "RP Ismael Quiles SJ"
Universidad del Salvador - Buenos Aires - Argentina

PUBLICATION- Parliamentary Elections Guide Armenia 2003, Caucasus Media Institute

Posted by: Vicken Cheterian <vicken(a)>
Posted: 5 May 2003


Publication of

Parliamentary Elections Guide Armenia 2003

The Parliamentary Elections Guide Armenia 2003 is the second in the series
of CMI Election Guides targeted at journalists and observers, both local and
foreign. The guide contains general information on the country; the
electoral programs of parties running for the parliamentary election;
relevant legislation and useful contacts in Armenia. The guide is available
in three languages- English, Russian and Armenian, (3000 copies). The Guide
is published thanks to financial and technical support of Swiss Agency for
Development and Cooperation (SDC), Eurasia Foundation (Armenia) and CIMERA

In case of interest please contact Ruben Meloyan or visit the Caucasus Media

Demirchyan Pagughi 23
Yerevan, Armenia
tel. + 374 1 54 06 31, 54 06 32
fax.+ 374 1 56 88 60

Email: <ruben(a)>

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 23 April 2003 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 23 Apr 2003

The 23 April 2003 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a subscription
free Web journal, is now on-line at <>

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University-The Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies is proud to announce the publication
of the 23 April 2003 issue of its biweekly Journal, The Central Asia-Caucasus

The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is freely available on the world wide web at
<>.  The Institute also offers its readers the 
option of downloading The Analyst in PDF format, enabling readers to view 
and print out the entire issue of The Analyst at 

The website has recently seen a major graphic facelift, and its archives have
now been made searchable. Readers can now search the 600+ articles, field
reports, and hundreds of news items by author and keyword.

Please take a minute of your time to take the Analyst survey at
<>, where you can communicate your 
opinions of the Analyst. This will help us make the Analyst an even better 


Claude Zullo
The governments of Azerbaijan and Georgia are benefiting from the international
war on terrorism as a means of holding on to power. Azerbaijan recently passed
a new law that will make it even more difficult for independent 
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to operate. Meanwhile, Georgia is 
to introduce a bill that could drastically undercut its vibrant civil society
groups.  Persistent vigilance is needed on the part of local NGOs and the
international community in order to protect civil society groups in both
countries and their fledging democratic institutions.

William D. O'Malley & Roger N. McDermott
In June 2002, Kyrgyz Defense Minister Esen Topoyev announced that Kant airbase
would be made available for CIS Collective Rapid Deployment Forces (CRDF),
apparently signaling the intention of the Kyrgyz government to re-enter the
fold and reorienting its security needs toward Moscow. This demonstrated that
Bishkek looks for multiple security partners, including the West, to support
its own fragile security. By November, components of the VVS began arriving at
Kant, and further air movements soon followed this high profile deployment,
with three Su-27 fighters from Lipetsk, two Su-25 attack planes from Dushanbe
and two Il-76 military cargo planes constituting the total Russian deployment
at Kant.

Eric A. Miller
Georgia's unwavering support for U.S. efforts in Iraq has contributed to
Tbilisi's image as Washington's chief strategic partner in the Caucasus.
Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze is capitalizing on this cooperation to
facilitate and expedite Georgian membership into NATO.  Goodwill alone,
however, will prove insufficient to earn a place in NATO.  The Georgian
government must tackle a number of military matters to meet NATO standards.
Some positive results on these measures are emerging, but for membership to
become a reality, Tbilisi must overcome political and economic challenges as
well as military development issues.

Michael Dillon
What appeared at first to be a serious but unfortunate accident involving a
long distance bus travelling from the Kyrgyzstan capital, Bishkek to China 
took a more serious turn when it emerged that the passengers and drivers 
had been shot and killed before the bus caught fire. Diplomatic relations 
between China and Kyrgyzstan, already tense, were once again thrown into focus.


Turkmen president S. Niyazov paid an official two days visit to Moscow from 
the 10th to 11th of April 2003. During the visit, he signed agreements on 
security cooperation, exporting Turkmen gas to Russia, and canceled a dual 
citizenship deal between Russia and Turkmenistan.

The Kyrgyz ombudsman Tursunbay Bakir uulu will be able to decrease facts of
human rights violation, but not significantly. So thinks a plurality (44
percent) of the local population, as shown by results of interviews held by 
the Public Opinion And Prognosis Research Center with UNDP support. 
Somewhat fewer, 35 percents, believed the new rights protector can be very 
successful. Only 11 percent are convinced he is going to change nothing. 
However, almost all the responders say the institute of ombudsman is 
necessary for Kyrgyzstan.

Speaking on April 18 at a meeting with the co-chairman of US-NATO Committee
Bruce Jackson, President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev re-affirmed his
government's desire and goals to join NATO. Such statements by the head of
state have been rare in Azerbaijan, as in the past his political and military
advisors have been the ones raking up the issue and making similar proposals.

In spite of much cited macroeconomic success stories, public welfare in
Kazakhstan has been largely ignored in the past decade. Although the country
can boast the highest standard of living in Central Asia, for a nation that
cherishes ambitions to join the WTO the mark is set higher. Kazakhstan is
taking bold steps to increase pension and salaries.

The Analyst provides a rigorous, concise and nonpartisan forum where
specialists can assess issues and events in the Central Asia-Caucasus region
for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers, 
government officials, diplomats and academics.  The Analyst seeks regional 
specialists, journalists, economists, and political scientists to join its 
pool of authors who are then asked to contribute short, timely, analytical 
articles, ca. 1000 words in length. The institute pays a honorarium to the 
authors. The Analyst also seeks local experts, corporate representatives 
and NGO representatives from the region to write Field Reports for a modest 

The Analyst provides factual, objective and analytical articles valuing fresh
insights rather than the conventional wisdom.  We welcome readers and writers
from various perspectives and viewpoints.  We value your comments and

Those interested in joining The Analyst's pool of authors to contribute
articles, field reports or contacts of potential writers, please send your CV
to: <scornell(a)> and suggest some topics on which you would like to 

Please remember that The Analyst does not accept double submissions.

Dr. Svante E. Cornell, Editor
Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Johns Hopkins University
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 1-202-663-5922
Fax. 1-202-663-7785
E-mail: <scornell(a)>

CFP- Journal of Central Asian Studies, Globalization and Central Asia

Posted by: Reuel Hanks <hreuel(a)>
Posted: 14 Apr 2003


The Journal of Central Asian Studies seeks contributions to a special issue
on "Globalization and Central Asia."

The guest editor for this special volume is Dr. Laura Adams, Research
Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard

Interested scholars may contact Dr. Adams at <lladams2(a)>.

It is expected that the issue will go to press by August 15, 2003;
therefore, final drafts of articles should be submitted by August 1, 2003.

Articles concerned with other topics and issues in the social sciences and
humanities in Central Asia may be sent to Dr. Reuel Hanks, Editor, JCAS

Submissions should follow the guidelines found on the journal's website,

PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, 2003 No. 2

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 14 Apr 2003

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to introduce the contents of the second issue, no.2 (20) of
the journal "Central Asia and the Caucasus" (in English and Russian).  It
will be published in late April.  To inquire about more details, as well
as to subscribe, please contact:

Murad Esenov
"Central Asia and the Caucasus"
Center for Social and Political Studies
Tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
Tel/fax: (46) 920 620 16
Web: <>

Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 2 (20), 2003



 * Viatcheslav Avioutskii, Hayder Mili. The Geopolitics of Separatism:
   Genesis of Chechen Field Commanders

 * Mayrbek Vachagaev. Chechen Society Today: Myths and Reality

 * Robert Bruce Ware. Prospects for Peace in Chechnia

 * Iavus Akhmadov. Russia and Chechnia: From a Fief to a Federation Subject

 * Tofik Musaev. The Legal Aspects of Territorial and Border Settlement Using
   Armenia's Territorial Claims Against Azerbaijan as an Example

 * Levon Shirinian. Karabakh Settlement: Exchange of Territories Variant

 * Tina Gogueliani. The West's Role in Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict


Muslim Centers of Power: Their Impact on the Situation in Central Asia and
the Caucasus

 * Murat Laumulin. Islamic Players on the Central Asian Arena: What are the
   Interests of the Neighboring Muslim States in this Region?

 * Nina Mamedova. Political and Economic Situation in Iran: Its impact on the
   Relationship with Central Asia and the Caucasus

 * Zakir Chotoev. The Turkish Factor in the Evolution of the Central Asian

 * Nikolai Kireev. Turkey at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Landmarks for
   Political Islam

 * Zurab Batiashvili. Huntington's Theory and Relations between Turkey and
   the Caucasus

 * Ilia Kudriashov. Saudi Arabia: Relations with Muslim Republics in the CIS
   and the Russian Federation

 * Raziat Kazimova, Vladimir Altunin. The Northern Caucasus in Saudi Arabia's
   Foreign Policy: Islamic Solidarity Conception

 * Asylbek Izbairov. Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia: Political and Economic
   Contacts Today and Tomorrow


 * Alexander Makharoblidze. "Pax Americana" and Islamic Fundamentalism: is
   Coexistence Possible?

 * Leonid Sjukijainen. Russia's Islamic Policy


 * Mansour Rahmani. Central Asian States: Balancing Opportunities and

 * Eldar Ismailov, Zia Kengerli. The Caucasus in the Globalizing World: A new
   Integration Model

 * Boris Parakhonskiy. The Black Sea-Caspian Region in the European Context:
   New Landmarks of Security and Cooperation

 * Anatoli Barkovskiy, Rivanna Islamova. Where is GUUAM Heading?

 * David Preiger, Irina Maliarchuk, Taisia Grinkevich. Persian Gulf
   Developments and new Prospects for old Oil Projects

 * Ata Khaitov. Missing the big Picture: A View from Turkmenistan

 * Ainura Elebaeva, Margarita Pukhova. Political Development of Kyrgyzstan:
   Stability and Instability


The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:

Central Asia and the Caucasus

 * Political Development Trends in the Context of International Antiterrorist

 * Energy Policy and Energy Projects

 * Regional Conflicts (Abkhazia, Nagorny Karabakh, South Ossetia, Chechnia)
   and Roads to Settlement

If you are interested to go into more details about the content of the
articles you may find all necessary information on our Internet home-page:


CFP- Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Call for Contributions

Posted by: Joseph N. Bell <joseph.bell(a)>
Posted: 9 Apr 2003

Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies

The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies would like to invite scholarly
contributions examining the roots or basic elements of the all too obvious
confrontation between the "West" (of enlightenment and market economy?) and
the (conservative?) Arabic and Islamic "East". Only thoroughly academic
submissions will be considered, and these will be subject to normal peer
review. Ideally we would like to publish at least two articles, one by a
Muslim scholar and one by a non-Muslim Western scholar. More will naturally
also be considered.

If the number of qualified articles is sufficient, paper publication may be
in book form.

Any paper publications will be issued by the Edinburgh University Press, but
all articles will appear on the Journal's Internet site as soon as they are
approved and ready for posting.

Best regards,

Joseph Bell

PUBLICATION- Ali Çarkoglu and Barry Rubin eds., Turkey and the European Union

Posted by: Gloria Center <truejoy(a)NETVISION.NET.IL>
Posted: 8 Apr 2003

Turkey and the European Union: Domestic Politics, Economic Integration and 
International Dynamics

Edited by Ali Çarkoglu and Barry Rubin (Frank Cass, 2003)


 * Ziya Öni, Domestic Politics, International Norms and Challenges to the 
   State: Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-Helsinki Era

 * Chris Brewin, Turkey and Europe After Nice Summit

 * Esra Çayhan, Towards European Security and Defence Policy: With or 
   Without Turkey?

 * Semin Süvarierol, The Cyprus Hurdle On Turkey's Road To Membership Of The 
   European Union

 * Kemal Kirici, Justice and Home Affairs Issues in Turkish-EU Relations: 
   Assessing Turkish Asylum and Immigration Policy and Practice

 * William Hale, Human Rights, the European Union, and the Turkish Accession 

 * Nergis Canefe and Tanil Bora, Intellectual Roots of Anti-European 
   Sentiments in Turkish Politics: The Case of Nationalist-Conservative 
   Tradition and Radical Turkish Nationalism

 * Gamze Avci, Turkey's Slow EU candidacy: Insurmountable Hurdles to 
   Membership or Simple Euroscepticism?

 * Ali Çarkoglu, Who wants the Full Membership? Characteristics of Public 
   Opinion Support for EU Membership in Turkey

 * Lauren M. McLaren and Meltem Müftüler-Baç, Turkish Parliamentarians' 
   Perspectives on Turkey's Relations with the European Union

 * Mine Eder, Implementing Economic Criteria Of EU Membership: How Difficult 
   Is It For Turkey?

