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PUBLICATION- Barnett Rubin, Road to Ruin: Afghanistan's Booming Opium Industry

Posted by: Humayun Hamidzada <mh116(a)>
Posted: 18 Oct 2004

Road to Ruin: Afghanistan's Booming Opium Industry

October 13, 2004
Center on International Cooperation
New York University

For more information:
Tel: (212) 998-3680

In a report co-sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American 
Progress and New York University's Center on International Cooperation 
(CIC), Barnett R. Rubin of CIC argues that "the booming opium industry 
jeopardizes not only Afghanistan, but also the United States, Europe, and 
the entire volatile region of Central Asia." Please see the full report at:

President George W. Bush declared recently that "the people of Afghanistan 
are now free." While the president boasts, Afghanistan's opium industry, 
which fosters terrorism, violence, debt bondage, and organized crime, has 
expanded to the point that it could undermine the entire U.S. and 
international effort. As President Bush's own special envoy and ambassador, 
Zalmay Khalilzad, recently admitted, "[r]ather than getting better, it's 
gotten worse. There is a potential for drugs overwhelming the institutions - 
a sort of a narco-state."

While al-Qa'ida and the Taliban use drug money to finance their operations, 
Afghan warlords and militias fattening off of the drug sector create 
insecurity and block efforts by the national government to extend its 
authority. As the chairman of the House International Relations Committee, 
Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), stated, "The drug lords are getting stronger 
faster than the Afghan authorities are being built up."

Rubin, Director of Afghanistan Reconstruction Program at CIC, argues that 
though the opium industry provides livelihoods to many of Afghanistan's 
poor, an economy based on the production of illicit drugs can never foster 
real development. By enriching traffickers who cannot be taxed, an illicit 
economy starves the public sector, which alone can provide the security, 
education, healthcare, and rule of law that will make possible a growing 
legal private economy. Moreover, there are disturbing signs that the opium 
industry is increasingly characterized by involvement with international 
organized crime.

The growing drug problem in Afghanistan is far more difficult to address 
than U.S. officials have acknowledged, as the opium economy is pervasive in 
much of the country. International efforts at drug control have been 
insufficient thus far, as have security and reconstruction assistance.  U.S. 
cooperation with warlords and militia commanders tied to trafficking has 
sent the wrong signal about the U.S. commitment to combating narcotics. The 
U.S. focus on crop eradication is dangerous and counter-productive, Rubin 
argues.  Law enforcement should focus on trafficking and processing or 
narcotics, while the approach to the farmers must be based on a 
comprehensive strategy of alternative livelihoods integrated into a 
better-funded and more robust effort at reconstruction and state building.  
Eliminating narcotics will also require macro-economic assistance to support 
Afghanistan's imports, now financed by drug exports, and the government 
budget, now largely financed by customs duties on imports financed by drug 

It is essential that the United States, the international community and the 
Afghan people implement an effective strategy to decrease and eventually 
eliminate Afghanistan's dependence on illegal opium production and 
trafficking. This paper examines the historical context of Afghanistan's 
opium industry, its current nature, and the past missteps of the United 
States and the rest of the international community in addressing the 
narcotics threat. It also offers recommendations for a more effective 
counter-narcotics strategy based on three principles: counter-narcotics 
policy must be integrated with broader international efforts; increased 
security and reconstruction assistance to Afghanistan remain essential; and 
countering the drug threat in Afghanistan will require a full and long-term 

The Afghanistan Reconstruction Program (ARP) is a project of the Center on 
International Cooperation, an independent research institute established at 
New York University in 1996.

For more information on ARP please visit:

PUBLICATION- Helsinki Commission Publications on Central Asia, Caucasus, Now On-Line

Posted by: Helsinki Commission News <news(a)>
Posted: 15 Oct 2004

United States Helsinki Commission
234 Ford House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Tel: 202.225.1901

Publications Now Available
October 13, 2004

The following publications from the United States Commission on Security and 
Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) are now available on the 
Internet at

Report: Democracy and Human Rights Trends in Eurasia and Eastern Europe
December 2002 
[ (note: specific address in notice is now defective. --CEL]

Briefing: Religious Freedom in Turkmenistan
May 11, 2004 ['6]

Report: Georgia's Rose Revolution
July 2004 []

Report: Azerbaijan's Presidential Election
July 2004 ["9]

Report: Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Armenia
July 2004 

The United States Helsinki Commission, an independent federal agency, by law 
monitors and encourages progress in implementing provisions of the Helsinki 
Accords. The Commission, created in 1976, is composed of nine United States 
Senators, nine Representatives and one official each from the Departments of 
State, Defense and Commerce.

PUBLICATION- Colette Harris, Control and Subversion: Gender Relations in Tajikistan

Posted by: Colette Harris <colette(a)>
Posted: 14 Oct 2004


Independent Progressive Publishing


Control and Subversion
Gender Relations in Tajikistan
Colette Harris

Control and Subversion makes an important contribution to the study of 
Muslim societies in general, while also being a unique study of a neglected 
area - post-Soviet Tajikistan - a country gaining increasing importance in 
the international arena of Central Asia. The book presents an intimate view 
of this society, told through ethnographically collected life histories, 
unusually including men's as well as women's. Despite developing significant 
gender theories (notably reframing work of Judith Butler), and maintaining 
high academic standards, it remains as readable as a popular novel.

Control and Subversion investigates the relationship of gender to the inner 
workings of social control, such as exposing ways in which Tajik society 
threatens men's masculinity, thereby bringing them to force family members 
into conformity, irrespective of the suffering this may cause. It examines 
how masculine and feminine gender characteristics influence personal 
relationships and explores gender relations at their most intimate - from 
the secret musings of adolescent girls, through the painful experiences of 
young men, to the trauma of sexual initiation. Although largely 
concentrating on contemporary life, the book also discusses historical 
materials and Soviet influence on Tajik society. Control and Subversion is 
essential reading for anyone interested in Central Asia, Muslim societies, 
the lives of Muslim women, or gender in a Muslim context.

Colette Harris is a researcher specialising in gender and development, with 
particular interests in family relations, sexuality and domestic violence. 
She is currently program director, women in international development at the 
Office of International Research, Education and Development of Virginia Tech 
University in the States.

This book is now available from at list price. To get the 
discount please order from the publishers. You can find full information below.

2004 / 216pp / 215mm x 135mm / Pb / 0745321674 / $27.50 Order now for the 
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Dramatis Personae
Technical Information and Terminology
Introduction: The Research Setting and Methodology
1. Conceptual Background
2. The Bolsheviks Attack but the Tajiks Resist
3. Community Control
4. Inter-Generational Family Control
5. The Individual Unmasked
6. The Couple Relationship: Love, Sex and Marriage
7. Control and Subversion

For more information about Pluto Press titles, or for a copy of our catalog, 
please contact Pete on 1-(734)-615-6477 or email pgarner(a)

To order a copy of this book, please contact:

Pluto Press, c/o Chicago Distribution Center
11030 S. Langley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
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PUBLICATION- Insight Turkey, July-September 2004, Vol. 6, No. 3

Posted by: Suat Kiniklioglu <kiniklioglu(a)>
Posted: 12 Oct 2004

Insight Turkey July-September 2004 Vol. 6 No. 3


Why the EU Needs Turkey
by Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Integrating EU and Turkish Foreign Policy
by Michael Emerson and Nathalie Tocci

>From Drift to Strategy: Why the EU Should Start Accession Talks with Turkey
by Heather Grabbe

Beyond Istanbul
by Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Developing a New Euro-Atlantic Strategy for the Black Sea Region
by Ronald D. Asmus

Turkey, the EU, and Freedom in the World: An Examination of EU Accession 
through the Lens of Data on Political Rights and Civil Liberties
by Sarah Repucci

The Transformation of U.S. Military Strategy and the Issue of New Bases and 
their Effect on Eurasia
by C. Cem Oguz

The Impact of EU Enlargement on the U.S.: The New by Transatlantic Relations
by Murat Cemrek

The South Caucasus: An Insecurity Dynamic or Crunch Time?
by Tedo Japaridze

Transnational Terrorism: The Threat to Australia
by Alexander Downer

Investing in the Middle East and North Africa: Development and Modernization
by Mehmet Ogutcu

Turkey's Identity Options and the Challenges of Turkey's EU Relations
by Talip Kucukcan

The South Caucasus: Balancing Legacy and Future
by George Zurabashvili

For abstracts and subscription information please visit

Suat Kiniklioglu
The Ankara Center for Turkish Policy Studies
Bestekar Sok. No. 86/12
Kavaklidere 06110
Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90.312.428-5250
Fax: +90.312.428-5251
e-mail: kiniklioglu(a)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, October 6, 2004 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 12 Oct 2004

The 6 October issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is now online at The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly 
publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins 

The PDF version of the entire issue of the CACI Analyst is available at:

The Analytical Articles include:

Peter Laurens
Last week, it was announced that Pakistan and the U.S. would begin talks on 
a new Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT).  The BIT framework obligates each 
party to provide equal treatment to foreign and domestic investors, and 
breaks down impediments to the free flow of capital between the two 
signatory nations. This announcement is the latest in a series of positive 
developments for Pakistan' economy over the past few years, and shows that 
the U.S. aims to promote Pakistan as a viable trade and investment partner.  
The path to such future negotiations has arguably been paved by Pakistan's 
successful placement of a new US$500 million eurobond with global investors 
earlier this year, its first such issue in almost seven years.

Robert M. Cutler
On September 19, Kazakhstan held the first round of elections for a new 
Majilis (lower parliamentary body).  Second-round run-offs are being held on 
October 3, but the first round already established the contours of the 
complete results. In addition to parties formed around the persons of 
President Nursultan Nazarbaev (Otan) or his daughter Dariga Nazarbaeva 
(Asar), the technocratic Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DCK) and Ak Zhol, 
which emerged from it, were among those running candidates. The conduct of 
the elections was better than in other Central Asian states, but exit polls 
were diverged markedly from the official results, which give Otan a majority 
in the chamber. Important structural impediments to de-authorization and 
democratization remain, but they are not insurmountable. However, the longer 
reform is delayed, the more endemic they will become.

Pavel K. Baev
On 20 September 2004, Baku staged major celebrations, with Turkish President 
Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Georgian 
president Mikhail Saakashvily present among the guests of honor. The cause 
for the festivities was the tenth anniversary of the first contract on 
delivering the Azerbaijani oil to the world market, dubbed 'the deal of the 
century' by the late president Heydar Aliyev. Many expectations were 
frustrated during this decade but the fast-approaching inauguration of the 
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline could make good on many of the old promises.

Stephen Blank
Immediately after the tragedy at Beslan the Russian government sought 
international assistance, support, and recognition of the fact that it was 
fighting international terrorism.  Yet it simultaneously blasted Western 
criticism of its war in Chechnya, and justified a doctrine of striking 
preemptively against terrorists, which threatened primarily Georgia.  
President Putin also introduced new "reforms" into Russian politics. These 
so-called reforms essentially terminate federalism in Russia while also 
recreating the unitary state and the Tsarist practice, taken over by the 
Soviets, of naming all provincial governors and legislators governments from 

The Field Reports Include:

Marat Yermukanov
Thousands of small farms in South Kazakhstan have been affected by scarce 
rainfall this summer. Part of the problem stems from the long-standing 
disputes between Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries over the use 
of cross-border rivers. At the end of September experts from Central Asia 
gathered in Almaty for a conference sponsored by the Asian Bank of 
Development to find a common ground on water resources.

Daan van der Schriek
On September 7, campaigning for Afghanistan's first presidential elections, 
scheduled for October 9, began. Violence, caused both by warlords and the 
Taliban, accompanies the process. Slowly, more and more election posters 
appear along the streets of Kabul. Most of them depict President Hamid 
Karzai, his greatest rival, former education minister Yunus Qanuni, Uzbek 
warlord Rashid Dostum and the lone female candidate, Massouda Jalal. But 
many of the 18 candidates seem hardly, if at all, busy campaigning when one 
looks at their visibility.

Fariz Ismailzade
The tragic terror acts in the Southern Russian town of Beslan in early 
September negatively affected the bilateral Azerbaijani-Russian relations. 
Although Azerbaijan was one of the first countries to condemn the terror 
attacks and offer humanitarian assistance to the victims, the Russian 
political leadership decided to tighten the border regime at border 
crossings and canceling dozens of flights connecting the Azerbaijani cities 
of Baku and Ganja to Russia. This, in turn, hurt the business opportunities 
and incomes of Azerbaijani businessmen.

Aijan Baltabaeva
The United States have clearly identified fair democratic elections as 
mandatory for legitimate power succession. Georgia stands out as a positive 
case, which like Kyrgyzstan does not have oil resources and depends on 
external financial inflows. Its President, Askar Akaev, is turning to Russia 
for support, but the Kremlin put terms for its support that Akaev is unable 
to easily accomplish.

PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 5, 2004

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 12 Oct 2004

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to offer you the contents of  No. 5 (29) of the "Central Asia 
and the Caucasus" journal (in English and Russian).  The issue will be 
published in late October.  For more details about the content of the 
articles and further information including how to subscribe please contact:

Murad Esenov
Central Asia and the Caucasus
Center for Social and Political Studies
Hubertusstigen 9
97455 Lulea
tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
tel/fax: (46) 920 620 16
e-mail: murad.esenov(a)

Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 5 (29), 2004



Zaynidin Kurmanov. Evolution in the Party Structure in Kyrgyzstan

Abdurrauf Saidmuradov. Uzbekistan: Political Parties on the Eve of the 
Parliamentary Elections


Ramiz Sevdimaliev. On the Civilizational and Islamic Nature of International 

Sergey Markedonov. Terrorism in Chechnia: Definition of the Phenomenon and 
Its Explanation

Malkhaz Saldadze. Defrosting the Conflict in Tskhinvali: Is the "Revolution 
of Roses" Still Going on?

Afti Tepsaev. The Real and Imagined about the Conflict in Chechnia


Taleh Ziyadov. Prospects of Caspian Gas and Its Potential Markets

Rauf Guseynov. Russian Energy Companies in Central Asia

Bulat Khusainov, Kanat Berentaev. Kazakhstan: Problems of Developing the Oil 
and Gas Sector and Improving the System for Taxing Subsurface Users

Vladimir Saprykin. Gazprom of Russia in the Central Asian Countries

Gennadi Petrov. Tajikistan's Energy Projects: past, Present, and Future


Mikhail Tulsky. A Split in the Leadership of the Muslims of Russia: 1994-2004


Zhao Huasheng. China, Russia, and the U.S.: Their Interests, Postures, and 
Interrelations in Central Asia

Iaroslav Matiichik.  GUUAM: Its Current State, Risks, and Prospects

Natalia Mkhitarian. Consolidation of the Turkic World in the Ideology and 
Political Practice of Official Ankara (Retrospective Stage-by-Stage Analysis)

Anara Beyshembaeva. Kyrgyzstan: Mentality and Modernization


Alexander Salitskiy. Asian Money: A New Quality

Gulmira Kurganbaeva. The Fundamental Conceptional Principles of Economic 
Integration in the Central Asian Countries

Otar Kandelaki. Georgia: Economic Policy after the "Revolution of Roses"


Mamuka Komakhia. Georgia's Azerbaijanis: Problems of Civilian Integration

Meiram Baigazin. The Migration Situation in Kazakhstan


Vladimir Mesamed. Uzbek Cinema: A slow Revival


The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:

Central Asia and the Caucasus

 * Political Development Trends in the Context of International
   Antiterrorist Campaign
 * Geopolitical Landmarks
 * Party Development

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:

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Development Gateway Foundation On-Line Database

Posted by: Tatiana Nikolskaya <tnikolskaya(a)>
Posted: 8 Oct 2004

Online database on Governance in developing and transitional countries 

The Development Gateway Foundation, initially conceived by the World Bank, 
maintains and interactive online database of resources and an e-community of 
experts on the issues of governance in developing and transitional 
countries.  The Development Gateway Governance interactive database already 
contains more than 2,000 resources (articles, reports, programs, books, 
background information, news, events, etc) on different key issues of 
governance.  Many of these resources are related to Central Asia, Central 
and Eastern Europe regional issues.

The World Bank Institute and other dgGovernance partnering organizations 
rgTypes=coop) invite you to use the database, join the online community of 
experts and students, enlarge the resource database and take part in 
commenting on existing resources.

The online database of dgGovernance will enable you to access existing 
resources and contribute additional resources on Governance issues, as well 
as get automatic e-mail alerts on the new content added to the database. 
This is an interactive site, which means you will be able to post materials 
here and share your knowledge with others. You will be able to perform 
searches and locate information resources pertaining to Governance on this 
site. You will also be able to remain up to-date with the most important 
current developments taking place in the governance area. For example, the 
current special feature on dgGovernance, which was prepared in cooperation 
with International IDEA, is on Electoral Processes.

You can join the dgGovernance community by going to the You do not need to be a 
registered member to access resources, news, event calendar and other 
information resources on the portal.  In order to contribute or place a link 
to your own article/report or other resources that, in your opinion, can be 
useful for students, academics and practitioners working in this area, 
please, click on Become a Member button and follow the instructions.

Please help us to develop and improve the collection of materials on 
Governance in Central Asia and Eastern Europe by joining the online 
dgGovernance community.  If you have any questions, please write to 

Tatiana Nikolskaya
Development Gateway
Phone: 1-202-572-9248
Fax: 1-202-522-7479

PUBLICATION-, Oct 2004 Issue Available On-Line

Posted by: Farhad Azad <farhad(a)>
Posted: 8 Oct 2004

Read the October 2004 issue of Lemar - Aftaab /





A Voice from the Ashes
By Qader Moradi
Translated from Dari by Daud Razawi
They were moving the wood pieces in the air. I was afraid. I ran to another
street. The moonlight lit the market.


Pieces of Afghanistan
By Yama Rahimi
These images intrigued me about Afghanistan.


Travels to Takht-i-Rustam: The 4th Century Buddhist Temple
By Sheryl Shapiro
A short walk from the caves was the domed stupa carved into the limestone. The
caretaker guided us.


SAAZ: Afghan Fusion Ensemble concert
Freight & Salvage Coffee House (
Monday, October 11, 2004 at 8:00 pm
1111 Addison Street Berkeley, CA
Listen to track: "Spring" from March 2004 San Francisco Asian Art Museum
concert (Format: RealAudio)
View Events site:


Afghanistan Adventure
By Dennis B. Armstrong
Jan - Mar 2000


A Magical Conversation with Rebabnawaz Larry Porter
By Farhad Azad
Apr - Jun 2000


PUBLICATION- Journal of Central Asian Studies, Vol. VI, No. 1

Posted by: Reuel Hanks <hreuel(a)>
Posted: 1 Oct 2004



When Does a Transition Economy Become a Market Economy? The Example of 
Sharon Eicher

Hizb ut Tahrir Bolsheviks in the Mosque.
Cheryl Benard

Ethnic and Religious Conflict in the Ferghana Valley.
Fatimakhon Ahmedova and Keith A. Leitich

Shanghai Cooperation  Organization: a Political / Military Coalition in the 
Thrassy Marketos

Book Reviews:

David B. Edwards, Before Taliban. Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad.
Reviewed by Willem Vogelsang.

