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PUBLICATION- Central Eurasia in Global Politics, 2nd Edition, April 2005

Posted by: Mehdi Amineh <M.P.Amineh(a)>
Posted: 15 Mar 2005

Amineh, Mehdi Parvizi & Henk Houweling
Central Eurasia in global politics: conflict, security and development
Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005 2nd Edition
370 pp., Tables, Figures, Index
ISBN 90-04-14439-0 (paperback), Euro 61.-. 

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

We are pleased to inform you that the Second Edition of the book Central 
Eurasia in global politics: conflict, security and development will be 
published in April 2005.

Central Eurasia in global politics: conflict, security and development

The creation of legally independent states in Central Eurasia has changed 
the geo-political and geo-economic landscape on the landmass of Eurasia. 
This anthology has the objective to contribute to the scholarly literature 
analyzing the changing position of that part of the world in the upcoming 
multi-polar world system. The theoretical framework of the study is called 
'critical geo-politics.'

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 law-based 
market economy as well as to integrate into the world economy. The strains 
caused by these transformation processes 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 their outcome. That context is characterized, firstly by 
America's military supremacy. For the first time in the history of the 
Westphalian state system, one country has achieved absolute 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 a militarized bi-polar order.

In the post-cold war order, the US is creating a new leg to its 
trans-oceanic, maritime-based 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 neighbor on land-borders. This is 
the fossil fuel rich area between integrating Europe, recovering Russia and 
industrializing China.

Secondly, the international structure now has three centers of productive 
power: North America, with the US as its centre, East Asia, with Japan and 
China as its core and integrating and extending Western Europe. US post-war 
planners in the Truman Administration had objected to 'general 
industrialization.' Their first preference was to produce an integrated 
world economy with the US at the top. The cold war setting, however, was 
conducive to upward mobility of the war-devastated countries in the Pacific 
and Atlantic Rim.

After Soviet systems got extinct, the once united "West" is fragmenting in 
the variable of  "identity." America is reverting to its redeemer-role in 
the world. In continental Europe, elites cannot, unlike their Anglo-Saxon 
counterparts, avoid looking into the abyss of world wars and industrial 
destruction of millions of people. In America, the political culture of 
being the redeemer of the world, has induced a holocaust memorial 
sub-culture, conveniently overlooking the millions of death involved at home 
and abroad in America's rise to greatness.

However, due to the transition from fordist mass production, with some 
arms-length trans-Atlantic trade, to the neo-liberalism of cross-border 
investments, the economies in the Atlantic area got more integrated in the 
1990's. Atlantic elites therefore share a common position at the top of the 
global economy, sharing a preference for maintaining it.

The geo-political approach to the study of major power politics erases at 
the level of theory the barrier between domestic and foreign policy and aims 
at integrating into that approach the variable 'identity.'

The units of analysis are institutionalized state- society/economy - 
military relations of state-incorporated domestic society. These units are 
brought into contact through foreign policies of projecting power beyond 
legal state borders. One rationale of the geo-political approach is that 
since the onset of industrialization, state elites in domestic society 
thrive in one and the same fossil fuel niche. The circular flow of income 
and expenditure in industrial capitalism is, instead of being autonomous and 
self-regulating, rooted in extracting resource wealth created by nature, and 
putting the excrement into the global environment. That implies competition 
between state elites for getting access to input resources as well as 
competition in the regulation of environmental pollution.

Table of Contents:

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

Part I: The policy of projecting power into vacuum areas

Chapter 1: Critical geo-politics and American practice
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh & Henk Houweling

Chapter 2: Caspian oil and gas resources and the global market
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh & 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 & 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

Dr. M. Parvizi Amineh
Senior Research Fellow
International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
P.O. Box 9515,
2300 RA Leiden,
The Netherlands
E-mail: m.p.amineh(a)

Amsterdam School for Social Science Research (ASSR)
University of Amsterdam,
O.Z.Achterburgwal 237
1012 DL, Amsterdam
The Netherlands,
Fax: 0031 20 525 3658
Tel.: 0031 20 525 4567
E-mail: m.p.amineh(a)

PUBLICATION- Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 6(1) 2005

Posted by: Michael David Fox <mdavidf(a)>
Posted: 14 Mar 2005

Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
Volume 6, Number 1, Winter 2005

Table of Contents:

>From the Editors
The Rule of Law in RussiaInvitation to a Discussion on e-Kritika

Forum: Monumental Stalinist Publications

McClarnand MacKinnon, Elaine.
Writing History for Stalin: Isaak Izrailevich Mints and the Istoriia 
grazhdanskoi voiny

Brian Kassof
A Book of Socialism Stalinist Culture and the First Edition of the Bol'shaia 
sovetskaia entsiklopediia


Serhy Yekelchyk
The Archeology of Bolshevik Knowledge, or the Birth of Stalinism from the 
Spirit of Grand Cultural Projects

Review Forum: The Revival of Russian Conservatism

G. M. Hamburg
The Revival of Russian Conservatism

Mikhail Loukianov
The Rise and Fall of the All-Russian National Union

Johannes Remy
Russian Conservatism in Its International Context

Review Article

Richard Wortman
Russian Monarchy and the Rule of Law New Considerations of the Court Reform 
of 1864

Review Essays

Alexander Etkind
Soviet Subjectivity Torture for the Sake of Salvation? (p. 171)

David Brandenberger
Stalin's Last Crime? Recent Scholarship on Postwar Soviet Antisemitism and 
the Doctors' Plot (p. 187)


Russell E. Martin
Margarita Evgen'evna Bychkova and Maksim Igorevich Smirnov, Genealogiia v 
Rossii: Istoriia i perspektivy [Genealogy in Russia: History and 
Perspectives]; Iurii Moiseevich Eskin, Mestnichestvo v Rossii XVIÐXVII vv.: 
Khronologicheskii reestr [Precedence in Russia in the 16th and 17th 
Centuries: A Chronological Register]; Nancy Shields Kollmann, By Honor 
Bound: State and Society in Early Modern Russia

W. F. Ryan
A. N. Filimon, Iakov Brius [James Bruce]; Aleksandr Kiriukhin, Tot samyi 
kudesnik Brius [That Magician Bruce] (p. 217)

Corinne Gaudin
Viktor Grigor'evich Tiukavkin, Velikorusskoe kres'ianstvo i stolypinskaia 
agrarnaia reforma [The Great Russian Peasantry and the Stolypin Agricultural 

Sergei Kapterev
Liudmila Dzhulai, Dokumental"nyi illiuzion: Otechestvennyi 
kinodokumentalizmÑopyty sotsial"nogo tvorchestva [Documentary Illusion: 
Russian Film Documentaries as Experiments in Social Creativity]; Roza 
Dmitrievna Kopylova et al., eds., Poetika kino (2-e izdanie): Perechityvaia 
ÒPoetiku kinoÓ [The Poetics of Cinema (2nd ed.): Rereading The Poetics of 
Cinema]; Nikolai A. Izvolov, Fenomen kino: Istoriia i teoriia [The 
Phenomenon of Cinema: History and Theory]

Ilya Vinkovetsky
Stephen Kotkin, Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000 ; Robert 
D. English, Russia and the Idea of the West ; Iurii M. Baturin et al., 
Epokha El'tsina: Ocherki politicheskoi istorii [The Yeltsin Era: Essays in 
Political History]

For more information, go to:

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Ab Imperio 2005 Issues

Posted by: Sergey Glebov <glebov(a)>
Posted: 11 Mar 2005

The editors of Ab Imperio would like to draw your attention to the journal's 
annual program in 2005 and solicit contributions to the four issues of AI 
this year.

All information on Ab Imperio, including manuscript submission guidelines, 
editors contact info, and subscription, can be found on our website at

Ab Imperio editors

Call for Papers 2005

Annual Theme:

Languages of Self-Description in Empire and Multinational State

The genealogy of the concept of empire demonstrates its dependence not only 
on various dominant political discourses. Empire in modern history also 
appears to be largely a construction of the language of the social sciences 
formed in the era of nationalism. Ab Imperio invites scholars to reflect on 
the nature and semantics of languages of self-description, which mapped and 
framed the space of empire, nation, and multinational state. One of the 
goals of this annual program is to evaluate the analytical potential of the 
concept of empire for analysis of the crisis of modern social sciences and 
forms of social, political, and cultural organization. In other words, 
empire is taken as an analytical perspective for understanding the 
dynamically changing world, in which the key problem is the management of 

1/2005 "Empire: The Lexicon of Praxis and the Grammar of Analysis"

Critical historiography and the evolution of studies of nationalism and 
empire recent debates on approaches to empire and nationalism debates on the 
crisis of the national state in global and post-Soviet perspectives, the 
problem of the comparative study of continental (contiguous) and colonial 
empires and historical forms of nation-building the origin of modern social 
sciences and the influence of modern nationalism the ideology and 
representations of empire and the national state empire in the mirror of 
modern political language: the critique of imperialism the historiography of 
imperialism and colonialism.

2/2005 "The Politics of Language and the Language of Politics of Empire and 

Language as a factor in the formation of nations in multinational states the 
politics of language in empire and nation languages vs. dialects the 
formation of modern literary languages and forms of linguistic interaction 
in multicultural space thematiziation of discourses of political community 
in empire and nation representations of empire and nation in international 
relations applying the language of law and economics to multinational space 
human and political rights as a problem of intercultural dialogue empire and 
nation in the language of art the problem of translation and the transfer of 
key social and political concepts in a multinational context discourses of 
power, submission, and revolution the concept of freedom and progress in 
multinational space.

3/2005 "Empire and the Challenge of Nationalism: Searching for Modes of 
Social, Political, and Cultural Self-Description"

Imperial distinctions and national unity in languages of culture and 
scholarship sedimentary society and universal social categories between 
empire and modernity the problem of translation: the economic space of 
empire and the conversion of social capital the syntax of social 
organization Empire as biography: social and cultural interactions in 
imperial space prosopography of the imperial elite the imperial transit: 
sons of empire, founding fathers of nations.

4/2005 "Discussing Imperial Legacy: Archaisms and Neologisms"

Etymology and genealogy: the language of empire in national discourses the 
legacy of "classic" empires and self-representation in multinational space 
nostalgia for empire as a political and cultural problem in post-Soviet 
space assessments of the history of the Russian empire and Soviet Union in 
national historiographies of the Newly Independent States the Russian 
Federation and the (post) imperial perspective: from the search for a 
"national idea" to the resurrection of the state the myth about 
proto-language: empire in the postmodern imagination the metaphor of empire 
and post-national projects ordering global space the anti-colonial paradigm, 
imperial legacy, and post-imperial development the search for new languages 
to describe contemporary states and societies.

CALL FOR PAPERS- Artistic Imagination & Reality, IRICS CONFERENCE, Vienna, Dec. 2005

Posted by: Munira Shahidi <munira_shahidi(a)>
Posted: 10 Mar 2005

Innovation and Reproduction in the Cultures of Central Asia (IRICS)
Vienna, Austria
December 5-9, 2005

"Artistic Imagination and Reality"

Chaired by:
Munira Shahidi
Zyodullo Shahidi International Foundation
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Please send your paper suggestions, abstracts, and contributions for the 
"Artistic Imagination and Reality" section of the IRICS conference to:
Munira Shahidi
Ziyodullo Shahidi Museum of Musical Culture
Loik Sherali Str.108
Dushanbe 734002
E-mail: munira_shahidi(a)

Description of conference section:

Innovation has always been a core of diversity in Central Asian cultures. 
But expressed mainly in the art and literary thought of the classical 
pre-Soviet period, innovative capability has been dominated by the 
ideological and propagandist style of the Soviet cultural policy. Although 
the theater, cinema and modern visual arts developed during the Soviet 
period resulted in the transformation of some aspects of the Central Asian 
classical heritage, synthesizing them with Russian technical capability, 
this sovietizing of the classical heritage has proved to be a stumbling 
block to internal development. For this reason, emancipation from Soviet 
ideological control is the basis of present-day innovation in its global 
significance. This process began with the dissolution of the Soviet Union 
and the subsequent rethinking of the reasons of the Civil War of 1992-1997 
in Tajikistan. These crucial political events provided the impetus for 
innovative ideas in the novels, music, theater, cinema and paintings of the 
post-Soviet period in Central Asia.

Artist companies, both amateur and professional, organized as NGOs, are now 
viewed as perhaps the most important organizational factor in the successful 
development of new capabilities in post-Soviet Central Asia. Innovations in 
the management of cultures are mostly demonstrated by leading actors in 
Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Kasakhstan and Uzbekistan, opening perspectives for 
creating and reproducing new ideas, based on folklore and a rethinking of 
the world classical heritage. One of the main sources of the new ideas in 
the theaters of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, for example, is sufi poetry and 
discourses, based on history, between sufi and the secular tendencies of the 
classical heritage of Central Asia. The clash between classical images and 
discourses and contemporary reality is providing the stimulus for new ideas 
in literature, music, theater and cinema.

The aim of this section is to demonstrate the division, contradiction and 
interconnection of innovations and the technical capacity for reproduction, 
which is still weak in Central Asia.  Thus, the section is calling for 
papers that will contribute to defining the new, innovative features to be 
found in the regional cultures of today, to discussing their potential for 
growth and to suggesting ways of obtaining the technical equipment needed 
for developing that potential. The organizers of the section believe that 
any cooperative circle can become more creative and more successful by 
internalizing such principles as creativity, capacity, awareness, positive 
intentions and cooperation.

For more information about the conference, please go to:


Please note that the conference organizers can not cover the conference 
participants' travel expenses.

PUBLICATION- Akhil Bakshi, Askar Akaev - A Political Journey

Posted by: Akhil Bakshi <bakshi.akhil(a)>
Posted: 9 Mar 2005

New Biography of the President of Kyrgyzstan

Askar Akaev - A Political Journey
by Akhil Bakshi

>From the rubbles of the disintegrating USSR, Kyrgyzstan was created in 1991 
as a bright new nation state. Leading his country's storm-tossed ship into 
uncharted waters was the scholar-statesman Askar Akaev. A single man, whom 
destiny had placed at the helm of affairs, set out on a momentous journey, 
taking his anxious citizens from a controlled economy to a free market 
economy, from a one-party autocracy to a genuine multi-party democracy. Many 
doubted if he would succeed. Some hoped he would fail. Askar Akaev: A 
Political Journey looks at this leader in the midst of his great adventure.

Pages: 176
Price: USD 25

For orders contact: bakshi.akhil(a)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, March 9, 2005 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)>
Posted: 9 Mar 2005


Policy Paper Released: "Developing Counter-Narcotics Policy in Central Asia: 
Legal and Political Dimensions"
By Kairat Osmonaliev
January 2005, 104 pp.