To order click here:

or contact the publishers at:

Frank Cass Publishers
Crown House, 47 Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 5BP
Tel:  +44 (0)20 8920 2100
Fax: +44 (0)20 8447 8548

See Catalog of All GLORIA Publications

PUBLICATION- A. Davydova and S. Minyaev, Archaeological Sites of the Xiongnu, Vol. 5

Posted by: Sergey Minyaev <min(a)>
Posted: 4 Apr 2003

Saint-Petersburg "Asiatic Foundation" has published next volume of
"Archaeological Sites of the Xiongnu"

Volume 5
Archaeological sites near Dureny village,
by A. Davydova and S. Miniaev.
Asiatic Foundation, 2003, Russian text,  pp.165, 130 b/w ills.
Only one hundred copies of the book were printed.

The book is the first edition of excavation of Xiongnu settelments Dureny-1
and Dureny-2. Ivolga-type dwellings were found here, demonstrating their
inhabitants were agriculturalists, pastoralists, and craftsmen.  This
settlement stretches 11 km (!) along the Chikoy river. About 12,000 sq. m
were excavated. Ornaments of various types were found here, as well as a
bronze seal with a representation of the mountain goat.

Dureny-2 is a stratified site where eleven layers have been registered. The
middle ones document the transition period, since layer 5 contains pottery
of the Hsiung-Nu types while in layers 6 and 7 the Hsiung-Nu ceramics
co-occurs with the medieval one. So contrary to what the Chinese sources
assert, the Hsiung- Nu lived in Central Asia not only during the last two
centuries BC, but also during the Middle Ages.

See in detail about the "Archaeological Sites of the Xiongnu" volumes

Dr. Sergey Minyaev
Department of Archaeology of Central Asia
Institute of the History of Material Culture
Russian Academy of Sciences.
Dvortsovaja nab. 18
St-Petersburg, Russia, 191186

ON-LINE RESOURCE- IAAS Central Asia Seminar Series Materials

Posted by: Yuri Bossin <iouri(a)>
Posted: 3 Apr 2003

The materials of the seminar series "Central Asia: Perspectives and
Challenges in the 21th Century", held from April through December 2002 in
the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University are now
available in electronic version at the address:


Feedback, comments, suggestions are welcome to <iouri(a)>

The printed version is expected in April 2003

Dr. Yuri V. Bossin
Associate Professor
Institute of Asian and African Studies,
Moscow Lomonosov State University (MGU)
Department of the Near and Middle Eastern Countries
11 Mokhovaya Street, Suite 257, Moscow 103009, Russia
Phone:  (095)-203-4407
Fax: (095)-203-3647
E-mail: <iouri(a)>

PUBLICATION- Nouman Smyles, Hostage to Celestial Turks (A Novel)

Posted by: Nouman Smyles <smyles(a)>
Posted: 28 Mar 2003

"Hostage to Celestial Turks" by Nouman Smyles

This is an ambitious book, raising the latest issues of militancy in Central
Asia and the mystic history of Celestial Turks

Publisher: 1stBooks Library

ISBN: 1-4033-7710-3 (Paperback); Price: $11.60
      1-4033-7711-1 (Hardcover); Price: $16.45

Extent: 224 pages

Book Description

The narrator of the novel is a translator, taken hostage by a militant
extremist group in Central Asia (possibly Xinjiang). He is allowed to
translate the statements and appeals of the guerrillas, so in the same book
he writes notes of his own in broken English - the only language he knows
that the guerrillas don't understand. Trying to understand why he is there,
the narrator recalls the last two years of his life. Two years before, he
came for the first time to Xinjiang to translate for Luke, an American
scholar interested in the history of the Celestial Turks, an ancient people
of Central Asia who followed all the religions of the world: Zoroastrianism,
Manichaeism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Shamanism, etc.

There in Xinjiang Luke was arrested. The translator himself escaped with
only a mysterious sentence to death. He continued to live the life of the
translator/interpreter, a life that reflects the mosaic of the modern world:
from soccer to show-business. In his notes he tries to make sense of that life.

The second layer of the novel concerns the strange, mysterious destinies of
previous researchers of the Celestial Turks. Trying to find out what has
happened to Luke, the narrator descends a ladder whose rungs are previous
researchers: the Jewish Zev, the Russian monk Valaamov, the Buddhist Tenzig,
the Muslim At-Tahari. He finds out more and more about the Celestial Turks
but also discovers the tragic fates of their researchers, all either killed
or otherwise eliminated. Why? The narrator looks for the answer - which
might help him to understand his own fate...

The third layer of the novel, intertwined with the previous two layers, is
the story of the Celestial Turks themselves. The ruling triumvirate of the
Celestial Turks - the Emperor Bilge-Haqan, the Hero Prince Kul-Tegin and the
Wise, Old Tonyukuk - have created the greatest Empire of the Steppe,
extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Black Sea. But Prince Kul-Tegin
dies, and envoys from all neighbouring countries come to the funeral. After
the funeral, the Emperor tells them: "I conquered space, but I failed to
conquer time. I lost my brother. With your help I'm going to conquer
eternity. Bring all your wisdom to me!" He then takes them hostage, and they
start to translate their Holy Books.  Though the books are holy, the envoys
are real people; one poisons another, a third blackmails a fourth, a fifth
sleeps with a sixth... The Empire starts to corrode and crumble. Finally the
Emperor himself is killed by a traitor. The Wise Tonyukuk is the only
person, who understands everything; having realized that he cannot save the
Empire, he finds a way to turn defeat into victory. He calls it the Grand
Return. He swaps the envoys with their doubles and sends them off with their
proselytes to different countries, races, faiths. Nobody knows what he has
done. All this constitutes a hidden side of history, because these are not
earthly, but Celestial Turks. Therefore, everyone who even partially
discloses the secret is eliminated.

Author Biography:

Nouman Smyles is a writer, member of the Oriental literary-mystical group
"Conference of Refined"
His book Customs & Clichés has been translated into Uzbek. He lives in London.

PUBLICATION- Journal of International Affairs, Special Issue on Central Asia

Posted by: Amitabh Khardori <ak2025(a)>
Posted: 26 Mar 2003

Announcing the release of the Spring 2003 Issue of the JOURNAL OF


The events of September 11th, 2001 and the subsequent war in Afghanistan
triggered a sudden interest in the Central Asian republics and the broader
region of Central Asia. No longer the soft underbelly of Russia's near
abroad, these nations are emerging as a crucial, geopolitical bloc in
their own right. As the literature on Central Asia proliferates and a
complicated regional picture unfolds, the Journal of International
Affairs, with contributions from Martha Brill Olcott, Edward T. Walker,
Nancy Lubin, Dmitri Trenin, Anders Aslund and other leading scholars on
the region, will shed light on its most pressing issues.

To order copies contact:

Journal of International Affairs
Columbia University
Box 4, International Affairs Building
New York, NY 10027 U.S.A.
Telephone: (212) 854-4775
Facsimile: (212) 662-0398

Visit <> for back issues.

PUBLICATION- Emmanuel Karagiannis, Energy and Security in the Caucasus

Posted by: Manolis Afentakis <mafedakis(a)YAHOO.CO.UK>
Posted: 26 Mar 2003

"Energy and Security in the Caucasus" by Dr Emmanuel Karagiannis

This is an ambitious new contribution to the debate revolving around the
geo-politics of the Caucasus.

Publisher: Routledge Curzon

ISBN: 0700714812

Type: Hardback Book

Price: £50.00

Extent: 248 pages

Book Description

Azerbaijan's oil is the major strategic resource of the Caucasus region, and
the politics of oil, particularly the politics of the transportation of
oil-by pipeline, from the region to western markets-is highly instrumental
in influencing the many complicated international and inter-ethnic tensions
in the region, sometimes exacerbating the tensions, and at other times
initiating good relations and co-operation. This book examines the politics
of oil transportation in relation to these tensions.



1) Azerbaijan's oil and the pipeline question
2) Pipeline politics and ethnic conflict in Azerbaijan
3) Pipeline politics and ethnic conflict in the North Caucasus
4) Pipeline politics and ethnic conflict in Georgia
5) Pipeline politics and ethnic conflict in Turkey
6) The pipeline competition and inter-state rivalry
7) The pipeline competition and inter-state co-operation
8) Risk management for pipeline development and operation in the Caucasus


Author Biography:

Dr Emmanuel Karagiannis is a political and security analyst specialising in
the Caucasus and Caspian Sea regions. Currently, he is Civic Education
Project Visiting Lecturer at Varna University of Economics in Bulgaria. In
December 1999, he obtained the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the
University of Hull's Department of Politics and International Studies in
Great Britain.

PUBLICATION- Svetlana Gorshenina, Explorateurs en Asie Centrale

Posted by: Sveta Gorshenina <gorsheni(a)>
Posted: 25 Mar 2003

Svetlana Gorshenina
Explorateurs En Asie Centrale Voyageurs Et Aventuriers De Marco Polo à Ella 
Genève, Olizane, 2003, 544 p.
ISBN: 2880862957 (en français)

Done purposefully, the discovery of Central Asia did not result in the 
romance and adventures that accompanied the discovery of America and India. 
Educated Europeans shifted between opposed viewpoints and harbored ambiguous 
feelings for Central Asia at the turn of the 20th century. They either 
praised the area as the heart of Asia and the fountainhead of many 
civilizations, or treated it with poorly hid scorn as the periphery of the 
neighboring Iranian, Indian, Chinese, Turk, and Slav realms, or saw in it a 
mere crossroad. Svetlana Gorshenina has cataloged the Westerners who went 
there, from Marco Polo's time to Ella Maillart's. She explains what their 
travel circumstances and rationales were, and details the legacy of 
explorations that has overcome the indifference displayed toward an area 
long closed to outsiders' curiosity. Within this framework she studies at 
length the "Great Game" maneuvers and the rivalry between the United Kingdom 
and Russia for the control of this strategic area, in which she sees the 
prelude of the current geopolitical situation.

Table des matières:

Approches contrastées à l'égard de l'Asie centrale

Chapitre I
Les voyages en Asie centrale avant l'époque moderne

 - En quête du prêtre Jean
 - Premiers envoyés de l'Europe: ambassadeurs, marchands, missionnaires et 
 - Pax Mongolorum
 - La transformation de l'empire grandiose de Tamerlan en oasis "arriérées 
   à éviter pour le commerce mondial"
 - La "Terra incognita" à l'aube du XVII siècle

Chapitre II
L'aventure pré-coloniale en Asie centrale

 - A l'aube de l' "imperialisme défensif" russe
 - Rêve de mers chaudes et avancement vers le sud
 - Dans l'attente, on étudie
 - Les Occidentaux au service de la Russie: "On peut leur confier les 
   tâches les plus délicates."

Chapitre III
La conquête russe et le Great Game en Asie centrale

 - Le prélude du Great Game
 - La conquête russe
 - La conquête et la colonisation russe bien appréciées
 - Le Great Game
 - L'expansionnisme et la redécouverte de la région
 - Les relations internationales: alliance cordiale ou divorce cardinal?

Chapitre IV
La présence étrangère au Turkestan russe

 - Les Britanniques
 - Les efforts britanniques autour du Turkestan russe
 - Au Pamir, à tout prix!
 - Découvertes au Turkestan chinois
 - Les Allemands au Turkestan russe
 - Commerçants et industriels
 - Les scientifiques
 - Prisonniers de guerre
 - Les Austro-Hongrois au Turkestan russe
 - Sous l'ombre de la crise des Balkans
 - Voyageurs austro-hongrois: russophobes ou russophiles?
 - Les Français au Turkestan russe
 - La France et la Russie: amitié ou désintérêt politique?
 - Voyageurs français à la recherche de l'exotisme en Russie éternelle
 - Tentatives françaises de s'implanter dans l'économie turkestanaise
 - Missions scientifiques
 - Après la Révolution
 - Les Italiens. Héritiers des grands Vénitiens
 - La noblesse à la quête d'amusement et les autres
 - Les Finnois et les Polonais, ressortissants de provinces russes
 - Les autres pays d'Europe au Turkestan russe
 - Les Suisses
 - Les Belges, Hollandais, Luxembourgeois
 - Les Danois
 - Les Suédois
 - Les Espagnols
 - Les Grecs
 - Les Américains et le Turkestan russe

Chapitre V
Quelques réflexions sur la présence des étrangers au Turkestan russe

 - Le statut des étrangers en Russie
 - Observations statistiques sur la base des documents boukhariotes et autres
 - Séjours de longue durée ou naturalisation?
 - Les buts de voyages
 - Le commerce, l'industrie et la culture
 - Les missionnaires
 - Les femmes

Chapitre VI
Organisation des voyages

 - "Trop au milieu du monde"
 - Les routes vers Samarcande: en bateau, en tarantas, par chemin de fer 
   et en caravane
 - Projets utopiques d'une "grande artère transasiatique"
 - Projets utopiques de voies navigables
 - Le chemin de fer Transcaspien réel
 - Ennuis et dangers de la route
 - Voyages sous contrôle
 - Financement des voyages
 - Sociétés de géographie

Chapitre VII
Impressions et résultats de voyages

 - Les échos turkestanais dans la presse et dans la littérature occidentales
 - Mystifications sur la route de la soie
 - Les précurseurs d'une géographie nouvelle
 - Le "Problème aryen" et les études ethnologiques
 - Instructions anthropologiques pour l'Asie centrale
 - L'héritage des voyageurs. Le destin des collections
 - Les collections qui ont survécu
 - Archives photographiques

Chapitre VIII
Bio-bibliographies des voyageurs du XIIIe s. au premier tiers du XXe s.