Kamoludin Abdullaev and Shahram Akbarzadeh, eds., Historical Dictionary of 
Reviewed by Suchandana Chatterjee

To subscribe to the Journal of Central Asian Studies, please send $25 
(individuals) or $40 (institutional rate) to:

Dr. John Dunn
Dept. of History, VSU
Valdosta, GA  31698
E-mail: jdunn(a)

Submissions to the journal and other correspondence should be sent (via mail 
or e-mail) to:

Professor Reuel Hanks
Department of Geography
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
E-mail: hreuel(a)

Submissions are peer-reviewed, and must follow the guidelines provided on 
the journal's website (

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Current Issues in Comparative Education, Vol. 7, No. 1

Posted by: CICE <CICE(a)>
Posted: 30 Sep 2004

Current Issues in Comparative Education (CICE) - Call for Papers

Islam and Education

Volume 7, Number 1

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2004

The post-September 11 climate has prompted renewed interest in the Islamic 
world, particularly regarding issues of democracy, poverty, gender, and 
education. This has generated a flurry of critical attention on the subject 
of Islam and education and education in Islamic countries by the popular 
media and academic journals, as well as an impetus for self-reflective 
educational research and policy recommendations. Theoretical constructs that 
place religious/secular, traditional/modern, public/private approaches to 
education at opposite ends of a continuum have been inadequate in 
characterizing education in predominantly Muslim countries, raising 
important questions about the construct "Islamic education". Though the role 
of Islam in education and of education in Muslim countries has been hotly 
debated both by Muslims and non-Muslims, it has not been adequately studied 
by scholars of comparative education.

This issue of CICE will examine the different ways in which education in 
Islamic countries and Islamic education (in predominantly Muslim countries 
and elsewhere) are being framed today by researchers, practitioners, and the 
media in light of current international affairs. How have meanings of 
Islamic education changed over time? Whose interests are served by 
characterizing certain forms of education as "Islamic education"? Can 
Islamic education provide an avenue for constructing an inclusive democratic 
society? How has education served to advance or suppress religious 
discourse? How has the issue of Islamic education been addressed in 
countries where Islam is the religion of an immigrant minority? And what are 
the problems and possibilities created by the various roles of Islam in 
education? By examining such questions, CICE seeks to broaden understandings 
and challenge assumptions regarding Islamic education and education in 
predominantly Muslim countries by providing a platform for wider 
perspectives on these issues.

CICE is a peer-reviewed, international on-line journal that seeks clear and 
significant contributions that further debate on educational policies and 
comparative studies. We publish articles from teachers, administrators, 
professors, graduate students, policy-makers, and education specialists from 
governmental and non-governmental organizations. The forthcoming issue of 
CICE will provide the space in which to extend the theoretical debate 
surrounding education in the Islamic world. Thus, we welcome responses and 
insights from various perspectives to the questions raised above. Authors 
are encouraged to submit single-spaced, 5-8 page documents in APA format as 
email attachments to: cice(a)

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2004.


ON-LINE RESOURCE- Silk Road Seattle Website Updated

Posted by: Daniel Waugh <dwaugh(a)>
Posted: 30 Sep 2004

A number of significant additions have been made to Silk Road Seattle 
( since the beginning of the summer.  Silk Road 
Seattle is a non-profit educational project of the Walter Chapin Simpson 
Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.  Continuing work 
on the website has been made possible by a grant from the Silkroad 
Foundation ( of Saratoga, California.  The web 
design and other contributions to the site are the work of Lance Jenott, an 
M.A. candidate in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington.

Silk Road Seattle encourages submission of material.  We are especially 
interested in short essays, translations of historical texts, and image 
collections which can then be incorporated into other web pages and 
educational publications.  We expect to be adding over time a collection of 
previously-published articles for which we can obtain copyright permission. 
Should you have material or suggestions about the project, please contact 
its director, Prof. Daniel C. Waugh (dwaugh(a)

The new material includes:

1. Historical Texts:

 - A new, extensively annotated translation by John Hill of the section on 
   the "Peoples of the West" in the Weilue.  Mr. Hill has previously provided 
   his annotated translation of "The Western Regions according to the Hou Han 
   Shu," new revisions to which will soon be posted.  The latter text then
   be removed temporarily from our site when a forthcoming hard-copy
edition is 
 - Prof. Nicholas Sims-Williams' translations of Ancient Sogdian Letters 
   nos. 1 and 3, joining letters 2 and 5, which we posted previously.
 - Prof. Colin Mackerras' annotated translation of the "New T'ang History" 
  (Hsin T'ang-shu) sections on the Uighurs.
 - The text of the "Periplus of the Erythraean Sea," with an interactive map 
   showing the effect of the monsoon winds in the Indian Ocean.

2. Cities and Architecture:

 - Prof. Albert Dien's essay on Palmyra, previously published in the 
   Silkroad Foundation newsletter and enhanced here by additional photographs 
   and images of Palmyra from the 18th-century engravings in the famous
book by 
   Robert Wood.
 - An illustrated essay on Constantinople, with an interactive map and 
   musical laments on its fall contributed by Cappella Romana 
 - An illustrated essay on Karakorum, featuring images from the collection 
   of the National Museum of Mongolian History in Ulaanbaatar.
 - Illustrated essays on Ephesus and on Mshatta, the latter
   featuring photographs from the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin. 
 - A number of image galleries, courtesy of Franklin and Ruth Harold.
 - 19th-century lithographs of Petra by David Roberts.

3. A new section on Museum Collections featuring:
 - detailed annotations of museum websites;
 - More than 1100 photographs taken in several major collections, most of 
   which are not otherwise well represented on the Internet. Highlights
   images from the Turfan Collection of the Museum of Indian Art in Berlin,
   Stein Collection in the National Museum in New Delhi, and the Fine Arts 
   Museum in Ulaanbaatar.

4. Under Traditional Culture two contributions by University of Washington 
Ph.D. candidate Elmira Kochumkulkizi:

 - A description of her "traditional" Kyrgyz wedding, including photographs 
   and video clips;
 - Her draft translation of the important Kyrgyz epic "Kojojash" with a 
   sample audio clip of its recitation. Her translated selections from the 
   famous epic "Manas," a project supported by the Silkroad Foundation, will 
   soon be posted to the Foundation's website.

5. Additions to our Silk Road Atlas, including historical maps of China by 
Fei Yang.

PUBLICATION- New Imperial History of the Post-Soviet Space

Posted by: Sergey Glebov <glebov(a)>
Posted: 30 Sep 2004

Dear colleagues,

The editors of Ab Imperio are pleased to announce the release of the 
collection of articles New Imperial History of the Post-Soviet Space 
(Kazan': Center for the Study of Nationalism and Empire, 2004). Hard copy, 
655 p., Index, Ill. Ed. by I. Gerasimov, S. Glebov, A. Kaplunovsky, M. 
Mogilner, A. Semyonov.

This Russian-language collection of articles aims at taking stock of the 
past ten years of research into history of empire, nationalism, and 
nationalities in the former Russian empire/Soviet Union by Russian, 
Ukrainian, US, Japanese, British, Canadian and German scholars. The 
collection attempts to procure for a new research agenda and interpretative 
models of history of empire and nation in Russian history.

All articles written for this collection represent original and recent 
research and are foreworded by the editors' introduction based on 5 years 
long experience of editing Ab Imperio. The volume is supplemented by 
extensive annotated bibliography covering research in Russian, German, 
French and English.

The collection is dedicated to one of the first practitioners of imperial 
history, Professor Seymour Becker.

Full table of contents including article titles as well as ordering 
information can be found at

Table of Contents (Participants):

Editors. In Search of New Imperial History

I. Historians and History of Empire

Abraham Asher

Ilya Gerasimov, Sergey Glebov, Marina Mogilner

Authors: History as biography: twenty autoportraits against the background 
of imperial history

II. Historiographic Coordinates and Analytical Categories (Nation, Empire, 

Seymour Becker

Georgii Kas'ianov

Diliara Usmanova

Mark von Hagen

Ronald Suny

III. In Search for Empire: Heterologies of Imperial Universe (Nationalities, 
Regions, Borderlands)

Alexander Filiuhskin

Richard Wortman

Kimitaka Matsuzato

Willard Sunderland

Charles Steinwedel

Ilya Gerasimov

John Klier

Mark Bassin

IV. In Search for Empire: A Universe of Imperial Facets (State, Society, and 

Alfred Rieber

Anatolii Remnev

David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye

Robert Geraci

Joerg Baberowski

Jeremy Smith

V. Appendix:

Annotated Bibliographies





PUBLICATION- Marlene Laruelle, Sebastien Peyrouse, Russians in Kazakhstan (in French)

Posted by: Sebastien Peyrouse <sebpeyrouse(a)>
Posted: 23 Sep 2004


Marlene Laruelle, Sebastien Peyrouse: Les Russes du Kazakhstan. Identites 
nationales et nouveaux Etats dans l'espace post-sovietique, [Russians in 
Kazakhstan. National identities and new States in the Post-Soviet space], 
Preface de Catherine Poujol, Paris, Maisonneuve et Larose / IFEAC, 2004, 354 
pp.  (in French), 32 euros.

In 1991, the former dissident and literature Nobel Prize Alexandre 
Solzhenitsyn disputes the idea of the disintegration of USSR and the 
independence of some States such as Kazakhstan. According to him, the 
frontiers of Kazakhstan would be erroneous since they would have taken from 
Russia "several provinces, several Russian provinces". Kazakhstan counts an 
important Russian minority , several million people -about a third of its 
population - which is mainly located in the Northern areas of the country.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has become the only 
independent republic in which the eponym nationality is in fact a minority. 
It is weakened on the national level by a strong Russian minority and the 
deep russification/sovietization of its society. The relevance of the 
"Russian question" in Kazakhstan does not arise only through their number 
but by their fundamentally autochthonous aspect: 66% of the members of the 
Russian minority was born in this republic (the highest number of all 
republics, Ukraine included) and more than 37% of the non-natives have been 
living there for more than twenty years. The problem at stake also lies in 
their geographical distribution: according to the 1989 census, they 
constitute 70-80% of the population in seven of the northern areas 
(Akmolinsk, Karaganda, Koktchetau, Koustanai, East-Kazakhstan, 
North-Kazakhstan, Pavlodar).

Facing the progress of Kazakh affirmation in the republic, the Russian 
minority feels contested in its national identity and in its long historical 
presence in the area. For a decade, it has seen the emergence of several 
secessionist movements asking for the unification with Russia. Their claim 
for a statute of cultural autonomy has given rise to some virulent Cossack 
movements. Paradoxically, although this minority is more and more faced with 
discrimination on a professional plan, it remains very little engaged in 
politics and experiences a massive emigration towards the "Russian motherland".

The claims of Russians living in Kazakhstan give rise to many questions for 
a Central Asia which has eventually reached independence. The next step is 
to learn how to deal with its national diversity, its geopolitical enclosing 
and the rise of authoritative regimes. It reveals a pattern which is common 
to the whole Post-Soviet space: an important Russian Diaspora, identity 
adjustments between territory, population and State, new relations between 
the center and the periphery. This pattern allows a reflection on the very 
nature of "Russian colonialism" in Siberia and Central Asia, and in return 
it gives rise to the question of Russian identity and the paradoxical 
relations it maintains with both State and territory.

Marlene Laruelle is a scholar at the French Institute for Central Asia 
Studies (IFEAC) in Tashkent. She received her PhD at the National Institute 
of Eastern languages and civilisations. Her research involves nationalism in 
Russia and Central Asia and history of the intellectual circles. She has 
published: L'ideologie eurasiste russe ou comment penser l'empire, [The 
Russian Eurasianist ideology: a conception of empire], Paris, L'Harmattan, 
1999, 423 pp. translated in Russian: Ideologija russkogo evrazijstva ili 
mysli o veli&#269;ii imprerii, Moscow, Natalis, 2004, 287 pp. E-mail: 

Sebastien Peyrouse is a scholar at the French Institute for Central Asia 
Studies (IFEAC) in Tashkent. He received his PhD at the National Institute 
of Eastern languages and civilisations. His research involves the relations 
between politics and religion and the question of national minorities in 
contemporary Central Asia. He has published Des chretiens entre atheisme et 
islam: Regards sur la question religieuse en Asie centrale sovietique et 
post-sovietique, [Christians between Atheism and Islam: a regard on Religion 
in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia], Paris, Maisonneuve et Larose, 2003, 
406 pp. E-mail: sebpeyrouse(a)




A. Une decennie de vie politique kazakhstanaise
1. 1991, une independance peu reclamee
2. L'etablissement d'un regime presidentiel fort
3. Le tournant autoritaire de l'annee 1995
4. La liquidation de l'opposition
5. Une liberte d'expression et d'opinion de plus en plus bâillonnee

B. La place de la question nationale dans le debat public
1. Les partis nationalistes kazakhs: repression et instrumentalisation
2. Nation kazakhe ou nation kazakhstanaise?
3. L'Assemblee des peuples: une folklorisation de la question nationale
4. La specificite russe de la question nationale

C. La nebuleuse associative autour de la minorite russe
1. De la diversite des associations russes: l'entente impossible
2. S'ouvrir ou se fermer? Les relations avec les autres partis et associations
3. Quelle representativite? Echec electoral et schismes internes


A. La question de la citoyennete, premiere revendication des Russes
1. Citoyennete et/ou nationalite
2. Le probleme de la double citoyennete
3. Les difficultes nees du changement des passeports

B. Le statut de la langue au coeur des polemiques
1. Les langues russe et kazakhe sous le regime sovietique
2. L'arsenal legislatif de l'independance
3. L'accentuation de la kazakhisation linguistique
4. L'argumentation des associations russes

C. La difficile question scolaire
1. L'enseignement des langues kazakhe et russe a l'ecole
2. Les tentatives de kazakhisation du systeme scolaire et leurs consequences
3. Des solutions en voie d'ethnicisation?

D. Vers une politique ouverte de "preference nationale"?
1. Des mesures de discrimination officieuses ou officielles?
2. La kazakhisation des domaines politique et administratif
3. La sphere economique et la question nationale


A. La reecriture de l'histoire et ses enjeux
1. La kazakhisation de l'histoire et du territoire
2. Une colonisation russe decriee
3. La periode sovietique: le "genocide"?

B. La reponse historiographique russe
1. Le maintien d'une analyse coloniale
2. La rehabilitation de la domination tsariste
3. La nostalgie de la grandeur sovietique

C. La bataille memorielle pour la possession de la steppe
1. L'obsession pour la terre: le mythe du pionnier
2. La lutte pour la possession symbolique du sol
3. La specificite historique et identitaire de l'Altaï

D. La place ambiguë de l'Eglise orthodoxe dans la "question russe"
1. Approfondir le lien entre russite et orthodoxie
2. Eglise et associations russes: des emprunts thematiques mutuels
3. Eglise orthodoxe et pouvoir politique, des interets partages?

E. Les multiples perceptions de l'islam: allie ou ennemi?
1. De l'islam tolerant des Kazakhs...
2. ...a l'islam integriste "etranger"


A. Le renouveau cosaque, enjeux politiques et identitaires
1. Pour un bref historique des Cosaques du Kazakhstan
2. La conquete d'un statut juridique specifique: l'exemple russe
3. La question identitaire: un peuple specifique?

B. Le "folklore" cosaque: des dechirements internes au Kazakhstan
1. Des debuts houleux: resistance de l'Etat kazakh et dissensions internes
2. Trois communautes, trois rapports au politique et a la question nationale
3. Les debats historiques cosaquo-kazakhs

C. La question territoriale: secession ou autonomie?

1. Fidelite a la Russie ou au Kazakhstan?
2. Le secessionnisme a l'oeuvre dans le Nord et l'Est du pays
3. La question de l'autonomie culturelle


A. Le dilemme: partir ou rester?
1. Des departs de population massifs
2. Le discours sur l'emigration: accepter ou condamner?
3. Un projet original: le "premier convoi"

B. Vers la constitution d'une identite specifique?
1. La complexite de la situation juridique
2. Le nationalisme ethnique des associations russes du Kazakhstan
3. Les fondements d'une identite "pied-rouge"?

C. Des enjeux en realite internes a la Federation russe
1. Le lobbying russe en faveur de la diaspora
2. Les debats terminologiques: compatriotes, diaspora, Russes de l'etranger?


PUBLICATION- Faces of Eurasia, IDC Publishers

Posted by: Willemijn Lindhout <wlindhout(a)>
Posted: 22 Sep 2004

Faces of Eurasia

An exciting collection of travel accounts, notes, diaries, and ethnographic 
descriptions dating from the seventeenth through the early twentieth century 
is now available for research. This collection features the region of 
Eurasia as seen through the eyes of Western travelers. The majority of the 
works describe the Russian expansion in Asia. Therefore, this collection is 
an important source for the study of the colonization of Eurasia, and for 
those who study the clash between Western civilization, the world of Islam 
and the many different cultures that existed in the Asian part of the 
Russian empire.

For a title list on this collection, please visit:

For more information, please contact info(a)

Willemijn Lindhout

IDC Publishers
P.O. Box 11 205
2301 EE Leiden
The Netherlands

Phone +31 71 514 27 00
Fax: +31 71 513 17 21
E-mail: wlindhout(a)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies

Posted by: N. Eastern and African Studies <ineas_1994(a)>
Posted: 14 Sep 2004

Inside this Call and Invitation:

1. Artists Who Can Design with Their Hands Are Needed
2. An Invitation to Submit Workshop Proposals for Our Screen Writing 
   Symposium in November 19-21 at the University of Massachusetts/Boston.
3. A Call to Artists including Movie-Play Directors from Around the World.
4. A Web Designer is Needed.

1. A Call to Artists Who Can Design with Their Hands

Artists who are able to draw and design cards and other related cardboard 
items are needed.  The project requires about one month worth of producing 
simple designs doing light, irregular and moderate-speed work with most of 
the material provided except for the special artistic markers which are 
needed for the design of these cards and cardboards.  The project's 
compensation is $125.  It is preferable that artists reside in Massachusetts 
or nearby states apply for this project because travel expenses are not 
compensated for.  The artist/designer need NOT to come to our office to do 
the work.  They will have to attend one or two short meetings, take the 
material with them home, make the needed designs and submit the finished 
work within one month.  For more information, please contact us at 
INEAS(a) or (617) 864-6327.

2. An Invitation to Submit Workshop Proposals for Our Screen Writing 
Symposium in November 19-21 at the University of Massachusetts/Boston.  
Please note the change in the submission deadline below.

We, at the Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS) are pleased 
to sponsor, "The Art of Screen Writing -- Imagining and Interpreting Unknown 
Worlds" with the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social 
Consequences of UMASS Boston and the National Writers Union/Boston Chapter, 
to help plant the seeds of an international network for people interested in 
any aspect of film.  Grants are welcome.

This symposium, which will take place at UMASS Boston on the weekend of 
November 19-21, provides film producers, writers, directors and scholars the 
opportunity to present their contributions (scripts, films, ideas) to this 
developing film community.

We invite proposal submissions for workshops in the following topics:

1. How to package a film for investment
2. Dialogue for film and play
3. Screen writing with a political agenda
4. Analyzing movies and plays already published
5. Filling the void: Missing Genre, Arab-Muslim film for the American audience.
6. Soundtrack production: Music for the story
7. Visualizing the Script: Camera Work

We welcome TWO ADDITIONAL workshop topics that are not in the list above if 
schedule and space permit so.