Order information and full electronic version available online at:

The 9 March 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 

Please note the CACI Analyst welcomes article submissions. At this moment, 
we are particularly interested in submissions on economics and finance 
matters in Central Asia and the Caucasus region, but all inquiries are 
welcome. Please contact the Editor, Svante Cornell, at scornell(a) with 
a short description of your article. Editorial principles are online at

The PDF version of the entire issue of the 23 February CACI Analyst is 
available at:

The Analytical Articles include:

India's Energy Offensive in Central Asia
Stephen Blank
India's engagement with Central Asia goes back centuries. But more recently, 
since 2000, New Delhi has significantly intensified its overall strategic, 
military, political, and economic exposure in Central Asia. Indian diplomacy 
and policy have been particularly active recently with regard to energy. 
Indian officials from Singh on down clearly articulate their sense of the 
strategic importance of reliable energy supplies to India. There is no doubt 
that India's rising dependence upon imported oil and gas to fuel its rapid 
economic growth and the competition with China underlie this expansion of 
its profile in Central Asia. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made clear that 
India cannot afford to be complacent in the face of China's global campaign 
(including in Central Asia) for secure energy supplies.

Russian Economic Expansion in the Caucasus: a Challenge for Georgia
Mamuka Tsereteli
Most of the states of the Black and Caspian Sea region are facing a very 
serious dilemma: the effective governance of the economy requires the 
privatization of the state-owned enterprises. At the same time, no Western 
companies seem immediately interested in investing in those enterprises. But 
Russian state-owned companies and oligarchic groups associated with the 
government are capitalizing on high prices of energy and other resources, 
and using available cash to purchase important assets. Georgia is currently 
facing high controversy regarding increasing Russian investment.

Pakistan And Uzbekistan: Light at the End of the Tunnel?
Hooman Peimani
Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on 6 March 2005 to fight against 
terrorism. Signed by Pakistani President Parviz Musharraf during his two-day 
visit to Tashkent, the agreement provided for preventing the activities of 
anti-Uzbek government "terrorists," while the Pakistani president talked 
about the necessity of an extradition treaty between the two countries. The 
Uzbek government has blamed Pakistani-based Uzbek terrorists for a series of 
suicide attacks in its country in 2004. Apart from the agreement's direct 
security implications for Uzbekistan, it indicates Islamabad's efforts to 
play a more active role as a regional power in Central Asia especially in 
the field of regional security, a point evident in President Musharraf 
expression of interest for his country's joining the Shanghai Cooperation 

Shifting Patterns of Public Confidence in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan
Timur Dadabaev
With a number of "colored" revolutions in Georgia and in Ukraine, the issue 
of public legitimacy became a central focus point in the political 
development of other parts of the former Soviet Union, including Central 
Asia and Uzbekistan in particular. The results of a public opinion survey 
conducted within the AsiaBarometer project suggest that public opinion in 
Uzbekistan may slowly be shifting from a model emphasizing government-led 
step-by-step reform as an engine of economic development towards a model in 
which liberalization and wider public participation power economic growth 
and political stability.

The Field Reports Include:

Conspiracy Theories Surround Editor's Death in Baku
The murder of a prominent journalist and editor of the weekly magazine 
"Monitor" Elmar Huseynov in Baku on March 2 stirred political tensions in 
the country. A famous critic of the government, Huseynov was shot dead in 
the evening near his apartment while on his way home from work. The murder 
was immediately compared to the killings of famous journalists Georgiy 
Gongadze in Ukraine and Georgi Sanaya in Georgia.

Nazarbayev's Integration Drive Blows Wind into Moscow's Sails
Launching a call for Central Asian union in his address of the nation 
delivered on March 18 in Parliament, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev 
provided rich food for speculations in neighboring countries. He chose 
emotionally charged words to get across his message to Turkic-speaking 
brothers who should be "worthy of our common ancestors who would always see 
us together". Were these words pronounced sincerely, or were they aimed at 
scoring points on the international scene?

Human Rights in Georgia: Problems Remain
On February 28, the US Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human 
Rights and Labor released the 2004 Human Rights Report. In its commentary on 
the state of human rights in Georgia, the report commented both on successes 
and weaknesses, but overall stated that the protection of human rights in 
the country remains a problem. Human rights violations during arrests, 
pretrial detentions and due process were highlighted, as well as a trend 
toward self-censorship in the media.

Passport Crisis in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz member of Parliament Dooronbek Sadyrbaev recently stated that the 
country's passport crisis is the blackest mark in the recent history of 
Kyrgyzstan. "Officials have never made money quite so blatantly on the backs 
of the Kyrgyz people before". The unclear and knotty situation with the 
introduction of a new national passport system, which has been dragging for 
months, has finally burst out and turned into a major political scandal in 
the country.

PUBLICATION- Historical Dictionary Series, Scarecrow Press

Posted by: Jared Hughes <JHughes(a)>
Posted: 7 Mar 2005

Historical Dictionary of Tajikistan
by Kamoludin Abdullaev & Shahram Akbarzadeh
0-8108-4184-3, Cloth $69.50, 2002
This Dictionary supplies essential information for anyone interested in the 
country of region, including librarians, students, scholars, and diplomats.  
It offers insight into the old kingdoms and empires, the old communist 
state, and now the independent republic. This is conveyed mainly through 
numerous entries on persons, places, events, institutions, ethnic groups, 
political, economic, social, and cultural issues.

Historical Dictionary of Armenia
by Rouben Paul Adalian
0-8108-4337-4, Cloth $85.00, 2002
This Dictionary paints a compelling portrait of Armenia and its people. 
While other works on Armenian history require multiple volumes, this 
resource captures a vast amount of history in just one. By broadly covering 
the early history and focusing on more recent events, the author provides 
readers a way to unravel many of the complexities that arise in the study of 
this intricate country and its, sometimes confusing, history.

Historical Dictionary of Turkey, 2nd Ed.
by Metin Heper
0-8108-4133-9, Cloth $95.00, 2002
The book traces Turkey's moments of glory and those of decline, starting 
with the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the 13th century and concluding with 
the present day. It presents many significant persons, places, and events as 
well as important aspects of the economy, culture, and society. A chronology 
and appendices clarify this long history as well as provides an overall 
picture of the present. An exceptionally complete bibliography directs 
interested readers to more specialized sources.

Historical Dictionary of Mongolia, 2nd Ed.
by Alan J. K. Sanders
0-8108-4434-6, Cloth $97.00, 2003
Against the background of relations with Tibet, this resource adopts a 
sharper focus on the spread of Tibetan Buddhism to Mongolia. There is a 
broader approach to cultural affairs, with expanded entries on literature 
and the arts, and entries on human rights and the role of women in society.

Historical Dictionary of the Mongol World Empire
by Paul D. Buell
0-8108-4571-7, Cloth $80.00, 2003
This Dictionary, the first work of its kind written in English, examines the 
history of the Mongol Empire, the pre-imperial era of Mongolian history that 
preceded it, and the various Mongol successor states that continued to 
dominate Eurasia long after the breakdown of Mongol unity.

Historical Dictionary of the Ottoman Empire
by Selcuk Aksin Somel
0-8108-4332-3, Cloth $90.00, 2003
Here you will find an in-depth treatise covering the political social, and 
economic history of the Ottoman Empire, the last member of the lineage of 
the Near Eastern and Mediterranean empires and the only one that reached the 
modern times both in terms of internal structure and world history.

Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan, 3rd Ed. 
by Ludwig W. Adamec
0-8108-4852-X, Cloth $88.00, 2003
This third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Afghanistan provides 
researchers with updated information and considerable new material. It 
includes entries on major historical events, important places, leading 
personalities - past and present - and significant aspects of the country's 
culture, religion, and economy. The introduction contains an outline of 
Afghanistan's political history, an appendix includes a number of documents, 
and a comprehensive bibliography introduces the reader to additional sources.

For more information or to place an order, go to:

PUBLICATION- National Human Development Report for Afghanistan, Available On-Line

Posted by: Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh <Shahrbanou(a)>
Posted: 7 Mar 2005

The first National Human Development Report for Afghanistan was launched in 
Kabul on the 21st of February 2005. The Report was the product of 2 years of 
consultation with more than 1000 people across the country and Kabul, the 
writing of background papers by Afghan experts, compilation and verification 
of existing data, analysis, and reviews by national and international 
advisors. It took a human security approach to the multi-faceted problems of 
Afghanistan, and warned about the persistence of insecurities for Afghans 
today: poverty, inequality, unemployment, morbidity, illiteracy, human 
rights violations, etc.

The report analyzes the causes and consequences of 23 years of war, how it 
had an impact on de-development today, and how the reconstruction framework 
and development assistance have to help -and not harm - the Afghan people.  
The report also calculates the Human Development Index, the Human Poverty 
Index and the Gender in Development Index for Afghanistan for the first time.

The full report, press release, main messages, powerpoint presentation 
during the launch, etc can all be found on a website dedicated to the 

Best regards,
Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, Editor-in-Chief
Daud Saba and Omar Zakhilwal, Principal writers
Abdullah Mojaddedi, Coordinator

PUBL- China-Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Winter 2005 Issue on Web

Posted by: Malia Dumont <DUMONTM(a)>
Posted: 4 Mar 2005

The Winter 2005 issue of the China-Eurasia Forum Quarterly is now online at  The CEF Quarterly is a 
publication of the China-Eurasia Forum, an unaffiliated non-profit.

Please note the CEF Quarterly welcomes article submissions. All inquiries 
are welcome; please contact the Editor, Matthew Oresman, at 

The PDF version of the entire issue of the Winter 2005 CEF Quarterly is 
available at:


Multilateralism and Narcotics Control in Central Asia
By Niklas Swanstrom

The Prospects for Chinese Influence in Central Asia
By Adiljon Umarov and Dmitry Pashkun

China and Central Asia's New Energy Relationship: Keeping Things in Perspective
By Kevin Sheives

China, Russia, and the United States: Prospects for Cooperation in Central Asia
By Zhao Huasheng

New Rules to the Old Great Game: Assessment of the Shanghai Cooperation 
Organization's Proposed Free Trade Zone
By Leland Miller

Malia K. Du Mont
Asian Security Analyst
The CNA Corporation
4825 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22311-1850
Tel: 703-824-2259
Fax: 703-824-2942

PUBLICATION- Semyon Gitlin, National Minorities in Uzbekistan: Past & Present (in Russian)

Posted by: Semyon Gitlin <s-gitlin(a)>
Posted: 3 Mar 2005

Prof. Semyon Gitlin
National Minorities in Uzbekistan: Past & Present.
Book 1, Jews In Uzbekistan, 2 Volumes, 926 Pages, Tel-Aviv, 2004.


Prof. Gitlin's book in fact for the first time represents an actual 
informative layer - condition of national minorities in Uzbekistan, a large 
country of Central Asia.

Objective analyse of complicated and contradictory development of Bukharan 
and European (Ashkenazic) Jews in this country in past and  present is quite 
different from concepts common in the post-Soviet  Central Asian countries. 
Great attention has been paid to conditions of Jews in Uzbekistan at 
different times: in the tsarist Russia, at Soviet time, especially at 
conditions of totalitary system and of politics of state anti-Semitism. 
Myths of  "undisturbed" Jewish life in the Uzbekistan Republic in general 
and  particularly at the time of the World War II have been unveiled. 
Contribution of Jews (as well as that of other peoples) to development of 
Uzbekistan, condition of Jews at the period of the "perestroyka" and Jewish 
mass emigration from this republic have been described.

Various sources (including documents of archives and statistical materials 
mostly cited for the first time) would be interesting for wide readers' 
circle as well as for specialists on history of relations between peoples 
and nations in the Central Asian states.

If you are interested in printing my book in English language please tell me 
about it, I'll be very grateful.

The price of 2 volumes is 50$ + 7$ for postage and packing for each copy in 
the U.S.A or 6$ for the same thing in Europe.

For address:

Dr. Semyon Gitlin
Pinhas Lavon 10/6
Holon 58512

Telephone: 972-3-5019833
Email: s-gitlin(a)

The book will be send immediately after receiving your cheque

If you are interested you can buy the book - "Nationality in Uzbekistan: 
Illusion and Reality", Tel Aviv, 1998, 456 pages, 33 figs., in Russian. 20$ 
+ 5$ for postage and packing for each copy U.S.A

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Thinking-East.Net Project

Posted by: Chris Schwartz <schwartz(a)>
Posted: 3 Mar 2005

Call for Writers

Thinking-East.Net is a fresh, pioneering project started by two young 
Western academics to bring together young thinkers from North Africa, the 
Near and Middle East, and Central Asia to report and reflect upon cultural, 
spiritual, ideological, historical, economic and political issues that are 
important for their homelands. Too often the important issues are overlooked 
and always the voices of the educated youth--YOU--are ignored. It is the 
dream and hope of Thinking-East.Net that by offering young thinkers space to 
publish their ideas in English, unrestrained from the agendas of established 
publishers and political-intellectual elites, bit by bit we can effect 
positive changes in our troubled era.

Thinking-East.Net is seeking Guest and Permanent Authors for North Africa, 
the Middle East, Sicily and Turkey, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Russian 
Eurasia, and Xinjiang:

Guests may submit any article at any time.

Permanent Authors commit to submitting at least one article every month. In 
return, they become members of the Thinking-East.Net network, an Internet 
community now stretching from New York City, London and Berlin to Jerusalem, 
Tashkent and Bishkek, with increasing publicity and growing institutional 
ties to other reporting projects and youth movements in Central Asia and the 
United States.  Students of journalism, the social sciences and humanities 
are preferred, but all our welcome. Furthermore, you do not need to have any 
prior experience in writing, reporting or activism.

Thinking-East.Net publishes articles of any type (written and photographic 
essays, interviews, videos, travel logs, e-mail debates, etc.) and size. All 
published articles are freely licensed to their original authors. The 
project provides free English language editing for all submissions.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact us:

Benjamin Paarmann
Central Asia editor
Tel: +44 (0) 7906 712 699 (UK)
E-mail: ben(a), ben(a),or info(a)

Christopher Schwartz
Chief English language editor
Israel-Palestine editor
412-15 North Broadway
Yonkers, New York 10701
E-mail: schwartz(a)
Tel: +1-914-263-0771 (USA)

PUBLICATION- Joern Graevingholt, Crisis Potentials & Crisis Prevention in Central Asia

Posted by: Joern Graevingholt <Joern.Graevingholt(a)>
Posted: 2 Mar 2005

Dear colleagues,

This recent publication in the German Development Institute's new "Studies" 
series may be of interest to some of you:

Jörn Grävingholt: Crisis Potentials and Crisis Prevention in Central Asia: 
Entry Points for German Development Cooperation
DIE Studies No. 1/2004, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn

The study analyses the risk of violent conflict in Central Asia and gives an 
overview of efforts by international aid agencies to help prevent the 
outbreak of such crises. It concludes by giving recommendations to German 
development agencies on how to improve their impact in the region.