Orientation bibliographique

PUBLICATION- Gamze Gungormus Kona, Dissertation on Central Asia and Turkey

Posted by: Gamze Kona <gkona(a)>
Posted: 20 Mar 2003

The following work is available in dissertation form in English as well as 
in book form in Turkish (see below for information on how to obtain copies).

Cooperation Strategy Models for the Central Asian Region and Future
Scenarios on Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey, 479 pages

>From the Preface

The book has two main aims; firstly to develop cooperation strategy
models in order to maximise Turkey's economic and political advantages
in the former Soviet South geopolitical area and secondly to plan
future scenarios through future scenario planning method to forecast
the probable stand of Turkey in the probable new balance of power to
be emerged as the result of the realisation of these strategy models
and by doing so, to inform Turkish officials about this new balance of
power beforehand.


In Chapter I, Dr. Kona presents necessary and overall information
related to the Central Asian peoples and Central Asian region and
focuses on four points; first of all, she explains a short history of
Turkish origin peoples, gives the background information about the
relations between the Ottoman Empire and Central Asian Turkish Khanates
under Russian dominance and between the Central Asian peoples in the
Soviet Union and the Turks in Turkish Republic; secondly, she explains
the factors that led Turkish decision-makers to include Central Asian
states in Turkish foreign policy menu; thirdly, she presents political,
social and economic structure of the Central Asian states, geo and eco
strategical importance of the Central Asian region, the problems that
the Central Asian states face, and last she explains the role of Turkey
in the Central Asian region.

In Chapter II, she proposes four different "cooperation strategy
models"; Strategy Model I: Turkey - U.S., Strategy Model II: Turkey -
U.S. - Israel, Strategy Model III: Turkey - U.S. - Iran, and Strategy
Model IV: Turkey - Central Asian Economic Cooperation Organization
(CAECO). The strategy models are numbered from the most probable to the
least probable. In other words, in the study taking the fact into
consideration that cooperating with these five states will not present
equal political and economic advantages for Turkey she includes
different states in different strategy models. In the study,
Cooperation Strategy Models are based on two basic criteria: Firstly,
economic or political or cultural capabilities and possibilities of the
states included in the Models, which can directly facilitate and
maximise Turkey's policies in the Central Asian region in case Turkey
cooperates with them, and secondly, the states' direct or indirect
interests and expectations in the Central Asian region since national
interests of the states bear vital importance in international

In Chapter III, she develops five macro future scenarios; Future
Scenario I: Future Scenarios on Turkey's Position Regarding the Middle
East Region, Future Scenario II: Future Scenarios on Turkey's Position
Regarding the U.S., Future Scenario III: Future Scenarios on Turkey's
Position Regarding the Russian Federation, Future Scenario IV: Future
Scenarios on Turkey's Position Regarding Greece and Future Scenario V:
Future Scenarios on Turkey's Position Regarding the EU. She also
develops several micro scenarios which are interrelated with the
mentioned macro scenarios. In the study she numbers the micro scenarios
from the most plausible one to the least plausible one and give maximum
60 percent of realisation chance for the most plausible scenario taking
the possibility of emergence of wild card (negative) scenarios
(negative trends) into consideration. In this chapter she forecasts
Turkey's probable stand in regard to the Middle East region, U.S.,
Russian Federation, Greece and EU following the application of
cooperation strategies and create future scenarios on them only since
Turkey has had deep-rooted security, or political or economic conflicts
with each one of them in history largely. In addition to these, while
forecasting the future and in creating these five macro future
scenarios she adopt future scenario planning method.

About the Author:

Dr. Kona is the Assistant Professor at Yeditepe University (Istanbul)
Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences - Department of
Political Science and International Relations. She teaches courses on
Turkish Foreign Policy; International Organizations; Central Asia and
Turkey; Political Developments in the New Russian Geopolitical Area. Dr.
Kona has written 24 articles, published in newspapers, journals and
periodicals in Turkey and one abroad and two books.

To obtain a copy of the dissertation in English, contact the author:

Dr. Gamze Kona
Tel. +90 (216) 499 90 45 (home)
     +90 (216) 578 06 59 (office)
E-mail: gkona(a)

To obtain a copy of the published translation into Turkish, "Turkiye - Orta 
Asya Isbirligi Strateji Modelleri ve Gelecek Senaryolari," published in 2002 
by IQ Press, Istanbul (479 pp., ISBN 9756618418), please contact:

Mr. Adem Sarigol
IQ Kultur Sanat Yayincilik Ticarethane
Sokak Fetih Han No. 33/48
Sultanahmet - Istanbul - Turkey.
Tel. +90 (212) 520 91 12 (office)

PUBLICATION- Dan Shapira, Awraham Firkowicz in Istanbul (1830-1832)

Posted by: Mehmet Tutuncu <sota(a)>
Posted: 19 Mar 2003

Awraham Firkowicz in Istanbul (1830-1832): Paving the Way for Turkic
by Dan Shapira
ISBN 9756467037
Published by Karam yayincilik in Ankara, 2003.

Avraham Firkowicz was the outstanding leader of the Karaims, a Turkic
speaking Jewish group in Eastern Europe, in the 19th century, whose
scientific activities proceeded his political missions. He was the man, who
virtually made the Karaites an ethnically self-conscious group, now
accounted among Turks of the Kipchak sub-group, and who started the debates
on the very (Turkic) origin of the whole East European Jewry.

About the author:

Dr. Dan Shapira of the Open University of Israel, Tel Aviv, has been
working for a long time on this very historical personality. Academic
curiosity of Dr. Shapira, an orientalist working particularly on
Turko-Jewish historical relations, seems to be more than curiosity of
Firkowicz on the origins of his people, as shown by the very richness of
the material used in this little book. Shapira made use of all Turkish and
Russian archives, as well as Jewish sources and traditions. He elaborates
Firkowicz's Istanbul visit, with premises and consequences, and he gives
also very interesting info about early days of the Tanzimat Era in
Istanbul. In this book, one can learn also about all life of Firkowicz.

"Avraham Firkowicz in Istanbul (1830-1832): Paving the Way for Turkic
Nationalism", enriched by 24 illustrations, was published by the Ankara
company KaraM Publishing. This is also a first in Ankara, as it is not very
customary in Turkey to publish books of foreign authors in foreign languages.


The price is Eur 15.00 + EUR 4 postage and handling. For ordering contact
SOTA at:

Tel/fax: +31 23 5292883
E-mail: <sota(a)>

P.O. box
9642 2003 LP

PUBLICATION- Chechnya: Ten Clues To Understand What's Going On (in French)

Posted by: Philippe Frison <Philippe.FRISON(a)>
Posted: 18 Mar 2003

"Tchetchenie: dix cles pour comprendre" (Chechnya: ten clues to understand
what's going on)

French Chechnya Committee

Foreword by Sophie Shihab (A correspondent with "Le Monde")

Price (in France): 6.40 Euros, 128 pages, Publ. "La Decouverte (Paris),
Coll. "sur le vif" (From Real Life)
CLIL: 2342-01; ISBN 2-7071-3997-1


Since 1994, two incredibly violent wars have destroyed Chechnya, with
hundreds of thousands of victims, a 400 000 inhabitant capital city razed to
the ground, and completely ruined infrastructures. The people who stay in
the country live under a regime of police and military terror. Is this the
price paid by this Northern Caucasian Republic for demanding independence
from Russia ? Or consequences of a fight against terrorism and Islamic
fundamentalism as Russia's authorities maintain it to an international
community, which has been more complacent than ever since Sept 11, 2001?

The causes and realities of present war are difficult to identify all the
more so why it happens under a information black-out, as only very few
journalists and humanitarian volunteers succeed in going there. This is why
this book is important: the French Chechnya Committee, which consists in
academics and activists, based itself on the work it has been carrying out
for several years along with Russian and Chechen NGOs, and tried to answer
questions which are the most often asked on the War in Chechnya:

1) How big is the disaster?
2) What do Chechens fight for?
3) Are Islamists responsible for the war?
4) Has war to do with oil?
5) Why does the war go on?
6) How does Moscow organize the information black-out and disinformation?
7) What is the war impact on Russian society?
8) What is the war impact on Chechen society?
9) Who is responsible for violence against civil people?
10) How to show solidarity while international community just gave up?

About the authors:

Since September 1999, the French Chechnya Committee has informed and
rallied public opinion and decision-takers against the war in Chechnya. It
has provided support in Chechnya, Russia and France to those who fight
against the war and to those who have suffered from it.

The contributions have been written by:

 * Joseph Dato, in charge of Northern Caucasus at "Médecins du Monde"
 * Juliane Falloux, in charge of Eastern Europe at IFHR-FIDH
 * Anne Le Hueroux, a specialist for Russia (CADIS, EHESS-CNRS)
 * Bleuenn Isambard, a specialist for Russia at INALCO (Institute for Oriental
   studies, Paris)
 * Alexandra Koulaeva, working for IFHR-FIDH, member of Memorial (St
   Petersburg, Russia)
 * Aude Merlin, a specialist for Caucasus
 * Amandien Regamey, a specialist for Russia at IEP - Paris (Paris Institute
   of Political sciences)
 * Guylaine Saffrais, a journalist, specialist for Russia
 * Mylene Sauloy, a film-maker, drew several films on Chechnya
 * Florent Schaeffer, working at CEDETIM
 * Silvia Serrano, a specialist for Caucasus (Observatoire des Etats
   post-sovietiques, INALCO).

PUBLICATION- KIMEP Centre's Central Asian Journal, Third Issue

Posted by: Jan Tomczyk <jtomczyk(a)>
Posted: 18 Mar 2003

The third issue of the Central Asian Journal has now been published and is
available from the KIMEP Centre for Research and Development.

Articles include:

 * Demand for bank loans and credit bureau services in Republic of Kazakhstan

 * The development of oil industry support infrastructure for the
   international competitiveness for the Republic of Kazakhstan

 * Small firms in the economy of Republic of Kazakhstan

 * Benefits of international portfolio diversification

 * Information disclosure

 * Foreign direct investors in Republic of Kazakhstan

 * Financial measures to develop the industrial sector in Republic of

 * FDI in Uzbekistan

 * Sustainable development in Republic of Kazakhstan and the role of

 * Civil society in Republic of Kazakhstan

 * Leadership styles and management practices in NGOs in Republic of

 * Trust in institutions in Republic of Kazakhstan

 * Support for anticorruption in Republic of Kazakhstan

 * Call for papers for the Fourth Edition

Please contact the KIMEP Centre for Research and Development direct if you
wish to obtain a copy of the 3rd Edition.

Jan Tomczyk
Project Manager
KIMEP Centre for Research and Development
KIMEP Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research
Under The President of The Republic of Kazakhstan
Room 223
4 Abai Avenue (Academic Building)
Almaty 480100
Republic of Kazakhstan
Tel: (007) 3272 704454 (in Almaty), 704453 (from outside Almaty)
Mobile: (007) 300 7664649
E-Mail: <tomczyk(a)>
Web: <>

PUBLICATION/CFP- Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Vol. 5 (2003)

Posted by: Joseph N. Bell <joseph.bell(a)>
Posted: 17 Mar 2003

The Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies invites contributions for volume 5

After a long silence, owing to some extent to formatting and other
uncertainties as a result of our new relationship with Edinburgh University
Press, we are able post the pre-publication version of the final article of
volume 3 (2000), author, title, and abstract below. Many authors have had to
wait or are still waiting to see their material appear. We will correct this
in the near future, when the first articles of volume 4 (2001-2002) will be

By the agreement with EUP, articles and monographs of the Journal will be
published fully formatted on paper, but a minimally formatted version of all
material will still remain free on the Internet (with references to the
pagination of the printed version). Fully formatted pre-publication versions
of articles will be posted on the Internet for a brief period, but these
will contain a light watermark, and the Journal cannot guarantee that the
final pagination in the printed version will be the same.


Joseph Bell


Agostino Cilardo. Some Peculiarities of the Law of Inheritance: The
Formation of Imami and Ismaili Law. (Adobe Acrobat 5.0 PDF file, 122 kB, pp.
126-37). HTML version to be posted later.

Abstract: The question of the caliphate or imamate and similarly that of the
mut'a marriage (Imamis) are generally seen as the deepest differences
distinguishing Shi'i law systems from those of the remaining law schools.
Inheritance law, however, reveals an additional range of Shi'i
idiosyncrasies: the division of heirs by kin into classes, certain
privileges of the eldest son, and certain disadvantages of wives with
respect to some goods in their husband's estates. From a historical point of
view, the analysis of these cases leads to some innovative conclusions about
the origin and development of Imami and Isma'ili doctrine, the influence of
political elements on the law system, the question of the authenticity of
the Zaydi Majmu' al-fiqh, and the dominance of practical considerations over
strict legal rules.agreements.