Workshop leaders whose proposals are accepted will:

 - Not be charged registration fee
 - Be able to sell their products
 - Be offered discounted accommodation rates
 - Have the opportunity to be interviewed by the media
 - Receive a one-year membership in the Institute of Near Eastern &
   African Studies (INEAS)

Proposal Deadline: Proposals MUST be received by Thursday, September 30, 2004

Please MAIL (and do not fax or email) a hard-copy proposal of up to two (8.5 
X 11) pages, a resume and supporting material to:

Screen Writing Symposium
Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
P.O. Box 425125
Cambridge, MA 02142  USA

3. A Call to Musicians/Singers/Movie-Play Directors from Around the World.

We welcome portfolios of musicians/singers from Asia and Africa or from 
other regions of the world provided they have an Asian or African 
background, are Muslims (from America, Australia and Europe) or are 
specializing in a musical genre that has roots in or been influenced by 
Asian or African music.

The artist's portfolio MUST include some form of media coverage, a resume 
with good, recent photos and recorded music/singing preferably on CD 
(Audiotape is fine) or VHS in the American NTSC system.  Providing one's own 
website or web links with more information about the artist's career is a 
PLUS, but not required.

We promise massive, worldwide publicity, and compensate for accommodation 
and food as well as transportation within the USA only in the form of bus, 
car or train.  Airplane fares are occasionally compensated for and up to $250.

Whether you are an unknown or forgotten artist, a rising star elsewhere in 
the world or popular but never performed in the USA, we can offer you the 
publicity and the attention you lack and deserve.

PLEASE NOTE that we do NOT promote single MALE singers/musicians or ALL-MALE 
ensembles.  To be eligible, a musical ensemble must have at least 30% WOMEN 
musicians/singers, preferably 50%.  For instance religious hymns or mystic 
and sufi music/singing has been almost entirely performed by MEN.  It is 
time to challenge the tradition and break the men monopoly to this kind of 

Local and national artists living in the USA who specialize in other 
musical/singing genres are encouraged to send their portfolio for our 
databank to recommend them to other institutions/ companies promoting the 
arts and designating such artists to their needed projects and events.  
PLEASE include a note with your portfolio if you are open to donating your 
time/work for fundraising events and/or certain causes.

4. A Web Designer is Needed

Our Institute is looking for a web designer to maintain our website till the 
end of 2004.  Please fax us or mail us your resume by September 1st. Our fax 
number is (617) 864-6328.  You can also mail your resume to the address 
below.  Please DO NOT send your resume in the form of an attachment via 
email, your email will be deleted.

PLEASE mail your resume or portfolio to:

Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
P.O. Box 425125
Cambridge, MA. 02142  USA

Email: INEAS(a)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, September 8, 2004 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 14 Sep 2004

The 8 September issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is now online 
at The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a 
bi-weekly publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins 

The PDF version of the entire issue of the CACI Analyst is available at:

The Analytical Articles include:

Murad Batal al-Shishani
The elections held in Chechnya on August 29, 2004 followed the assassination 
of former pro-Moscow president Ahmad Kadyrov in a May bomb attack.  Alu 
Alkhanov, who was nominated by the Kremlin, won the elections to become the 
head of the Chechen Administration. The election was immediately 
overshadowed by the tragic hostage-taking acts in Beslan, North Ossetia. Yet 
these elections carry no hope of promoting peace in Chechnya. The campaign 
of the new president indicated that he will adopt the same policy as his 
predecessor's in running the Republic, which was based on escalating the 
conflict rather than easing it.  As already seems to be the case, these 
elections could lead to more violence than before.

Stephen Blank
Even without terrorism, there would be more than enough reason to fear that 
the South Caucasus might erupt in violent conflict and endanger the 
interests of all those powers who have significant interests there.  Turkey 
seeks to internationalize the peacekeeping contingents now operating in the 
South Caucasus and Russian observers fear that NATO is gearing up to 
intervene in the Georgian-South Ossetian crisis. Recently, the man in the 
middle of Washington's watchful solicitude for American interests has been 
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In meetings in Washington with 
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and in Baku with President Ilham 
Aliyev, Rumsfeld has sought to reinforce and secure Washington's position 
and interests in the South Caucasus.

Fariz Ismailzade
After Ilham Aliyev's election to the presidency in October 2003, many 
foreign and domestic observers hoped that the election of a young president 
would mean fast cadre changes in the governing administration and speed up 
the political and economic reforms in the country. Although taking a slower 
pace in cadre changes than expected, Ilham Aliyev, has already replaced 
several ministers, refuting speculations that he was not committed to making 
changes. Yet the gradual pace of change of the old cabinet puts the members 
of the "old guard" under pressure and increases the risk of a split within 
the ruling elite. How to bring his own reform-minded loyalists to power 
while not upsetting conservatives will remain a dilemma for Aliyev.

Robert M. Cutler
The supergiant Karachaganak energy field, onshore in northwestern 
Kazakhstan, sends gas for processing over the Russian border to a processing 
plant Orenburg operated by Gazprom.  Production is slated to increase.  The 
joint operators of the Karachaganak gas venture, BG and ENI, together with 
the Government of Kazakhstan, are considering building a plant on-site in 
Karachaganak to process the new volumes. Gazprom argues against this and is 
trying to offer incentives to send the gas instead to an expanded Orenburg 
plant.  The eventual decision, coming soon, will have significant 
implications for how Kazakhstan's national pipeline system develops in the 

The Field Reports Include:

The Global Fund against AIDS, TB and malaria, headquartered in Bishkek, 
began last March with a problematic entry into the donor community. A 
January press release about the Global Fund's intention to launch a campaign 
against HIV/AIDS (with the largest budget to date for such a program) 
inadvertently led other regional donors to halt their financing of similar 
projects in Kyrgyzstan.

On August 27 a group of cosmonauts receiving training for future space 
flights in Russian space center arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kyzylorda 
region of Kazakhstan for two-day training courses. The group included two 
Kazakh trainees, Mukhtar Aimakhanov and Aidyn Aimbetov, who symbolize the 
implementation of the independent space project of Kazakhstan.

Not knowing what problems await them at home, women and children have 
officially begun to return to South Ossetia. From 4 to 6 September, Georgian 
authorities bused home conflict zone residents officially deemed to be "on 
holiday" at government-sponsored resorts scattered across Georgia. Many are 
returning on their own initiative. Others remain with relatives outside the 
zone. Officials aim to fulfill President Saakashvili's promise to have 
"temporarily displaced persons" home by 20 September, when school is 
scheduled to begin.

June 21 marked another big milestone in Turkmenistan - the twelfth 
anniversary of Saparmyrat Niyazov's Presidency. As the anniversary 
approached, it was met with nationwide festivities, official ceremonies and 
the President's briefing with a number of agencies.

PUBLICATION- The Silk Road, Volume 2, Number 1 Available On-Line

Posted by: Daniel Waugh <dwaugh(a)>
Posted: 13 Sep 2004

We are pleased to announce the publication of the third issue of The Silk 
Road, the newsletter of the Silkroad Foundation.  You may find this number 
(vol. 2, no. 1), along with the first two issues, on-line at:

The latest issue contains a variety of articles--on archaeology, art 
history, cities and ethnography.  Also, you will find in it some guidelines 
for contributors.  We are always interested in submissions for future 
issues; our current publication schedule is twice a year. Special thanks go 
to Michael Hewson for designing the on-line version.

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to me.

Daniel Waugh
University of Washington
Editor, The Silk Road
E-mail: dwaugh(a)

PUBLICATION- Journal of Afghanistan Studies, Issue 1, September 2004

Posted by: Afghan Studies Journal <afghanstudiesjournal(a)>
Posted: 8 Sep 2004

The first issue of "Journal of Afghanistan Studies" will be available by 14 
September 2004.

All writers whose articles have been published will be entitled to one 
complimentary copy.  In order to do that we require their mailing address.  
Please send that at you earliest.

Cost of single copy is as following:

Afghanistan: 10/- USD
Abroad: 15/- USD

List of published articles is as following:--


Love Thy Neighbor; Kill Thy Neighbor - Critical Review of Pakistan's Afghan 
Dr Hamid Hussain

Secure Borders in South Asia

Post-Conflict Reconstruction: From Process and Practice
Beth Eggleston

Afghanistan;A Century of Foreign Interventions
Abdul-Karim Khan,Ph.D.

Pak-Afghan Relationship: From Conflict to Cooperation
Imtiaz Gul

Cross-border Law Enforcement Cooperation for Afghanistan
Brian Iselin

Afghanistan War, Conflict, Arms
Ahmad Shah Habib

Demining Reflections of an Afghan Professional
Khair Mohammad Sharif

Book Reviews:

"The Kite Runner" Khalid Hosseini" -Reviewed by Dr Arley Loewen

Amnesty International Report on Afghanistan-2003
Amnesty International

Subscription/purchase inquiries can be sent to the address of the undersigned.

A. Amin
Journal of Afghanistan Studies

Seminar & Research Coordinator
Afghanistan Study Centre
House # 3
Street # 1
Kolala Pushta

Tel: +93-79-202076, +93-79-202076

E Mail: afghanstudiesjournal(a)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS- Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

Posted by: E. Sieca-Kozlowski <kozlowsk(a)>
Posted: 7 Sep 2004

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies,, 
Issue 2, December 2004.


First of all, I am pleased to inform you that the first Issue (Issue 1 - 
July 2004) of the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies is 
now online at (free access)

I would like to draw your attention to the 2nd Call for Contributors for second issue devoted to "military and police elites" in Russia and 
post-Soviet societies" :

SECOND ISSUE: "Military and police elites" in Russia and Post-Soviet Societies

The issue editors of Vol. 2 would like to invite scholars and experts to 
submit their papers for publication in a special issue on   "Military and 
police elites" in Russia and Post-Soviet Societies

"Silovye elity" and "voennye elity": comparisons

Our second issue will focus first on the power elites (silovye elity) and 
military elites in Russia. How are these elites defined ? Through their 
position in the hierarchy or due to the reputation of their members ? How 
are they perceived outside of their respective administrations? Given the 
spread of rather controversial figures concerning the "take-over" of the 
siloviki, we will try to determine the real extent of the influence of the 
"siloviki" on the government;

 - the notions of "silovye struktury" and "siloviki" will be analysed in 
order to understand where these terms come from, who used them first and 
what they designate.
 - our aim is to launch a debate on the renewal of police and military 
elites, their sociological composition, the changes in recruitment and 
evaluation systems and in career profiles, on the endurance of military and 
police networks belonging to the Soviet period: did the collapse of the USSR 
and the rapid social and political transformations lead to changes among 
these elites? Can one speak of new elites? Is there a power struggle between 
the old and the new elites? How are these elites changing, how are these 
changes visible in the army and in power structures?
 - with the dismantling of the tax police and the reorganization of the 
secret services, can one say the the Russian police system is going through 
a period of concentration.

"Silovye elity" and "voennye elity": interrelations

The second part of this issue will be devoted to the relationships between 
the armed forces and other power structures. The topics addressed are:

 - the action of military and power elites as lobby groups and the 
perceptions they generate. Are these elites no more than interest group(s) 
competing with others for the ownership and use of resources, power, etc...  
or does their state function (defense, public order) confer upon them a 
specific role and modus operandi?
 - how have these relationships been reorganized since the dismantling of 
the USSR and the arrival of Vladimir Putin to power ? What influence has the 
war in Chechnya had on the reorganization of these relationships? How are 
these relationships perceived by the members of these elites, by the 
political sphere and by society?
 - we will also address the question of the influence of different power 
structures on the redefinition of foreign policy (Irak, United States, 
Europe, etc.)

"Silovye elity"  and  "voennye elity"  in the CIS

Since Russia and other Republics of the CIS share a common past, are these 
debates applicable to the military and police elites of the Republics? The 
latter also have had to face their own specific problems such as:

 - changes in the ethnic composition of the armed forces of the CIS due to 
the massive departure of Russian officers (who returned mainly to Russia and 
the Ukraine)
 - the training of a specialist corps whose members are recruited among a 
population with a low level of instruction, and which was not allowed to 
occupy positions of responsibility during under the Soviet regime.
 - the difficult interaction of Russian officers with local officers due to 
language problems affecting the chain of command.

Finally we would also like to address the following question:

 - The importance of former army officers of the CIS in Russian or foreign 
private companies employing mercenaries or security guards.

Papers dealing with other issues related to armies and power institutions in 
the CIS, as well as book review proposals are also welcome.


Publishers interested in publicizing their editions, please send mail review 
copies to:
Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
15 rue Charlot
75003 Paris, France


For the forthcoming issues, the journal welcomes articles that focus on such 
topics as:

 - "The influence of military culture on Russian society and post-Soviet 
societies" (Third issue), "Military and security structures and the Regions" 
(Issue Four). More details soon on
 - We are still interested in articles on dedovshchina.

Guidelines for article submission:

The journal will be published in four languages (French, English, Russian, 
and German with a 100-word abstract in English) thanks to which most authors 
will be able to write in their mother tongue. This will ensure greater 
precision in the articles and avoid a decrease in scientific quality. But we 
draw your attention to the fact that most readers are essentially 
English speakers, therefore we do encourage articles in English in order to 
reach an audience as broad as possible.

The articles submitted to for publication 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. (For more details about the guidelines for article submission 
please check  or contact the Editorial Board). There should be 
a cover page stating the author's background and affiliation, full address.  
The deadline for submission is November 15, 2004, with publication in 
mid-December. Final decisions on publication will be made by the Editorial 

Please send your contributions or inquiries to:

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Chief Editor, (2nd Issue Editor)
E-mail: kozlowsk(a)
Gilles Favarel-Garrigues (2nd Issue Editor)

Editorial Board:

Eden Cole, Francoise Dauce,  Gilles Favarel-Garrigue, Anne
Le Huérou, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Joris Van Bladel

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies
E-mail: kozlowsk(a)

PUBLICATION-, Sept. 2004 Issue Available On-Line

Posted by: Farhad Azad <farhad(a)>
Posted: 2 Sep 2004

Read the Sept. 2004 issue of Lemar - Aftaab /





The Photo
By Rah'nawar Zariab
Everyday when I crossed the road I saw his fading camera placed on its stand 
on the road along the wall and him sitting on the ground, brooding.


By Zohra Saed


Back to my Roots, Back to Bamiyan
By Zemaryalai Tarzi
Translated from the French by Nadia Tarzi
Until I reached Bamiyan, I thought I had it all figured out. But it is only 
when I arrived in front of the great cliff, dominating the valley to the 
north, that I was left speechless.


PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, August 25, 2004 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 1 Sep 2004

The 25 August issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is now online at The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly 
publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins 

The PDF version of the entire issue of the CACI Analyst is available at:

The Analytical Articles include:

Peter Laurens
Last week, Moody's Investors Service revised its credit ratings for four 
Kazakh companies.  This follows upgrades of the ratings of Kazakhstan's 
government itself, granted two years ago by Moody's and earlier this year by 
Standard & Poor's, another important credit ratings agency.  With nearly all 
of its globally-traded debt now rated investment-grade by Moody's, 
Kazakhstan has emerged as a serious, albeit smaller player in global capital 
markets.  Among the former Soviet states, only the Baltics can boast of a 
similar level of creditworthiness.  Nevertheless, for some global investors 
this is an ironical turn of events: while the growth of Kazakhstan's oil and 
gas exports has driven the rise in credit ratings, it has also lessened the 
urgency of attracting foreign capital and developing other sectors of 
Kazakhstan's economy.

Stephen Blank
In the past 12-18 months, China's role and influence in Central Asia has 
gradually been mounting. This has taken the shape of increased energy deals, 
furthering of the SCO and seeking to develop it into a collective security 
organization, and direct bilateral ties and military exercises with Central 
Asian states. China is increasingly showing a desire to broaden its links to 
Central Asia to be independent on Russia. Xinjiang remains one of the main 
foci of China's attention to the region, but it is clear by now that China 
intends to significantly develop its security presence in the region across 
the board.

Jaba Devdariani
President Mikheil Saakashvili's decision to pull back his troops from South 
Ossetia is almost desperate cry for the political assistance from the 
European powers. Georgia is ready to accept suboptimal solutions with 
regards to peacekeeping, but return to the pre-July status quo is no longer 
acceptable.  If no definitive answer is received within a month, resumption 
of hostilities becomes likely.

Mamuka Tsereteli
The initial enthusiastic support of the EU and other major European 
countries toward the new states of the Caucasus was replaced by passivity by 
the end of 1990s. The Traceca (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) and 
Inogate (International Oil and Gas Transport to Europe) programs, launched 
in the mid-1990s, focused primarily on smaller scale projects and never 
achieved their initial strategic goal of diversifying supply routes to 
Europe. The potential for alternative energy supplies to Europe and the 
enlargement of NATO and the EU are opening a new dimension in these 
relationships. The recent EU decision to include the South Caucasus in the 
European Neighborhood Policy is a small step in the right direction, but 
what countries of South Caucasus need the most is the long-term security 
guarantees under NATO umbrella.

The Field Reports Include:

In the past two weeks, the Azerbaijani capital of Baku was the center of
attention by both Iranian and American high ranking officials, putting the
Azerbaijani leadership in a difficult position between the competing powers. 
While the visit of the Iranian President Mohammad Khatami was significant for
the improvement of overall bilateral relations, Donald Rumsfeld, the Head of
the Pentagon, came to Azerbaijan for more intensified military talks, thus
causing speculations about the possibility of American bases in the country. 
This, in turn, might challenge Azerbaijan's balanced foreign policy approach
between the East and the West.

In recent years Kazakhstan made half-hearted efforts to democratize the 
political system, adopting a new election law and promising greater press 
freedom. In reality, however, the onslaught on media and persecution of 
opposition leaders diminished the significance of these modest political 
achievements. The ruling regime tries to indoctrinate the concept of "a 
Kazakh brand of democracy", and implies that western type of democracy does 
not fit with the political traditions and ethnic mentality of Kazakhs.

During the first week of August, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and 
Tajikistan held the largest exercises in the CSTO's history - the joint 
rapid-deployment exercises "Rubezh-2004". While the accomplishment of the 
long awaited aviation plan was the drill's highlight, the Russian-led CSTO 
contested its reputation of a sheer paper agreement.

On August 6, government security forces in Dushanbe made a spectacular raid 
on the Headquarters of the Tajik Drug Control Agency(DCA). The intended 
target for the arrest was the high profile DCA director, General Ghaffor 
Mirzoev.  The arrest was made following an early morning gun battle between 
General Mirzoev's body guards and government security forces.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Sharqnameh Journal, Issue No. 6 (Winter)

Posted by: Sharqnameh <sharqnameh(a)>
Posted: 30 Aug 2004

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are calling for contribution for the Winter issue (no. 6) of our 
Magazine "Sharqnameh"!

It is the only Bulletin in Arabic, which is specialist on the area of 
Central Asia, Iran and Turkey published in Cairo, Egypt.

Our Bulletin is independent quarterly and is interested in contributions on 
politics, geopolitics, economy, culture of the above mentioned region.

Length should be between 2500 till 3500 words.

Format Microsoft word as attached file.