The full text, including a 12-page summary, is available on the web at:

Best wishes,

Jörn Grävingholt

Dr. Jörn Grävingholt
DIE - Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik
German Development Institute
Tulpenfeld 4
D-53113 Bonn
Tel: +49-228-94927-172
Fax: +49-228-94927-130
E-mail: Joern.Graevingholt(a)

PUBLICATION- Timur Dadabaev, Central Asia Reconsidered: Old Problems, New Paradigms

Posted by: Kumi Morita <morita(a)>
Posted: 2 Mar 2005

Review Article, Timur Dadabaev, "Central Asia Reconsidered: Old Problems, 
New Paradigms", Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies, vol. 
21, March 2005.

The upcoming March issue of Annals of Japan Association for Middle East 
Studies, vol. 21, contains "Central Asia Reconsidered: Old Problems, New 
Paradigms" by Timur Dadabaev - a review article of Contemporary Central 
Asia: In-Depth Analysis of Political and Economic Transformation (Tokyo: 
Nihon Hyoronshya, 2004, xxi + pp. 301) edited by Ichiro Iwasaki, Tomohiko 
Uyama and Hisao Komatsu.

This is an extended English-language review article of the above book (in 
Japanese language) by a group of leading Japanese scholars on modern Central 
Asia. The aim of this article is to introduce to the English-language 
audience findings of this Japanese-language book and the issues of concern 
in modern Central Asian studies in Japan. It will be of interest to the 
international community of scholars interested in trends in Central Asian 
studies worldwide.

Available in PDF format on the website of Research and Information Center 
for Asian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, The University of Tokyo,

PUBLICATION- Rafis Abazov, Historical Dictionary of Turkmenistan

Posted by: Rafis Abazov <ra2044(a)>
Posted: 2 Mar 2005

New Publication

Rafis Abazov, Historical Dictionary of Turkmenistan.
Lanham Maryland and London: Scarecrow Press, 2005.
352 pp. (civ + 240 pp).
Cloth ISBN 0-08108-5362-0 February 2005
Series: Asian/Oceanian Historical Dictionaries

Turkmenistan is not only famous for its huge oil and gas recourses. Its 
people have rich, complex and captivating history. For centuries the 
Turkmens were known as skillful and courageous warriors who left deep marks 
in the history of neighboring and far-reaching countries such as India, 
Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, and some others. The 
skillful craftsmen built extraordinary architectural monuments, numerous 
ruins of which could be still found all over the country, while Turkmen 
women produced famous Turkoman carpets that are still highly valued in many 
parts of the world. Yet, for centuries foreign invaders and local tribal and 
clan leaders plagued the Turkmen land with wars and conflicts that 
devastated the Turkmen society and destroyed its magnificent but fragile 
oases. In the late 19th century the Turkmens witnessed the establishment of 
the Russian Empire in their land.  Since 1924 the Turkmen lands that had 
been within the Russian Empire were united by the Soviet government into a 
single political entity in an attempt to force the Soviet style nation state 
building and socio-economic transformations. In October 1991 the Turkmen 
parliament voted for country's independence and promised to build a 
sovereign state capable of bringing prosperity and social and political 
stability to the society. The reality, however, proved to be more complex. 
After more than 15 years of independence Turkmenistan still faces a number 
of difficulties, including economic and structural issues, security 
challenges, growing competition between various clans and wide spread 
poverty.  The dictionary provides a concise overview of the historical 
development of Turkmenistan. The introduction and chronology provide an 
overview of the Turkmen history, focusing on the history of the country in 
the 20th century, political and economic development, ethnic policies and 
nation building.

This is the first comprehensive reference book on Turkmenistan published in 
English, that provides comprehensive up-to-date details about the 
contemporary history, economy, and culture. The dictionary consists of 
approximately 300 entries and is cross-referenced to make sure that it is 
easy to use by international consultants, NGO activists, policy makers, 
experienced scholars or young students interested in a history of Turkmens 
and Turkmen land. The substantial bibliography helps readers to find 
materials and resources in specialized subject areas.

Rafis Abazov is an adjunct lecturer at the Harriman Institute of Columbia 
University, New York. He is the author of three books and several research 
articles on economic and political development in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, 
Russia, and Turkmenistan.

PUBLICATION- Annales H.S.S. Special Issue on Central Asia (in French)

Posted by: Stéphane A. Dudoignon <DUDOIGNON(a)>
Posted: 1 Mar 2005

The Direction Committee of the journal Annales (Histoire, Sciences Sociales) 
is glad to announce the publication of its special issue (in French 
language, with English summaries):

Asie Centrale
edited by Pierre Chuvin & Jacques Poloni-Simard

Table of Contents:

I. Une triangulation culturelle

Etienne de la VAISSIERE & Eric TROMBERT
Des Chinois et des Hu. Migrations et intégration des Iraniens orientaux en 
milieu chinois durant le Haut Moyen Age

Denise AIGLE
Loi mongole vs loi islamique. Entre mythe et réalité

Circulation des lettrés et cercles littéraires. Entre Asie Centrale, Iran et 
Inde du Nord (15e-18e siècles)

Le pouvoir des lieux saints dans le Turkestan oriental

II. Le miroir des experiences: juges, guerriers, marchands

Maracanda / Samarcande, une métropole pré-mongole. Sources écrites et 

Jürgen PAUL
Perspectives nomades. Etat et structures militaires

Les "tribulations" du juge Ziya. Histoire et mémoire du clientélisme 
politique à Boukhara (1868-1929)

III. Enjeux contemporains

Islam et activisme politique. Le cas ouzbek

La question Ouïghour. Entre islamisation et ethnicisation

Olivier ROY
De la stabilité de l'Etat en Afghanistan

Diffusion Armand Colin
Price: 24,50 Euros

To order, contact:

21 ter rue Voltaire
F-75011 Paris

Tel: 33 1 4024 2131
Fax: 33 1 4024 1588

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, February 23, 2005 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)>
Posted: 1 Mar 2005

Note: Redesigned PDF version!

The 23 February 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 

Please note the CACI Analyst welcomes article submissions. At this moment, 
we are particularly interested in submissions on economics and finance 
matters in Central Asia and the Caucasus region, but all inquiries are 
welcome. Please contact the Editor, Svante Cornell, at scornell(a) with 
a short description of your article. Editorial principles are online at

The PDF version of the entire issue of the 23 February CACI Analyst is 
available at:

The Analytical Articles include:

Warlords Stay on in Afghanistan
Rahimullah Yusufzai
The euphoria generated by President Hamid Karzai's decision to keep a few 
warlords out of his new cabinet was short-lived. Within days, two of those 
warlords were back in power, this time in rather more powerful positions as 
governors of important provinces. It was a timely reminder that the Afghan 
government, and more importantly the U.S.-led military coalition, was still 
unwilling and unable to take decisive steps to curtail the abusive authority 
of some of the warlords. As a result, Afghanistan's efforts to deal with 
past crimes and misdeeds and move on in the building of the new state 

Addressing Central Asia's Water Problem
Iskandar Abdullaev
The limited water resources of Central Asia are under extreme pressure 
marked not only by growing intersectoral and interstate competition but also 
by severe damage to aquatic ecosystems. Increased shortages and competition 
for water places forms high pressure on agriculture, and despite national 
and international efforts, water resource management in the Syr Darya basin 
remains complicated. However, recent efforts have identified and selected 
innovative local land and water conservation methods practiced by individual 
farmers and agricultural enterprises. These cost-effective and simple 
techniques were local innovations, adapted by farmers and water managers for 
better agricultural performance. Farmers have developed exemplary practices 
that could provide models for water use throughout the basin.

Upcoming Elections in Kyrgyzstan: Breakthrough or Sheer Ritual?
Erica Marat
In its fourteen years of independence, Kyrgyzstan has held two referenda, 
three parliamentary, two presidential and one local elections. While 
defining elections as an indispensable element of the country's 
democratization process, the government continues to impose hurdles to 
opposition leaders ahead of the parliamentary elections on February 27th. 
With only days left, it is yet unclear whether the elections will bring 
meaningful changes to the ruling power élite or result in a mere shuffle of 
political actors and the continuation of the established regime.

The Changing Dynamics of Pakistan's Relations with Central Asia
Asma Shakir Khwaja
During the Taliban era the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Central 
Asian states were at their lowest ebb due to Pakistan's support for Taliban, 
which was considered a chief destabilizing factor in Central Asia. After 
Pakistan joined the War Against Terrorism as a frontline state and its 
President presented the philosophy of 'Enlightened Moderation', their 
bilateral relations are being revisited. During the past year, frequent 
visits by Central Asian and Pakistani officials to each other's states 
reflect the ongoing changes in the nature of their bilateral relations.

The Field Reports Include:

In Spite of Criticism, Georgian Military Reforms Prove Successful
On February 16, the Georgian NGO Justice and Liberty released its findings 
after having observed military reforms from January 25, 2004 to January 25, 
2005. In an 18-page report, they questioned the amount of money spent and 
how important these reforms really are for Georgia and its people. While the 
report raises important questions about the amount and manner of spending, 
it overlooks the major accomplishments that have been made in the daily 
lives of soldiers and the important role a strong army plays in the 
development of a strong nation.

New Uzbek Government to Kickstart Reforms
Since the new bicameral Parliament started its work in Uzbekistan, several 
important events have taken place. A new government has been formed and 
announced its priorities in the realization of economic and social reforms; 
a new structure of the Cabinet of Ministers has been implemented, and the 
first stage of administrative reforms is being realized.

Influence of Religious Hardliners Remains in Afghanistan
The liberation of Afghanistan from the Taliban in 2001 did not mean that 
Afghanistan became a liberal country overnight. Far from it. Religious 
hardliners still have considerable influence that they are prepared to use 
to pursue their aims - with mixed results so far. But their power might be 

Kyrgyz Opposition Newspaper Engulfed in Lawsuits
Independent and opposition-affiliated media in Kyrgyzstan appears to come 
under increasing pressure on the threshold of the parliamentary elections 
scheduled for 27 February. Filing lawsuits, the most popular method of 
silencing critical media, is this time to be used on a presidential level. 
In a nationally televised address on 17 February, the Kyrgyz President Askar 
Akaev announced that he intends to bring a lawsuit against the leading 
opposition media, the MSN newspaper.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Student Paper Competition, AIAS

Posted by: Katie Joyce <katie.joyce(a)>
Posted: 24 Feb 2005

Call for Submissions

The American Institute for Afghanistan Studies (AIAS)

Student Paper Competition

The AIAS announces its first ever student paper competition.  Undergraduate 
and graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit scholarly 
works that focus on Afghan culture, society, land, languages, health, 
peoples and history.  Submitted papers will be judged based on scholarship, 
application of extant literature, and overall contribution to Afghanistan 
studies. Students may submit their own work directly or may be nominated by 
supervising faculty.  Submissions must be accompanied by a separate email 
from the student's advisor confirming that the paper was completed as 
independent work while the author was a student.

The winner will be awarded a $500 cash prize and expenses for travel and 
accommodations to present the winning paper at the annual AIAS meeting.  
This year the AIAS will meet at the sixth annual Central Eurasian Studies 
Society conference, held at Boston University, September 29 - October 2, 
2005.  Submissions received by July 15, 2005 will be given full 
consideration.  In the unlikely event of insufficient academic merit, the 
committee reserves the right to award no prize this year.

The AIAS is an academic society committed to advancing the study of 
Afghanistan by scholars in the US and to the rebuilding of academic 
institutions and scholarly study in Afghanistan. The AIAS has administrative 
offices at Duke University and a research center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Email Submissions (in Microsoft Word format) and Faculty Advisor's Letter by 
July 15, 2005 to:


PUBLICATION- New Afghan Publication Karyaby

Posted by: Rameen Moshref <RameenM(a)>
Posted: 24 Feb 2005

Announcing Karyaby

Afghan Communicator is pleased to announce our newest initiative in 
Afghanistan by our Kabul office. With the cooperation of EFA, a local Afghan 
NGO, Afghan Communicator has founded the first ever classified-only 
publication in Afghanistan. The publication, Karyaby, advertises job 
vacancies, business ads, NGO announcements, real estate, car, fashion, etc. 
Please contact us for space and information.

The first issue of Karyaby came out February 9, 2005 [Dalw 20, 1384]. The 
bi-weekly Karyaby publication is easily identifiable by its yellow pages. To 
maximize Karyaby's benefits, we have given its distribution to Aschiana, a 
center for street kids. The kids are selling the publication for 10 Afghanis 
and keeping all the cash. The first circulation is 1000, but we look forward 
to expanding.

This effort is entirely funded by Afghan Communicator, with no funding from 
any other source. This is not a business venture but a meaningful and 
practical service to help Afghanistan and its people. Any help by 
foundations, businesses, individuals or other parties to support this effort 
is welcomed.


Karyaby is an independent, non-political, non-partisan bi-weekly 
publication. It is founded by Afghan Communicator, a US based non-profit 
with assistance from Education For All, an Afghanistan based NGO, on 
December 2004. The aim of this publication is to assist the reconstruction 
of Afghanistan by providing means for thousands of disarming militia, 
graduating students, Afghans from abroad, and internally displaced people to 
find jobs in Afghanistan. Moreover, Karyaby is a means by which seller and 
buyer can get connected with each other.

Afghan Communicator is a New York based not-for-profit (501c3) organization, 
dedicated to education, community development, advocacy and youth 
leadership, as well as the reconstruction of Afghanistan. In November 2004 
we officially opened our Kabul office to serve as a medium for small aid 
coming into the US for charitable purposes in Afghanistan. Kabul office will 
help any charitable organization abroad to conduct projects on its behalf in 
Afghanistan. For more information please contact us.


In Afghanistan:
E-mail: karyaby(a), or karyaby2000(a)
Tel: 93-(0)79-015-563

In the U.S.A.:
Afghan Communicator
41-36 College Point Blvd, Suite 2A
Flushing, NY 11355

E-mail: contact(a)
Tel: 718-445-6438
Fax: 718-762-5575

PUBLICATION- Enough! The Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia

Posted by: James Wertsch <jwertsch(a)>
Posted: 23 Feb 2005

New Book:

Z. Karumidze and J.V. Wertsch, eds.
Enough! The Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia.
New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2005.