PUBLICATION- CERAM-Infos, On-line Central Asia Info (in French), March 11 Issue

Posted by: CERAM <oaric(a)>
Posted: 16 Mar 2003

Let me inform you of the publication of a new issue of CERAM-Infos. This is
the sole French-written online newsletter, focused on middle Asia.

In this issue:

 * A special focus on Iran and the middle Asia

 * Abstracts of an interview of Mohammad-Reza DJALILI(Professor; IUHEI -

 * The evolution of the Turkmen system; and many news, facts and figures.

You're welcome to subscribe (completely free of charge) at the following


Type your e-mail at the indicated place, and within 1 or 2 days, you'll
receive the password which will allow you to access the issue. The archives
of the newsletter are at the same address (free access).

Patrick Dombrowsky 

PUBLICATION- Nomads, Traders and Holy Men along China's Silk Road, Silk Road Stds VII

Posted by: Judith Lerner <Jlerner(a)>
Posted: 10 Mar 2003

Nomads, Traders and Holy Men Along China's Silk Road
A.L. Juliano and J.A. Lerner (eds.)
Papers presented at a symposium held at The Asia Society in New York,
November 9-10, 2001 (Silk Road Studies VII)
Turnhout: Brepols, 2002, ISBN 2-503-52178-9


Annette L. Juliano and Judith A. Lerner

What is Dunhuang Art?
Wu Hung

Central Asia from the Third to the Seventh Century
Boris I. Marshak

Strange Beasts in Han and Post-Han Imagery
Jessica Rawson

The Nomads of the Fifth Century: The Tuoba Xianbei
Shing Mueller

Buddhist Steles from the Gansu/Ningxia Region
Dorothy Wong

The Merchant World of the Sogdians
Richard N. Frye

The Role of the Sogdians as Translators of Buddhist Texts
Zhang Guangda

When Glass Was Treasured in China
An Jiayao

Iranian Luxury Vessels in China from the Late First Millennium BCE to the
Second Half of the First Millennium CE
Prudence 0. Harper

Waisted Drums in Ancient China and Eurasia
Bo Lawergren

Musical Intersections: Local Festivals As Cosmopolitan Centers of Exchange
Sue Tuohy

The symposium was held in conjunction with the exhibition Monks and
Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China, 4th -7th century CE.

Cost is 40 Euros

Contact INFORMATION for Brepols Publishers:
Email: <orders.publishers(a)>
Website: <>

Judith Lerner, Ph.D.
New York, NY 10011

JOURNAL/CFP- European Rim Policy and Investment Council

Posted by: Tim Potier <t.potier(a)>
Posted: 5 Mar 2003

The European Rim Policy and Investment Council (ERPIC, is 
about to add a new section to its online journal Perihelion. This section 
will be entitled: Young Scholars.
The purpose of the section is to publish short articles written by 
postgraduate students on issues concerning what ERPIC defines as the 
European Rim: Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and 
North Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. As well as any articles dealing 
with the future of the European Union and its relations with the US, Russia 
and the wider world.
ERPIC is currently developing a network of policymakers, from around the 
world, interested in the current and future formulation of policy, from a 
political, legal, economic, financial and security perspective. ERPIC now 
desires to build a network of persons who will be opinion formers in the 
future in their respective countries.
ERPIC may refuse to publish any article submitted that we feel does not 
satisfy our interests: namely, the promotion of free trade, democracy, human 
rights and good governance. All articles must be between 800-2,000 words in 
length. Articles longer than 2,000 words will not be reviewed/published.
All articles should be sent to Dr Tim Potier (Executive Director of ERPIC) 
at T.Potier(a) Inquiries should be forwarded to our team of interns 
at erpic(a) However, inquiries of undue length will not be replied 
to - be very brief.
Dr Tim Potier
(Executive Director, ERPIC) 

ON-LINE RESOURCE- New Website, Caspian Studies Prog., KSG Harvard U.

Posted by: Caspian Studies program <susan_lynch(a)>
Posted: 4 Mar 2003

ON-LINE RESOURCE- New Website, Caspian Studies Program, KSG Harvard University

We are pleased to announce a new look for the Harvard University Caspian 
Studies Program Website.

Please visit our new home at:

Please bookmark it and check in often for news about upcoming events, new
publications (including op-eds, articles, policy briefs, and event
summaries), fellowship INFORMATIONrmation, and much more.


The Caspian Studies Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
79 JFK Str. Cambridge, MA 02138
telephone: 617-496-1981
fax: 617-496-8779

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 26 February 2003 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 4 Mar 2003

The 26 February 2003 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a
subscription free Web journal, is now on-line at <>

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University-The Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies is proud to announce the publication
of the 26 February 2003 issue of its biweekly Web-Journal, The Central
Asia-Caucasus Analyst.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst Website has gone through a major overhaul. A
new graphic design has been introduced, and readers will be happy to see that
the large database of Analyst articles, field reports and news items is now
searchable. We encourage you to use the search engine; should you find some
anomalies, missing items, or the like, please do INFORMATIONrm us and we will work to
perfect the system.

The website now also features a Reader's Survey. Please help us make the
Analyst even better by taking five minutes of your time to answer a series of
quick questions on your impressions of the Analyst.


Ariel Cohen
As China continues its impressive economic growth, access to natural resources
and raw materials is becoming increasingly vital, and will feature more
prominently on the policy agenda of the decision makers in Beijing. If China
seeks to maintain its economic growth rate of 1985-2000, it will face a major
raw materials shortage and will be forced to focus on Eurasia as a source of
major energy resources, water and food. This is likely to lead to growing
economic and political involvement in Russia and Central Asia.

Michael Denison
During the first three weeks of January, something extremely unusual occurred
in Uzbekistan. An individual who appeared to have close knowledge of the inner
workings of the secretive and opaque Uzbek regime made numerous postings,
containing sensational allegations about President Islam Karimov's health,
elite corruption and factionalism, to an Internet site. Despite the
government's attempts to block access to the site, the stories spread quickly
around Tashkent and beyond within days, creating the biggest domestic
political debate for years. Whilst the allegations remain unproven and their
origin not definitively sourced, the speed with which they circulated and
the interest with which they were received, may indicate a significant
undercurrent of popular opposition to Karimov's regime.

Andrew McGregor
Following the death of Amir Ibn al-Khattab last spring, there was speculation
as to whether the foreign Islamist mujahidin would continue to play a large
role in the Chechen struggle for independence from Russia. Khattab appears to
have been replaced by a 35 year old Saudi, Abu al-Walid. Unlike the often
flamboyant Khattab, al-Walid' has a more reclusive style. Ample speculation
surrounds him, incuding whether he exists at all. Al-Walid is an experienced
and worthy successor to Khattab in the field. What remains to be seen is
whether al-Walid can preserve the supply networks of volunteers and money
under enormous international pressure is being applied to terminate these

Robert M. Cutler
Recent difficulties with the flagship Tengiz oil venture project are
emblematic of problems that foreign investors fear will become general
conditions under the new foreign investment regime in Kazakhstan, bringing
international concern over the business environment there to a head. In
early January, President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a new foreign
investment law to replace the one adopted in 1994. The new law removes
guarantees against changes in government agreements with foreign concerns in
the future, although protecting such guarantees for contracts already
signed. It also puts into question the right of foreign investors to have
automatic recourse to international arbitration courts and other forums
outside Kazakhstan in case of contractual dispute.


The secondary education in Kyrgyzstan is facing a number of problems, most of
which are due to the lack of resources. Among these, shortage of qualified
teachers and lack of textbooks are the most serious problems. The quality of
education is being damaged greatly. Although some measures have been taken to
address these problems, the situation remains difficult.

With only a few days' interval, three incidents targeted directly against
energy transportation networks took place in Georgia. This raised the issue of
pipeline protection again and led to speculations of sabotage and its possible

On many occasions in the past, Kazakhstan had been lauded by Western experts
as a model of democracy in Central Asia. These words of praise sound hollow in
present context. Recent imprisonment of opposition leaders and journalists
critical of the regime indicates that so far, as everywhere else in Central
Asia, democracy and pluralistic views have not taken root.

Since the independence period, the number of holidays in Turkmenistan has been
mushrooming. On February 19, Turkmenistan celebrated one of the significant
events of the country last Wednesday, on the 19th of February. This occasion
brought a delight to Turkmen people as a Flag's Day and the Great
Turkmenbashi's birthday.

The Analyst provides a rigorous, concise and nonpartisan forum where
specialists can assess issues and events in the Central Asia-Caucasus region
for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers,
government officials, diplomats and academics.  The Analyst seeks regional
specialists, journalists, economists, and political scientists to join its
pool of authors who are then asked to contribute short, timely, analytical
articles, ca. 1000 words in length. The institute pays a honorarium to the
authors. The Analyst also seeks local experts, corporate representatives and
NGO representatives from the region to write Field Reports for a modest

The Analyst provides factual, objective and analytical articles valuing fresh
insights rather than the conventional wisdom.  We welcome readers and writers
from various perspectives and viewpoints.  We value your comments and

Those interested in joining The Analyst's pool of authors to contribute
articles, field reports or contacts of potential writers, please send your CV
to: <scornell(a)> and suggest some topics on which you would like to
write.  Please remember that The Analyst does not accept double submissions.

Dr. Svante E. Cornell, Editor
Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Johns Hopkins University
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 1-202-663-5922
Fax. 1-202-663-7785

PUBLICATION- Hüsseynov and Rahmati, German-Azerbaijani Legal Dictionary

Posted by: Tevkik Tremmel <tremmel-turan.ruffel(a)>
Posted: 3 Mar 2003

New Publication:

German-Azerbaijani Legal Dictionary (Juristisches Wörterbuch 
Deutsch-Aserbaidschanisch / Almanca Azerbaycanca hüquq terminleri)

By Ahmad Hüsseynov and Nemat Rahmati

Engelschoff: Verl. auf dem Ruffel, 2002
ISBN 3-933847-06-0; 289 S. (16x23,5 cm), gebunden mit Fadenheftung und 
Schutzumschlag; ca. 15.000 Stichwörter, Verzeichnisse lateinischer Termini 
und häufig verwendeter Abkürzungen

Price: 44,00 Euro

INFORMATIONrmation about the authors:

Ahmad Hüsseynov ist seit 1962 Mitarbeiter der Staatlichen Universität Baku. 
Seine Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind Deutsch als Fremdsprache und 
aserbaidschanische Dialektologie.
Buchveröffentlichungen: Wörterbuch der Dialekte der Region Qazakh, Baku 
1975; Lehrbuch, Deutsch für Studenten, Baku 1980; Sprachführer 
Aserbaidschanisch-Deutsch, Baku 1988 und 2001.

Dr. Nemat Rahmati studierte Islamwissenschaft, Iranistik und Turkologie in 
Hamburg. Seine Arbeitsschwerpunkte sind; Geschichte und Kultur 
Aserbaidschans, traditionelle und moderne aserbaidschanische Literatur, 
aserbaidschanische Literatur in Iran und iranisch-aserbaidschanische 
Beziehungen. Buchveröffentlichungen: Lehrbuch der aserbaidschanischen 
Sprache (mit K. Buiday), Wiesbaden 1998; Wörterbuch 
Aserbaidschanisch-Deutsch, Engelschoff 1999; Aserbaidschanische 
Chrestomatie (ed.), Engelschoff 2000; Ausgewählte aserbaidschanische Rätsel 
(ed.), Hamburg 1994.

To place an order, please contact:

Verlag auf dem Ruffel
Kamper Weg, Ruffel 34a
D-21710 Engelschoff
Tel: +49 4144 1574
Fax: +49 4144 210 500
Website: <>
E-mail: webmaster(a)

PUBLICATION- Eric Sievers, The Post-Soviet Decline of Central Asia

Posted by: Eric W. Sievers <esievers(a)>
Posted: 3 Mar 2003

The Post-Soviet Decline of Central Asia:
Sustainable Development and Comprehensive Capital

Eric W. Sievers, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian

RoutledgeCurzon 2003
264pp: illus. 2 maps, 50 tables
ISBN: 0700716602

Sievers takes on the task of explaining the remarkable economic declines of
the post-Soviet Central Asian States (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) in the past decade, and the turn of these
states towards despotism. In 1990-1992 optimistic hopes for achieving
transition to free markets, democracy and sustainable development were
voiced. Instead, there has been a continued worsening of the serious
environmental problems of the Soviet Union in its last decades.  Dismissing
explanations of the decline as the result of 'Asian' or 'nomadic' values as
simplistic and opportunistic, the author makes use of extensive fieldwork to
explain this decline as the result of the region's unbalanced stocks of
natural, physical, human, financial, organizational, and social capital,
exacerbated by the influences of development agencies, environmental NGOs,
scientists, corrupt local politicians, and the inequitable downside of
globalization symbolized by the WTO.  Drawing on recent developments in
economics, law and political science, as well as a wealth of local sources,
the book presents a compelling and unorthodox challenge to development
agencies, scholars and human rights organizations to realize the
implications of globalization and the challenges of sustainable development.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Central Asia in Transition - The Capital of Sustainable

1)  Natural Capital: The Central Asian Human and Natural Environment

2) Human Capital: Health, Education and Science in Central Asia

3) Formal Organizational Capital: Governments and Markets

4) Social Capital: Civil Society and Solidarity

5) International Environmental Regimes and International Environmental Law

6) Case Studies: Internationalizing the Central Asian Environment

Conclusions: Prospects for Sustainable Development in Central Asia

To order, please go to the RoutledgeCurzon webpage:


PUBLICATION- Papers on Inner Asia Series, RIFIAS, Indiana University

Posted by: Barbara L. Gardner <blgardne(a)>
Posted: 26 Feb 2003

The Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (RIFIAS) at Indiana
University invites contributions to the series PAPERS ON INNER ASIA.