Language: the magazine is in Arabic, but you can send your contributions in 
English or German and we will translate it.

Submission dead line for contributions is 15 September 2004.

Contributions should be sent to Dr. Mustafa El-labbad, Editor in Chief to:




PUBLICATION- Marlene Laruelle, The Eurasianist Ideology: A Conception of Empire

Posted by: Marlene Laruelle <marlenelaruelle(a)>
Posted: 25 Aug 2004

Marlene Laruelle. Ideologija russkogo evrazijstva. Mysli o veli ii imperii 
[The Eurasianist Ideology: a conception of Empire]
Moscow, Natalis, 2004, 287 p.
Translated from French: L'ideologie eurasiste russe ou comment penser l'empire
Preface by Patrick Seriot, Paris, L'Harmattan, 1999, 423 p.

This book, which was first published in French in 1999 and, relates in 
Russian the history of one of Russia's main ideological movements, 
Eurasianism, and studies its scientific and political postulates. It focuses 
on the movement in the 1920-30s, which constitutes the basis of the 
neo-eurasianist movements which emerged in the 1990s.

Eurasianism came into being in the 1920s in Prague, Berlin and Paris in the 
circles of Russian emigres. At its head were linguist and ethnographer 
Prince Nikolai S. Troubetzkoy (1890-1938) and geographer Petr N. Savicky 
(1895-1968). Eurasianism was the most original discourse among the Russian 
emigres and its combination of philosophy, reflections about national 
identity, and politics was extremely fertile intellectually speaking. It has 
undergone a number of violent controversies with some of its objectors (N. 
Berdiaev, P. M. Bicilli, G. V. Florovsky, A. A. Kizevetter, P. N. Miliukov, 
etc.) and has also experienced internal dissension, in particular in the 
1930s when some of its protagonists decided to support Soviet Union.

Eurasianism's central presupposition rests on the existence of a third 
continent between East and West, called Eur-Asia. Eurasianism also supports 
the idea of an organic unity of cultures, which would have sprung in this 
area from a symbiosis between the Russian, Turkic, Moslem, or even Chinese 
worlds. In turn, it has created an original interaction between political 
philosophy, geographist ideology, history, and orientalism which led to the 
development of a positive but general discourse on the Orient. In their view 
Russia should be closer to Asia than to Europe; Orthodoxy should be an 
oriental religion; Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are appreciated for their 
mysticism and their fundamentalism.

This belief in a Eurasian entity implies first of all a new imperial 
identity for Russia, preferring Asian to Western models, and secondly an 
authoritative and almost theocratic regime in the twenty-first century. 
Eurasianism supports the cult of national diversity but in the same time 
defines Eurasia as a space for exclusive Russian identity, without seeing in 
that any contradiction. Therefore, it fully assumes confusion between 
russkii, rossiiskii and Eurasian. It also proves that red-to-brown 
ideologies are not a new phenomenon in Russia: they draw their intellectual 
roots from some elaborated movements born at the turn of the century and in 
the interwar years.

Therefore Eurasianism appears as a recurrent element found in the discourses 
of Russian political and intellectual circles dealing with the destiny of 
their country. Nowadays it is experiencing an important renewal both in 
Russia and Kazakhstan. Russian Neo-Eurasianists are striving to become 
Putin's advisors as well as the new

Marlene Laruelle is a post-doctoral fellow at the French Institute for 
Central Asia Studies (IFEAC) in Tashkent. She received her PhD at the 
National Institute of Eastern languages and civilisations in Paris. Her 
research involves nationalism in Russia and Central Asia and history of the 
intellectual circles. She has published: Les Russes du Kazakhstan. Identites 
nationales et nouveaux Etats dans l espace post-sovietique, [Russians in 
Kazakhstan. National identities and new States in the Post-Soviet space], 
written with Sebastien Peyrouse, Preface by Catherine Poujol, Paris, 
Maisonneuve et Larose / IFEAC, 2004, 354 pp.

E-mail: marlenelaruelle(a)

French publisher: harmattan1(a)
Russian publisher: natalis_press(a)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Nations and Nationalism Prize, ASEN, Deadline Sept. 30

Posted by: Tamara Dragadze <DRAGADZEUK(a)>
Posted: 25 Aug 2004

Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism

Nations and Nationalism Prize
Call for Papers
Submission Deadline 30 September 2004

ASEN and Nations and Nationalism have established a prize to encourage young 
scholars to publish original research in ethnicity and nationalism.

We are proud to announce the Call for Papers for the second year of the 

The prize will be awarded for the best article submitted. The winning 
article will be announced at 15th annual ASEN Conference, April 2005.

The prize will include a sum of £250 and 2 years' free membership of ASEN, 
and may lead to publication of the article in Nations and Nationalism.

Submissions may be made by currently enrolled post-graduate students and 
those who have submitted their thesis within two years of the submission 

Submission procedure:

1. All submissions and correspondence should be made to the Managing Editor 
   of Nations and Nationalism.
2. Submissions must be accompanied by an official letter from the author's 
   supervisor confirming status and eligibility.
3. Articles must be submitted in English and in the Nations and Nationalism 
   house style ("Harvard" system).  Please refer to a recent issue of Nations 
   and Nationalism for full Instructions for Authors or contact the Managing 
4. An author may only submit one article for consideration for the prize.
5. Co-authored articles will not be considered.
6. The Prize Committee reserves the right not to award a prize in any given 

Send submissions and all enquiries to:

The Managing Editor
Nations and Nationalism
ASEN - 2nd Floor - Old Building
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

E-mail: nations(a)

PUBLICATION- Caucasus Context, New Journal, Spring 2004 Issue

Posted by: James V. Wertsch <jwertsch(a)>
Posted: 25 Aug 2004

Announcing a New Journal from Nova Science Publishers, Inc.



Zurab Karumidze
US-Caucasus Institute for Strategic and Cultural Studies
Tbilisi, GEORGIA

James V. Wertsch
International and Area Studies Program
Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Editorial Council:

George Chanturia
Georgian International Oil Corporation

Denis Corboy
Former European Union Ambassador to Georgia

Wayne D. Fields
Washington University
in St. Louis

Gregory Guroff
Foundation for International Arts and Education

Fiona Hill
Brookings Institution

Michael Holquist
Yale University

Tedo Japaridze
Former Georgian Ambassador to the United States

Stephen Jones
Mount  Holyoke College

Alexander Rondeli
Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies

Strobe Talbott
Brookings Institution

Tomas Venclova
Yale University

Nikolai Zlobin
Center for Defense Information

David Zurabishvili
Liberty Institute

The South Caucasus region has become a hot spot at the beginning of the 21st 
century. This region consisting of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan was part 
of the Soviet Union and is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, oil and 
strategic and security significance. This new journal brings together 
important in-depth analyses, opinions of key players, political, social, 
economic, military and cultural background essential for understanding an 
area little known to most observers.

Contents of Spring 2004 Issue:

 - Images from the Rose Revolution 2003 in Georgia
 - The Rose Revolution: A Chronicle Giga Chikhladze and Irakli Chikhladze
 - Interviews with Nino Burjanadze, Tedo Japaridze, Zurab Zhvania, David 
   Zurabishvili and Richard Miles
 - The Meaning of Georgia's Latest Revolution  Ghia Nodia
 - Georgia: The End of the Age of the Nomenklatura George Nizharadze

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PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No.4, 2004

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 23 Aug 2004

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to offer you the contents of  No. 4 (28) of the "Central Asia 
and the Caucasus" journal (in English and Russian).  The issue will be 
published in late August.  For more details about the content of the 
articles and further information including how to subscribe please contact:

Murad Esenov
Central Asia and the Caucasus
Center for Social and Political Studies
Hubertusstigen 9
97455 Lulea

Tel.: (46) 70 232 16 55
Tel/fax: (46) 920 620 16



Central Asia and the Caucasus
Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 4 (28), 2004

In This Issue:


Rufat Sattarov. Islam as a Political Factor in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Mikhail Tulsky. Why the Muslim Organizations of Russia


Sadriddin Abdurakhimov. George Soros in Central Asia


Liudmila Abdullaeva, Shukhrat Iigitaliev. Enlargement of the European Union 
and Its Influence on the Central Asian Countries

Idzhran Guseinova. Europe's Enlargement and the Southern Caucasus

Eldar Ismailov, Elhan Polukhov. The "Old" and "New" Players in Caucasian 

Sergey Zhiltsov. Russia in the Caspian

Railya Mukimdzhanova. Central Asian States and China: Cooperation Today and 
Prospects for Tomorrow

Christopher Boucek. The Impact of Israeli Foreign Policy in Central Asia: 
The Case of Uzbekistan

Bolat Auelbaev. Kazakhstan's Politico-Economic Relations with Iran

Vladimir Sazhin. On Relations between Iran and Azerbaijan

Nugzar Ter-Oganov. Georgian-Iranian Relations in the Post-Soviet Period

Parviz Mullojanov. Tajikistan between Russia, the West, and the East


Muhamedjan Barbasov. An Oil Pipeline to China: An Element of Struggle for 
Caspian Resources

Igor Tomberg. New Realities on the Oil Market and Russia's Energy Policy


Jannatkhan Eivazov. The Caucasus: Limits and Possibilities of Regional 
Cooperation in the Security Sphere

Zakir Chotoev. On Turkey's Possible Involvement in Strengthening Central 
Asian Security


Georgy Zurabashvili. The Southern Caucasus: Road to Europe

Alexander Krylov. Armenia: Specifics of Contemporary Politics

Karybek Baybosunov. Geopolitical Landmarks of Kyrgyzstan


Leonid Grigoriev, Asem Nusupova. Kazakhstan: Capital Formation Problems on 
the Way to a Market Economy

Mukhtar Magomadov. Chechnia: Problems of Socioeconomic Revival and 
Development Prospects


The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:

Central Asia and the Caucasus

 - Energy Policy and Energy Projects

 - Political Development Trends in the Context of International 
   Antiterrorist Campaign

 - Geopolitical Landmarks

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:

PUBLICATION- Eduard Khurshudian, Armenia and Sassanian Iran (in Russian)

Posted by: Eduard Khurshudian <akod100(a)>
Posted: 9 Aug 2004

New Book in Iranian Studies

The new book on Armenian-Iranian relations in Sassanian times recently was 
published in Almaty.

Eduard Xurshudjan. Armenija I Sasanidkij Iran. (Istotiko-kulturologicheskij 
ocherk). Almaty, 2003 (2004)(in Russian, with conclusion in English).

Eduard Khurshudian. Armenia and Sassanian Iran. Historico-culturological 
essays. Almaty, 2003 (2004) (in Russian with conclusion in English, 
hard/soft back, 440 p.+ 80 Colour & black and white fotos on 26 tables).
ISBN 9965-00-743-8. Price 40 usd (soft back), 50 usd (hard back) +shipping. 

Table of Contents:

Chapter I Administrative apparatus of Arsacid and Marzpan Armenia
Part I.1 Gouvernors and rulers of the provinces
I.1.1 Bdeashx
I.1.2 Patgospan
I.1.3 Marzpan/Marzban
I.1.4 Armenian Marzbans
I.1.5 Administrative apparatus of marzpan Armenia
I.1.6 Armenian Marzpans of Armenia

Part I.2 High officials of central and civil administrations
I.2.1 "Prime-minister" -hazarapet
I.2.2 Counsellors
I.2.3 mardpet, marzpet, maypet

Part I.3 Finance officials
Part I.4 Military administration

Chapter II: Sassanian numismatics of Armenia
2.1 Mints of Armenia and neighbouring countries
2.2 Mints of Sassanian coins of Armenia

Chapter III: Sassanian sphragistics of Armenia
3.1 Sassanian gem from the collection of the State Historical Museum of Armenia
3.2 The legend about Zoroaster on the Sassanian gem from Armenia
3.3 New sigillographical data on Sassanian administration of Armenia and 
    neighbouring countries of the South Caucasus
3.4 Sassanian bull from Dvin. The Sassanian military-administrative 
    institution of the "house (of feudal domain) of the army". 
    Chapter IV: Sassanian toreutics of Armenia
4.1 From the history of finds of Nor-Bayazet treasure
4.2 Dish with the image of griphon
4.3 Dish with the image of king's hunt
4.4 Dish with the image of pegasus
4.5 Bronze smoking-pipe of Khusru II (?) on the horse

1. Armenian nepak
2. Sassanian golden ring with the gem with an Old Armenian inscription 
3. Coin of Mitridat- the king of Tosp (?)
4. The "History of Armenia" by Pavstos Buzand as important source on 
   Sassanian Iran
5. Armenian proper names of Iranian (Parthian-Middle Median) origin
6. On the etymology of some Iranian terms
7. Touching upon some Iranian terms in the Old Armenian literature
8. Scribes

Chronological tables
a. Artashesids
b. Armenian Arsacids
c. Parthian kings
d. Sassanian kings
Conclusion (in English)
Abbreviations of the sources and cited litarature

You can order the above-mentioned book via the following e-mail address: 

In order to purchase the book you can transfer money to the following bank:

   BRANCH. ACC.284131
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   ACCOUNT IN USD N 333400

PUBLICATION-, August 2004 Issue Available On-Line

Posted by: Farhad Azad <farhad(a)>
Posted: 5 Aug 2004

Read the August 2004 issue of Lemar - Aftaab /

Publisher's Notes

Feature Article

Chasing the Dragon in the Golden Crescent: Story of Afghan Opium
By Mir Hekmatullah Sadat
Afghan drugs -- literally -- are to die for!


The Sewing Room
By Zohra Saed

Photo Essay

Band-e Amir: The Crown Jewel of Bamiyan Valley
By Daud Saba
Band-e Amir, one of Afghanistan's most exquisite natural landmarks, is a 
complex series of six crystal-clear lakes.

Previous Issues


Posted by: Gary Herbert <gherbert(a)>
Posted: 4 Aug 2004

Dear Colleagues:

Human Rights Review is looking for scholarly articles and essays from all 
areas that concern the moral, political, and social interpretation and 
application of human rights legislation in the international community, 
human rights issues in health care, questions regarding human rights and 
terrorism, genocide, and human rights and economic development.  The journal 
is welcomes the submission of essays concerning the compatibility of the 
commitment to human rights with respect for the principle of national 
sovereignty, issues related to cultural diversity, gender issues, and any of 
the other many human rights-related issues that concern, or ought to 
concern, the world today, including essays on all aspects of the 
theoretical/philosophical debate over human rights today, the issues of 
universality and globalization. Reviews of current literature in the human 
rights area are also welcome.  Submissions can be sent either electronically 
or by land mail to:

Gary B. Herbert, Editor
Human Rights Review
Department of Philosophy
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA 70118


e-mail: gherbert(a)

Submissions related to human rights issues in Central Eurasia are welcome.

Complete information on preparation and submission of manuscripts is 
available from the editor on request at the same address.  Human Rights 
Review is published by Transaction Publishers.

Gary B. Herbert, Editor
Human Rights Review

PUBLICATION- IAUNRC Summer 2004 Newsletter Online

Posted by: Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center <iaau(a)>
Posted: 3 Aug 2004

The Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center is pleased to announce 
that the Summer 2004 Newsletter is available online at:

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center
Indiana University
Goodbody Hall 324
Bloomington, IN 47405

PUBLICATION- 2002 Conf. Proceedings, World League of Tatars/Turkish Language Assoc.

Posted by: Gonul Pultar <gonul(a)>
Posted: 29 Jul 2004

The proceedings of the one-day conference entitled "1552 and After: The 
Occupation of Kazan and Turkic Communities" organized by the World League of 
Tatars and the Turkish Language Association (Turk Dil Kurumu) on 15 October 
2002 at the Turk Dil Kurumu building in Ankara have been published as _ 1552 
ve Sonrasi: Kazan'in Isgali ve Turk Topluluklari Bilgi Soleni Bildirileri_ 
(1552 and After: The Occupation of Kazan and Turkic Communities Conference 
Proceedings). The volume contains texts by historians Halil Inalcik and 
Ilber Ortayli, Tatar language and literature specialists Mustafa Oner and 
Fatma Ozkan, and others. The political and historical background of 
sixteenth-century Europe, Moscow's overrunning Kazan, how this event was a 
turning point that allowed the Russians to start invading other Turkic 
lands, and what this has meant for the cultures of those lands are some of 
the topics discussed in the papers.

1552 ve Sonrasi: Kazan'in Isgali ve Turk Topluluklari; Bilgi Soleni 
Derleyenler (Editors): Belgin Tezcan Aksu, Ayfer Kocak, Asli Ekmekci.
Ankara: Turk Dil Kurumu Yayinlari (Turkish Language Association
Publications), n. 847. 88 pages.
ISBN: 975-16-1712-X. 2,000,000. TL.

Icindekiler (Table of Contents):

Sukru Haluk Akalin, "1552 ve Sonrasi: Kazan'in Isgali ve Turk Topluluklari
Bilgi Soleni'nin Acis Konusmasi"

Gonul Pultar, "Ulusal Yas Gununde Gelecege Yonelik Projelere Dogru"

Sadik Tural, "1552 ve Sonrasi: Kazan'in Isgali ve Turk Topluluklari
Bilgi Soleni'nin Acis Konusmasi"

Halil Inalcik, "Dogu Avrupa'da Egemenlik Mucadelesi"

Ilber Ortayli, "1550'lerde Dogu Avrupa"

Ali Akis, "Kazan'in Istilasi ve Turk Birligi"

Mustafa Oner, "Turkce-Rusca Iliskilerine 1552 Donum Noktasindan Bir

Fatih Kiriscioglu, "Kazan Hanligi'nin Isgalinden Sonra Sibirya'daki Dil

Fatma Ozkan, "Sovyetler Birligi Doneminde Turk Boylarinda Dil ve Alfabe ile
Ilgili Gorus ve Uygulamalar"

Zuhal Yuksel, "Rus Isgalinin Kirim Turklerinin Kultur ve Ictimai
Muesseselerine Tesiri

Ferhat Tamir, "Turk Dunyasinin Dil Birligi Konusunda Kazanli Ayaz
Ishaki'nin Gorusleri"

Figen Guner Dilek, "Altay Turkcesinin Yazi Dili Haline Getirilmesi"

Gulnur Boranbayeva, "Kazak ve Nogaylarin Ortak Sairleri

Filiz Kilic, "Kirgizistan Tatar Turklugu ve Dil Kurumlari"

CALL FOR PROPOSALS- 2005-2006 Int'l Policy Fellowships, Central European Univ.

Posted by: IPF <fellows(a)>
Posted: 28 Jul 2004

Call for Proposals

Center for Policy Studies
International Policy Fellowships, 2005-2006

All applications must be submitted online by September 15, 2004

The Central European University Center for Policy Studies (CPS) is calling 
for proposals for its year 2005-2006 International Policy Fellowships (IPF) 
program, which is affiliated with the CPS and the Open Society 
Institute-Budapest. Launched in 1999, the CPS works with a broadening circle 
of policy analysts and institutions to promote the development of policy 
center networks throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet 
Union, and Mongolia, as well as countries in South and Southeast Asia, the 
Middle East, and North Africa. The Center undertakes policy research and 
advocacy that furthers the open society mission and disseminates quality 
analyses in accessible formats.