Order at 10% discount at:

Table of Contents:

>From The Editors. (Zurab Karumidze and James V. Wertsch)

The Rose Revolution: A Chronicle and Images (Giga Chikhladze and Irakli


Mikhail Saakashvili; Eduard Shevardnadze; Zurab
Zhvania; Nino Burjanadze; Tedo Japaridze; David Zurabishvili; Richard
Miles; James Baker; Strobe Talbott; Aleksei Malashenko


Chapter 1. The Meaning of Georgia's Latest Revolution (Ghia Nodia)
Chapter 2. The End of the Age of the Nomenklatura in Georgia (George 
Chapter 3. Contextualizing the Rose Revolution (Nodar Ladaria)
Chapter 4. The Georgians: Esthetics above All (Zurab Karumidze)
Chapter 5. Georgia's Revolution of Roses: A View from Baku (Fariz Ismailzade)
Chapter 6. Forces Behind the Rose Revolution (James V. Wertsch)


James V. Wertsch
Washington University - Box 1183
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone: 314/935-9015
Fax: 314/935-4982

PUBLICATION- Yearly Report 2004, Silk Road Studies Program, Uppsala University

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 23 Feb 2005

The 2004 Yearly Report of the Silk Road Studies Program, Uppsala University, 
has been published.

It is available online at:

The Program for Contemporary Silk Road Studies is the first research and 
policy unit in Northern Europe focusing exclusively on contemporary issues 
in the ancient Silkroad area. The main activity of the Program is research 
on security and conflicts in the Silk Road Area, incorporating Northeast 
Asia. Founded in 2002, it is established within the Faculty of Social 
Sciences at Uppsala University, and affiliated with the Department of Peace 
and Conflict Research and the Department of East European Studies.

The Program aims to be at the forefront of research on conflicts and 
security in the region; and to function as a focal point for Swedish and 
European academic, policy, and public discussion of the region through its 
applied research, its publications, teaching, research cooperation, public 
lectures and seminars. The main initiatives at present are projects on 
Narcotics, Organized Crime, and Security in Eurasia and on Conflict 
Management in Northeast Asia.

For more information, online publications, and other resources, please visit or contact info(a)

Svante Cornell

Dr. Svante E. Cornell
Research Director
Silk Road Studies Program
Uppsala University
Box 514, SE-75120 Uppsala
Tel. +46-18-4717282
Fax. +46-18-106397
Email: scornell(a)

PUBLICATION- Viktor Korgun, The History of Afghanistan in XX (in Russian)

Posted by: Vladimir Boyko <boyko(a)>
Posted: 17 Feb 2005

Korgun, Viktor. The History of Afghanistan in XX.
Moscow: Institute of Oriental Studies / Kraft+ Publishers, 2004.
527 pp. Hard covered. In Russian, with English summary
ISBN 5-93675-079-5 (Kraft+)
ISBN 5-89282-227-3 (IOS)

The most recent book by Viktor Korgun "The History of Afghanistan in XX" is 
the output of his long-time research since early 1970s. Professor V. Korgun 
is currently the Head of the Afghanistan Studies Department at the Institute 
of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) and indisputable 
leader among Russian as well CIS experts in the field. He graduated from the 
prestigious Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow University, his 
supervisor was eminent Soviet Afghanologist R. Akhramovich. Korgun spent a 
lot of time in Afghanistan in different capacities - as an interpreter, 
researcher, etc so he has invaluable first-hand knowledge and experience on 
the subject.  The book has written in a good style (V. Korgun is besides all 
masterly journalist with steel grip in editing), it's well-organized by 
structure and represents remarkable example of present-day Russian 
scholarship in the field, which was shadowed for many years by political 
considerations and misconcepts of cold war era. As for V. Korgun, he was and 
is liberally thinking researcher and person, maintaining the best traditions 
of Russian Orientalism.


The first chapter. Decline of Absolutism

The second chapter. Amir Amanullah and his Reforms
Afghanistan between Soviet Russia and Great Britain
Amir Amanullah's Reforms
The Fall of Reformist Regime
Civil War

The third chapter. Political stabilization under despotism

The fourth chapter. The First Experiences of Liberalization. Opposition 

The fifth chapter. Afghanistan on the Way of Planned Development

The sixth chapter. "Democratic Experiment"

The seventh chapter. M.Daud's Republic

The eighth chapter. Afghanistan under Rule of NDPA

The ninth chapter. Afghanistan under Rule of Islam


All requests should be addressed to:

Prof Viktor Korgun
Institute of Oriental Studies
Russian Academy of Sciences
Rozhdestvenka 12
Moscow 103031
Tel: 7(095)928-3157
E-mail: Korgun(a)

PUBLICATION- Values and Life Styles in Urban Asia: A Cross-Cultural Analysis

Posted by: Timur Dadabaev <dadabaev(a)>
Posted: 16 Feb 2005

Takashi Inoguchi, Miguel Basanez, Akihiko Tanaka and Timur Dadabaev, eds.
Values and Life Styles in Urban Asia - A Cross-Cultural Analysis and 
Sourcebook Based on AsiaBarometer Survey of 2003
Mexico City: SIGLO XXI Editores, 2005, ISBN 968-23-2564-1
pp. 503, + CD-ROM

Based on data from AsiaBarometer public surveys of 2003, this book presents 
country profiles and comparative analysis on what are the nature of 
concerns, desires, dreams, and neighborhood and family relations in the 
Asian region? Can geographic belonging to the same Asian region be 
considered to play a key role in the essence of ordinary life and welfare of 
these societies? If and when national and sub-national identities coexist in 
Asian societies, how do they relate to each other? This study search for 
commonalities and differences between societies sharing the same region. 
Certain areas and several understudied countries of each geographic 
sub-region: East, Southeast, South and Central Asia are targeted through 
both the standard common English language questionnaire and local language 

The attached CD-ROM contains the complete data as well as the English and 
local language questionnaires.

For chapter outlines and other details refer to:

or to:

This book can be purchased on

PUBLICATION- Journal of Afghanistan Studies, Issue #3

Posted by: Afghan Studies <Afghanistan(a)>
Posted: 14 Feb 2005

Second issue of Journal of Afghanistan Studies has been published.

We look forward to receiving articles for the third issue.

Contents of the second issue are as following:


Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration in Afghanistan: The ANBP, Post 
Conflict Peace-Building, and Warlords-Peace Building in Afghanistan
Aisha S.Ahmad

The Legal Status of Snow Leopards in Afghanistan
Belinda Bowling

The Rise of Taliban in Afghanistan and it's Impact on Pakistan
Dr.Fazal-ur-Rahim Marwat & Dr.Parvez Khan Toru

Welcome to our Burnt Territory
Felisa Farzana Hervey

User fees and hospital health care utilization in Afghanistan: lessons 
learned from a participative evaluation
Valery Ridde, BONHOURE Philippe, GOOSSENS Sylvie, SAHIBULLAH Shakir, SHIRZAD 

The Persian Hero Yesterday and Today
Dr Arley Loewen

Child Marriage, Afghan Women and their Rights
Humaira Ameery and Vida Faizee

The Gender Agenda in Afghanistan
Beth Egglestone

Resolving the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Question
A. Amin 

A. Amin
Journal of Afghanistan Studies
Seminar & Research Coordinator
Afghanistan Study Centre

Daytime address:
ICA Logistics
House # 16, Street #10
Opposite Pakistani Ambassadors Residence
Near Kabul Compound
Wazir Akbar Khan

Tel: 93-79-202076 

E Mail: afghanstudiesjournal(a), afghanistan(a)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, February 9, 2005 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)>
Posted: 10 Feb 2005

Note: Redesigned PDF version!

The 9 February 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:

Russia Punishes the OSCE - and Puts Pressure on Georgia
Pavel K. Baev
Moscow's sharp demarche against the OSCE launched last December and 
continuing into mid-January was not entirely unexpected. President Putin and 
his lieutenants in charge of foreign policy had issued a series of critical 
statements about the Organization, accusing it of applying 'double 
standards' and engaging in 'intrusive mentorship'. Unlike in many other 
cases, Russia here followed words with deeds, effectively blocking the 
adoption of the budget for the OSCE activities in 2005. The key demand is to 
discontinue the OSCE monitoring of the Georgian-Russian border - and that in 
itself should be a matter of serious concern.

Towards a Bi-Party System in Azerbaijan?
Fariz Ismailzade
The abolishment of the proportional electoral system to Azerbaijan's 
Parliament in 2002 was considered by many as a blow to democracy. Opposition 
parties claimed that they could not survive and attract supporters without 
elections based on party lists. Yet, as time showed the majoritarian system 
of elections in fact benefited opposition parties. The absence of list-based 
competition between political parties led to a situation where opposition 
parties are better off forming a coalition than competing with each other. 
This, in turn, could be the start of a bi-party system in a long run, a 
system known for its relative stability but lack of choice.

Uzbekistan's Parliamentary Elections: Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?
Aftab Kazi
The Parliamentary Election in Uzbekistan was given modest western coverage. 
The coverage of world media and international organizations was limited to 
preconceived notions. Following controversies regarding the rejection of 
opposition parties' participation, independent foreign observers witnessed a 
well-planned and executed electoral process. The OSCE Limited Observers 
Mission acknowledged improvements in the electoral process, but concluded it 
did not meet OSCE standards. Most reports on the election nevertheless 
failed to note that the elections illustrate the gradual and controlled 
evolution of Uzbekistan's political system. As illustrated by the developing 
individual identities of the pro-government parties, Uzbekistan may not be 
complying with OSCE standards, but is moving in the direction of a more 
liberal and pluralistic system.

Maskhadov's Cease-Fire Announcement and the Situation in Chechnya
Murad Batal Al-Shishani
Chechnya's President Aslan Maskhadov on February 3 issued a presidential 
decree to all Chechen fighting forces to cease fire for a month as a gesture 
of good will to show his willingness to negotiate.  Maskhadov forbade any 
use of weapons except in self-defense.  The announcement is important to 
understanding the situation in the Republic that has been caught in a war 
for a decade.  The announcement also raises several questions regarding the 
power Maskhadov actually yields and its influence on solving the Chechen 
conflict.  It is an indicator of Maskhadov's power over the Chechen 
resistance forces, the interrelations between political powers in Chechnya, 
and Russia's earnestness in finding a solution for the crisis.

The Field Reports Include:

Death of Zurab Zhvania Causes Controversy in Georgia
Kakha Jibladze
On Thursday, February 3, Georgia's Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania unexpectedly 
died, reportedly from carbon monoxide poisoning. The country, still reeling 
from the bombing in Gori on February 1, was shocked as rumors of foul play 
immediately flooded the Georgian media. Zhvania's death, whether accidental 
or not, is a huge blow for both the country and President Saakashvili's 
administration. The longer questions go unanswered, the more serious the 
allegations appear.

Wooing the Taliban
Daan van der Schriek
Efforts to win over at least part of the Taliban for the Kabul government 
are increasing - with the blessing of US officials. Yet the top leadership 
of the movement, including its leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, is excluded from 
any possible amnesty. But Mullah Omar still seems to be the undisputed 
leader of the Taliban, making successful reconciliation without his 
inclusion doubtful.  Including him would cause severe problems with the 
Northern Alliance, which opposes a rapprochement with the Taliban in the 
first place.

Resignation and Extension Campaigns Face off in Kyrgyzstan
Nazgul Baktybekova
By the end of 2005, Kyrgyzstan will according to the Constitution have a new 
leadership as the incumbent President Askar Akaev, who has been in power for 
fourteen years and whose term ends this year, has repeatedly declared that 
he would not go against Constitution and run for the presidency.  If this 
truly happens, Kyrgyzstan will become the first republic in Central to 
witness a democratic transfer of power.  As presidential elections draw 
near, conflicting campaigns - one for "resignation" and the other for 
"extension" - have been launched by opponents and supporters of the 
incumbent Kyrgyz President.

Is Kazakhstan Supplying Canon-Fodder to Russia?
Marat Yermukanov
Displaying its independent stance, Kazakhstan has always distanced itself 
from Russia's war in Chechnya. Kazakh-language press in this predominantly 
Muslim-populated country shuns the use of terms as "terrorists" or "bandits" 
used by Kremlin propaganda to describe Chechen separatists. This neutrality 
of its important partner in CIS is not the reaction Moscow bargained for 
when it launched the military campaign. One indication of the Kremlin's 
desire to get its neighbors involved in the "anti-terrorist war" in Chechnya 
is the illegal drafting of ethnic Russians in Kazakhstan into the Russian army.

PUBLICATION- Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Anitiquities, Vol. 75

Posted by: Magnus Fiskesjö <magnusfiskesjo(a)>
Posted: 10 Feb 2005

BMFEA 75: "New Perspectives in Eurasian Archaeology"

We are happy to announce the publication of volume 75 of the Bulletin of the 
Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, a special issue, "New Perspectives in 
Eurasian Archaeology," also the title of a IIAS-ASEF sponsored symposium at 
the Museum in late 2003  - in commemoration of the museum's illustrious 
founder, Johan Gunnar Andersson, and his explorations of the archaeology of 
prehistoric East-West contacts and the fascinating issues regarding possible 
early relations between prehistoric East and central Asia. The volume is a 
contribution to the vibrant new research in this field.

BMFEA 75 contains the following original articles and reports:

 - LI Shuicheng: Ancient Interactions in Eurasia and Northwest China: 
   Revisiting Johan Gunnar Andersson's Legacy;
 - MEI Jianjun: Qijia and Seima-Turbino: The Question of Early Contacts 
   Between Northwest China and the Eurasian Steppe;
 - Louisa G. FITZGERALD-HUBER: The Qijia Culture: Paths East and West;
 - Bo LAWERGREN: Western Influences on the Early Chinese Qin-Zither;
 - YUAN Jing and Rowan FLAD: Two Issues Concerning Ancient Domesticated 
   Horses in China;
 - Donald B. WAGNER: The Earliest Use of Iron in China;
 - CHEN Xingcan: Where Did the Chinese Leather Raft Come From? --A Forgotten 
   Issue in the Study of Ancient East-West Cultural Interaction;
 - CHOE Chong Pil: Some Problems Concerning Korean Dolmens in Eurasian 
 - Evgeny BOGDANOV: The Origin of the Image of a Predator Rolling up in a 
   Ring in the Portable Art of Central Asia;
 - Nguyen Kim DUNG: Johan Gunnar Andersson's systematic research on Fai Tsi 
   Long Archipelago archaeology and the Andersson collections kept in Viet Nam;
 - Nils RINGSTEDT: Swedish Archaeology and the Archaeology of Long-Distance 

In addition, there is a separate article by Lucie OLIVOVA, "Forgotten 
Bridges: Dulinqiao and Shanqiao in Southern Hebei, China," which discusses 
bridges which are favorite symbols of cultural contact, thus very near the 
theme of the volume as a whole, and evoking the BMFEA credo of "Dialogue, 
not diatribe."

The BMFEA is available for purchase from the MFEA 
(, English section, "Bulletin of the MFEA," also 
don't miss the Back List) - scheduled to begin distribution in Mid-February 

The BMFEA is also sold through Asia specialists such as Hanshan Tang, 
London, and by several other agents.