The series PAPERS ON INNER ASIA consists of scholarly papers of variable
size (from 25 to 110 pages), each published and bound separately.  Inner
Asia is defined as the region that includes Islamic Central Asia (the areas
sometimes called Western, Eastern, and Afghan Turkestan), Mongolia,
Manchuria, and Tibet.  The papers can deal with various topics related to
this vast region: history, philology, linguistics, anthropology,
archaeology, contemporary problems, and so on.  Works on certain subjects
that transcend the boundaries of Inner Asia in its strict sense, but are
relevant for the study of its languages, history, and culture, are also
included, for instance, the ancient and medieval history, etc. of the
peoples of the East European steppes.

The series is divided into the following subseries:

1) General
2) Ancient Inner Asia
3) Central Asia
4) Mongolia, Manchuria, and Tibet
5) Altaic Linguistics.

The series PAPERS ON INNER ASIA is designed to ensure prompt publication of
scholarly papers and to facilitate the publication of longer papers, which
are large enough not to be accepted by most scholarly journals. The language
of the paper can be English, French, or German.  As a rule, no stylistic
editing is done, with possible exceptions for papers written in a language
other than the author's native tongue. After the manuscript submitted for
publication is reviewed (by outside reviewers or by consulting editors), it
is returned to the author whose responsibility is to prepare a camera-ready
copy of the text in accordance with technical requirements set up by the
Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, which undertakes to publish the
paper within one month, after the receipt of the camera-ready copy.  The
size of the camera-ready copy can be from 25 to 110 pages (single spaced).
Authors are entitled to 15 free copies of their papers.

The Research Institute began publishing this series in 1987, as of now 36
issues have appeared. During the last seven years the following papers
appeared in the series:

 * No. 28 Y. Bregel, Notes on the Study of Central Asia, 1994
 * No. 29 D. Wright, The Ambassadors Records: Eleventh-Century Reports of
   Sung Embassies to the Liao, 1998
 * No. 30 C. Melville, The Fall of Amir Chupan and the Decline of the
   Ilkhanate, 1327-37: A decade of discord in Mongol Iran, 1999
 * No. 31 R. von Mende-Altayli, Die Beziehungen des Osmanischen Reiches zu
   Kashghar und seinem Herrscher Ya'qub Beg, 1873-1877, 1999
 * No. 32 J. Michael Thurman, The "Command-Administrative System" in Cotton
   Farming in Uzbekistan 1920's to Present, 1999
   Central Asia  (11 maps from the 9th to the 19th Century) prepared by Yuri
   Bregel, 2000
 * No. 33 D. Prior, Patron, Party, Patrimony: Notes on the cultural history
   of the Kirghiz epic tradition, 2000
 * No. 34 Y. Bregel, The Administration of Bukhara under the Manghits and
   some Tashkent Manuscripts, 2000
 * No. 35 V. Trepavlov, The Formation and Early History of the Manghit Yurt,
 * No. 36 J. Krueger, Ancient Oirat Books about Oriental Medicine, 2001

The price of individual copies is $4.50 for papers up to 50 pages in length
and $6.50 for papers of more than 50 pages plus postage charges (determined
by weight, destination, and mail class specified. Within U.S. choose Media
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All correspondence related to the PAPERS ON INNER ASIA SERIES (requests for
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PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, 2003 No. 1

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 14 Feb 2003

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to introduce the contents of the first issue, no.1 (19) of
the journal "Central Asia and the Caucasus" (in English and Russian).  It
will be published in late February.  To inquire about more details, as well
as to subscribe, please contact:

Murad Esenov
"Central Asia and the Caucasus"
Center for Social and Political Studies
Tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
Tel/fax: (46) 920 620 16
Web: <>

Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 1 (19), 2003



 * Klara Khafizova. Separatism in China's Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region:
   Dynamics and Potential Impact on Central Asia

 * Olga Zhigalina. The Kurds of Western Asia: Geopolitics Today

 * Anastasia Ganich. Circassian Diaspora in Jordan (self-identification,
   ideas about historical homeland and impact on North Caucasian developments)

 * Irina Babich. The Clans Structure and Its Impact on Political Situation
   (Case-study of Northwestern and Central Caucasus)


 * Martin C. Spechler. Economy and Security in Central Asia Since 9/11: A
   Skeptical Look

 * Daniel Linotte, Leif-Erik Aune. The GUUUAM July 2002 Free Trade Agreement.
   A Preliminary Assessment

 * Zharas Ibrashev, Elmira Ensebaeva. European Union and Kazakhstan: Trends
   in Trade and Economic Cooperation


Russia and the West in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Cooperation or Rivalry?

 * Sevara Sharapova. The U.S.-Western Europe-Russia Triangle and Central Asia

 * Dmitry Trofimov. Russia and the United States in Central Asia: Problems,
   Prospects, and Interests

 * Lena Jonson. Russia and Central Asia: Post-11 September, 2001

 * Magomedsalikh Gusaev. Russia and the U.S. in the Southern Caucasus: Future
   Partners or Future Rivals?

 * Dina Malysheva. The United States and Russia in the Post-Soviet East: What
   Is in Store?

 * Igor Zonn, Sergey Zhiltsov. Russia and the U.S. in Central Asia and the
   Caucasus: A Search for Regional Stability

 * Kaana Aidarkul, Mels Omarov. Cooperation Between Russia, the U.S. and
   Kyrgyzstan in New Geopolitical Context


 * Nikolai Kuzmin. Central Asia after the Operation in Afghanistan

 * Sergey Minasian. CIS: Building a Collective Security System

 * Natik Mamedli. Integration Issues at Summits of the Turkic-Speaking States

 * Roger N. McDermott. Border Security in Tajikistan: Countering the
   Narcotics Trade?

 * Oleg Boronin, Andrei Bykov. Regional Aspects of the Russian-Kazakhstan
   Frontier (Using Russia's Altai Territory as an Example


 * Akhmet Iarlykapov. Revival of Islamic Education in the Northern Caucasus

 * Sergey Berezhnoy. The Role of Islamic Factor in Crisis Settlement in


The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:
Central Asia and the Caucasus

 * Muslim Centers of Power (Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and
   Turkey): Their Impact on the Local Situation.

 * Political Development Trends in the Context of International
   Antiterrorist Campaign.

 * Energy Policy and Energy Projects.

If you are interested to go into more details about the content of the
articles you may find all necessary INFORMATIONrmation on our Internet home-page:

PUBLICATION- Inner Asia, Vol. 4, No. 2, Special Issue on Tibet and Mongolia

Posted by: A. Johnson <aj(a)>
Posted: 14 Feb 2003

Guest Editor, Hildegard Diemberger

Published by The White Horse Press for the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies
Unit, University of Cambridge, UK

For more INFORMATIONrmation about this and other issues of the journal, visit:


INTRODUCTION by Hildegard Diemberger


 * The Hoshuud Polity in Khökhnuur, Uyunbilig Borjigidai
 * Tashi Tsering: The Last Mongol Queen of Sogpo, Yangdon Dhondup and
   Hildegard Diemberger


 * Writers at the Crossroads: The Mongolian-Tibetan Authors Tsering Dondup
   and Jangbu, Yangdon Dhondup
 * History and its Televising: Events and Narratives of Hoshuud Mongols in
   Modern China, Nasan Bayar
 * The Secret Secret:  Cinema, Authenticity and Seventeenth Century
   Tibetan-Mongolian Relations, Robert Barnett


 * The Reincarnation of Desi Sangye Gyatso in Alasha and the Secret History
   of the Sixth Dalai Lam, Jalsan


 * Ritual Under Change: Mongolian Influences on Horse Races and Mountain
   Divinity Worship in Tibet, Elke Studer

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 12 February 2003 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 12 Feb 2003

The 12 February 2003 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a
free Web journal, is now on-line at

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University-The Nitze 
School of Advanced International Studies is proud to announce the publication 
of the 12 February 2003 issue of its biweekly Web-Journal, The Central Asia-
Caucasus Analyst. 

The Institute also offers its readers the option of downloading The Analyst in 
PDF format, enabling readers to view and print out the entire issue of The 
Analyst at The html is, of course, 


Roger N. McDermott
The armed forces of Uzbekistan have struggled during the past decade with the 
challenges presented by their Soviet heritage and the emerging security 
dynamics in Central Asia. Indeed the emergence of the volatile regional crime-
terror nexus, coupled with militant Islam, has necessitated a conscious move 
towards developing forces capable of responding to Uzbekistan's security
countering terrorism and insurgency. U.S. military training and support for 
enhancing Uzbek security through their military capabilities is rapidly 
becoming a significant dynamic; and U.S.-Uzbek strategic partnership is the 
only way for Uzbekistan to achieve the goal of reformed combat-capable

Brian Williams
On December 27, a Kamaz military lorry and a UAZ jeep navigated their way 
through seven checkpoints and into the heart of the Russian administration's 
protected headquarters in the center of Grozny, Chechnya.  The trucks rammed 
through the gate and set off the deadliest suicide bombing in Russian history, 
killing 72 people working for the Russian administration and destroying 
Russia's claim to have restored order in Chechnya. Moscow quickly blamed links 
to Afghanistan and Arab militant groups, prompting a reappraisal of Chechnya's 
links to the "Islamic extremist international".

Rizwan Zeb
On January 19, the Indo-Iranian defense cooperation agreement was signed in 
Tehran by India's Navy chief and chairman of the Chief of Staff Committee, and 
the Iranian minister of defense. The pact was said to be a prelude to the 
January 26 visit of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to New Delhi. The 
Iranian armed forces attaché in India Brig Gen Ali Motaghi said, "We need 
India's help in all military aspects" and called the agreement a milestone in 
defense ties between the two countries. This emerging Indo-Iranian strategic 
alliance could dramatically alter the political landscape in South Asia.

Abraham Cohen
The new regional order in the post-September 11 era speeded up developments in 
Central Asian states' domestic politics, and fundamentally shifted the
status of international relations among Central Asian countries. Despite the 
demise of external threats to regional security, Central Asian states have
experiencing growing domestic turbulence and a deteriorating economic 
situation. New forces challenge central authorities, based on clan and
power brokers, and the mounting complexity of the problems and the increasing 
tendency of use violent actions are now posing a serious threat to the smaller 
and weaker states of the region.


Afghanistan still produces up to 70 percent of the world's heroin. Poppy 
cultivation in Afghanistan has had serious implications for the security and 
economy in the whole region. Now drug abuse is spreading in Afghanistan's 
northern neighbors. The number of domestic consumers of narcotics is rapidly 
increasing; the drug users are mostly youngsters.

To the masses in Kazakhstan, Iraq and the host of problems generated by the 
threat of a U.S.-led war, seems to be as distant as the Moon. Nonetheless, the 
impending war is being exploited both by the opposition and the government. 
Analysts, however, are almost unanimous in asserting that the war will not
a significant impact on Kazakhstan.

The preparations for the forthcoming presidential elections in the Fall are 
intensifying in Azerbaijan. The situation related to the Popular Front party 
(APFP) became the cause of a new scandal. The party registration was first 
given to an obscure, third faction of the party, but under international 
pressure, President Aliyev overturned the decision.

The flaws in the referendum conducted in Kyrgyzstan are now beginning to 
appear, including the use of civil servants and students to promote the 
government and falsify the results. This has sparked protests from local 
opposition as well as the NDI, which involved itself in the controversy.

The Analyst provides a rigorous, concise and nonpartisan forum where 
specialists can assess issues and events in the Central Asia-Caucasus region 
for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers,
officials, diplomats and academics.  The Analyst seeks regional specialists, 
journalists, economists, and political scientists to join its pool of authors 
who are then asked to contribute short, timely, analytical articles, ca. 1000 
words in length. The institute pays a honorarium to the authors. The Analyst 
also seeks local experts, corporate representatives and NGO representatives 
from the region to write Field Reports for a modest honorarium. 