The CPS International Policy Fellowships are intended to support the 
analytical policy research of open society leaders and connect these Fellows 
with professional policy networks and opportunities. The program aims to 
improve the quality of analysis in countries where the Soros foundations 
network by ensuring that these leaders are able to conduct research in their 
home region while maintaining local affiliations and a high degree of 
mobility and intellectual freedom.

Applicants are encouraged to submit individual, practical and 
policy-oriented research proposals in the following subject areas. The 
product of each fellowship will be a detailed analysis of a major issue to 
be published in English and translated into other languages:

2005 Fellowship Issue Areas:

General Framework: New Frontiers of Democratic Politics

Note: Innovative proposals related to open society issues are welcome, even 
if they do not correspond exactly with the topic descriptions listed below.

 - The Challenge of Wider Europe
 - Open Society Promotion in Islamic States
 - Russia: Combating Open Society Threats
 - Combating Organized Crime
 - Democratic Governance, Transparency, and Accountability
 - Developing Socially Responsible Elites and the Challenges of Higher 
 - Public Health and the Roma
 - Policymaking in Transition Contexts: The Leslie Carol Eliason Memorial 

Terms of the International Policy Fellowship Award

Fellows will be provided with a one-year stipend, research-related expenses 
including travel, needed communications equipment, publication costs, etc. 
to work full-time on research of their design in one of the above areas. The 
amount of the award will vary depending on standards in the Fellow's country 
of residence and the budgetary needs of the proposal.

To Apply: Application Requirements and Procedures

All application submissions must be entered online directly into the IPF 
application database found at Those who have 
no possibility to access the Internet (including from public libraries, 
Internet centers, or national Soros foundations) should send an e-mail to 
fellows(a) or call the IPF offices at (36 1) 327-3863 to discuss the 
best alternate application solution (we can call you back immediately to 
reduce your long-distance telephone charge).

Applications sent by mail, fax or e-mail will not be considered unless you 
received prior approval from IPF staff to use an alternative method of 

PUBLICATION- Rangelands of the Arid and Semi-arid Zones of Uzbekistan, CIRAD/ICARDA

Posted by: Gustave Gintzburger <gustave.gintzburger(a)>
Posted: 28 Jul 2004

Rangelands of the Arid and Semi-arid Zones of Uzbekistan
By G. Gintzburger, K. N. Toderich, B. K. Mardonov, and M. M. Mahmudov

2003, Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le 
Development (CIRAD) and the International Center for Agricultural Research 
in the dry areas (ICARDA).
426 p. 76.00 Euros, flexible binding.
ISBN CIRAD 2-87614-555-3, ICARDA 92-9127-137-8.

Note that our Book on the Uzbek rangelands is available for sale at the 
CIRAD library (librairie(a) at cost 70 Euros + postage.

You may order our book from the CIRAD Library at: librairie(a); +33 4 
67 61 44 17; Secr. +33 4 67 61 55 23; Fax +33 4 67 61 55 47

Or you can buy it on the net at and 
then select from the "author" -> "Gintzburger" in the list of CIRAD scientists.

This abundantly illustrated book presents a panorama of the biodiversity, 
climatology and flora of the arid zones of Uzbekistan and describes around 
150 dominant range species, with their ecology, utilization and range 
rehabilitation techniques. It should contribute to a better understanding of 
these little-known arid zones of Central Asia and to the conservation and 
rational use of their fragile natural resources.

CALL FOR CONTRIB.- Screen Writing Symposium, Nov. 19-21, Univ. of Mass., Boston

Posted by: INEAS <INEAS(a)>
Posted: 26 Jul 2004

Asian screen writers, directors, producers and scholars are encouraged to 
participate in this unique symposium.

It has been argued that Americans learn their history and politics from 
Hollywood.  Until this changes, independent cultural institutions have an 
excellent opportunity to enhance public understanding of the role of cinema 
in contemporary American life.

We, at the Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS) are pleased 
to sponsor, "The Art of Screen Writing -- Imagining and Interpreting Unknown 
Worlds" with the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social 
Consequences of UMASS Boston and the National Writers Union/Boston Chapter, 
to help plant the seeds of an international network for people interested in 
any aspect of film.

This symposium, which will take place at UMASS Boston on the weekend of 
November 19-21, provides film producers, writers, directors and scholars the 
opportunity to present their contributions (books, films, ideas) to this 
developing film community.

We invite proposal submissions for workshops in the following topics:

1. How to package a film for investment
2. Dialogue for film and play
3. Screen writing with a political agenda
4. Analyzing movies and plays already published
5. Filling the void: Missing Genre, Arab-Muslim film for the American 
6. Soundtrack production: Music for the story
7. Visualizing the Script: Camera Work

We welcome TWO ADDITIONAL workshop topics that are not in the list above if 
schedule and space permit so.

Proposal Deadline:

Proposals MUST be received by Friday, September 3, 2004

Proposals are up to two (2) pages and sent with a resume and supporting 

Please Mail (and DO NOT fax or email) hard copy proposals with your 
supporting material to:

Screen Writing Symposium
Institute of Near Eastern & African Studies (INEAS)
P.O. Box 425125
Cambridge, MA 02142

If you wish to send supporting material AND ONLY SUPPORTING MATERIAL 
(audio/video clips, MP3, etc..) via email, please send to: 
filmwriting2004(a) (Prepend the subject with the tag: [supporting]!)

For more information about our Institute, please visit Website:

Email: INEAS(a)

CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS- Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Nationalism

Posted by: Andreas Umland <andreas.umland(a)>
Posted: 23 Jul 2004

Deadline: 30th November 2004

The ibidem Paperback Series "Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society" 
edited by Dr. Andreas Umland and published by ibidem-Verlag 
( invites book-proposals in the fields of Russian 
nationalism, antisemitism, fascism, right-wing extremism, xenophobia, 
patriotism, militarism, imperialism, nationalist party politics, 
anti-Western pseudo-science, and similar issues within the period of 
1905-2004. Proposals for monographs and volumes of collected papers or 
documents in English, German or Russian within the range of 40,000-75,000 
words (140-250 pages in the book's final version) will be considered. 
Successfully defended doctoral dissertations may have to be extensively 
edited for publication. In certain cases, outstanding Master's-theses might, 
after recommendation by a senior academic, be also considered.

Authors or editors whose proposals have been accepted for publication will 
be asked to produce a proof-read Camera-ready master-copy for the book's 
printing in accordance with detailed style-guidelines and formatting 
instructions from the publisher.

Authors wishing to publish not in their mother-tongue will have to secure 
close editorial assistance from a competent native-speaker.

Please, send your abstract, draft, thesis or manuscript until 30th November 
2004 to:

Dr. Andreas Umland
St. Antony's College
GB-Oxford OX2 6JF
United Kingdom
Or: andreas.umland(a)

PUBLICATION- Azerbaijan Literature in English Translation, Spring 2004 Issue

Posted by: Azerbaijan International <ai(a)>
Posted: 22 Jul 2004

Passionate Pens In Pursuit of Truth
Azerbaijan Literature in English Translation
Spring 2004 (12.1)

Azerbaijan International Magazine is pleased to announce that our Spring 
2004 issue is dedicated to Azerbaijani writers in English translation.

More than 25 Azerbaijan writers are featured here. For most of them, it is 
the first time they have been published in English. Many of these works were 
written since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Others have been 
pulled out of drawers and published for the first time since they were too 
critical of the system to be published earlier.

Our Spring 2004 issue is 136 pages. These works may be accessed on the WEB 
or the entire issue may be ordered at the AI store:

Azerbaijan International magazine was established in 1993. Archives for 12.5 
years are available on the WEB at - "World's Largest Web 
Site" about Azerbaijan. More than 1700 articles and 4400 photos are 
available for viewing.

If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.
Betty Blair
Azerbaijan International magazine

Contents of Spring 2004 Issue:

 - Editorial: Passionate Pens in Pursuit of Truth, Azerbaijan Literature, 
   Betty Blair
 - Vagif Samadoghlu, Poetry
 - Ali Karim, Poetry
 - Anar, Short Story: "Me, You, Him and the Telephone"
 - Natig Rasulzade, Short Story: "Tram"
 - Khalil Reza Uluturk, Poetry
 - Memoir: My Father Abdulla Shaig - Kamal Talibzade
 - Abdulla Shaig, Poetry
 - Mir Jalal Pashayev, Short Story: "Dried Up in Meetings"
 - Bakhtiyar Vahabzade, Poetry
 - Akram Aylisli, Short Story: "The Heart is Something Strange"
 - Ismayil Shikhli, Short Story: "Aunt Maleyka"
 - Ramiz Rovshan, Poetry
 - Elchin, Short Story: "Yellow Bride"
 - Vagif Bayatly Oner, Poetry
 - Chingiz Abdullayev, Detective Short Story: "Retaliatory Blow"
 - Afaq Masud, Short Story: "Dormitory"
 - Samid Aghayev, Short Story: "On Loving Your Neighbor"
 - Fikrat Goja, Short Story: "Adam and Fatmanisa" and Poetry
 - Magsud Ibrahimbeyov, Short Story: "On a Beautiful Day"
 - Magsud Ibrahimbeyov, Short Story: "Goodbye, 'Milady'"
 - Rustam Ibrahimbeyov, Short Story: "Music Lesson"
 - Mammad Araz, Poetry
 - Memoirs: Poet Samad Vurghun as Father - Aybaniz Vurghungizi
 - Samad Vurghun, Poetry
 - Almas Ildirim, Poetry
 - Yusif Samadoghlu, Short Story: "Flowers"
 - Elchin Huseinbeyli, Short Stories: "Letters of a Gray Donkey" and "Reply 
   to Gray Donkey"
 - Sabir Ahmadli, Fragment from Novel: "Love of Heaven"
 - Kamran Nazirli, Short Story: "The Old Baby"

Azerbaijan International
Box 5217
Sherman Oaks
CA 91413

Tel: (310) 440-0800
Fax: (310) 440-0801
E-mail: ai(a)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Pastoral Nomadism

Posted by: Jacques Legrand <jcq.legrand(a)>
Posted: 20 Jul 2004

Publication project: Encyclopaedic Dictionary of pastoral nomadism

This announcement is a call for participation in the project to interested
specialists in various fields related with pastoral nomadism.

The International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations (IISNC)
is preparing in co-operation with UNESCO, with support from the Organization
s Division of Intercultural Dialogue, the publication of an Encyclopaedic
Dictionary of pastoral nomadism. This project is developed in accordance
with IISNC main goals: to associate discovering, studying and preserving
heritage of nomadic herders societies and cultures, to provide research
works and to elaborate experimental et practical development patterns and
techniques devoted to and fitting present needs of these societies, to
popularize and spread accurate and high quality information in this field.

The dictionary is intended to be a practical tool and is aimed at presenting
richness and sophistication of nomadic societies and cultures, too
frequently represented as primitive and marked by their lacks compared to
sedentarized societies. The work will exemplify a large set of nomadic
experiences from East and Central Asia to Near East and Africa. It will
provide thorough and precise topics about ecological conditions of pastoral
nomadism, about nomadic herders techniques and strategies, their social,
historical, cultural and spiritual features and traditions.

The project doesn't feature a collection of thematic and/or regional
monographs but a dictionary of current use, with entries and notices, mainly
short for majority of them, classically disposed in alphabetical order. Due
to the introduction of help and browsing devices, the work is intended to be
used either as a reference tool or as a more general guidebook. Two types of
publication are foreseen to be provided: paper version and electronic
version displayed either on CD-Rom or online. In both versions, various
illustrations (including sound and videos in the electronic one) will
improve the standard of the whole work and make its reading more useful and

Adjusting the project development is now entering its crucial stage: to
decide about the set of notions and terms to be embedded in the dictionary
entries list. This first phase of this work is under completion. In its
present configuration, this corpus is created and organized as a complex
arborescence, from which alphabetical final list of entries will be derived.
Making an extensive use of hypertextual links, this treelike structure is
prefiguring some main features of the electronic version of the dictionary.

Elaborated at once on the ground of Mongolian pastoral nomadic realities,
this arborescence is to be proposed to scholars specialized in Central,
Western Asian, African and other domains related with pastoral nomadism.
Although they will be provided with a simplified version of the
arborescence, in order not to hamper their freedom to implement the set of
proposed notions and terms they need, the Mongolian version will be at their

disposal as an illustration and possible contribution to their own efforts.

These multiple more or less areal arborescences will be then collated and
edited together, necessary crosschecking of notions and contents
guaranteeing the overall unity and harmonization of the dictionary without
restricting or damaging its diversity.

The dictionary will contain about twenty central articles (4-8 A4 pages
including 1500-1800 signs or characters). To each of these articles, five to
ten secondary articles (2-3 page) are to be attached, with in their turn 10
to 15 short notes (1/4-1 page). If needed, each of these notes can be
derivated with even smaller miscellanea notices, counting no more than a few
lines (short definition of a term, e.g. of some measure unit, provided that
general explanation of measuring categories and tools are given in a more
detailed article, mention of a historical figure, etc).

As ambitious as it may seem, this project, being a first attempt of this
nature, has no pretension to be neither exhaustive nor definitive. Potential
contributors have to remain aware of this experimental and tentative
dimension of the whole work.

Responsible for this publication is Professor Jacques Legrand (INALCO,
Paris), Chairperson, IISNC Academic Council (jacques.legrand(a),

More precise information about the project may be obtained from Prof.
Legrand and will be displayed on the IISNC Web site ( in near

>From the end of summer, 2004 (earlier e-mail communications will be
welcomed), Prof. Legrand will be pleased to examine with interested scholars
the form in which their contribution may be included in the project.

PUBLICATION- Yaacov Ro'i (Ed.), Democracy and Pluralism in Muslim Eurasia

Posted by: Deena Leventer <deenal(a)>
Posted: 19 Jul 2004

The Cummings Center of Tel Aviv University is pleased to announce the
publication of Volume 19 in the Cummings Center Series:

Yaacov Ro'i, ed., Democracy and Pluralism in Muslim Eurasia

This book is devoted to the study and analysis of the prospects for

democracy among the Muslim ethnicities of the Commonwealth of Independent
States (CIS), both those that acquired full independence and those remaining
within the Russian Federation. Its purpose is to look at these nations'
traditions and present conduct in order to try to decide whether, being
Muslim, they constitute a category unto themselves or whether their lot is
simply characteristic of that of all the former Soviet peoples.

The authors are in part Western academics and in part scholars from the
Muslim countries and regions of the CIS. In this volume they analyze the
politics of a region which, since 11 September 2001 and the formation of the
US-led international coalition against the Taliban and al-Qaida, has become
a major focus of global attention.


Farda Asadov, (Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, Baku)
Vladimir Babak, (Tel Aviv University)
Svante Cornell, (Uppsala University)
Zhanylzhan Dzhunusova, (Diplomatic Academy, Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan)
Moshe Gammer, (Tel Aviv University)
Ildus Ilishev, (University of Ufa)
Vladimir Khanin, (Bar Ilan University)
Enver Kisriev, (Dagestan Academic Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences)
Pal Kolsto, (University of Oslo)
Alexei Kudriavtsev (Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow)
Leonid Levitin, (Former Advisor to Kyrgyz President Akaev)
Neil J. Melvin, (University of Leeds)
Vladimir Mesamed, (Truman Institute, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
R. M. Mukhametshin, (Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan)
Saodat Olimova, (Sharq Research Center, Dushanbe)
Richard Pomfret, (University of Adelaide)
Yaacov Ro'i, (Tel Aviv University)
Ayse-Azade Rorlich, (University of Southern California)
Dov Yaroshevski, (Tel Aviv University)

For more information log on to the website of Routledge/Frank Cass,, or contact Deena Leventer, deenal(a)

Deena Leventer
Managing Editor
Cummings Center Series
Tel Aviv University

PUBLICATION- HIV/AIDS Prevention in Central Asia, World Bank Draft Report

Posted by: David Mikosz <dmikosz(a)>
Posted: 19 Jul 2004

The World Bank has recently released a draft study on HIV/AIDS Prevention in
Central Asia.  This Study aims to identify strategies for ensuring early and
effective intervention to control the AIDS epidemic in Central Asia at
national and regional levels, considering priorities based on global
evidence. It also aims to inform the Bank's policy dialogue and the
operational work to control HIV/AIDS in Central Asia, and to strengthen the
regional partnership between Governments, civil society, UN agencies, and
multilateral and bilateral agencies to prevent HIV/AIDS and STIs.

This study was prepared by a team led by Joana Godinho at the World Bank but
study chapters were based on background papers prepared by the following
co-authors: Epidemiological Overview of HIV/AIDS and STIs in Central Asia by
Adrian Renton; The Economic Consequences of HIV in Central Asia by
Viatcheslav Vinogradov; Strategic and Regulatory Framework in Central Asia
by Thomas Novotny; Stakeholder Analysis and Institutional Assessment by
Mary-Jane Rivers and George Gotsadze; and the Communication Plan by Mario

The team is grateful to: James Cercone for his contribution to the
identification of key emerging issues on HIV/AIDS in Central Asia; Andrew
Amato-Gauci and Nina Kerimi for their contribution to the stakeholder
analysis and institutional assessment in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan,
respectively; and Dorothee Eckertz for preparing the tables on funding of
HIV/AIDS Programs in Central Asia.  The study team is grateful to the
Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for
their openness, which made this and other Central Asia AIDS and TB studies
possible. The team is especially grateful to the Ministries of Health,
Justice, Internal Affairs and Finances; AIDS Centers from Central Asian
countries; as well as to all regional partners and NGOs that provided data
and participated in meetings to discuss the main issues identified.

This study follows the Regional Government Meeting on HIV/AIDS in Almaty on
June 28-29.  Four Central Asian countries, plus their partners from
international organizations, forged a regional cooperation agreement to
avert an HIV/AIDS epidemic in Central Asia, and to lay the groundwork for a
Central Asia Regional AIDS Project.  The agreement was set out in a
Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz
Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, and the World Bank, DFID, and UNAIDS.
The workshop was organized jointly by UNAIDS, DFID (UK), and the World Bank,
with the Governments of four Central Asian countries and included
participation by UNAIDS.

For an updated brief on AIDS in Central Asia, visit

An executive summary with the full draft report is available through email
for interested people by contacting David Mikosz at dmikosz(a)
This report is about 1.5 mb, so please prepare your email account if you are
not able to accept large files.

PUBLICATION- Sibirica: Journal of Siberian Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2 Available On-Line

Posted by: Sharron Lawrence <SharronL(a)>
Posted: 16 Jul 2004

Volume 3 Number 2/October 2003 2004 of Sibirica: Journal of Siberian Studies
is now available on the Taylor & Francis web site at:

This issue contains:

Raw liver, singed sheep's head, and boiled stomach pudding: encounters with
traditional Buriat cuisine
Sharon Hudgins

A John Barleycorn temptation: behaviour of Siberian regions on the alcoholic
beverages market (1999-2003)
Grigorii L. Olekh

Contemporary religious life in the Republic of Altai: the interaction of
Buddhism and Shamanism
Agnieszka Halemba

Seals and mountain spirits: making tri-lingual folktale books
Kira Van Deusen

Who owns Siberian ethnography? A critical assessment of a
re-internationalized field
Patty Gray, Nikolai Vakhtin, Peter Schweitzer

Book reviews

PUBLICATION- India and Central Asia: Advancing the Common Interest

Posted by: Ramakant Dwivedi <ramnisha2002(a)>
Posted: 16 Jul 2004

India and Central Asia: Advancing the Common Interest


K Santhanam
Ramakant Dwivedi
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
Block No. 3, Old JNU Campus
New Delhi - 110 067, India

81-88342-27-0 / 2004 / Hb. / 5.5" x 8.5" / xxxiv + 340 pp. / Rs. 650.00

The security environment in Central Asia has undergone significant changes
after 9/11 while the global war against terrorism and attempts to stabilise
Afghanistan have posed new challenges. US military presence and bases in the
region have also altered the strategic landscape with attendant political,
economic and security implications.