By the way, at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, a new 
permanent exhibit "China Before China" now displays a large selection of 
Andersson's world famous Yangshao materials, and actually illustrates many 
of the questions raised in this volume. It is also heartily recommended 
along with its namesake companion volumes on the collections, and on the 
origins of the museum and of Chinese archaeology (see the website, English 
section, Publications, _China Before China: Johan Gunnar Andersson, Ding 
Wenjiang, and the Discovery of China's Prehistory_, MFEA, 2004).

Last of all, a personal note: This was the last issue for which I have 
served as one of the editors of the Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern 
Antiquities. I have now left my work at the museum and wish to thank all 
those who have supported the efforts of a new generation over the last few 
years to re-connect the journal with current world research in its field, 
including through the new advisory board with a host of distinguished, 
active scholars, cherishing the journals' intellectual roots and the 
internationalist spirit of its founder, J. G. Andersson.

Magnus Fiskesjo, magnusfiskesjo(a)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 1, 2005

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad.esenov(a)>
Posted: 9 Feb 2005

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to offer you the contents of  No. 1, 2005 of the "Central Asia 
and the Caucasus" journal (in English and Russian).  The issue will be 
published in late February.  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)

Central Asia And The Caucasus
Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 1 (31), 2005

In This Issue:

Civil Society:

Irada Bagirova. George Soros in the Southern Caucasus

Yuri Buluktaev. 2004 Elections in Kazakhstan: Strategy and Tactics of the Political Parties

Bakhodyr Ergashev. America and Political Opposition in Central Asia

Religion in Society:

Abdullo Khakim. Religious Thought in Central Asia: It Needs a Major Overhaul 
Zurab Todua. Radical Islam in Uzbekistan: Past and Future
Amirkhan Magomeddadaev. The Muslim East and Radicalization of Islam in the 
Northern Caucasus

Zaid Abdulagatov. Daghestan and Tatarstan: the State/Religion Relationship 
in the Islamic Context of Russia

Regional Politics:

Marat Iordanov. The Northern Caucasus: Scrutinized by Terrorists

Shalva Pichkhadze. Georgia after November 2003: Achievements and Trends

Geopolitical Landmarks of Central Asian and Caucasian States:

Magomed Gasanov. The Caspian and the Caucasus in Russia's Geopolitical 
Interests: Historical Aspects

Arbakhan Magomedov. The Struggle for Caspian Oil and Caspian Transit: 
Geopolitical Regional Dimensions

Farkhad Aliev. The Caucasus through the Eurasian Prism

Revaz Gachechiladze. Georgia's Geopolitical Landmarks: is there a Shift?

Gulnar Ringrose. Geopolitics of Interdependence between Kazakhstan and other 
CIS Countries (Conceptual Aspect of Interaction)

Murat Suiunbaev. Kyrgyzstan: a Geopolitical Portrait

Aloviddin Bakhovadinov, Khurshed Dodikhudoev. Tajikistan's Geopolitical 

Regional Economies:

Raphael Ultanbaev. Russia and the Southern Caucasus: Reality and Economic 
Cooperation Strategies

Vyacheslav Komarov. Commonwealth of Independent States: Trans-Asian 
Development Corridor
Kalamkas Esimova. Kazakhstan-Chinese Cooperation in the Energy Sphere

For Your Information:

The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:

Central Asia and the Caucasus
 - Party Development
 - Religion in the Sociopolitical Context
 - The Democratic Revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine and their Impact on 
   Central Asian and Caucasian Politics

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- New Kyrgyz Cookbook

Posted by: Martha Weeks <Russell396(a)>
Posted: 7 Feb 2005

"Kyrgyz Cooking" is a collection of 75 different Kyrgyz recipes.  This is 
the first full-length English language cookbook of Kyrgyz recipes.  This 
cookbook includes salads, soups, meat dishes, rice dishes, fried vegetables, 
noodle dishes, breads, condiments, talkan, sweet dishes, and beverages.  The 
cookbook also includes a complete index, conversion tables, and a list of 
abbreviations. All the recipes are given by their Kyrgyz names with English 

To order "Kyrgyz Cooking," please send a check or money order (in US 
dollars) made payable to Martha E. Weeks to:

Ms. Martha E. Weeks
P.O. Box 306
Northampton, MA 01061-0306

Please include your name, complete mailing address and e-mail address when 

The cost per cookbook is US $20.00.


Within the USA: 20% of the order
International: 40% of the order

All orders for Massachusetts addresses please add 5% sales tax.

Please contact Martha Weeks with any questions at Russell396(a)

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Yale Journal of International Affairs

Posted by: Jeff Mankoff <jeffrey.mankoff(a)>
Posted: 4 Feb 2005

Yale Journal of International Affairs

A Yale Graduate Student-Run Foreign Policy Journal

YJIA is a graduate student-run academic journal designed to facilitate and 
encourage discussion of issues in international affairs by highlighting the 
research of professors, graduate students, and practitioners in the 
international affairs field. The inaugural edition will be published in May 

Call for Submissions

For its inaugural edition, YJIA is interested in policy and research 
articles covering international politics, security, economics, and 
diplomacy, as well as reviews of recent books on foreign policy topics. In 
addition, YJIA will pay special attention to publishing articles on specific 
regional topics, as well as global heath and development.


All articles should follow Chicago Manual of Style guidelines
Articles: 3,000 - 5,000 words
Book reviews: 1,000 - 2,000 words

Submissions due: Monday March 15, 2005

Please send submissions to:

E-mail: jonathan.baum(a)


Yale Journal of International Affairs
International Affairs Council
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06520

For more information please contact puongfei.yeh(a)

PUBLICATION- Managing Independence & the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia (in French)

Posted by: Sebastien Peyrouse <sebpeyrouse(a)>
Posted: 2 Feb 2005

Publication: Gestion de l'independance et legs sovietique en Asie centrale 
[Managing Independence and the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia],
edited by Sebastien Peyrouse
Cahiers d'Asie centrale, no. 13-14, Edisud / IFEAC, 2004, 334 pp. (in French)

Since Independence, new official discourses in each of the Central Asian 
States have attempted to condemn, more or less virulently, the former Soviet 
regime.  However, one should not be deluded by leaders and governments' 
thundering declarations about official change and renewal, and by the 
multiple discourses that exist around a specific national way of 
development. Despite the reforms launched since 1991 and whatever political 
leaders' true or simulated willingness to engage in such a process, less 
than a decade and a half is not sufficient to remove the political-economic 
system that was dominant for several decades.

In Western journalistic circles, Central Asia is often viewed as a new area 
located close to sensitive countries (e.g. Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan), 
on weapons and drug routes and threatened by possible Islamic 
destabilization. One could deplore such a mass-media perception, which lacks 
any historical hindsight. Contemporary Central Asia is first of all a 
cultural space with more than a century and a half of a Russian-Soviet 
legacy. The idea of a political, religious and national renewal quite often 
seems to be an optical illusion, resulting from the prior obscurity of 
Central Asia: the independence of 1991, which is often presented as a 
rebirth, actually appears to be both an outcome and a beginning.

This new issue of Cahiers d'Asie centrale addresses the question of 
continuity between Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia, a rarely addressed 
but fundamental thematic to understanding the contemporary situation of the 
area and to escape many cliches. It does not view continuity as a postulate 
and neither denies the reforms that have been engaged in nor the several 
quick evolutions that have taken place over recent years. It acknowledges 
the violent shock caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the real 
"rupture" felt by Soviet citizens. However, this issue firstly aims to show 
the general public the many Soviet aspects that are too quickly forgotten 
about but which cannot be ignored in order to understand the evolution of 
these countries, especially their present move towards authoritarianism. It 
also aims to remind academic circles about the difficulty in carrying out 
research about Central Asia without a knowledge or at least consciousness of 
the Russian-Soviet experience, essential in order to avoid the mirage of a 

Table of Contents

Introduction par Sebastien Peyrouse et Marlene Laruelle, p. 9

Regards Sur Le Contemporain : Evolutions Et Lignes De Continuite

Boris Petric, Svetlana Jacquesson, Jean-Francois Gossiaux, Andre Bourgeot.
"L'emergence de nouveaux pouvoirs locaux sur les cendres d'un kolkhoze 
kirghize (region de Naryn)", pp. 21-44

Marlene Laruelle.
"Continuite des elites intellectuelles, continuite des problematiques 
identitaires : ethnologie et "ethnogenese" a l'Academie des Sciences 
d'Ouzbekistan", pp. 45-76

Sebastien Peyrouse.
"La gestion du fait religieux en Asie centrale: poursuite du cadre 
conceptuel sovietique et renouveau factice", pp. 77-120

Sophie Hohmann.
"Sante publique en Ouzbekistan contemporain: continuites sovietiques et 
limites des processus engages", pp. 121-162

Gaël Raballand.
"Permanences conceptuelles et fonctionnelles du systeme economique 
sovietique en Asie centrale", pp. 163-175

L'experience Sovietique, Matrice Theorique Et Pratique

Isabelle OHAYON.
"Du campement au village: sedentarisation et transformation de l'aoul kazakh 
a la periode sovietique", pp. 177-198

Catherine POUJOL.
"L'islam en heritage : nouvelle approche d'une problematique persistante, 
entre resistance participative et acculturation passive", pp. 199-214

Sergeï N. ABACHIN.
"Les descendants de saints en Asie centrale: elite religieuse ou 
nationale?", pp. 215-230

"De la question du socialisme islamique au Turkestan: le parcours d'Arif 
Klevleev (1874-1918)", pp. 231-243

Les Politiques Publiques De L'eau En Asie Centrale Post-Sovietique

Julien THOREZ, Pierre THOREZ.
"Le partage des eaux dans le Caucase oriental et les republiques d'Asie 
centrale, une manifestation des tensions post-sovietiques", pp. 245-260

Raphaël JOZAN, Charles BAUBION.
"Un souffle de reforme sur la politique de l'eau en Ouzbekistan?", pp. 261-284

"Continuite et discontinuite dans la politique de l'eau en Asie centrale", 
pp. 285-301

Jeune Recherche.

"L'Occident multiple ou les representations de l'autre dans le regard 
d'etudiants ouzbeks", pp. 303-320

Notes Et Documents.

Jean-Christophe ROUX.
"La presse ecrite en Ouzbekistan", pp. 321-325

Comptes Rendus, P. 327

Dernieres Parutions Disponibles La Bibliotheque De L'ifeac, p. 331

PUBL- Developing Counter-Narcotics in Central Asia, Silk Road Paper

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 1 Feb 2005

Developing Counter-Narcotics Policy in Central Asia: Legal and Political 
by Kairat Osmonaliev
January 2005
ISBN: 91-85031-03-8
95 pages.

The Paper's Executive Summary and a link to the entire Paper in PDF format 
is available at:

To directly download the entire 1-megabyte paper, please click on the 
following link:

"Developing Counter-Narcotics Policy in Central Asia: Legal and Political 
Dimensions" is a Policy Paper published by the Joint Project on Narcotics, 
Organized Crime and Security in Eurasia. This research initiative is 
conducted by the Silk Road Studies Program, Uppsala University, and the 
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS. It is 
authored by Kairat Osmonaliev.

Dr. Kairat Osmonaliev was a visiting Fellow at the Silk Road Studies 
Program, Department of East European Studies, Uppsala University, in Spring 
and Summer 2004. Prior to his stay at the Program, Dr. Osmonaliev was Chief 
of the Legal and International Cooperation Section at Kyrgyzstan's Drug 
Control Agency. He also served for three years as Chief of the Department of 
Analysis at Kyrgyzstan's State Commission of Drug Control. Concurrently, Dr. 
Osmonaliev holds a Chair of Criminal Law at Chui University. He received his 
Ph.D. degree (Kand. Nauk) in Jurisprudence from the Academy of Management 
under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Moscow. His Dissertation theme was 
Criminal Legal Measures on Illicit Drug Trafficking Prevention. He holds the 
military rank of Major.

To obtain print copies of the report, please contact either of the following 

In North America:

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Attn. Silk Road Papers
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, U.S.A. 
Tel. +1-202-663-7723
Fax. +1-202-663-7785
E-mail: andrey(a)

In Europe:

The Silk Road Studies Program
Attn. Silk Road Papers
Department of East European Studies
Uppsala University
Box 514, SE-75120 Uppsala
SwedenTel. +46-18-471-2217
Fax. +46-18-106397
E-mail: info(a)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, January 26, 2005 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <Svante.Cornell(a)>
Posted: 1 Feb 2005

Note: Redesigned PDF version!

The 26 January 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:

Azerbaijan-Georgia Relations Put to the Test
Anar Valiyev and Yusuf Valiyev
In the past two months, Azerbaijani-Georgian relations have deteriorated. 
The killing of an Azerbaijani woman in the  Kvemo Kartli region, a transport 
crisis between the two countries, delays to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline 
as well as tough official rhetoric have led to increasing tensions between 
Azerbaijan and Georgia. Meanwhile, unfriendly hysteria inflamed by the mass 
media influenced the public. Both countries' leaders are urgently trying to 
solve those problems. Failing to do so could endanger the most important 
project in the modern history of both countries - the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan 

Iran and Azerbaijan: Toward Normal Relations?
Hooman Peimani
Azerbaijan's Minister of Internal Affairs Ramil Usubov recently called on 
Iran to increase investments in Azerbaijan, pointing out the favorable 
conditions for foreign investments. Usubov stressed Iranian President 
Mohammad Khatami's August 2004 signing of a security agreement in Baku with 
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev as a development, which further 
consolidated bilateral ties, particularly in the "battle against narcotics, 
organized crime and terrorism." Against a background of tensions in 
Azerbaijani-Iranian relations dated back to mid-2001, Usubov's statements 
indicated the success of the two neighbours in tension-reduction and the 
creation of a constructive environment in bilateral relations, a result of 
the two countries' efforts and particularly the balanced foreign policy of 
President Ilham Aliyev.

Does Armenia Face a Major Crisis?
Stephen Blank
As Armenia enters 2005, a number of recent reports warn that it faces major 
crises and isolation. At home its government increasingly rules through a 
combination of corruption and forceful repression.  These symptoms manifest 
themselves through the overt manipulation of elections and through the 
resort to violence to suppress internal opposition.  While it does not 
appear that the opposition commands mass political support as happened in 
Ukraine and Georgia, it is likely that the government headed by Robert 
Kocharian will strive to take no chances and ensure that it stays in power.  
But this government cannot overcome Armenia's crushing economic and foreign 
policy problems however it seeks to do so.  As a result, a major crisis 
cannot be ruled out in the future. 