The Analyst provides factual, objective and analytical articles valuing fresh 
insights rather than the conventional wisdom.  We welcome readers and writers 
from various perspectives and viewpoints.  We value your comments and 

Those interested in joining The Analyst's pool of authors to contribute 
articles, field reports or contacts of potential writers, please send your CV 
to: scornell(a) and suggest some topics on which you would like to write. 
Please remember that The Analyst does not accept double submissions.

Dr. Svante E. Cornell, Editor
Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Johns Hopkins University
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 1-202-663-5922
Fax. 1-202-663-7785

ON-LINE COURSE- Silkroad Foundation Special Online Course, The Silk Road

Posted by: Adela C. Y. Lee <adela.lee(a)>
Posted: 11 Feb 2003

Silkroad Foundation Special Online Course - The Silk Road
Sunday, March 23, 2003 - Saturday, June 14, 2003
Tuition: $150

This on-line non-credit course introduces the history of cultural
and economic exchange across Eurasia for nearly 2000 years,
beginning around 200 BCE. The silk roads were many, going
east-west and north-south, and silk was only one of many items
of exchange. Important components of the history of the Silk Road
are the dissemination of religious beliefs and artistic interaction.
Among the topics to be covered are: geography of Eurasia, culture
of the inner Asian nomads and their interaction with sedentary centers,
major urban centers such as Dunhuang and Samarkand, products and
mechanisms of trade, the spread of Buddhism, Islam and Christianity
and evidence of their artistic legacies. The course will explore
the reasons for the rise of the Silk Road trade as well as its decline.
Some emphasis will be placed on the evidence in eye-witness travel

The course is for those in the beginning stages of learning about
the Silk Road, not for individuals who may already have considerable
expertise. Enrollment in the course constitutes a commitment to spend
an estimated 5-6 hours a week over twelve weeks in doing various
assignments. Although the course is not for credit, participation can
be meaningful only if those enrolled put significant effort into the
endeavor. Successful online students make time to logon and work on
course materials several times each week, even if it is only for brief
periods to check email and respond to postings. Assignments will involve
reading both in purchased books and in web-based materials, keeping a
journal, participation in on-line discussion, and probably one or
two short essays. Participants will need to be comfortable with use
of the internet and e-mail (including sending attachments) and have
regular access to a (preferably) fast internet connection. Important
portions of the online materials include image files; so a 56K modem
connection would be minimally adequate. The language of communication
for the course is English. Enrollment is limited to 25.

Instructor: Professor Daniel C. Waugh, University of Washington (Seattle).
Professor Waugh has taught a course on the Silk Road for several years,
been involved in a variety of public education projects on the Silk Road,
and travelled extensively along parts of the region it encompasses.

Silk Road Online Course Registration Form

Name (Last, First):

If student, specify your university, major, year,
name of your advisor if any:

If faculty, specify your university and department:


Please print out this form and mail it with $150 check to:

Silkroad Foundation
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Saratoga, CA 95070

For more INFORMATIONrmation please visit:

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PUBLICATION- Beginning Uzbek

Posted by: CAFE Uzbekistan <cafeuzbek(a)>
Posted: 4 Feb 2003

Central Asian Free Exchange (CAFE) is pleased to announce that their 
beginning Uzbek course which they have taught in Uzbekistan for 10 years has 
now been published and is available.  The name of the course book is "Marhamat"

"Marahamat" is designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles and 
situations, from formal classroom learning to an INFORMATIONrmal language helper 
with no training to individual study.  "Marahamat" presents the language in 
segments related to real life situations.  Students will be able to use the 
language while progressing through the coursebook.  

"Marhamat" consists of 5 units each followed by an intermezzo which gives 
additional dialogues and phrases that are frequently used in daily life.  
The coursebook is accompanied by 2 audio CD's recorded directly from the 
units and intermezzos allowing you to hear native speakers' pronunciation 
followed by the English translation.  These audio CDs will aid you in 
listening practice, pronunciation, and as an aural review of vocabulary.  
The cost for the hard bound coursebook and 2 CD's is $50 plus shipping.  All 
orders outside of North America require prepayment in US Dollars.  Please 
email cafeuzbek(a) if interested.

JOURNAL/CFP- Alternatives: Special Issue on the Middle East and Central Asia

Posted by: Cigdem Balim <cigdem.balim(a)>
Posted: 4 Feb 2003


The issue editors of the Alternatives for vol.2, no.2 (Summer 2003) would 
like to invite scholars, researchers and experts to submit their papers for 
consideration of publication in the special issue on the Middle East and 
Central Asia in 21st Century. Papers dealing with contemporary issues of 
politics and international relations are welcome. As an academic journal, 
its intended audience includes not only academics and practitioners but also 
readers of English who want to be INFORMATIONrmed about the theme of this special 
issue. The editors also aim to publish a book which will consist of the 
selected articles from this issue.

Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations was launched in 
2001 and its international advisory board are the scholars from the leading 
universities of all around the world. It strives to become the foremost 
international forum for teachers, researchers and policy makers to share 
their knowledge and experience in the disciplines of sociology, 
anthropology, social studies, political science and international relations. 
It is a peer reviewed online journal that is published at its own web site

Articles submitted should be original contributions and should not be under 
consideration for any other publication at the same time.  Manuscripts 
should be attached as Microsoft word format. There should be a cover page 
that includes the author's institutional affiliation, full address and an 
abstract (200-250 words).

Manuscripts should be submitted to Alternatives journal via e-mail to 
baras(a) or to the issue editors.

Deadline of submission: 3 June 2002

Date of Publishing: 25 June 2002

Issue Editors:

Dr. Cigdem Balim, Manchester University, Email: cigdem.balim(a)
Dr. Ihsan Yilmaz, London University, Email: ihsanyilmaz(a)
Dr. Bulent Aras, SAM, Oxford University, Email: 

PUBLICATION- CERAM-INFORMATIONs, On-line Central Asia INFORMATION (in French), Jan. 25 Issue

Posted by: CERAM <oaric(a)>
Posted: 30 Jan 2003

Please let me INFORMATIONrm you of the publication of a new issue of CERAM-INFORMATIONs.
This is the sole French-written on-line newsletter, focused on middle Asia.

In this issue:

 * the new tendencies of geopolitics in middle Asia
 * abstracts of an interview of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (former Prime Minister
   of Afghanistan)
 * many other news, facts and figures

You're welcome to subscribe (completely free of charge) at the following


Type your e-mail at the indicated place, and you'll soon after receive the
password which will allow you to access the issue. The archives of the
newsletter are at the same address (free access).

Patrick Dombrowsky

PUBLICATION- Shamanism and Rock Art in Central Asia and Siberia, Andrej Rozwadowski

Posted by: Ken Lymer <k.lymer(a)>
Posted: 27 Jan 2003

Notice of a New Publication

Spirits and Stones: Shamanism and Rock Art in Central Asia and Siberia
Edited by Andrzej Rozwadowski with Maria M. Kosko (2002).
Published by the Instytut Wschodni, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.
ISBN 83-86094-97-4

Announcement: This new volume presents recent directions in research into
the archaeology and ethnography of shamanisms in Central Asia and Siberia.
The rich textures of shamanistic experiences are investigated through
several case studies spanning from ancient times to the present day. This
book will be of interest to scholars of ancient Central Asia and Siberia.


 * Introduction - by A. Rozwadowski

 * Central Asia--Shamanism: an essential component of the Kazakh worldview -
   by M. M. Kosko

 * Kazakh ethnographic engravings and baksylyk - by Zh. Zhetybaev

 * 'Shamanic' motifs in the petroglyphs of Eastern Kazakhstan
   - by Z. Samashev

 * Disappearing into the rock: shamanistic aspects of
   Indo-Iranian mythology as a context for interpreting
   Central Asian petroglyphs - by A. Rozwadowski

 * The deer petroglyphs of Arpauzen, South Kazakhstan - by
   K. Lymer

 * Siberia--Traces of shamanic motives in the petroglyphs and burial
   paintings of the Gorno-Altai - by V. D. Kubarev

 * Siberian shamanistic rock art - by E. Devlet & M. Devlet

 * Shamans, Lamas and the social effectiveness of rock art by
   - by S. Crook

 * Rock art of the Middle Lena River and Eastern Siberian
   shamanism - by A. I. Gogolev

 * Reconsidering the rock paintings at Sinsk Village, Middle
   Lena River (Yakutia) - by A. Rozwadowski & P. Knurenko

The book can be ordered by posting an order to:

Instytut Wschodni,
Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
ul. 28 Czerwca 1956, nr 198
61-486 Poznan

or by e-mail: <rozw(a)>

(Please note: do not send any orders to this notice email address).

ON-LINE RESOURCE- American Center for Mongolian Studies Website

Posted by: Charles Krusekopf <ckrusekopf(a)>
Posted: 24 Jan 2003

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) website is now on line at

This site offers INFORMATIONrmation on the American Center for Mongolian Studies,
including INFORMATIONrmation on how to join the ACMS. It has INFORMATIONrmation and links
for academic research projects in Inner Asia, Mongolian study programs in
the US and Mongolia, and announcements of events, publications, fellowships,
exhibits and jobs. INFORMATIONrmation on the activities of the 14 institutional
members of the ACMS is also on the site. This site will be updated regularly
to include new INFORMATIONrmation and announcements, and to add links to additional
academic research projects and sites of interest.

If you have any links or announcements you want placed on the site (or on
the Mongolia Society listserv), please contact Charles Krusekopf, ACMS
Director at <ckrusekopf(a)> or <ckrusekopf(a)>.

The ACMS was incorporated in April 2002 to encourage and facilitate academic
projects in Mongolia and the Inner Asian region, which includes Mongolia and
the border areas of China, Russia and Central Asia, such as Inner Mongolia,
Xinjiang, Buryatia, Tuva and eastern Kazakhstan. It is supported by member
institutions and individuals, private foundations, and the US government.

The two primary projects of the ACMS include the opening of a permanent
office and library in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to support international
academics working in Mongolia and educational exchange programs, and the
creation of fellowships to facilitate academic exchanges with Mongolia.

The ACMS is a growing consortium of US academic institutions, including
colleges and universities, museums and research institutes. Members also
include individual scholars, the business community and other people and
organizations interested in the region.

The ACMS is currently seeking institutions and individuals who are
interested in becoming Charter Members of the ACMS. It is crucial for the
development of the ACMS that interested parties join the organization during
this formative stage, so please join the ACMS today!

JOURNAL/CFP- Mongolian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted by: Chris Kaplonski <danzan(a)>
Posted: 23 Jan 2003

Dear colleagues,

The National University of Mongolia (NUM), in collaboration with the Civic
Education Project (CEP) and the Mongolian Foundation for Open Society
(MFOS), has established a semi-annual social sciences journal. This journal
is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of Mongolia, promoting discussions
among social science scholars within and outside Mongolia on all
socio-political issues, and establishing a free and fair representation of
scholarship on Mongolia and its neighbors.

Please consult the website at the following address:

Also, if you believe that some people might be interested in publishing it
the Mongolian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, feel free to
forward them this call for papers.

Thank you for your collaboration!

Christopher Kaplonski, PhD
Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge


Aim and Scope of the Journal:

The journal seeks to promote diverse ideas and approaches on all aspects of
Mongolian society and to advance knowledge and understanding of it across
disciplines through theoretical and empirical research and discussions. The
editors will not prefer any paradigm or philosophy to another and will
publish articles that present diverse interpretations of society and
culture. The goal is to facilitate debates and discussions among scholars
from all range of life and intellectual disciplines.

The importance of cross-national and inter-cultural studies for providing a
context for comparison of nations and evaluation of individual nations is
recognized; therefore, articles that include Mongolian society and culture
within a larger analysis of Asian societies or post-communist countries are

The journal will favor articles that combine solid theoretical knowledge
with practical experience. However, the ideas, theories, and data presented
in the articles are the sole responsibility of the authors. Acceptance of
submissions for publication will based on the recommendations of three

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2003

First issue will be online by May first.


The Mongolian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences is a bilingual
journal, i.e., all articles will be published in both Mongolian and English.


Articles of approximately 3000 to 6000 words are preferred. The articles
must be accompanied by a 200 words abstract. Authors are requested to submit
their manuscripts via electronic mail only.

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), 14th edition, should be consulted for
formatting submissions in English and Mongolian. Consistency in formatting
and usage is required.

Book Reviews:

Book reviews of all current publications are welcome. Please email them to
the book review editor:

Christopher Kaplonski (PhD), E-mail: <danzan(a)>

Email Address for all other Correspondence:

<cep(a)> or <onon(a)>

Current Editor:

Roxane de la Sablonnière, Ph.D.
Civic Education Project
Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology National University of Mongolia
P.O. Box - 178
Mongolia 210202
Tel/Fax: (976-11) 318641
E-mail: <roxanedelas(a)> or <roxane(a)> Website:

Editorial Board:

Tsagaach Geleg (MA), Yasmin Lodi (PhD), Roxane de la Sablonniere (PhD),
Malcolm Jacobi (PhD), Yo. Dovchin (PhD), D. Oyuntsetseg (MA), Undrakh
Davaadorj (MA), Oyut-Erdene Namdaldagva (MA), Narantuya Danzan (MA)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 15 January 2003 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 22 Jan 2003

The 15 January 2003 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a subscription 
free Web journal, is now on-line at

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University-The Nitze 
School of Advanced International Studies is proud to announce the publication 
of the 15 January 2003 issue of its biweekly Web-Journal, The Central Asia-
Caucasus Analyst. 