Central Asia is part of India's extended neighbourhood. International
terrorism and religious extremism are of critical importance to both.

This book aims at enabling a better understanding of Central Asia through
scholarly exchanges and sharing of India's perceptions on the
politico-economic-security issues faced in the region. The book is a
collection of 31 articles from well-known scholars and high-ranking
officials from about 15 countries and two international organisations.

The book would be of direct interest to scholars, policy makers, diplomats,
entrepreneurs and academics involved with Central Asia.

K Santhanam is presently Director General, IDSA, New Delhi and earlier was
Chief Adviser (Technology) in the Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO). He has worked for about 43 years in the area of
science, technology and security and contributed to the evolution of India's
positions on disarmament and arms control. He has served as India member on
the Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts set up by the UN Secretary
General (1978-80) on verification of arms control treaties, has been
Scientific Adviser in the Ministry of External Affairs (1984-86), and a
member of the National Security Advisory Board. He was conferred the Padma
Bhushan award in recognition of his contributions to the Shakti-98 series of
nuclear tests conducted in May 1998. He is the editor, Strategic Analysis
(New Delhi). His recent published works include co-authorship of Jihadis in
Jammu and Kashmir: A Portrait Gallery (Sage Publications, New Delhi 2003);
Iraq War 2003: Rise of the New 'Unilateralism' (Ane Books, New Delhi 2003)
and Asian Security and China 2000-2010 (Shipra Publications, New Delhi 2004).

Ramakant Dwivedi is an Associate Fellow at IDSA. He has a PhD from the
Central Asian Studies Division of the School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Dwivedi was a visiting Research
Fellow at the Al-Beruni Institute of Oriental Studies, Tashkent (1998-2001).
He holds a Diploma in the Russian Language from the University of World
Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent and a Diploma in the Uzbek Language from the
Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan. His major areas of
research are religious extremism, security and ethnic issues in Central
Asian States. He has widely travelled in the Central Asian Republics of
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Presently,
he is working on Religious Extremism in Central Asia and its Implications
for India.


A Ministerial Overview:

1. Regional and International Security-S.S. Safoev

2. India and Central Asia in the Emerging Security Environment-Yashwant Sinha

The Emerging International Security Landscape:

3. Emerging International Security Environment: Indian Perceptions with
Focus on South Asian and Central Asian Predicaments-J.N. Dixit

4. Regional Security in Central Asia in the Context of the Fight Against
Terrorism-F.F. Tolipov

5. Emerging Security Paradigms in a Post-Soviet World-E.M. Kozhokin

6. Role of NATO in Post-Soviet Territory and its Role in Combating
Terrorism-Bakhtiyor Irishmatov

7. Central Asia: Defying the "Great Game" Expectations- Kathleen Collins &
W.C. Wolfforth

8. United Kingdom's Perspectives on Central Asia-Shirin Akiner

9. Challenges and New Threats to the Security of Central Asian Region-T.A.

10. India and Central Asia: From Dialogue to Cooperation-Ravshan Alimov

11. Security and Geo-Politics in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Aspects of Change
and Continuity-Mustafa Aydin

12. India, Russia and China in the Emerging Dynamics of Central Asia-M.M.

Energy and Water: Imperatives and Prospects of Regional Cooperation:

13. India-Central Asia Energy Cooperation-Sudha Mahalingam

14. Economic Collaboration in Central Asian Region and the SCO-Sun Zhuangzhi

15. Issues of the Use of Water and Power Resources of the Aral Sea
Basin-S.S. Mirzayev

16. Water: India's Relations with its Neighbours-R.R. Iyer

17. Trans-Boundary Waters and Regional Security-S.R. Mousavi

18. Prospects of the Development of the Oil and Gas Industry of

Transport and Communication Corridors: Imperatives and Prospects of Regional

19. Peaceful and Prosperous Central Asia and International Cooperation:
Japanese Perspectives on Transport and Communication Issues-Kei Karasawa

20. Regional Economic Cooperation and Transport Links with Central Asia: An
Indian Perspective-Nirmala Joshi

21. Transportation and Communication Corridors in the Context of Central
Asia-David Lewis

22. Problems of Developing Transportation and Communication Corridors in the
Central Asian Region-Shavkat Arifkhanov

23. Central Asia and the TRACECA Programme-Bakhtiyar Sadriddinov

The Current Situation in Afghanistan and its Implications for Central Asia:

24. The Terrorist Threat After Afghanistan: Developments in the Evolution of
Al Qaeda and its Associated Groups-Rohan Gunaratna

25. Post-Conflict Afghanistan and the Role of Regional Economic
Organisations-A.M. Danishyar

26. Role of Ethno-Religious Factor in Stabilisation of Internal Political
Situation in Afghanistan and its Impact on Central Asia-Abdusamat Khaydarov

27. The Current Situation in Afghanistan: An Indian Perspective-S.K. Lambah

28. Afghanistan and Iraq: Democracy, Justice and Reconciliation-Amin Saikal

29. Impact of the Afghanistan Situation on the Central Asian Region- M.S.

30. Current Situation in Afghanistan: A Russian Perspective - R.G. Shamgunov

31. Threats from International Terrorism: A Central Asian Perspective-K.G.

To order your copy please contact:

Anamaya Publishers
F-230 Lado Sarai, New Delhi - 110 030 (INDIA)

Telephone: +91 011 2952 3205
E-mail: anamayapub(a)

PUBLICATION- Svetlana Gorshenina, The Private Collections of Russian Turkestan

Posted by: Jürgen Paul <paul(a)>
Posted: 16 Jul 2004


Svetlana Gorshenina:
The Private Collections of Russian Turkestan in the Second Half of the 19th
and Early 20th Century.
Berlin (Klaus Schwarz Verlag) 2004. 205 p, 107 illustrations (b/w).
Includes index. 24,80 euros. (ANOR: 15) ISBN 3-87997-624-4

The paper explores the origins and contents of collections from Russian
Turkestan. These collections were brought together by various people,
officers in the Russian army, scientists, travellers and antiquaries. The
author shows which items were collected and how the composition of the
collections changed over time, much priced items becoming very expensive a
few decades after the Russian conquest. The demand for antique objects very
early on led to the creation of a specialized market in such objects.  The
collections described in the paper were in a way instrumental in shaping the
view Europeans held of Central Asia and Central Asians, since it were the
objects brought from there, the drawings and, later on, the photographs
which were the visual counterparts of travelogues and other written reports.

To order contact:

Klaus Schwarz Verlag - Hans Schiler Verlag
Fidicinstr. 29
D-10965 Berlin
Phone: +49(0)30-322 8523
Fax: +49(0)30-322 5183
E-Mail info(a)

Thank you for your attention.
Juergen Paul

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Paul
Institut für Orientalistik
Mühlweg 15
D-06114 Halle
Tel: +49(0)345-5524071
Fax: +49(0)345 5527123

PUBLICATION- Journal of Power Inst. in Post-Sov. Societies, Issue 1, On-line

Posted by: E.Sieca-Kozlowski <kozlowsk(a)>
Posted: 13 Jul 2004

Now Online

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies #1, June 2004.
An electronic journal of social sciences

Announcement by Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Chief Editor - Issue 1 - July 2004 "Dedovshchina: from Military to Society" now

I am pleased to inform you that the first Issue of the Journal of Power
Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies is now online at The
Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies is a semesterly
publication devoted to armed forces and power ministries in post-Soviet
societies. is a multi-disciplinary journal, which addresses issues
across a broad field of disciplines in human and social sciences. Its main
objective is to study changes and their underlying mechanisms in post-Soviet
republics, through the analysis of the institutions that remain most hidden
from the public eye: armies and power institutions.

As an electronic journal, also aims to promote scholarly debate
across as broad an audience as possible, and make CIS research available to
Western scholars. An essential aspect of the journal is the establishment of
links and comparisons between research findings concerning the different
republics of the CIS, in order to better understand the development of each
of them given that they all share a common past and have continued to share
common features. The comparative dimension of the journal can be reinforced
through reference to cultural areas other than those mainly covered by the
journal. Hence, the comparative dimension must be understood in as wide a
sense as possible, extending beyond the borders of the CIS. Thanks to its
international scientific board drawn from a large pool of leading academics
and experts in their respective fields, it is in a position to become a
leading source of analysis on post-Soviet societies.

The entire issue is available at (the access is free).

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor

See the Table of Contents:

Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies An electronic journal of social

Issue 1 - July 2004 - Dedovshchina : From Military to Society

Foreword by Alexander Belkin

Introduction by Francoise Dauce & Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Chief Editor
(1st Issue Editors)

Dedovshchina and Social Violence

Konstantin L. Bannikov
Regimented Communities in a Civil Society

Anna Lebedev
L'epreuve du reel. Comprendre la tolerance des familles vis-a-vis des
mauvais traitements subis par les conscrits de l'armee russe

Anton Oleynik
Dedovshchina as an Element of the "Small Society": Evidence From Russia and
Other Countries.

Dedovshchina Frameworks in Russia

Julie Elkner
Dedovshchina and the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers under Gorbachev

Vadim Mikhailin
Russian Army Mat as a Code System Controlling Behaviours in the Russian army

Dedovshchina and Hazing Abroad

Hana Cervinkova
Time to Waiste. Notes on the Culture of the Enlisted in the
Professionalizing Czech Military.

James K. Wither
Battling Bullying in the British Army 1987 - 2004

Dedovshchina : Suggested Bibliography

Military Reform

Peter D. Waisberg
The Duty to Serve and the Right to Choose: The Contested Nature of
Alternative Civilian Service in the Russian Federation

Book Reviews : The Dedovshchina Issue

K. Bannikov. Antropologiia ekstremal'nykh grupp. Dominanthye otnoshenie
sredi voennosluzhashchikh srochnoi sluzhby Rossiiskoi Armii, RAN, Moskva,
2002. 399 p.

R.G. Gallego. Blanc sur Noir. Arles : Actes Sud, Paris, 2003.

V.V. Savel'ev, Kak vyzhit' v neustavnoi armii. (from the series
Psychological Practice), Rostov-on-Don, Feniks, 2003.

Book Reviews : Military Reform

A.C. Aldis and R. N. McDermott, eds., Russian Military Reform, 1992-2002.
Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2003.

V. L. Berseneev, I. E. Duniushkin, R. R. Sadriev, N. A. Salmin (eds.),
Doklady nauchnoi konferentsii voennaia reforma v Rossii : istoriia I
sovremenost', Ekaterinburg, November 2002.

A. Gol'ts, Armiia Rossii: 11 poteriannykh let, Moscow: Zakharov, 2004.

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

Editorial Board : Eden Cole, Francoise Dauce, Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, Anne
Le Huerou, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Joris Van Bladel

PUBLICATION- M. Amineh & H. Houweling, Central Eurasia in Global Politics

Posted by: M Amineh <M.P.Amineh(a)>
Posted: 13 Jul 2004

Amineh, Mehdi Parvizi & Henk Houweling
Central Eurasia in global politics: conflict, security and development
Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2004
370 pp., Tables, Figures, Index
ISBN 9004128093 (paperback), Euro 49.-.

To order a copy of the book, please go to:

Central Eurasia in global politics: conflict, security and development

This anthology brings together studies of post-colonial, post-Cold War
Central Eurasia. This part of the world is in transition from Soviet
institutions to independent statehood, nation building, resistance against
state expansion, cultural change and the release of market forces.  The
theoretical framework of the study is called 'critical geo-politics.' The
objective of the work is to better comprehend the nature of the
post-colonial 'geo-politics in a globalising world'.

The creation of legally independent states in Central Eurasia has changed
the geo-political and geo-economic landscape on the landmass of Eurasia. The
newly independent governments are confronted with the simultaneous tasks to
extend state power into domestic society, to create viable nations, to
transit from inherited, decayed central planning systems towards a market
economy as well as to integrate into the world economy. The strains caused
by transformation process underway in the newly created countries provide
outsiders with multiple access points to come in and bent that process to
their own advantage.

The international context of the transformation processes underway therefore
will shape its outcome. That context is characterised, firstly by America's
military supremacy. For the first time in the history of the Westphalian
state system, one country as achieved escalation dominance in all regions of
the world simultaneously. At the end of World War II, the US shifted its
military border across the world's oceans- incorporating Western Europe and
offshore East Asia, later including South Korea, as its security-dependent
clients. In the post-cold war order, the US is creating a new leg to the
trans-oceanic, cold war, military border, extending it from Southern Europe,
(Rumania) into the Caucasus , Iraq into the former Soviet Central Asia.
Accordingly, Russia, China and Iran have got the sole surviving military
superpower as their new neighbour on land-borders. This is the fossil fuel
rich area between integrating Europe, recovering Russia and industrialising
China. Secondly, the international structure now has three centres of
productive power: North America, with the US its centre, East Asia, with
Japan and China as its core and integrating and extending Western Europe.
Accordingly, the once united "West" is fragmenting in competing parts.
Multiple fragmentation of the one's united 'West' implies unrestricted
multiple competition for getting access to fossil fuel niche in which state,
enterprises and households in this high-income part of the world thrives.

Table of Contents

Introduction by the editors. The crisis in IR- theory: towards a critical
geo-politics approach
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh and Henk Houweling

Part I: The policy of projecting power into vacuum areas

 - Chapter 1: Critical geo-politics and American practice
   Henk Houweling and Mehdi Parvizi Amineh
 - Chapter 2: Caspian oil and gas resources and the global market
   Mehdi Parvizi Amineh and Henk Houweling

Part II: Local dynamics

 - Chapter 3: Nation-state building in Central Asia: a lost case?
   Pinar Akcali
 - Chapter 4: Political processes in Post-Soviet Central Asia
   Shirin Akiner
 - Chapter 5: The economic and social impact of systemic transition in
   Central Asia and Azerbaijan
   Michael Kaser
 - Chapter 6: Gendered transitions: The impact of the post-Soviet transition
   on women in Central Asia and the Caucasus
   Armine Ishkanian

Part III: Interactions between outsiders, neighbors and Central Eurasian

 - Chapter 7: Sino-Indian relations: security dilemma, ideological
   polarization, or Cooperation based on 'Comprehensive Security'?
   Kurt Radtke
 - Chapter 8: The US and the EU in CEA. Relations with regional powers

   Mehdi Parvizi Amineh and Henk Houweling
 - Chapter 9: Paradigms of Iranian policy in Central Eurasia and beyond.
   Eva Rakel

Part IV: Local conflicts

 - Chapter 10: Growing Tension and the Threat of War in the Southern Caspian
   Sea: The Unsettled Division Dispute and Regional Rivalry
   Hooman Peimani
 - Chapter 11: The 'power of water' in a divided Central Asia

   Max Spoor and Anatoly Krutov
 - Chapter 12: A trans-national policy for conflict reduction and prevention
   in the South Caucasus
   Robert M. Cutler
 - Chapter 13: Azerbaijan: International challenges and domestic preferences
   in the post-Soviet transition process in Azerbaijan
   Ayca Ergun

PUBLICATION- Investigative Journalists of Armenia, HETQ Online, July 12 Issue

Posted by: Onnik Krikorian <onnik(a)>
Posted: 12 Jul 2004

English Version:
Armenian Version:


12 July 2004

AGBU London Lecture Series

Poverty, Transition and Democracy

On 29 June 2004, a presentation was held at the Center for Armenian
Information and Advice in London where HETQ photojournalist Onnik Krikorian
presented his CD-based photo project on social vulnerability and related
issues in Armenia. The project was partially supported in its final stage by
the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) London Trust. We present
an edited transcript of the presentation.

Full text of this transcript can be read online at:

PUBLICATION- New Recording of Traditional Central Asian Music, Imagina Productions

Posted by: Imagina Productions <imagina(a)>
Posted: 9 Jul 2004

We are very pleased to announce a new album by Tashkent musicians.  For
those of you who have been asking for a recording of more traditional
Central Asian music styles, this CD is it.

Journey Tanovar, by ensemble Safar is a result of a fruitful collaboration
between one of the megastars of Central Asian pop-music, 'Yalla' drummer
Alisher Tulyaganov, and acclaimed Uzbek folk-musician and vocalist, Abdulla
Shomagrupov.  It is performed using only voice and traditional regional
acoustic instruments -- string instruments dutar, tanbur, rubab and violin,
and percussion instruments doira, nagara and kairak.

Please go to our updated website at for more
information about the album Journey Tanovar by ensemble Safar, the newest
addition to Imagina's Central Asian Collection.

Imagina(tm) Productions

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phone: 1-206-284-8381
fax: 1-509-479-9347
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Imagina is an independent record label supporting quality music from
different traditions, cultures, and regions of the world, particularly
Russia and Central Asia

PUBLICATION- Research Trends in Modern Central Eurasian Studies (18th-20th Centuries)

Posted by: Stephane Dudoignon <dudoignon(a)>
Posted: 9 Jul 2004

The Toyo Bunko is glad to announce the publication of:

Research Trends in Modern Central Eurasian Studies (18th-20th Centuries): A
Selective and Critical Bibliography of Works Published between 1985-2000.
Part 1.

Edited by Stephane A. Dudoignon and Komatsu Hisao

Tokyo: Toyo Bunko (in association with Abstracta Iranica, Tehran - Paris),
2003, xiii+211p.

Price: 7,140 Yen about $71.40

This work offers the first volume of epistemological approaches to the state
of art and to the present trends of research in various disciplines, and in
various national or regional schools of modern Central Eurasian studies in
the years 1985-2000.


Research Trends in Studies on the History of Islam and Muslim Peoples
(Bashkirs, Volga and Siberian Tatars), Conducted in European Russia and
Siberia ca. 1985-2000
Marsel FARKHSHATOV and Christian NOACK

Research Trends in the Former Soviet Central Asian Countries
UYAMA Tomohiko

Research Trends in Xinjiang Studies

Research Trends in Sociology
Laura L. ADAMS

Central Eurasian Studies in Turkey (1985-2002)

Modern Central Eurasian Studies in Japan: An Overview 1985-2000

Central Eurasian Studies in the European Union: A Short Insight

This volume is to be followed by a second one presenting our selective and
critical bibliography for the same period.