How Will Bush's New Foreign Policy Team Handle Chechnya?
Erin Mark
With a new foreign policy team taking shape at the White House, the issue of 
U.S. policy on the unresolved war in Chechnya is actualized. The conflict is 
gradually growing to pose a serious security threat to an area far larger 
than Chechnya itself, and there is a consensus that Russia's policies are 
only worsening the situation. Will Condoleezza Rice's foreign policy team 
confront Putin directly over Chechnya, address the conflict as a U.S. 
security interest, and push for a political solution, or will it continue 
Powell's policy of non-involvement? Some insights as to where U.S. policy 
toward Russia might be headed provide no conclusive indications.

The Field Reports Include:

Russian-Kazakh Tandem: the Alliance of the Doomed?
Marat Yermukanov
Can the Russian leopard change its spots? That is the question frequently 
posed by political observers in Kazakhstan after the January 11 surprise 
visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to Almaty. Although the 
conclusion of a border delimitation agreement and talks aimed at 
strengthening economic ties between Kazakhstan and Russia were high on the 
agenda many aspects of the top level meeting still remains hidden from the 
public eye in both countries.

Kyrgyzstan: Pre-Election Controversies
Nazgul Baktybekova
For the past several months, premier league politics in Kyrgyzstan has 
witnessed a number of political developments relating to the coming 
parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for February and October 
2005, respectively.  A number of political forces and coalitions emerged, 
fierce controversy and mass protests have taken place.  As elections are 
approaching, the political tension mounts.

Act against Corruption Entered into Force in Azerbaijan
Gulnara Ismailova
>From January 1, 2005, the law "About struggle against corruption", signed by 
the President on January 13, 2004, entered into force. The president of the 
country also ratified in September the state program on struggle against 
corruption until 2006. According to the State Program, the Department on 
Struggle Against Corruption at the public prosecutor's office will carry out 
criminal prosecution connected with corruption. Besides, structures of 
internal control over the struggle against corruption will be created in the 
system of the central executive authority and in law enforcement bodies.

Abkhaz Re-Election Creates More Questions than Answers
Kakha Jibladze
Despite the civil unrest leading up to the January 12 re-run election in 
Abkhazia, the result was anti-climatic. Sergey Bagapsh won the election 
despite attempts to invalidate it due to low voter turnout. Now that the 
election is over, the real question is what Bagapsh means for relations 
between Abkhazia and Georgia.

JOURNAL/CFP- Central Asia & Culture of Peace: Diversity, Democracy, Tolerance

Posted by: Central Asia and Culture of Peace <centralasia2005(a)>
Posted: 1 Feb 2005

Our journal would like to announce the call for papers in 2005 on two major 

1. Problems of the ethnic diversity in Central Asia.
2. Democracy and tolerance in Central Asia.

Notes for the contributors:

 - Articles submitted to the editorial board should cover the journal's
   subject area, be signed by the author (co-authors) with forename and
   surname, scholarly degree, affiliation and position held, telephone and
   fax numbers, e-mail, and postal address.
 - The article must be typed (in Russian or English) in two copies, not
   exceeding 15 typed pages and (if appropriate) be accompanied by
 - The author should mention as footnotes sources of facts, figures and
   quotations used in the text.
 - The author is responsible for ensuring authenticity of the data, facts,
   quotations, proper names, geographical names and other information included
   in the article.  A summary (in English) is required.

Please contact us by e-mail: <centralasia2005(a)>

We look forward to collaboration with you.


Lesia Nedoluzhko
Deputy Editor of the Journal
Central Asia and Culture of Peace
54, Erkindik Ave.
Bishkek 720040
E-mail: <centralasia2005(a)>

PUBLICATION- Putin, Federalism, & Chechnya, NZ No. 38, Available On-Line (in Russian)

Posted by: NZ Journal <nz(a)NLO.MAGAZINE.RU>
Posted: 31 Jan 2005

Dear colleagues,

NZ No. 38, published in mid-January, is now available online at (in Russian only). It focuses on Putin's recent political 
reforms and the Ukrainian revolution and includes a detailed review of 
recent books on Chechnya, including a number of English titles.  I am 
appending a summary in English. New features on our web site include a 
Polish page, a thematic guide to NZ's archives, and presentations of new 
books from the NZ Library series (e.g. on the Russian Internet).

For international subscriptions, please refer to:

Mischa Gabowitsch

As our contribution to a debate about social liberalism in Russia that is 
currently gathering momentum, this issue's helping of the Liberal Heritage 
presents an article by philosopher Monique Canto-Sperber on The Philosophy 
of Liberal Socialism, translated from a recent anthology on that subject 
which she published in Paris.

Most of this issue, however, is devoted to the recent political reforms in 
Russia. Yevgeny Saburov links this topic with the issue of liberalism in his 
Humane Economics column by pointing out how the current political 
centralisation as well as the government's budgetary policies run counter to 
liberal economists' eagerness to downsize the state. Topic 1, entitled The 
Cogs, the Wheel, and the Drivers, features answers by analysts specialising 
in different aspects of Russian politics and society to four questions about 
the state of the Russian political system after the Duma and presidential 
elections as well as Putin's recent reforms of electoral and party 
legislation and Russia's federal system. Dmitry Furman, Alexander Morozov, 
Vladimir Pribylovsky, Nikolai Petrov, Yury Korgunyuk, and Alain Blum discuss 
whether the recent changes are evolutionary, revolutionary or reactionary, 
and whether the future is likely to bring a return to Soviet conditions, 
nationalist authoritarianism, or democratisation.

Moving on more specifically to the federal reform, whereby regional 
governors will now be appointed rather than elected, Alexei Levinson 
presents data from recent opinion polls on Russians' trust in the governors 
in his Sociological Notes. In Topic 2 (The End of the Federation?), Leonid 
Smirnyagin, the geographer and former expert on regional politics in Boris 
Yeltsin's presidential administration, reflects on The Fortunes of 
Federalism in Russia; Alexander Deryugin discusses The Features of Russian 
Federalism from the point of view of budgetary relations between the centre 
and the regions; Elena Belokurova and Natalia Yargomskaya provide empirical 
findings refuting Putin's claim that the reform will strengthen civil 
society; and historian Tatyana Volkova compares municipal self-government in 
the Russian Empire after the 1861 reform with current practice.

The two following sections deal with events in Ukraine. In Re: birth of 
Ukraine, published under the Culture of Politics heading, Lviv-based 
historian Yaroslav Hrytsak expresses an optimistic view of the Ukrainian 
elections and the constitutional reform in that country, arguing that 
regional disparities need not become an obstacle to democratisation. Morals 
and Mores features travel notes by Nikolai Mitrokhin, who visited the 
Ukrainian capital at the end of November to get a first-hand view of the 
motives driving the main actors in the Ukrainian revolution (Kyiv: Two Days 
amid the Orange Revolution).

Hrytsak's and Mitrokhin's texts are illustrated with photographs taken 
during the mass demonstrations in Kyiv.

Turning to a more historical subject, in Topic 3 (Maps, Images, and Pictures 
of the World) we look at the way in which, in different times and places, 
visual tools have modified people's relation to the world, and themselves 
changed in the process. Historian of science Konstantin Ivanov writes about 
The First Telescopes: From Curiosity to Philosophical Instrument. His 
colleague Andrei Kuzmin charts Images of the Starry Sky in the History of 
European Civilisation. In 'That's why Urania is Older than Sister Clio': 
'Attributes of Learning' in Russian Portrait Painting in the Enlightenment 
Age, art historian Vadim Gavrin shows how Russian portraitsts in the late 
18th and early 19th century depicted their models' scholarly background.

In the Politics of Culture section, sociologist Vadim Volkov, an expert on 
the Russian mafia and its business connections, discusses two Russian 
blockbusters of recent years, Brat-2 and Boomer, contrasting the former's 
idealisation of bandits' way of life with the latter's more realistic 
depiction of their language and code of conduct.

This issue's New Institutions are the Coalition for a Right to Choose and 
The Russian Civic Congress that took place on the 12th of December.

Our regular review of Russian intellectual journals (focusing on 
philosophical and inter-disciplinary ones in this issue) is followed by a 
Translators' Quarrel where one of Dutch philosopher Frank Ankersmit's 
Russian translators responds to another's critical review of her edition by 
discussing different stances towards translating philosophical texts into 
Russian, while her opponent retorts by pointing out more inaccuracies in her 

Finally, the New Books section features a detailed review of Russian and 
international books on Chechnya published since mid-2002, as well as 
individual reviews of recent Russian, English, French, German and Ukrainian 
books on history and the social sciences.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS- Insight Turkey, January-March 2005 Issue

Posted by: Suat Kiniklioglu <kiniklioglu(a)>
Posted: 25 Jan 2005

Insight Turkey - Call for Papers

Insight Turkey, January-March 2005 Issue

Insight Turkey's January-March 2005 issue will focus on Turkish foreign 
policy issues in general with a regional focus on the Middle East. We are 
particularly interested in articles on the following topics:

 - Turkey and Iraq/Iran/Syria
 - Turkey and the Middle East
 - Turkish-U.S. relations
 - Turkey and the Cyprus Question
 - Turkey and the E.U.: Negotiating in 2005?
 - The Economics of Foreign Policy
 - Turkish Security and Iran
 - Turkey's Energy Politics
 - Turkey and Armenia
 - Turkey and the Black Sea
 - The U.S. and Israel: Ramifications for a 'Greater Middle East'
 - Turkish Cypriot elections
 - Terrorism as a regional threat
 - Turkey's Caucasus policy and Frozen Conflicts
 - EU-NATO initiatives in the Black Sea
 - Islam and Democracy
 - Foreign policy formulation processes in Turkey
This is just a preliminary list. Please feel free to propose any other paper 
ideas, including book reviews to the Editor. We publish three categories of 
material. Comments are 2,000-3,000-word front-of-the-book pieces that make a 
single, provocative point. Essays are more extensive 4,000 5,000-word pieces 
of analysis that comprise the body of the journal. Book reviews are 
700-1,500-word pieces of new books. The deadline for article submission is 
March 1, 2004. We welcome unsolicited manuscripts and article proposals. The 
easiest mode of communication is electronic mail. We expect all article 
proposals to be made in English. For format and referencing questions please 
contact the Editor. Insight Turkey covers a broad range of topics related to 
Turkish domestic and foreign policy affairs. It intends to present original 
thinking by knowledgeable observers both from Turkey and abroad, written in 
English that is easily read by professionals and a general audience.

The deadline to submit papers is March 1, 2004. Earlier submissions are 
highly appreciated.

Suat Kiniklioglu
Editor, Insight Turkey
Bestekar Sok. No. 86/12
Kavaklidere 06680
Ankara, Turkey

Tel: +90.312.428-5250
Fax: +90.312.428-5251
E-mail: editor(a)

PUBLICATION- Onnik Krikorian, Armenia: Poverty, Transition & Democracy

Posted by: Onnik Krikorian <onnik(a)>
Posted: 21 Jan 2005

PUBLICATION- Onnik Krikorian, Armenia: Poverty, Transition & Democracy

Armenia: Poverty, Transition & Democracy, a collection of articles and 
photographs by the British photojournalist Onnik Krikorian, is now available 
for sale.

Although the official book launch will take place in Yerevan, Republic of 
Armenia, on 27 January 2005 during a joint photo exhibition / film 
presentation organized by Yerkir Media TV and the Investigative Journalists 
of Armenia / Hetq Online, copies will be available for purchase beforehand.

However, worldwide distribution will not be available until after the event. 
In the meantime, please reserve your copy by emailing Ara Sarafian at the 
Gomidas Institute / Garod Books. For sales in the Republic of Armenia please 
contact Onnik Krikorian.

Articles and photographs cover issues as diverse as socially vulnerable 
families, children enrolled into residential institutions, mental health, 
landmines and UXO in Nagorno Karabagh and on the border with Azerbaijan, 
resettlement in the territory between Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh and the 
impact of the Rose Revolution in the neighboring Republic of Georgia on 

Price: 10 UK Pounds / $15 (US) / 7,000 AMD plus postage and packing if 
applicable. 48 high quality matt pages (297mm x 210mm), approximately 9,300 
words, 29 photographs.

Now available in the Republic of Armenia. Available worldwide after 27 
January 2005.

For sales in the Republic of Armenia, please contact Onnik Krikorian at 
books(a) For UK and worldwide sales or to reserve a copy, please 
contact Ara Sarafian at info(a) Numbers in this first print run 
are limited to 500 copies only.

For more information please access:

CALL FOR ARTICLES- 2005 Yearbook, Literary Inst., Azerbaijan Nat'l Academy of Sciences

Posted by: Rahilya Gheybullayeva <rahilya_g(a)>
Posted: 18 Jan 2005

Yearbook -2005
The Third Issue

Literary Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences is pleased to 
invite you to participate in Yearbook -2005. This yearbook will bring 
together scholars from both the West and the East, with some various 
understanding of aims and method, themes of Theory of Literature and 
Comparative Literature last decades.

Articles, using interdisciplinary approaches, covering many of the important 
questions of past, present and future definitions, themes and methods, 
concerning similarities and differences between Soviet and Western Theory of 
Literature and Comparative Literature are most welcome.

The deadline for submitting the articles is May 15, 2005.

Please send your manuscript as Times New Roman and Word format attachment to 
Rahilya Geybullayeva to the following e-mail address: rahilya_g(a), 
with the information:

 - Your name, degree and e-mail address where we can contact you.
 - Title of the article
 - Any questions or comments you have.

Editors: Tahira Mammad, Rahilya Geybullayeva

Rahilya Geybullayeva
Ph.D, Senior Researcher
Theory of Literature Department
Literary Institute
Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
H. Javid ave 31, Main Building, 5th floor
Baku 1143

PUBLICATION- Mir Kaligulaev, Road to Death, Bigger than Death (in Russian)

Posted by: Mir Kaligulaev <mirkaligulaev(a)>
Posted: 14 Jan 2005

Road to Death, Bigger than Death
by Mir Kaligulaev

This is a documentary book on Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), for the 
first time seen from inside. Book is based on exclusive, first-hand 
documents and pictures, stories of witnesses and participants of the events 
in Central Asia over the last decade.