The Institute also offers its readers the option of downloading The Analyst in 
PDF format, enabling readers to view and print out the entire issue of The 
Analyst at The html is, of course, 


Denis Trifonov 
Since the sacking of General Troshev, Russia's top military commander in 
Chechnya, Moscow has neither toned down its anti-Maskhadov rhetoric nor taken 
new steps to find a political solution to the Chechen conflict. This suggests 
that on one level, Troshev may have been just another casualty in the power 
struggle between Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov and the opponents of military 
reform. On another level, however, his dismissal may reflect the Russian 
security services' growing profile in Chechnya.

Homan Peimani
Iranian President Khatami began a three-day visit to Pakistan on December 23, 
the first official visit of a foreign leader to that country after the recent 
elections. Aside from its diplomatic significance, the visit was important as 
a sign of the two sides' willingness to cooperate despite their diverging 
regional and international policies. Particularly, it reflected Pakistan's 
pursuit of its national interests in dealing with Iran, which despite its 
close ties with the United States and its role as a "frontline state" in 
its "war on terrorism", are different from America's. Pakistan is expanding 
its relations with Iran notwithstanding the fact that Iran and Pakistan are 
rivals when it comes to gas and potentially oil exports from Central Asia, and 
especially despite its interest in the proposed Turkmenistan-Pakistan gas 
pipeline backed by the United States.

Fariz Ismailzade
Turkmenistan's foreign policy has effectively turned the country into a North 
Korean style hermit kingdom, which is isolated and ignored in the family of 
nations. The assassination attempt on the Turkmen president Niyazov on 
November 25th has been used as a pretext for a large-scale crackdown on 
opposition and a botched attempt to "hook" Turkmenistan to the international 
coalition against terrorism. Turkmenistan blamed citizens of all neighbors as 
well as Russian, Turkish and American citizens with involvement. 

Matthew Oresman
On December 3rd, Russia made a considerable gambit on the global chessboard as 
it began deploying military forces to the Kant Airbase, roughly forty miles 
from the U.S. Manas Airbase outside Bishkek.  This deployment has major 
consequences for the new "Great Game" politics currently being played out in 
Central Asia by Russia, the United States, and China. While reportedly aimed 
at the resurgence of Al Qaeda and the IMU and not targeted at any third party, 
this new burst or Russian activity is as much about counter-terrorism as it is 
about the counter-balance of American power.


A fierce dispute has flared up between environmentalists and the "Kazatomprom" 
company over the proposed plan of importing foreign nuclear wastes to be 
buried in Kazakhstan. The parliament has not yet taken final decision on the 
issue. If the scheme gets backing from parliament it will lead to widespread 
protests in many regions. 

On December 7-8, the chairman of Turkey's ruling AK Party Reccep Tayyip 
Erdogan visited Azerbaijan. Like Turkey's President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, 
Erdogan chose Azerbaijan as first Turkic state to visit after winning the 
elections, emphasizing the high level of strategic partnership that exists 
between the two countries.

Accusing the official United States State envoy in Turkmenistan of 
disseminating "unfounded information" turned out to be the next turn of the 
recent sensational events in Turkmenistan. Ordinary Turkmen are feeling 
increasingly pressured, particularly in minority regions. 

On January 9, 2003 a round table was held in Bishkek to discuss the critical 
condition of uranium waste dumps in Kyrgyzstan and to find ways to prevent an 
ecological catastrophe that seems quite real if no serous measures are taken 
to treat the radioactive waste dumps that threaten the ecology and health of 
much of Kyrgyzstan. 

The Analyst provides a rigorous, concise and nonpartisan forum where 
specialists can assess issues and events in the Central Asia-Caucasus region 
for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers, 
government officials, diplomats and academics.  The Analyst seeks regional 
specialists, journalists, economists, and political scientists to join its 
pool of authors who are then asked to contribute short, timely, analytical 
articles, ca. 1000 words in length. The institute pays a honorarium to the 
authors. The Analyst also seeks local experts, corporate representatives and 
NGO representatives from the region to write Field Reports for a modest 

The Analyst provides factual, objective and analytical articles valuing fresh 
insights rather than the conventional wisdom.  We welcome readers and writers 
from various perspectives and viewpoints.  We value your comments and 

Those interested in joining The Analyst's pool of authors to contribute 
articles, field reports or contacts of potential writers, please send your CV 
to: scornell(a) and suggest some topics on which you would like to write. 
Please remember that The Analyst does not accept double submissions.

Dr. Svante E. Cornell, Editor
Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Johns Hopkins University
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 1-202-663-5922
Fax. 1-202-663-7785

PUBLICATION- Anor 13, An Inquiry into Bukharan Qadimism: Mirza Salim, Franz Wennberg

Posted by: Juergen Paul <paul(a)>
Posted: 21 Jan 2003

Franz Wennberg: An Inquiry into Bukharan Qadimism: Mirza Salim Bik. Berlin
(Klaus Schwarz Verlag) 2002. 74 pp, EUR 8,60. ISBN 3-87997-608-2

Wennberg's study focuses on a servant in the fiscal administration of the
Bukharan emirate, Mirza Salim Bik (1848 or 1850 - 1930) who reached the peak
of his career between 1917 and 1920, a time of tension in Bukhara. He
certainly was no admirer of the Jadid movement, so this study also is a
tentative, albeit also a rather circumspect attempt to write a biography of
a Bukharan Qadim, although admittedly maybe not a very typical one. The
paper thus aims at shedding some light on the hitherto neglected "old style"
intellectuals ("qadimchilar") in Central Asia. It uses published and
unpublished sources, historiography as well as archival documents and
personal narratives. It uses a broad range of Soviet and post-Soviet as well
as Western scholarship. Additionally, the evolution of concepts of time and
space, pre-modern and modern, plays a significant part in the paper.


Send your orders to:

Klaus Schwarz Verlag
Fidicinstr. 29
D-10965 Berlin
Phone: +49-30-3228523
Fax +49-30-3225183
E-mail: info(a)


You can view back numbers of ANOR at


ANOR is a series of mini-monographs devoted to publishing scholarly papers
of variable size (from 50 to 100 pages, exceptionally more) on the history
and culture of Muslim Central Asia. The papers deal with various topics
related to this region: history, literature, anthropology and so on. ANOR
accepts papers written in English and German. After a submitted paper has
been accepted for publication by the editors, authors are requested to
supply camera ready copies. As a rule, no stylistic editing is done.

All correspondence related to the SCIENTIFIC side of ANOR, including
submission of manuscripts, should be addressed to:

Prof. Juergen Paul
Institut fuer Orientalistik
Muehlweg 15
D-06114 Halle

or to:

Prof. Ingeborg Baldauf
Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

Thank you for your attention.

PUBLICATION- ISAR's Journal "Give & Take", Winter 2003 Issue

Posted by: John P. Deever <john(a)>
Posted: 15 Jan 2003

ISAR Announces the Winter 2003 Issue of Give & Take: A Journal on Civil
Society in Eurasia

"Azerbaijan's Groundswell of Civil Society"

(, is pleased to announce the Winter 2003 issue of its
quarterly publication, Give & Take: A Journal on Civil Society in Eurasia.

This issue of Give & Take, dedicated to the country of Azerbaijan,
highlights citizen activism, the obstacles to fostering social change, and
the interaction of big oil and government in a developing society. Hundreds
of local citizens' groups have completed the difficult registration process
and now tackle an incredible range of issues -- from diabetes education to
professional development for beekeepers. Their accomplishments largely
unsung in the West, these NGOs have done tremendous work with tiny sums of
money.  Those highlighted here represent only the tip of the iceberg: last
year ISAR-Azerbaijan's local NGO directory detailed the work of over 400
grassroots NGOs throughout the country, not just in Baku and other major
cities. They operate where international assistance is sparse and local
philanthropy largely undeveloped, demonstrating creativity in fundraising
and enthusiasm in responding to social injustice.

NGOs are also cooperating to advocate for environmental and social issues. A
special section of the journal explores the debate over the
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. When completed in 2004, BTC will
transport Caspian oil and gas to the Turkish port of Ceyhan in the
Mediterranean Sea, bypassing Iran and Russia. Give & Take presents several
of the perspectives in this debate, including those of a British Petroleum
(BP) executive, the government of Azerbaijan, the European Bank for
Reconstruction and Development, and multiple NGO viewpoints.  Svetlana
Tsalik of the Open Society Institute looks at whether some portion of the
revenues will be used to improve the conditions of Azerbaijan's people; her
article, abstracted from a forthcoming book, offers concrete recommendations
for using oil production profits to achieve social reform.

The oil industry, with its millions of dollars in investments and powerful
international partners, is far more visible than those who practice
grassroots civil society development, but the efforts of the local NGOs have
an endemic strength that is all their own. Give & Take calls attention to
these independent voices and seeks to include them in the wider dialogue.

Drawing on ISAR's grassroots contacts and nearly 20 years of experience
encouraging citizen initiatives in the countries of the former Soviet Union,
Give & Take blends stories about local NGO activity with analysis of the
trends affecting civil society development. Back issues available.


Give & Take is available in .pdf format at <> at no cost.
We ask that readers make voluntary contributions to support ISAR's work, by
check or via secure credit card donation.

For a hard copy of the latest issue, or to order back issues, please send
$5.00 (checks drawn on a US bank only) to:

Mieka Erley
1601 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite #301 Washington, DC 20009

PUBLICATION- B.-M. Pétric, Power, Gift-Exchange, and Networks in Uzbekistan

Posted by: Boris Petric <b_petric(a)>
Posted: 15 Jan 2003

Please could you take into consideration the recent publishing of a new

Boris-Mathieu Pétric, "Pouvoir, don et réseaux en Ouzbékistan post-
soviétique", Presses Universitaires de France, collection Partage du 
savoir, Paris, 2002.
Préface Olivier Roy

Boris-Mathieu Pétric, "Power, gift-exchanges, networks in the Post-soviet 
Uzbekistan", Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 2002. 
Preface by Olivier Roy

Presentation from the Publisher

This book is dedicated to the functioning of political life at the 
grassroots level and also at the top-level. The author describes how 
political solidarity is built in post-soviet Uzbek society. It explores the 
role of kinship, affinity and space solidarity (mahalla, watan) in order to 
understand how a political faction is organized. During public ceremonies 
such as toy (circumcision, wedding and funerals) gift-exchanges play a key 
role in social and political life. This book gives a presentation of 
different types of leaders or brokers at the local, regional and state 
levels and inside the state. This essay provides a good map of current Uzbek 
political practices and also it enlightens some of present evolutions which 
take place in post-Soviet Central Asian societies.

First Part: History of the Özbek space
 - The power of the Khan
 - Russian colonisation and the creation of a common space: Turkestan
 - The building of the soviet state

Second Part: The Reshaping of the Uzbek Imagery
 - Representation of Kinship
 - Genealogical knowledge, autochthony and ancestry
 - Representations and norms of Alliances
 - The relationship with the soil
 - Neighborhood community or Mahalla: the space of a new national imagery
 - Local identities and regional factions (fan, sambuh, suhqash..)

Third Part: The production of social relations
 - The Orientation of social exchanges (Gap, toy...)
 - Come back to matrimonial exchanges
 - A society of gift-exchange: the symbol of Tugun
 - Ritual time for social-exchanges
 - The definition of social networks: qarandoshuruhchillik,

Fourth Part: The exercise of Power
 - Description of a specific form of social relationship: the Patronage
 - Local political Power: the Raïs
 - Economic Power: inside and outside the State (Krisha, podpis, papa...)
 - Power to the dead: Mullo, Saints et doctors in religion
 - The State: space of conflict and conquest for Regional factions (Tanka)
 - The logic of a political system: Clientelism and Brokers

PUBLICATION- M.-C. von Gumppenberg, State- and Nationbuilding in Kazakhstan

Posted by: Marie-Carin von Gumppenberg <mcvg(a)>
Posted: 12 Jan 2003

Publication on State- and Nationbuilding in Kazakhstan:

Marie-Carin von Gumppenberg: Staats- und Naitonsbildung in Kazachstan, 
Opladen: Leske+Budrich 2002, 231 p. (in German)

To be ordered via

At the beginning of the 1990ies, Kazakhstan seemed to be the country in 
Central Asia where "clashes of the civilizations" were to be most likely. 
The dominance of Christian ethnic-Russians in the Muslim Kazakhstan lead 
many political analysts and politicians to misperceptions of the conflict 
situation in Kazakhstan. Ten years after Kazakhstan's independence, one can 
state: No "clashes of the civilizations" took place.