For any order from abroad:

Kinokuniya Company Ltd.
e-mail: ibd(a)

For any order within Japan:

Kyuko Shoin

PUBLICATION- Investigative Journalists of Armenia, HETQ Online, July 6 Issue

Posted by: Onnik Krikorian <onnik(a)>
Posted: 8 Jul 2004

English Version:
Armenian Version:

 - Life and death in the Armenian sex trade
 - Armenian children are neglected in Calcutta - 2
 - Aida Topuzyan was fired for helping a student cheat on an exam
 - A development concept according to the Ministry of Communication and
 - Photostory: A Yezidi Wedding

Life and death in the Armenian sex trade

On September 13, 2003, 16-year-old Gagik Hakobyan was killed on a Yerevan
street. He and two friends had gotten involved in a fight with two
prostitutes. Gagik and his friends had gone to a birthday party that night,
and as they were walking home they saw some prostitutes standing outside the
cycling rink on Grigor Lusavorich Street and decided to proposition them.
The sex workers didn't want to get involved with minors, the boys' pride was
offended, a scuffle ensued, and Gagik was killed.

Full text of this week's articles available on the HETQ Online Website:

PUBLICATION- Central Eurasian Studies Review, Volume 3, Number 2, Spring 2004

Posted by: CESR Co-Editors <CESS(a)>
Posted: 7 Jul 2004

The editors of the Central Eurasian Studies Review (CESR) announce that the
Spring 2004 issue of CESR is now available on-line at:

The print version of the new issue is in press, and dues-paying CESS members
should receive it in 2-3 weeks.

This issue features an overview of Eurasian Studies in Turkey, along with
research reports, book reviews, conference reports, and an article regarding
a web-based teaching experience in Central Eurasian Studies.  Many thanks to
all who contributed to this issue!  We look forward to hearing from readers
and potential contributors to future issues. Please consult the CESR web
page for deadlines, style guidelines and other information for contributors.

CESR Co-Editors-in-Chief, Marianne Kamp and Virginia Martin

The contents of this issue are as follows:


Eurasian Studies in Turkey, Ayse Gunes-Ayata, Hayriye Kahveci, Isik Kuscu


Narratives of Migration and Kazakh Identity, Saulesh Yessenova

Uzbek Communities in the Kyrgyz Republic and Their Relationship to
Uzbekistan, Matteo Fumagalli

Politics and Public Policy in Post-Soviet Central Asia: The Case of Higher
Education Reform in Kyrgyzstan, Askat Dukenbaev

The Soviet Policy of Economic Nationalization in Uzbekistan and its
Consequences, 1917-1940, Nadejda Ozerova


Anke von Kugelgen, Agirbek Muminov, and Michael Kemper, eds. Muslim Culture
in Russia and Central Asia, vol. 3: Arabic, Persian and Turkic Manuscripts
(15th-19th Centuries).
Reviewed by Devin DeWeese

Daniel Brower, Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empire. Reviewed by
Gulnar Kendirbai

Pauline Jones Luong, Institutional Change and Political Continuity in
Post-Soviet Central Asia: Power, Perceptions, and Pacts. Reviewed by Cengiz

Boris Z. Rumer, ed., Central Asia and the New Global Economy. Reviewed by
Peter G. Laurens

Roald Sagdeev and Susan Eisenhower, eds. Islam and Central Asia: An Enduring
Legacy or an Evolving Threat? Reviewed by Vika Gardner

Yuri Bregel, An Historical Atlas of Central Asia. Reviewed by Nick Megoran

George Kennan, Vagabond Life: The Caucasus Journals of George Kennan.
Reviewed by Thomas M. Barrett


The Tenth Annual Central and Inner Asian Seminar, Jennifer Taynen

Nation-building in the Making: "Volga-Ural Studies" Workshop, Gonul Pultar

Workshop on Iran and Regional Developments, Bayram Sinkaya


Earth Odyssey: Uzbekistan. Using the Web to Connect American High School and
University Students with Personal Experiences in Uzbekistan, Vika Gardner
and Jeff Stanzler

PUBLICATION- Investigative Journalists of Armenia, HETQ Online, 29 June Issue

Posted by: Onnik Krikorian <onnik(a)>
Posted: 6 Jul 2004

Association of Investigative Journalists of Armenia / HETQ Online

English Version:
Armenian Version:

29 June 2004

 - The Association of Investigative Journalists receives an award for
   fighting corruption
 - The neighborhood versus the nightclub
 - Armenian children are neglected in Calcutta

The Association of Investigative Journalists receives an award for fighting

The Center for Regional Development/Transparency International Armenia
(CRD/TI Armenia), a non-governmental organization that focuses on promoting
an accountable and transparent governance system, increasing public
awareness on reform processes, and encouraging civil society participation
in policy decision-making, has presented an award to the Association of
Investigative Journalists of Armenia (AIJA) for its remarkable contribution
to the fight against corruption. The award was accepted by Edik
Baghdasaryan, chairman of the AIJA, on June 18, 2004 at a Europe and Central
Asia regional meeting in Yerevan organized by Transparency International.
Last year the CRD/TI Armenia award went to Ambassador Roy Reeves, head of
the OSCE office in Armenia.

Full Text of This Week's Articles Available on the HETQ Online Website:

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, June 30, 2004 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 6 Jul 2004

The 30 June issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is now online at The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly
publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins

The PDF version of the entire issue of the CACI Analyst is available at:

The Analytical Articles include:

Justine Walker
An ongoing concern for international organizations involved in the fight
against drug trafficking is the future withdrawal of the Russian Federal
Border Service (RFBS) from the Tajik-Afghan border. The withdrawal is
expected to result in a significant weakening of border control measures and
comes at a time when Afghan opium production for 2004 is on track to reach
record levels.  Along with increased possibilities for drug trafficking,
parallel security concerns relating to the cross-border movement of Islamic
insurgents are making the International Community highly nervous.

Gregory Gleason
The admission of Russia as a member of the Central Asian Cooperation
Organization in May 2004 marked a reversal of more than a decade of efforts
by the Central Asian states to form cooperative relationships without
Russian participation. The decision of the Central Asian countries to close
ranks with Russia represents a major step forward for Russia's foreign
policy objective of reestablishing Moscow's influence in the Central Asian

Peter Laurens
This past May, Uzbekistan's government indicated that by the end of 2004 it
would tender a stake in its oil and gas monopoly Uzbekneftegaz to foreign
investors. This is welcome news, as the government needs cash, and the
crucial energy sector urgently needs to upgrade existing operations and to
fund exploration and development of new oil and gas fields. The partial
privatization of the company, involving the sale of a 49 percent stake, was
first discussed in 2000 but risked being put off indefinitely. The
government's May announcement did nevertheless not specify the size of the
stake. Such ambiguities reflect the government's hesitation in making the
tradeoff between obtaining much-needed capital to develop a crucial
industry, and losing effective control over it.

Hooman Peimani
The Kazakh national oil and gas company (KazMuniaGaz) and its affiliate,
Kaznafta, announced on June 19 their decision to build two oil terminals
with a storage capacity of 150,000 barrels in Iran. The terminals will be
used for Kazakh oil exports via Iran, which are currently being done through
swap deals. Caspian oil exporters have demonstrated a growing interest in
using Iran to export oil to expanding Asian markets as Iran offers the least
expensive export route to those markets. The announcement reflected Iran's
relative success in attracting the Caspian oil exporters by investing
heavily in its Caspian oil export facilities to which the Kazakhs, the
Turkmen and the Uzbeks ship their oil.

The Field Reports Include:

This week police and demonstrators once again clashed in the streets of
Baku.  The cause of these clashes was the arrival of two Armenian officers
in Baku to participate in a NATO conference. Several dozens of members of
the Karabakh Liberation Organization (KLO) stormed the "Europe" hotel, where
the conference was taking place and attempted to psychically remove the
Armenian officers from there.

Responding aggressively to Georgia's humanitarian initiatives and
anti-smuggling activities, Ossetian security forces heavily manning
checkpoints between Georgian and Ossetian-controlled territories are
ensuring that all roads leading to Tskhinvali are closed. Over the last
week, Ossetian authorities have initiated a series of arrests and detentions
of Georgian civilians and security officials attempting to enter or leave
Tskhinvali region, in numbers described as "unprecedented since the civil
conflict". In response, Georgian authorities have strongly advised residents
to stay out of Tskhinvali region. A state of fear now prevails in the "heart
of Georgia" as everyone awaits the results of the quadripartite Joint
Control Commission meeting scheduled in Moscow from 30 June to 2 July and a
subsequent meeting between presidents Putin and Saakashvili.

International NGOs protesting against building of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC)
project have recently been reactivated. This time, they attract attention to
serious delays in the production schedule. According to the latest
information on the course of construction works, a completion rate of 65%
was reported. Of a total length of 1768 km, (ca. 1100 miles) 950 km or 54%
of the pipe has been welded. Of the whole project, 65% has been completed
and ca. $2 billion spent.  Initially, the project was supposed to involve
14,000 personnel, now over 17,000 are working on the project, and an
additional 1,000 is to be brought in next month.

Speakers at a April conference organized by the Area Study Centre (Russia,
China and Central Asia), University of Peshawar, on Pakistan- Russia
Relations asked both Pakistan and the Russian Federation to concentrate on
bilateral economic relations and cooperate to counter terrorism, drug
production and trafficking and nuclear non-proliferation. Briefing
journalists after the conclusion of the conference, the experts said that
the present level of Pakistan-Russia relations does not meet the existing
favorable opportunities for interaction between the two countries.

PUBLICATION-, July 2004 Issue

Posted by: Farhad Azad <farhad(a)>
Posted: 2 Jul 2004

The July 2004 issue of Lemar - Aftaab | is published.
Read the issue at

Publisher's Notes

Feature Article
No Security, No Trans-Afghan Pipelines
By M. Ashraf Haidari
However, aside from technical problems, the realization of the project faces
significant political and security challenges.

Love song
By Zaheda Ghani

Visual Arts
Contemporary art in Central Asia
By Leeza Ahmady
When thinking of Central Asia, most people think of its history. Yet,
Central Asia is living, producing and creating in the present.

Photo Essay
Afghan Film: Spring 2004
By Yama Rahimi
I arrived in Kabul April 2004, and spent the first week visiting family. All
the while, I yearned to see Afghan Film Organization (AFO).


PUBLICATION- Transoxiana 8, Junio 2004, Now Available On-Line

Posted by: Paola E. Raffetta <paola_raffetta(a)>
Posted: 1 Jul 2004

Dear Fellows,

We're pleased to announce that Transoxiana 8 is online. Thanks to all the
authors, referees, and Board Members


Paola Raffetta
editor [at]

Journal de Estudios Orientales

Transoxiana 8 - Junio 2004



 - Kristina Berggren
   Homo Faber or Homo Symbolicus? The Fascination with Copper in the sixth
   (Homo Faber u Homo Symbolicus? La fascinacion con el cobre en el sexto

 - Israel Campos Mendez
   Elementos de continuidad entre el culto del dios Mithra en Oriente y

 - Vartan Matiossian
   Las Leyendas Armenias de Origen I

 - Elena Neva
   Artistic Features of Jewelry Art from Central Asia (IV BC-IV AD)
   (Caracteristicas del arte de la joyeria del Asia Central)

 - H.B. Paksoy
   Identity Markers: Uran, Tamga, Dastan (Marcas de Identidad: Uran, Tamga,

 - Jose Ramirez del Rio
   Sociedades secretas arabes. Medio siglo de contestacion

 - Janet Roberts
   Enheduanna, Daughter of King Sargon -- Princess, Poet, Priestess (3200 B.C.)
   (Enheduanna, hija del Rey Sargón -- princesa, poeta, sacerdotisa (3200

 - Sergey A. Yatsenko
   The Costume of Foreign Embassies and Inhabitants of Samarkand on Wall
   Painting of the 7th c. in the "Hall of Ambassadors" from Afrasiab as a
   Historical Source (La vestimenta de los Embajadores Extranjeros y
   de Samarcanda en las pinturas murales del siglo VII en el "Hall de los
   Embajadores" de Afrasiab como fuente historica)

Resena de la Conferencia Internacional "Bukhara oasis. Antiquity and Middle
Ages", realizada en Bukhara en Septiembre de 2003 - por Matteo Compareti

Book Reviews - por Isabel Stanganelli

PUBLICATION- Archaeologia Bulgarica, Issue VIII/2, 2004

Posted by: Lyudmil Vagalinski <lvagalin(a)>
Posted: 1 Jul 2004

23rd issue (VIII, 2004/2) of Archaeologia Bulgarica has just been printed.



Guadelli, A.: Une relecture de l'os grave de la couche 12 du site
paleolithique de Bacho Kiro (Bulgarie du Nord)1-10

Gaydarska, B./ Chapman, J./ Angelova, I./ Gurova, M./ Yanev, S.: Breaking,
Making and Trading: the Omurtag Eneolithic Spondylus Hoard

Topalov, S.: Nichtmonetare Austauschgegenstande im Rahmen des Kleinhandels
der thrakischen Regionen wahrend des ersten Jahrtausends v. Chr 35-45

Damyanov, M.: Notes on the Territory of Odessos in pre-Roman Times 47-56

Torbov, N.: Chain-Mails from Northern Bulgaria (III-I C BC) 57-61

Colakov, I.: Bronzebuste von Diana aus dem romischen Militarlager Novae -
Anhaben uber ortliche Produktion 71-88

Bospatchieva, M.: A Late Antiquity Pottery Workshop in Philippopolis 89-104


Komnick, H.: Die Munzpragung von Nicopolis ad Mestum. Berlin 2003. (Boteva,
D./ Bozkova, B.) 105-109

Mulvin, L.: Late Roman Villas in the Danube-Balkan Region. Oxford 2002.
(Ivanov, R.) 111-112

NEW: All issues (1997-2004) have e-versions: Euro 5 for a paper/review,
payment per credit card.

Editor-in-Chief: Lyudmil F. VAGALINSKI PhD (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Editorial Advisory Board: Prof. Laszlo BARTOSIEWICZ PhD DSc (Budapest,
Hungary); Florin CURTA PhD (Gainesville, Florida, USA); Prof. Haskel J.
GREENFIELD PhD (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada); Jean-Luc GUADELLI PhD
(Bordeaux, France); Prof. Bernhard HANSEL PhD (Berlin, Germany); Ulla Lund
HANSEN PhD (Copenhagen, Denmark); Boris MAGOMEDOV PhD (Kyiv, Ukraine); Prof.
J.V.S. MEGAW MA DLitt (Adelaide, Australia); Aristotle MENTZOS PhD
(Thessaloniki, Greece); Prof. Marcel OTTE PhD (Liege, Belgium); Prof.
Giorgio RAVEGNANI PhD (Venice, Italy); Nikolay SHARANKOV MA (Sofia,
Bulgaria); Prof. Alexandru SUCEVEANU PhD (Bucharest, Rumania); Rastko VASIC
PhD (Belgrade, Yugoslavia); Prof. John WILKES (London, Great Britain); Prof.
Jak YAKAR PhD (Tel Aviv, Israel).  Language Editors: Sven CONRAD PhD
(German), Leipzig, Germany; Lyubina DAMYANOVA MA (English), Sofia, Bulgaria;
Jean-Luc GUADELLI PhD (French), Bordeaux, France; Kathleen HAWTHORNE
(English), London, Great Britain; Diana Gilliland WRIGHT PhD (English),
Seattle, WA, USA.

All articles in Archaeologia Bulgarica are submitted to peer review.

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, June 16, 2004 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 25 Jun 2004

The 16 June issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is now online at The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly
publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins

The PDF version of the entire issue of the CACI Analyst is available at:

The Analytical Articles include:

Arman Grigorian
The "revolution of the roses" in neighboring Georgia had a contagious effect
on the Armenian opposition, which launched its own campaign of rallies three
months ago, aiming to force president Kocharian to resign. Even though
rallies are still held periodically in Yerevan, it is safe to assume that
this campaign has already failed as several others before, and no revolution
of any kind is imminent in Armenia.

Stephen Blank
On June 4, after talks between the Tajikistani and Russian Presidents,
Vladimir Putin's website announced an agreement on the future of Russia's
base in Tajikistan. This agreement gave Russia a "free and unlimited" use of
Tajik territory to establish a base, while territories currently used by
Russian forces as military testing grounds will be transferred to Russia
under similar conditions. Russian border guards currently in Tajikistan will
change their format of work and will cooperate with their Tajik colleagues
against drug trafficking and the infiltration of terrorists. This agreement
brings to an apparent close a serious political dispute between the two
governments. This agreement was surprising as it had seemed clear that
Tajikistan wanted its own troops to replace the Russians and had also
considerably improved its relationships with the United States in the meantime.

Pavel Baev
The chain of exciting crises in Georgia has taken much attention away from
the 'big issue' that shapes Caucasian security - the development of the
Caspian hydrocarbons. It was President Putin who implicitly reminded about
the forthcoming breakthrough in the Caspian area in his May 26 address the
to Russian Parliament. That speech consisted mostly of feel-good
Brezhnev-style generalities but the point on a new pipeline bypassing the
Bosporus straights was taken in a remarkably direct manner. Moscow might
have been caught unprepared by president Saakashvili's peaceful 'blitzkrieg'
in Ajaria but it certainly keeps a watchful eye on the race of Caspian
pipelines that comes to the final stage.

Jaba Devdariani
The Georgian government has taken decisive steps to address some of the most
pressing political and economic problems related to the post-conflict area
of South Ossetia and proposes revision of the current peacekeeping mandate.
Recent developments in South Ossetia have shown the inadequacy of the
current peacekeeping arrangements to the complex state-building and conflict
resolution tasks that the new Georgian administration pursues. Pro-active
economic rehabilitation and social assistance programs that are offered to
South Ossetian residents hold promise for boosting the political
negotiations, but also a risk for a militant backlash. Somewhat
paradoxically, the international organizations involved in conflict
resolution could prove the least ready to catch up with the new developments.

The Field Reports Include:

After the Georgian and Azerbaijan power succession scenarios, Kyrgyzstan
became the focus of the international community since the next presidential
elections in the post-Soviet area are to be conducted here. Kyrgyzstan's
President Askar Akaev after 13 years of rule had not defined his vision for
2005, and opposition forces are assessed by analysts as fragmented, having
no real force in counterbalancing the ruling elite.

While Georgian authorities are trying to provide humanitarian assistance and
cultural events for Ossetians in "Tskhinvali region", villagers are
screaming, "Get out!". Residents complain that the Ergneti market closure by
Georgian officials not only abolished the primary source of income for both
Ossetian and Georgian populations, but it severed the very trade relations
that fostered a peaceful coexistence over the last twelve years.

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev paid a state visit to neighboring
Georgia on June 14 to discuss bilateral political and economic relations and
the situation of ethnic Azerbaijanis in Georgia. The latter issue became the
target of the Azerbaijani media's attention in the last several weeks as
several protest rallies among the Azerbaijani minority took place in the
Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia.

A new shooting incident on Kazakh-Uzbek border which took the life of a
young man from South Kazakhstan clearly showed how illusory are hopes for
the constructive settlement of disputes between the neighbors. While the
sides trade accusations, people remain divided by a wall of blind hatred
fanned by official propaganda.