Publisher: Black Quadrat Production Ltd, UK
ISSN: 1479-7348 (Paperback); Price: £10.00 (plus mailing)
Extent: 360 pages

Book Description

IMU, which was founded by Tahir Yuldash and Juma Namangani is an 
organisation included by US State Department in the list of the world's most 
dangerous terrorist organisations. This book gives for the first time an 
insider's account of its activity. Based on exclusive, first-hand documents, 
like the full transcript of President Karimov's speech in front of thousands 
of Tahir Yuldash's supporters in Namangan in 1991, when the President was 
nearly taken hostage, dozens of interviews with Tahir Yuldash himself and 
other leaders of IMU, which are published for the first time, the book 
follows the history of IMU in the last decade. Through the tragic life of 
Belgi (Asror Abutov) - one of brightest Uzbek poets of his generation, 
extensively translated in recent years into English, French, German, 
Russian, Turkish and other languages, who had ended his life among the 
fighters of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the author shows the key 
events in the history of modern Central Asia and Uzbekistan. Crash of the 
democratic opposition, which led all dissent to the mosques, Islamic exodus, 
Tashkent explosions in 1999, Batken incursions in 1999-2000, Afghan war, the 
latest insurgence in Waziristan are analysed with a great deal of new 
insightful details. Belgi, who was looking for a spiritual Sufi Master, 
ended up in Tajik village Hoit, a base of IMU, crossed the border with 
Afghanistan during the American bombings, was taken prisoner by Northern 
Alliance, escaped from Shebergan prison, reunited with the remnants of IMU, 
met Osama Bin Laden, and was writing all this time. The manuscripts of 
Belgi, along with the stories of eyewitnesses and participants of these 
events, for the first time are published in Russian, making it possible to 
penetrate the secretive world, totally closed for the outside view. The book 
is illustrated with dozens of first-hand documents and photographs, never 
published before, and which tell about the most topical story of the Central 
Asia and the modern world.

To order the book, e-mail your request to:


Or contact:

Black Quadrat Production, Ltd
14 Armstrong Drive
Dunstall Park
United Kingdom

Author Biography:

Mir Kaligulaev is a writer, journalist, member of the literary group
"Conference of Refined" (see:

For queries contact: mirkaligulaev(a)

PUBLICATION- Ed Schatz, Modern Clan Politics: The Power of "Blood" in Kazakhstan and Beyond

Posted by: Ed Schatz <schatz(a)>
Posted: 13 Jan 2005

In a new book, "Modern Clan Politics: The Power of 'Blood' in Kazakhstan and 
Beyond," (University of Washington Press), Edward Schatz explores kin-based 
clan divisions in the post-Soviet state of Kazakhstan, demonstrating that, 
contrary to popular belief, kinship divisions do not fade from political 
life under modernity.

For a complete description of the book, including the table of contents, or 
to place an order for a copy of it, go to:

PUBLICATION- Etudes Mongoles et Siberiennes, Volume 35, 2004

Posted by: Katia Buffetrille <katia.buffetrille(a)>
Posted: 11 Jan 2005

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

The Editorial Committee of the journal Etudes mongoles et siberiennes has 
decided to expand its scope to include the Centrasiatic and Tibetan worlds.  
Although one world is Muslim and the other Buddhist, the aim is not to deal 
with Buddhism or Islam in their own right.  It is rather to study these 
worlds as parts of a vast whole, from the Arctic Sea to the Himalayas, 
favoring comparative perspectives.

Etudes mongoles et siberiennes thus has changed its title to Etudes mongoles 
et sibériennes, centrasiatiques et tibétaines (EMSCAT). Katia Buffetrille 
(Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes) is the new editor.

The editorial policy remains open, as before, to issues of the journal 
devoted to individual essays, to monographs, and to a single theme entrusted 
to a guest editor, in French or in English. All suggestions or proposals of 
themes are welcome and should be sent to the editor:

Centre d'etudes mongoles et siberiennes, annexe E.P.H.E.
29 rue Daviel
75013 Paris

Volume 35, 2004

Charles Stepanoff
La figure du chamane dans ses representations audiovisuelles occidentales

Isabelle Charleux
De la ville bleue a la metropole grise. Fondation, protection et destruction 
de Kokeqota (Huhehaote)

Xavier Hallez
Elbegdor_ Rin_ino. L'identite mongole en question : construction et enjeux 
d'une idee de nation dans un monde en mouvement

Charles Stepanoff
Chamanisme et transformation sociale a Touva

Isabelle Riaboff
Rituals for the local gods among the Bod of Paldar

Katia Buffetrille
Le jeu rituel musical (glu/klu rol) du village de Sog ru (Reb gong) en A mdo

Comptes rendus

Orders have to be made to:

Librairie Oriens
10, Boulevard Arago 
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Tel: (33) (0) 1 45 35 80 28
Fax : (33) (0) 1 43 36 01 50
E-mail: oriens(a)

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Frais de port en sus / Postage extra 
Nous consulter pour des numéros antérieurs. / Back numbers on request.

Method of payment:

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ON-LINE RESOURCE- On-Line Uzbek-English Dictionary

Posted by: William Dirks <abuhasad(a)>
Posted: 3 Jan 2005

There is new version of my online Uzbek-English dictionary 
( that is searchable in both English and Uzbek.

The link is:

Will Dirks

CALL FOR PAPERS- Invites Papers for Publication on Website

Posted by: Almut Rochowanski <almut(a)>
Posted: 3 Jan 2005

Dear all,

Although international attention to Chechnya has so far been mostly 
underwhelming when it comes to governments and the media, it has remained a 
hot topic in academia. Every semester, graduate and undergraduate students 
all over the world prepare papers on Chechnya, looking at the crisis from 
different perspectives and in the process producing unique and interesting 
research and analysis. Some of these articles eventually make it into 
academic journals, but the majority are never published.

At the end of this semester, the Chechnya Advocacy Network extends our 
standing invitation to submit your papers on Chechnya for publication on our 
website. Papers on all topics and lengths, as well as in all languages, are 
welcome, as long as they comply with basic citation rules and academic 
standards (non-academic writing may be considered under certain 
circumstances). Your paper will be converted into a pdf file and, together 
with your short bio, posted on the entrypage of our website,, for downloading. After a while, papers will be 
moved to the appropriate thematic section (history, refugees, etc.) of the 

If you have a finished paper on Chechnya that you would like to share with 
the public, or if one of your students has written an interesting paper one 
the subject, please send them to us at almut(a) or 

Thank you and best regards,

Almut Rochowanski

Chechnya Advocacy Network

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Central Asian Network of Gender Studies Web Site Update

Posted by: Serguei Alex. Oushakine <sao15(a)>
Posted: 3 Jan 2005

Dear Colleagues:

The Central Asian Network of Gender Studies recently opened a new version of 
its web-site.

The site includes a large library of texts on gender issues (articles, 
collected volumes, dissertations, etc.) published (mainly) in Russian during 
last 5-7 years.

The library is an on-going project, and it is updated regularly.

PUBLICATION- Central Asia NGO Directory, IOM Technical Cooperation Centre

Posted by: Daniel Waugh <dwaugh(a)>
Posted: 3 Jan 2005

New Publication! Annotated Directory of NGOs in Central Asia

Vienna, Austria, 20 December 2004 - The IOM Technical Cooperation Centre for 
Europe and Central Asia (IOM TCC) is pleased to announce a first edition of 
the (annotated) Directory of Non-governmental Organizations in Central Asia 
focusing on Human, Migrant and Refugee Rights.

The Directory is designed to be a comprehensive, easily accessible and 
easily up-dated resource on civil society actors in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, 
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  The staff at IOM TCC believe that it will serve 
as a valuable tool for all stakeholders working to promote civil society and 
to strengthen human, migrant and refugee rights in Central Asia.

In addition to contact information, the Directory also features an overview 
of the organization's objectives, partnerships, base of operations, past 
projects and future perspectives in a concise two-page format.  Information 
on 152 organizations is categorized by country (with country tabs for easy 
reference), city or region and organization name.  This structure allows 
additional organizations to be easily added to the files in up-dated future 
editions. IOM TCC is planning to produce bi-annual print inserts.

The Directory project was made possible by the support of the Danish 
Government's Peace and Stability Fund (FRESTA).

To order a copy of the Directory or to obtain further information on this 
project, please contact IOM TCC, Ms. Heather Salfrank, Tel: (43-1) 585 33 22 
27, Email: hsalfrank(a)

PUBLICATION- Dec 2004 Issue Available On-Line

Posted by: Farhad Azad <farhad(a)>
Posted: 22 Dec 2004

Read the December 2004 issue of Lemar-Aftaab/
Publisher's Notes:

Staff & Contributors:



The Black Cloak (Part I)
By Spozhmai Zaryab
Aisha pulled her hands off the wooden railing. She stretched her waist and 
put her hand on her swollen stomach. She felt a pulse beneath her fingers


A Birth in the Garden
By Zohra Saed

Visual Arts

By Massoud Hossaini
Afghan children yearn for their childhood. Like other children they want 
parents and they desire a good education.

>From the Archives

Ancient Kabul: Two Forgotten Places: Tapa Khazana and Takht-e Shah
By Nabi Kohzad, Translated from Dari by Farhad Azad
Jan - Mar 1999

Previous Issues

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Interview on Economic Development in Crimea & the Crimean Tatars

Posted by: Inci Bowman <incia(a)>
Posted: 16 Dec 2004

Economic Development in Crimea and the Crimean Tatars: An Interview with 
Terry Hallman

The interview with Terry Hallman, Director of the London-based 
People-Centered Economic Development Ltd., examines the various factors 
involved in improving small-business environment in post-Soviet Crimea.  
Focusing on the case of Crimean Tatars, he discusses the availability of 
micro finance, assistance from international organizations, direct foreign 
investment and aid from the diaspora. He explains why his proposed 
People-Centered Economic Development program, also referred to as social 
enterprise, would work better for repatriates who lack the necessary 
material collateral to start their own business. The interview reveals why 
the Crimean Tatars, who spent half a century in exile, mostly in Uzbekistan 
where they contributed significantly to the development of local economy, 
are having a difficult time in lifting themselves out of poverty in their 

The interview was conducted by Inci Bowman, International Committee for 
Crimea, Washington, DC.

The text of the interview is available at:

PUBLICATION- Economic Review, Special Issue on Millennium Development Goals

Posted by: Center for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)>
Posted: 14 Dec 2004

We would like to announce a special issue of Economic Review magazine 
devoted to Millennium Development Goals

Contact person: Nodirbek Ibragimov
Head of Resource Mobilization and Communications Unit
5, Usman Nosir str. 1st Tupik
Tashkent 700070

Tel.: (998 712) 543967; 543968; 543970
Fax (998 712) 544481
E-mail: Nodirbek.Ibragimov(a);

The special issue of Economic Review magazine (#10-2004) highlights 
Millennium Development Goals. At UN Summit in New York in September 2000 
heads of state and government adopted a historic UN Millennium Declaration 
and made commitments to facilitate efforts aimed at poverty reduction, 
improving health and healthcare; promoting peace, human rights and ensuring 
environmental sustainability. Uzbekistan together with other UN 
member-states joined the consensus on adoption of the Declaration thus 
taking obligations to achieve the goals set.

The Declaration sets 8 Millennium Development Goals:

Goal 1. Eradicate Extreme poverty and hunger
Goal 2. Achieve universal primary education.
Goal 3. Promote gender equality and empower women.
Goal 4. Reduce child mortality.
Goal 5. Improve maternal health.
Goal 6. Combat HIV/ AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
Goal 7. Ensure environmental sustainability. 
Goal 8. Develop global partnership for development

The series of articles cover the process of MDGs achievement considering 
national conditions and features, alternative viewpoints of experts on 
financing MDGs achievement.

For the first time in Uzbekistan a preliminary recommendations on national 
MDGs for Uzbekistan have been published in Economic Review (UNDP/ADB 
Baseline Report on MDGs in Uzbekistan). The special issue provides 
information on each MDG, analysis of Government s efforts, and the most 

priority and acute objectives. Each issue is considered both from the point 
of view of government officials and representatives of international 
organizations, and reflects the position of international consultants, 
leading analysts from research community and NGO representatives.

The special issue points to certain progress in achievement of all global 
development goals in Uzbekistan. A number of government programmes has 
already been implemented and is currently in progress, lots of suggestions 
reflected in recommendations are also at their implementation stage.
The special issue also presents articles on the following urgent topics as 

 - World trends and development of tourist potential of Uzbekistan.
 - Stages and results of energy strategy implementation in Uzbekistan.
 - The year of oil.

Detailed information: content and short annotations will be placed at

ON-LINE RESOURCE- Catalogue of Georeferenced Caravanserais/Khans

Posted by: T. Matthew Ciolek <tmciolek(a)>
Posted: 14 Dec 2004

Catalogue of Georeferenced Caravanserais/Khans - Asia Pacific Research Online, Canberra, Australia.

Self-description: "A catalogue of [467 - ed.] georeferenced 
caravanserais/khans and other built facilities (bedestans/qaysariyyas, 
bridges, forts, lighthouses/beacons, markets/bazaars, hospices, etc.) 
supporting the long-distance communication routes."
Site contents:

 - The Catalogue: A-Z;
 - Catalogue's Size & Structure;
 - Glossary of Terms;
 - Readers' Input;
 - Acknowledgements;
 - Sources: Geographic Names & Coordinates;
 - Sources: Major Publications;
 - Sources: Minor Publications.

The document, first compiled in Nov 2004, forms a part of the Old World 
Traditional Trade Routes (OWTRAD) Project ( -ed.


Internet Archive ( (the document was not archived at the 
time of this abstract)

Link reported by: T. Matthew Ciolek (tmciolek[use"(a)"]

 - Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online 
   guide]: Study
 - Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]: 
 - Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting - 
   marginal]: rating not available
 - External links to the resource [over 3,000 - under 3,000 - under 1,000 - 
   under 300 - under 100 - under 30]: under 30

Originally published in:

The Asian Studies WWW Monitor: Dec 2004, Vol. 11, No. 21 (225) 08 Dec 2004

The e-journal [est. Apr 1994], a pioneering and the only publication of this 
kind in the world, provides free weekly abstracts and reviews of new/updated 
online resources of significance to research, teaching and communications 
dealing with the Asian Studies.  The email edition of this Journal has now 
over 4300 subscribers.  Please announce new/improved Asian Studies' Web 
sites via

Dr T. Matthew Ciolek
Head, Internet Publications Bureau, RSPAS
The National Institute for Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
E-mail: tmciolek[use"(a)"]
Tel: +61 (02) 6125 0110
Fax: +61 (02) 6257 1893

PUBLICATION- The Illusions of Transition: Which Perspectives for Central Asia & the Caucasus

Posted by: Vicken Cheterian <vicken.cheterian(a)>
Posted: 9 Dec 2004

The Illusions of Transition: Which Perspectives for Central Asia and the 

Now Available Online:

The transition of the former Soviet republics of the Caucasus and Central 
Asia took a tortuous road. The gulf is wide between the initial hopes for 
change and the current state of reforms, the formation of regional systems 
and the rivalries amongst regional states, the expectations of international 
donors and local realities. Transition was an imagined journey from 
totalitarian regimes and a planned economic system to pluralism, democracy, 
and market economy. Yet the realities of historic development are such that 
instead of a smooth guided journey the countries of the Caucasus and Central 
Asia are taking difficult and diverse paths with the points of destination 
still distant and debated.