The book "State- and Nationbuilding in Kazakhstan" examines the Soviet 
nationalities' politics insofar it contributed to the rise of 
ethno-nationalistic sentiments and lead to ethno-political clashes at the 
end of the Soviet Union.

In a second chapter, the book focuses on the post-Soviet nationalities' 
politics. It describes in detail how history was re-written and myths were 
established by the new government to legitimize the new statehood.

In the last chapter, the new nationalities' politics is critically 
reflected. The officially announced concept of an all-inclusive 
Kazakh(stani) nationhood finds no realization in present-day politics. The 
political system established leaves little space for a balanced 
nationalities' politics, but opens much space for ethno-political conflicts 
- e.g. within the Kazakh ethnos or from the side of discriminated Uzbeks and 


1.  Konzeption der Arbeit
2.  Theoretischer Rahmen
3.  Forschungsstand

Kapitel I:
Sowjetische Nationalitätenpolitik
1.  Demographische Veränderungen
1.1  Nomadische Lebensweise und zaristische Einflußnahme
1.2  Krieg und Deportation
1.3  Armut und Arbeit
1.4  Zwangsansiedlung und Kollektivierung
1.5  Demographische Wende
1.6  Migration als Folge mangelnder Integration?
2.  Diskriminierung in Bildung, Arbeit und Politik
2.1  Schrift- und Sprachpolitik
2.2  Bildungs- und Beschäftigungspolitik
2.3  Urbanisierung und Landflucht
2.4  Parteipolitik und Elitenrekrutierung
2.5  Diskriminierung als Ursache ethno-nationalistischer Mobilisierung?

Kapitel II:
Ethno-Nationalismen zu Sowjetzeiten
1.  Ethno-nationalistische Bestrebungen
1.1  Kazachen - eine "Nation" ohne Staat
1.2  Suche nach der eigenen Identität
1.3  Politische Mobilisierung
1.4  Formation einer Nationalbewegung
1.5  Inner-kazachische Differenzen
2.  Ethnizität als Konfliktursache?
2.1  Soziale Proteste
2.2  Ethno-politische Spannungen
2.3  Almatyner Ereignisse
2.4  Inter-ethnische Auseinandersetzungen
2.5  Ethno-Nationalismen als Konfliktursache?

Kapitel III:
Staats- und Nationsbildung
1.  Staatsgründung
1.1  Territorialfrage
1.2  Staatsbürgerschaft
1.3  Sprachenstreit
1.4  Kulturautonomie
1.5  Hauptstadtumzug
2.  Identitätsbildung
2.1  Mythos der erkämpften Unabhängigkeit
2.2  Mythos der Einheit der Kazachen
2.3  Mythos der tragischen Schicksalsgemeinschaft
2.4  Mythos der strahlenden Zukunft
2.5  Herausbildung einer kazach(stan)ischen Identität?

Kapitel IV:
Staatliche Performanz und politische Partizipation
1.  Legitimation staatlicher Autorität
1.1  Stabilitätswahrung versus Demokratisierung
1.2  Politische Entwicklung
1.3  Formaler Präsidentialismus
1.4  Informelle Herrschaftsstruktur
1.5  Gefahren und Perspektiven des Präsidialregimes
2.  Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der politischen Partizipation
2.1  Parteien im "Embryonalstadium"
2.2  Marginalisierung der Opposition
2.3  Kontrolle der Medien
2.4  Macht der Lobbies
2.5  Exklusivität politischer Macht
3.  Staatliche Performanz als Konfliktursache?
3.1  Auswanderungsbewegungen
3.2  Sub-ethnische Trennlinien
3.3  Sezessionistische Bestrebungen
3.4  Soziale Proteste
3.5  Religiös fundierte Konflikte
3.6  Staatliche Politik als Konfliktursache?

1. Sowjetische Hypotheken
2. Post-sowjetische Nationsbildung
3. Post-sowjetische Staatsbildung
4. Perspektiven

1. Tabellen
2. Von der Autorin geführte Interviews

1. Statistiken
2. Gesetzestexte
3. Bücher und Artikel

PUBLICATION- Vagabond Life: The Caucasus Journals of George Kennan, Frith Maier, ed.

Posted by: Daniel Waugh <dwaugh(a)>
Posted: 2 Jan 2003

Vagabond Life: The Caucasus Journals of George Kennan Ed. with an
introduction and afterword by Frith Maier, and with contributions by Daniel
C. Waugh

Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press, 2003 ISBN: 0-295-98250-0; $30 cloth; 296
pp., 35 illus., 4 maps

Nicely illustrated with contemporary drawings and photos and intended in the
first instance for the general reader, but including material that will also
interest specialists, the book contains the previously unpublished diary of
George Kennan's journey through Dagestan, Georgia and Chechnya in 1870 and
selections from his published writings on the Caucasus.  Kennan was the
"father of Russian Studies" in the U.S. (the Kennan Institute is named for
him), and in the days before film and television entertained huge audiences
on lecture tours with tales about his adventures in Russia and the Caucasus.

The introduction surveys his career, analyzes the content of his Caucasus
writings, and sketches the history of the region.  In the Afterword, Frith
Maier describes her journey in 1996 through Dagestan into Georgia following
in Kennan's footsteps.

The book is based on Maier's Univ. of Washington M.A. thesis; she is known
for her pioneering guide to trekking and climbing in the countries formerly
part of the Soviet Union.

Daniel Waugh is Professor of History, International Studies and Slavic
Languages and Literature at the University of Washington.

To order:

Toll-free ordering in U.S.A.: 1-800-441-4115 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST,
Monday through Friday)
Fax: 1-800-669-7993
Foreign Phone: 206-543-8870
Foreign Fax: 206-685-3460
E-mail: <uwpord(a)>
Web: <>

PUBLICATION- The Kirghiz And Wakhi Of Afghanistan, Nazif Shahrani

Posted by: Kevin.Miller(a), "Jr. <kevmille(a)>
Posted: 30 Dec 2002

New book by Nazif Shahrani. See below for ordering information.

The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan: Adaptation to Closed Frontiers and War

M. Nazif Shahrani
with a new preface and epilogue by the author

An extended new Preface and a new Epilogue written after the fall of the
Taliban in 2001, place The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan, originally
published in 1979, in the context of a vastly changed world. The original

book describes the cultural and ecological adaptation of the nomadic Kirghiz
and their agriculturalist neighbors, the Wakhi, to high altitudes and a
frigid climate in the Wakhan Corridor, a panhandle of Afghanistan that
borders Pakistan, the former Soviet Union, and the People's Republic of China.

The new Preface challenges the assumption that the root cause of terrorism
is religious. Shahrani asserts that the problem of terrorism is
fundamentally political and is historically linked to the inappropriate
model of the centralized nation-state introduced to Afghanistan by colonial

The differing responses of the Kirghiz and Wakhi to the Marxist coup are
discussed in the new Epilogue. Shahrani has closely followed the flight of
the Kirghiz to Pakistan in 1978 and their eventual resettlement among
resentful Kurdish villagers in eastern Turkey in 1982. The ethnographic
documentation and analysis of the transformation of Kirghiz society,
politics, economics, and demography since their exodus from the Pamirs
offers valuable lessons to our understanding of the dynamics and true
resilience of small pastoral nomadic communities.

M. Nazif Shahrani, an Afghan anthropologist, is chair of the Department of
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Director of the Middle Eastern and
Islamic Studies Program (MEISP) at Indiana University.

Table of Contents:

 * Acknowledgments
 * Preface to the 2002 Edition: Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Global Terror,
 * Preface to the Original Edition
 * Introduction

 * The Ecological Setting
 * History and Demographic Process

 * The Wakhi High-Altitude Agropastoral Adaptation
 * The Kirghiz Pastoral Subsistence System
 * The Kirghiz People, the Oey, and the Qorow

 * Territorial Loss: an Intracultural Adaptation
 * Adaptation to Socioeconomic and Cultural Restrictions

 * Conclusion
 * Epilogue: Coping with a Communist "Revolution," State Failure, and War
 * Glossary
 * Bibliography
 * Index

Ordering Information:

 * To order the book, visit the University of Washington Press:

For more information about Nazif Shahrani, visit the Afghanistan and Central
Asia Research Information website: <>

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 18 December 2002 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 23 Dec 2002

Note: The Analyst will not be published on Wednesday, January 1, 2002. The
next issue will appear on Wedneday, 15 January 2002. We wish our readers Happy

The 18 December 2002 Issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a
subscription free Web journal with over 139,000 visitors to the site since
January 2000 is now on-line at <>

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of The Johns Hopkins University-The Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies is proud to announce the publication
of the 18 December 2002 issue of its biweekly Web-Journal, The Central
Asia-Caucasus Analyst.

The Institute also offers its readers the option of downloading The Analyst in
PDF format, enabling readers to view and print out the entire issue of The
Analyst at <>. The html is, of course,


Stephen Blank
Kyrgyzstan is increasingly appearing as the center for international attention
in Central Asia, in part because it seems to be the weakest of the Central
Asian states at present. U.S. military presence in Kyrgyzstan after September
11 has been complemented by Chinese joint maneuvers and a brand new Russian
military base. As Great Power centers on Kyrgyzstan, all powers seek to
buttress the weakened Akaev government. However, these policies fail to
address the structural roots of Kyrgyzstan's problems, which cannot be solved
by military or security-focused means.

Denis Trifonov
Russia's new military and diplomatic offensive in the wake of the Moscow
hostage crisis is likely to lead to yet another stalemate in Chechnya.
Moscow's tactics so far have failed to address the type of guerrilla warfare
that takes place in Chechnya, and no change is in sight. Sooner or latter, the
Kremlin will have to negotiate with the Chechen rebels. Seen in this context,
the policy of undermining the moderate opposition represented by Maskhadov
does not serve Russia's interests as it radicalizes the rebels, strengthening
their hard-line Islamist factions.

Michael Denison
The contract due to be signed on December 27 2002 in Ashgabat for the
construction of the Trans-Afghan gas pipeline (TAP) connecting Turkmenistan
with Pakistan comes at the end of a year in which significant plans for the
reconfiguration of the Eurasian gas sector's architecture have been designed,
carrying implications both within and beyond the regional market. The Afghan
War effectively opened the gateway for Turkmenistan to lessen its dependence
on Russia for the export of its natural gas. Yet recently refined proposals
advanced by President Putin for a Eurasian gas alliance may prove more

Hooman Peimani
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami paid an official visit to Ukraine in late
October. During his visit, he met with his Ukrainian counterpart, President
Leonid Kuchma, and signed four agreements on non-military nuclear cooperation
and aircraft industry, which reflected the importance of ties with Ukraine for
Iran. Despite their different political and economic backgrounds, certain
political and economic commonalties and requirements have facilitated their
growing relations especially in the field of advanced technology. In
particular, the increasing American pressure on the two countries for
different reasons and in different forms have been encouraging their closer
ties as two dissatisfied regional powers.


After visiting China and India, Russian President Putin visited Bishkek just
as a new Russian military base under the Collective security Treaty was being
built. As Kyrgyzstan is becoming a center of international interest, the weak
government is turning to Russia since it is the most likely power to back up a
weakened government.

Nine Tajik journalists from the independent TRK-Asia and SM-1 TV stations in
the northern city of Khujand, Sugd province were recently arrested after
taking part in a TV talk show organized by the international non-profit
organization Internews. The head of SMI-1, Mahmujan Dadabayev, received phone
calls from army officials on 5 November threatening to kill him and shut down
the station.

A seminar on Pakistani-Russian relations was haled at the Area Study Center of
Peshawar University, which tried to analyze the problems and prospects for the
bilateral relations between these states. Historical aspects and irritants
were discussed, as were the prospects for economic cooperation and political

For outside observers Kazakhstan presents a unique case of successfully
reforming economic and political life after the collapse of the totalitarian
regime. Much has been achieved over the last ten years at relatively low
sacrifice. Paradoxically, to many residents of Kazakhstan, real independence
today seems as distant as ever before.

The Analyst provides a rigorous, concise and nonpartisan forum where
specialists can assess issues and events in the Central Asia-Caucasus region
for a broad audience of business people, journalists, policy makers,
government officials, diplomats and academics.  The Analyst seeks regional
specialists, journalists, economists, and political scientists to join its
pool of authors who are then asked to contribute short, timely, analytical
articles, ca. 1000 words in length. The institute pays a honorarium to the
authors. The Analyst also seeks local experts, corporate representatives and
NGO representatives from the region to write Field Reports for a modest

The Analyst provides factual, objective and analytical articles valuing fresh
insights rather than the conventional wisdom.  We welcome readers and writers
from various perspectives and viewpoints.  We value your comments and

Those interested in joining The Analyst's pool of authors to contribute
articles, field reports or contacts of potential writers, please send your CV
to: <scornell(a)> and suggest some topics on which you would like to

Please remember that The Analyst does not accept double submissions.

Dr. Svante E. Cornell, Editor
Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
The Johns Hopkins University
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. 1-202-663-5922
Fax. 1-202-663-7785
E-mail: <scornell(a)>

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