PUBLICATION- Investigative Journalists of Armenia, HETQ Online, June 22 Issue

Posted by: Onnik Krikorian <onnik(a)>
Posted: 25 Jun 2004

Investigative Journalists of Armenia

English Version:
Armenian Version:

22 June 2004

 - Just one apartment house in Berd will help fight poverty
 - The court supports the Mayor's Office's refusal to provide public
 - The government seizes yet another green area
 - Presentation: Poverty, Transition and Democracy in Armenia
 - Photostory: An Underclass emerges in Post-Independence Armenia

Just one apartment house in Berd will help fight poverty

There are ten families living in the hotel in the town of Berd in the Tavush
Marz, five of them refugee families from various regions of Azerbaijan.
There is a rumor going around Berd that the hotel has been privatized, which
has spread panic among its residents. The fate of these ten families is

Anichka Alaverdyan's husband, Vardges Antonyan, died in 1997 when the
Idjevan Police Department burned down. He had been arrested for stealing
cattle. "He was supposed to be put on probation for one year and then set
free," his the wife recalls, "Was it my children's fault that their father
died? We would not be living here if this accident hadn't happened."

The rest of this article and others can be read online at:

PUBLICATION- Central Asian Survey, Vol. 23, No. 1 Available On-Line

Posted by: Sharron Lawrence <sharron.lawrence(a)>
Posted: 25 Jun 2004

Volume 23 Number 1/March 2004 of Central Asian Survey is now available on
the Taylor & Francis web site at

This issue contains:

The secessions of Abkhazia and Nagorny Karabagh. The roots and patterns of
development of post-Soviet micro-secessions in Transcaucasia
Alexander Murinson

The Pankiski Gorge: Georgia's achilles' heel in its relations with Russia?
Tracey C. German

The prospects for multilateral conflict prevention and regional cooperation
in Central Asia
Niklas Swanström

Civil society, religious freedom, and Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan's struggle
for a decent society
John R. Pottenger

Corruption in Kyrgyzstan: the facts, causes and consequences
Murat Cokgezen

Book Review

PUBLICATION- Two New World Bank Reports on Central Asia

Posted by: David Mikosz <dmikosz(a)>
Posted: 21 Jun 2004

Two World Bank Reports Available: Central Asian Leasing Annual Report and
the Public Expenditure Review for the Kyrgyz Republic.

The Swiss - USAID - IFC Central Asia Leasing Project presents the annual
Leasing In Central Asia Market Survey for 2004.  This Survey covers
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Highlights in the leasing market in 2003 include:

 - Kazakhstan's lease market grew four fold to $85.2 million. - The number
   of lessors financing SMEs in Kazakhstan has doubled to 20 since fall 2003.
   Uzbekistan's commercial leasing industry doubled to $12 million, with 23
   lessors financing SMEs; and commercial banks quadrupled their lease
 - Kyrgyzstan experienced significant growth in lease volume, with 165
   leases financed for SMEs.
 - Tajikistan witnessed the birth of the domestic leasing market, with two
   banks and the Association of Business Women now financing leases.

The dynamic growth in the leasing market has been the positive reaction to
new legislation for leasing adopted in all four countries.  Additionally,
the Project has trained over 5000 government officials, lessors, lessees,
investors, and suppliers in leasing, and published over 200 articles on
leasing in the local press.

World Bank Report Available: New Russian and English versions of Public
Expenditure Review for the Kyrgyz Republic

Public expenditure is one of the critical ingredients of a country's
development. To make public expenditure efficacious, it is essential that
resource allocation decisions are underpinned by sound analysis and that a
well designed set of institutions, systems, and a performance focus guide
budget formulation and execution.

Public expenditure issues touch on virtually every aspect of the
government's work as the country's budget is the mechanism that translates

policies into results on the ground. Public expenditure is also at the core
of poverty reduction strategies, which require informed and well functioning
resource allocation processes.  The major vehicle of the World Bank for
analyzing public sector issues in general and public expenditure in
particular, is a public expenditure review (PER).

This Public Expenditure Review (PER) has sought to provide a strategic
framework for fiscal adjustment and public expenditure reform, consistent
with the government' s objectives for accelerated growth and poverty
reduction. The broad contours of the strategy are: To stabilize the
government' s finances through stronger revenue, and expenditure management
instruments and institutions, as well as through debt relief; to re-align
sector policies with the most essential country priorities, with a general
thrust toward improving targeted, and efficient use of resources in both
social and public infrastructure sectors; to revamp the public
administration to improve policy implementation and service delivery; and,
to secure external financial support.  Given the fragile external debt
situation and the extent of poverty, priority has to be given to fiscal

adjustment and the expenditure reform agenda.  Government performance needs
to be monitored, particularly at the grass roots levels, through systematic
diagnoses of institutional problems, and through quantitative performance
indicators, to monitor progress and competition in public service delivery.

The English version of this PER (from March 2004) is available at this
webpage: [specific address changed --CEL]

Email and print versions of the Leasing Report and PER in Russian and
English are available - if you would like to receive them by email, please
write to David Mikosz, Operations Officer, World Bank Central Asian Regional
Office e-mail:  dmikosz(a)

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Journal of the History of Sufism, New Web Page

Posted by: Thierry Zarcone <thzarcone(a)>
Posted: 21 Jun 2004

PUBLICATION- Journal of the History of Sufism, New Website and Information

Journal of the History of Sufism

Editors: Th. Zarcone; A. Buehler; E. Isin
Publisher: Jean Maisonneuve - Librairie d'Amérique et d'Orient - Paris

Dear Colleagues,

This is just to inform you that the new web page of the Journal of the
History of Sufism is:

Also note the topics of the forthcoming issues of the Journal:

 - 4:2004 (The Sufi Dance)
 - 5:2005 (The Naqshbandiyya-Khâlidiyya)

The website also contains the following information:

 - Books reviews
 - conferences on Sufism


Th. Zarcone

PUBLICATION- Arno Tanner (Ed.), The Forgotten Minorities of Eastern Europe

Posted by: Anssi Kullberg <anssikullberg(a)>
Posted: 18 Jun 2004

New book in ethnicity studies:

The Forgotten Minorities of Eastern Europe - The History and Today of
Selected Ethnic Groups in Five Countries

Edited by Arno Tanner, published by East-West Books
ISBN 952-91-6808-x

Contains the following contributions:

The Tatars of Crimea by Anssi Kullberg
The Roma of Ukraine and Belarus by Arno Tanner
The Csangos of Romanian Moldova by Silviu Miloiu
The Roma of Serbia and Montenegro by Peter Sandelin
The Vlachs of the Republic of Macedonia by Tanja Tamminen

The publication has been supported by the Finnish Government, Ministry of
Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour, and Directorate
of Immigration.

230 pages
25 euro

Order from: Dr. Arno Tanner, arno.tanner(a)

PUBLICATION- Investigative Journalists of Armenia, HETQ Online, June 15 Issue

Posted by: Onnik Krikorian <onnik(a)>
Posted: 16 Jun 2004

Association of Investigative Journalists of Armenia / HETQ Online

English Version:
Armenian Version:

15 June 2004

 - Statement by the Association of Investigative Journalists
 - Judicial farce
 - In the center of Berd, poverty has settled in
 - Armenian portals
 - Photostory: SOS From Beyond The Other Side of Reason

Statement by the Association of Investigative Journalists

On June 10, 2004, the court of first instance of Yerevan's Center and
Nork-Marash districts heard the criminal case against Ashot Avetisyan and
Hrair Harutiunyan - two of the men who attacked journalists at the April 5,
2004 rally organized by the National Unity Party. The Yerevan Prosecutor's
Office had indicted them for using violence against mass media
representatives and for deliberate damage or breakage of editorial equipment
during the rally.

The full text of this and other articles are available on the HETQ Online
web site.

Copyright (c) 2004 Hetq Online -

PUBLICATION- Turkish Policy Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 2, Summer 2004

Posted by: Ozgul Erdemli <ozgul(a)>
Posted: 16 Jun 2004

Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ), Vol. 3, No. 2 (Summer 2004)
"The Brave New World of Global Security"

Table of Contents:

1. NATO's 2004 Istanbul Summit: Charting The Alliance's Ongoing Adaptation
to 21st Century Risks and Challenges
Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

2. Afghanistan at the Crossroads of History
Hikmet Cetin

3. Re-Conceptualization of Soft Security and Turkey's Civilian Contributions
to International Security
Ugur Ziyal

4. Links between Terrorism and other Forms of Crime:  The Case of
Alex P. Schmid

5. Weak and Failing States: Critical New Security Issues
Robert I. Rotberg

6. To the Shores of Tripoli
Ali M. Koknar

7. Turkey, Iran and Nuclear Risks
Ian Lesser

8. Turkey's Sweet & Sour Policy Against NBC Weapons
Mustafa Kibaroglu

9. Turkey's Security Needs and Policy on the Threshold of the 21st Century
Sinasi Demir

10. NATO's Role in South Caucasus Regional Security
Svante Cornell

11. Progress and Challenges: The State of Security in The Balkans
Sandra Breka

12. ESDP and New Security Challenges:  How the Petersberg Tasks Have Come a
Long Way
Gulnur Aybet

13. European Defense: Why the EU Should Play a Bigger Role
Charles Grant

14. Anti-Americanism and its Threat to Trans-Atlantic Cooperation and Security
Christian Jokinen

15. EU's Long-Term Stability Strategy for the Middle East
Siret Hursoy

16. Transformation of Al-Qaeda's Strategy in Light of the New Global War on
Arben Qirezi

The ARI Movement ( editorially manages Turkish Policy
Quarterly (TPQ) to support its mission to promote informed debate about
Turkish Policies in the international arena. This issue of TPQ has been
produced with the kind cooperation of NATO's Public Diplomacy Division.

For more information:

To subscribe: subscriptions(a)

To submit an article: editor(a)

PUBLICATION- Gur Ofer & Richard Pomfret (Eds.), The Economic Prospects of the CIS

Posted by: Martin Spechler <spechler(a)>
Posted: 15 Jun 2004

Just published:

The Economic Prospects of the CIS.  Sources of Long Term Growth.
Gur Ofer and Richard Pomfret, Eds.
Edward Elgar Publishing Co., 136 West St., Suite 202, Northampton,
Massachusetts 01060.

Contains the following chapters on Central Asia:

7. Alexandre Repkine, "Turkmenistan: Economic Autocracy and Recent Growth."

8. Martin Spechler, Kuatbay Bektemirov, Sergei Chepel' , and Farrukh
   Suvankulov, "The Uzbek Paradox: progress without neo-liberal reform."

9. Khojamahmad Umarov and Alexandre Repkine, "Tajikistan's Growth
   Performance: the first decade of transition."

10. Roman Mogilevsky and Rafkat Hasanov, "Economic Growth in Kyrgyzstan."

11. Yelena Kalyuznova, James Pemberton, and Bulat Mukhamediyev, "Natural
    Resources and Economic Growth in Kazakhstan."

12. Conclusions by the editors.

PUBLICATION- Insight Turkey, April-June 2004, Vol.6 No. 2, Turkey and the Caucasus

Posted by: Suat Kiniklioglu <kiniklioglu(a)>
Posted: 14 Jun 2004

Insight Turkey, April-June 2004, Vol.6 No. 2 - "Turkey and the Caucasus"

Table of Contents


Vladimir Socor
Threats New and Old: Addressing the Hard Security Threat in the Black Sea-South
Caucasus Region

Gareth Winrow
Turkey, the EU and the South Caucasus

Alexander Rondeli
Black Sea Regional Security: The South Caucasus Component

Asbed Kotchikian
The Perceived Roles of Russia and Turkey in Georgian Foreign Policy

Suat Kiniklioglu
Interview with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili

Achim Wennmann
The Political Economy of Transnational Crime and its Implications for Armed
Violence in Georgia

Michael Emerson
Deepening the Wider Europe

Archil Gegeshidze
Georgia's Regional Vulnerabilities and the Ajaria Crisis

Elhan Mehtiyev

Azerbaijan and Armenia: Political development, policy priorities, options
for peace

Iva Nadashvili
A Vision for Strategic Cooperation: The Future of the Georgian-Turkish

Mikhail Roshchin
Sufism and Fundamentalism in Dagestan and Chechnya

Resul Yalcin
Turkey's Primary Concerns in Georgia: An Analysis of Three Cases

Alexander Murinson
The Impact of American Foreign Policy on the October 2003 Presidential Election
in Azerbaijan

Phil Champain
Conflict in the Southern Caucasus: From War Economies to Peace Economies?

Zurab Todua
Russia is Unwilling to Lose Azerbaijan

Liliana N. Proskuryakova
The Pivotal Role of International Assistance in the South Caucasus Since 1991

Nazmi Gul
The Turkish-Armenian Business Development Council and Turkish-Armenian Economic

Insight Turkey is published by the Ankara Center for Turkish Policy Studies
(ANKAM). For more information about Insight Turkey, subscriptions rates and
other details please visit

Suat Kiniklioglu
The Ankara Center for Turkish Policy Studies
Hilal Mah 46. Sok. No. 3/3
Cankaya-Yildiz 06550
Ankara, Turkey
Tel: +90.312.438-0256
Fax: +90.312.438-0259

E-mail: kiniklioglu(a)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2004

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad(a)>
Posted: 10 Jun 2004

Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to offer you the contents of No.3 (27) of the Central Asia and

the Caucasus journal (in English and Russian). The issue will come out in
late June.

For more information, and subscription, 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 (27), 2004



Bakhodyr Ergashev. Civil Forums in Central Asia: Goals, Specifics, Potential


Kamoliddin Rabbimov. Hizb Ut-Tahrir - Leader of the Islamist Antidemocratic

Odil Ruzaliev. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan: Lines to Complete the

Imam Iaraliev. Religious Extremism as a Form of International Organized
Crime in the Northern Caucasus

Daniel Linotte, Leif Erik Aune. The Economics of Conflicts (Civil War,
Terrorism and Separatism): Selected Issues, Findings and Preliminary Lessons


Robert Bruce Ware. Civil War in Chechnia: Political Failure and Strategic

Mikhail Savva. Ethnic Relations in the Northern Caucasus: Conflict Potential


Aygul Zabirova. Rural-to-Urban and City-to-City Migrations in Kazakhstan:
Motives and Results

Ainura Elebaeva. Labor Migration in Kyrgyzstan

Jamshed Kuddusov. Migration Problems in Tajikistan

Viktor Viktorin. The Lower Reaches of the Volga and the Northern Caspian at
the Crossroads: Time and People, Past and Present

Sergei Murtuzaliev. Ethnopolitical Processes in the Northern Caucasus and
Their Assessment by the Population

Sergei Rumiantsev. The Influence of Urbanization on Forming the Social
Structure of Azerbaijan Society

Vladimir Volgin. The Migration Situation and Migration Policy in Kalmykia

Anatoli Momrik. Caucasian Diasporas in Ukraine


Rauf A. Guseyn-zadeh. Religion and Politics: Interaction Against an
Azerbaijanian Background


Li Lifan, Ding Shiwu. Geopolitical Interests of Russia, the U.S. and China
in Central Asia

Farkhod Tolipov. On the Role of the Central Asian Cooperation Organization
within the SCO

Farkhad Aliev. Russian-Azerbaijan: Back to the Beginning?

Nurlan Aliev. Cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union: Present

State and Future Prospects

Muratbek Azymbakiev. Kyrgyzstan-European Union: Facets of Cooperation


Murat Kenisarin. The Energy Sector of Uzbekistan: Present State and Problems

Abu Avtorkhanov. Mechanism for Restoring the Agroindustrial Complex in
Chechnia as a Factor of Political Stabilization in the Region


The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:

Central Asia and the Caucasus

 - World and Regional Centers of Power and their Impact on the Regional

 - Energy Policy and Energy Projects

 - Political Development Trends in the Context of International
   Antiterrorist Campaign

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: or

PUBLICATION- Investigative Journalists of Armenia, HETQ Online, June 8 Issue

Posted by: Onnik Krikorian <onnik(a)>
Posted: 9 Jun 2004

Association of Investigative Journalists of Armenia / HETQ Online

English Version:
Armenian Version:

8 June 2004

Within the maze of transit corridors: The US needs Armenia; Russia needs
Georgia and Azerbaijan

In 125 B.C., after he learned of the wealth of the surrounding lands,
Chinese Emperor Wu-Ti, who reigned from 141/140 - 87/86 BC, decided to
export his country's silk by caravan to India and Central Asia. Thus, in
ancient times, caravans loaded with valuables from China, India and other
Eastern powers reached Western states. The paths of the caravan traffic
gradually formed the Great Silk Road.

The idea of restoring the Great Silk Road began to circulate with projects
initiated by the European Union (TRACECA - Transport Corridor Europe
Caucasus, and INOGATE - In terstate Oil and Gas Transport to Europe), the
United States ( Silk Road Strategy Act), and Japan (New Eurasian Diplomacy).
 The Silk Road of our times was intended not only to promote the turnover of
goods but to assist in the transit of energy resources and creation of an
up-to-date communication system as well. The significance of the common
Eurasian communication system has from the beginning been evaluated not so
much by the volumes of energy resources, the length of the pipelines, or the
expected profit, as by geopolitical influence.

Full Text of This Week's Articles Available on the HETQ Online Website:

PUBLICATION- Tajikistan at a Crossroad: The Politics of Decentralisation

Posted by: Luigi De Martino <Luigi.DeMartino(a)>
Posted: 8 Jun 2004

CIMERA Situation Report Nr. 4:
Tajikistan at a Crossroad: the Politics of Decentralisation

Edited by Luigi de Martino
160 pages, in English
ISBN: 2-9700358-9-8

In 2002, CIMERA, the Tajik Centre for Citizenship Education (TCCE) and the
Public Committee for Democratic Processes started implementing a project
aimed at providing an informal platform for political discussion on the
issue of centre-regions relations in Tajikistan. The project has been
financed by the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In this framework several research activities were launched on topics
related to regionalism and local governance, the results of which are
presented in this publication. The first report by Zariv Aliev, Chairman of
the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Tajikistan, deals with the legal
and institutional perspective of the relations between centre and regions.
The two following papers be Prof. Boygmatov and Dr. Avezov, try to
illustrate these relations from the budget/fiscal and economic perspective.
The paper by Dr. Saodat Olimova, presents the perceptions of "regionalism"
by established political and social leaders and by a group of university
students. The fifth report, prepared by Dr. Stephane Dudoignon, is looking
at the logics of the Tajik political system as it has been working since the
signature of the peace agreement between the Rahmonov government and the
then United Tajik Opposition. Two papers by Sabine Freizer and Kamol
Abdullaev have been added to the present publication on the issue of local
governance that are complementary to the project's research reports. In a
last paper Luigi De Martino, the project director presents his own analysis
of some aspects of the Tajik political situation and of the perspectives for
the future.

Table of Contents:

 - Foreword (Luigi De Martino)
 - Current Local Government Policy Situation in Tajikistan (Kamol Abdullaev)
 - Tajikistan local self-governance: a potential bridge between government
   and civil society? (Sabine Freizer)
 - Regional government in Tajikistan (centre and regions) (Zariv Aliev)
 - Economic aspects of the interrelation between centre and regions in
   Tajikistan (Azizullo Avezov)
 - Economic Relations between Centre and Regions: the Case of Sughd Province
   (Alijon Boygmatov)
 - Regionalism and its perception by major political and social powers of
   Tajikistan. (Saodat Olimova)
 - From Ambivalence to Ambiguity? Some Paradigms of Policy Making in
   Tajikistan (Stephane Dudoignon)
 - Tajikistan at a Crossroad: Contradictory Forces at the Heart of the Tajik
   Political System (Luigi De Martino)

To order this publication:

Website: <>

Or contact CIMERA Geneva at <contact(a)>

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