This volume of Conference Proceedings is a joint project between the 
Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) and CIMERA. In a 
conference organized in Geneva in March 2004, nine researchers from 
different professional backgrounds such as historians, development workers, 
and researchers, have approached the subject of transition from different 
angles. The papers published in this volume offer various professionals 
specializing in contemporary history of the Caucasus and Central Asia a rich 
material to reflect on issues ranging from history and continuity in Central 
Asia to violence and illegal trade in the South Caucasus.



Maps by: Philippe Rekacewicz

1. How can we use the concept of transition in Central Asian post-soviet 
history? An attempt to set a New Approach
Catherine Poujol.

2. The reshaping of a borderland region
Vicken Cheterian.

3. Bouleversements et reconfiguration regionale en Asie Centrale

(1991-2004) - Thierry Kellner.

4. L'Etat et ses chantiers ideologiques en Asie Centrale - Frederique Guerin.

5. A source of regional tension in Central Asia: The case of water
Jeremy Allouche.

6. The political economy of transnational crime and its implications for 
armed violence in Georgia
Achim Wennmann.

7. Transition systemique, pauperisation et fragmentation sociale: principaux 
enjeux en termes de développement durable pour l'Azerbaidjan et l'Armenie
Frederic Lapeyre.

8. Transition without the rule of law and human rights?
Gerard Staberock.

9. Desillusions des donateurs ? La cooperation internationale en Asie Centrale
Luigi De Martino.

10. Synthese des debats
Julien Pellaux.

For more on CIMERA publications:

PUBLICATION- Lena Jonson, Vladimir Putin and Central Asia: The Shaping of Russian Foreign Policy

Posted by: Lena Jonson <lenajonson(a)>
Posted: 8 Dec 2004

Vladimir Putin and Central Asia: The Shaping of Russian Foreign Policy
Lena Jonson

I.B. Tauris Publishers, 2004

Central Asia and the US military's use of Central Asian airfields during the 
US-led operations in Afghanistan represented a dramatic turn in Russian 
Central Asian policy. How and why did Russian policy change? Was this in 
part due to Russia's decline in influence on the international arena? Lena 
Jonson examines Putin's policy from 1999 to 2004 towards Afghanistan and the 
four key states that surround it- Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and 
Kyrgyzstan in order to answer these questions.

Lena Jonson examines how Russia dealt with both the new security challenges 
of the region and increased foreign engagement. Vladimir Putin and Central 
Asia is the first book to discuss Russia's Central Asian policy in the 
context of its relations with the West and its attempt to return to great 
power status and is thus vital reading for students, policy-makers and all 
those who are interested in this most politically sensitive of regions.


List of Maps

1 Introduction

2 Central Asia Gained: The Russian Conquest
3 Central Asia Lost: Policy under Yeltsin


4 The Policy Change of 1999
5 Post-September 2001: The Contours of a New Russian Policy

6 Russian Domestic Factors
7 Factors within Central Asia: Dynamics of Domestic Protest

8 The Shaping of Foreign Policy

Select Bibliography

Author Lena Jonson is Associate Professor in Political Science and Senior 
Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. She has 
worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London and as 
Political Officer at the OSCE mission to Tajikistan.

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, December 1, 2004 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 8 Dec 2004

Note: Redesigned PDF version!

The 1 December 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:

Farkhad Tolipov
On 18 October 2004 in Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, an event took place 
that can be considered a turning point in the evolution of Central Asian 
community.  This was the summit of the "Central Asian Cooperation 
Organization" (CACO). Two facts of that event attract special attention: the 
signing by the Russian President Vladimir Putin of a Protocol on Russia's 
joining CACO, and the official opening of the Russian military base in 

Khatuna Salukvadze
As a year has passed since Georgia's dramatic Rose Revolution, there is a 
notably different mindset as well as circumstances in the country. By 
putting territorial integrity at the top of the agenda, de-frosting the 
South Ossetian conflict and working its way toward NATO membership, 
President Saakashvili's government has defined explicitly assertive 
policies, particularly in relationship with Russia. Simultaneously, while 
Abkhazia's vote for detachment from Russian domination and the surprising 
outcome of Ukraine's presidential race intensify Russia's already burdensome 
agenda in the region, there is a recognition in official Moscow that may 
lead to understanding of Russia's appropriate role in post-Soviet affairs.

Maral Madi
Four years have passed since the presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan 
last met. Analysis of the countries' relations in the past four years 
indicate that accumulated problems reached a boiling point and thus needed 
to be settled, especially in the water sharing and hydrocarbon sectors. Both 
countries are far from liberal and their power over their respective 
populations relies largely on force. Thus a shortage of natural resources 
resulting from unequal division could lead to unnecessary tension in 
countries seeking to prevent challenges to power. This rapprochement between 
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan could be seen as dictated by pressing issues, 
but could also have broader implications, by bringing Turkmenistan into 
regional politics.

James Purcell Smith
Following the dynamic international engagement in Central Asia after 2001 
that dramatically shaped the role and place of the region in the forming new 
world order, Tehran seems to be opting for continued ad-hoc cooperation with 
the states of Central Asia where it can, and avoiding any possibility of 
collision of interests with the countries of the region. This follows the 
established course of Iranian foreign policy of the 1990s in the region. 
Despite remaining differences, Tehran has managed to find its own niche of 
political and economic engagement with Central Asian states. Iran's policy 
is one of economic pragmatism and positive political engagement. But U.S. 
policy, Iraq and Afghanistan raise the question: How long Tehran will be 
able to stay the course?

The Field Reports Include:

Kakha Jibladze
The largest Orthodox church ever to be built in Georgia officially opened on 
St.  George's Day, November 23. Both the head of the Georgian Orthodox 
Church, Patriarch Illia the Second, and the head of the Georgian state, 
Mikheil Saakashvili, attended the ceremony.

Daan van der Schriek
In September 2003, Pakistan started military operations against suspected 
members of Al-Qaida and the Taliban in South Waziristan, a Federally 
Administered Tribal Area in its North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) 
bordering Afghanistan. Apart from hunting down terrorists, Pakistan's aim 
seemed to be to bring the autonomous tribal areas finally under central 
control. But the continuing operation has not gone as smoothly as hoped, 
causing many casualties and much resentment. A former Taliban fighter and 
detainee of the Guantanamo Bay prison, Abdullah Mehsud, has gained 
prominence and notoriety in the struggle against the Pakistani military in 

Aziz Soltobaev
Kyrgyz school teachers believe their rights have been violated and intended 
to defend them as a lobbying union. In mid-November 2004, they appealed to 
the Ministry of Education to exclude schools from involvement in election 
campaigns and regulate a payroll system that turned to business in some 
cases with its in-kind payments. In the meantime, an initiative group 
started gathering signatures around Kyrgyzstan for an appeal to the 
Government to stop turning schools into political institutions.

Theresa Freese
Venturing into South Ossetia's woods, once a normal activity now proves 
dangerous. Conflict zone residents face mines, detention, kidnapping, 
beatings, and possible death. Livestock are also disappearing, or fall 
victim to mines.  Residents say the situation is "worsening daily," but 
believe their fates will be clearer once 23 November - the anniversary of 
the Rose Revolution, and the escalation to the initial conflict - passes and 
as demilitarization progresses.

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

Posted by: Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies <kozlowsk(a)>
Posted: 6 Dec 2004

An electronic journal of social sciences


"The influence of military culture on Russian and post-Soviet societies" is a new electronic journal of social sciences devoted to the 
armed forces and power institutions of post-Soviet societies. is a 
multi-disciplinary journal, which addresses issues across a broad field of 
disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science, 
psychology, economics, history, legal science. 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. 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 issue editors of Vol. 3 would like to invite scholars and experts to 
submit their papers for publication in a special issue on  "The influence of 
military culture on Russian and post-Soviet societies"

The aim of this issue is to study the influence, in all its various aspects, 
of military culture on Russian society.

Therefore our first step will be to question ourselves about military 
culture: although difficult to define, an attempt to identify the culture of 
the military and evaluate how entrenched/ embodied that culture is in 
national culture is necessary.

In recent years, references to military values and patriotism have pervaded 
public debates and political discourse. Our intent is to study the impact 
and significance of this phenomenon. To what extent can it be ascribed to an 
ideological program devised at top state level, to what extent does it 
correspond to popular 'demand'? The popularity of military and patriotic 
values is due to a combination of both factors, which exert their influence 
through various processes and practices, among which the following are notable:

 - the spreading of military values in the public sphere, through political 
   discourse: from songs, moevies... aimed at improving the forces' own image 
   among their countrymen to Putin's speeches;
 - the spreading of military values through the public education system (NVP);
 - the fact that the military has taken over social problems the government 
   has not taken care of (such as the adoption of orphans, summer camps for 
   children, the revival of zarnitsas);
 - Chechnya: to what extent the conflict has and continues to generate a new 
   perception of the military in Russian society and to what extent it has 
   affected a change in the military's values;
 - the Cossack revival and the public adhesion to the military values spread 
   by Cossacks;
 - the revival of Soviet-style practices (such as delation) and the 
   involvement of civilians in maintaining public order;
 - the convergence of military and religious values in the context of 
   nationalistic discourse;
 - Opposition to these tendencies in the form of anti-militarist movements 
   and the battle for alternative service...

Given the fact that military culture and values have played a very important 
role in the construction of Soviet national identity, the observation and 
analysis of these processes and practices in CIS countries (such as the 
affirmation in public discourse of the need to revive spirit of patriotism 
in Kazakhstan, the formation of squads of civilian volunteers to help patrol 
the border in Belarus) can provide useful elements enabling us to understand 
how these countries, each in its own way, deal with their Soviet past and 
with the construction of post-Soviet reality.

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

Forthcoming Issues:

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

 - "Dedovshchina", "Military and police elites".
 - The fourth issue will be devoted to "Military and Security structures and 
   the Regions" (Issue 4).

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 April 15, 2005, with publication in mid-June. 
Final decisions on publication will be made by the Editorial Board.

Please send your contributions or inquiries to:

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Chief Editor, kozlowsk(a); 
Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski (3rd Issue Editor)
Anne Le Huerou (3rd Issue Editor)

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

PUBLICATION- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 6, 2004

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad.esenov(a)>
Posted: 6 Dec 2004

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to offer you the contents of No. 6 (30) of the "Central Asia 
and the Caucasus" journal (in English and Russian).  The issue will be 
published in late December.  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)

Central Asia and the Caucasus
Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 6 (30), 2004


Regional Conflicts

Ilgar Mammadov. Mediation Abilities of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Case of the Settlement of the
Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

David Babaian. The West and the Conflict in Nagorny Karabakh

Civil Society

Rashid Abdullo. Political Parties of Tajikistan on the Eve of the
Parliamentary Elections

Regional Security

Sergey Minasian. Arms Control in the Southern Caucasus

Religion in Society

Ruslan Kurbanov. Spread of Jihad: the Original Factors and the Scope of
Islamic Radicalization in the Northern Caucasus

Dmitri Karmanov. The Radical Islamic Organizations of Central Asia

Irina Babich. The Republic of Adigey: Islam and Society at the Turn of the

Nikolai Kiriushko. Muslims in Ukraine: is there Freedom of Faith?

Energy Resources and Energy Policy

Sergey Smirnov. The Chinese Dragon is Thirsty for Oil and Gas

Regional Politics

Dina Malysheva. The International Counter-Terrorist Campaign and the
Political Processes in Central Asia and the Caucasus

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

Ziia Kengerli. Turkey's Geostrategic Interests in the Caucasus

Igor Burnashev. Specific Features of Kazakhstan-Belarus Relations in
Politics, Economics and Culture

Azhdar Kurtov. Central Asia Deals with Its Water Problems: a View from

Interregional Organizations

Mariam Arunova, Vladimir Goriunkov. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization:
an Analysis of Its Sustainability and Development (On the Outcome of the
Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government. Bishkek, September 2004)

Rustem Zhanguzhin. Regional and Transnational Structures at the Transitional
Stage of Socioeconomic Modernization of the Black Sea-Caspian States
(Conference overview. The international conference "Problems and Prospects
for Cooperation between the Southeast European Countries within the BSEC and
GUUAM," Donetsk, September 2004)

Ethnic Relations and Population Migration

Ismail Aydingun. The Crimean Tatars in the Crimea: Source of Conflict or
Stability Berween Crimean Russians and Ukrains?

Culture and Society

Pulat Shozimov. Tajikistan: Cultural Heritage and the Identity Issue

For Your Information:

The Special Feature section in the next issue will discuss:

Central Asia and the Caucasus

 - Geopolitical Landmarks
 - Party Development
 - Religion in the Sociopolitical Context

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

PUBLICATION- Ab Imperio 3-2004, Historical Memory and National Paradigm

Posted by: Sergey Gleboc <glebov(a)>
Posted: 3 Dec 2004

Dear colleagues,

Ab Imperio editors would like to draw your attention to the third issue of 
Ab Imperio in 2004. This publication explores the relationship between 
historical memory and the national paradigm. Ab Imperio website can be 
accessed at

Please, contact the editors with any questions you may have.

Ilya Gerasimov office(a)
Sergey Glebov ai_us(a)
Alexander Kaplunovski akaplunovski(a)
Marina Mogilner office(a)
Alexander Semyonov semyonov(a)

Ab Imperio 3/2004 Historical Memory and National Paradigm

Methodology and Theory

From the Editors

Hans Kohn
A History of Nationalism in the East: National Memory and Islamic Ummah(RUS)

Yfaat Weiss
Central European Ethnonationalism and Zionist Bi-Nationalism (RUS)

Yael Zerubavel
The Dynamics of Collective Remembering (RUS)

Interview with Clifford Geertz
Islam, Modernity, Nationalism(ENG


Vadim Dolgov
Trying On the "Imperial Clothes" for the First Time: the Byzantine 
Ideological System and The Problem of Princes' Crowns in Ancient Rus', 
10th-13th Centuries (RUS)

Charles J. Halperin
Omissions of National Memory: Russian Historiography on the Golden Horde as 
Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion (ENG)

Viktor Taki
Historical Memory and the Construction of a Region after the Annexation by 
Empire: Bessarabia's Special Form of Administration, 1812-1828 (RUS)

Andreas Frings
The Alphabet Reform in Tatarstan and Cultural Memory (RUS)

Carmen Scheide
Collective and Individual Models of Memory about the "Great Patriotic War" 
(1941-1945) (RUS)

Georgii Kasianov
The Open Grave: The 1932-1933 Famine in Ukrainian Historiography, Politics, 
and Mass Consciousness (RUS)

Svetlana Malysheva, Elena Vishlenkova, Alla Salnikova
History of the University as a History of the Corporation's Memory? (RUS)

University: A Site of Memory? Questionnaires of Former Students and 
Professors of Kazan University (RUS)

Sociology, Ethnology, Political Science

Elena Zdravomyslova, Olga Tkach
Genealogical Research in Contemporary Russia: the Rehabilitation of 
"History" through the Family "Memory" (RUS)

ABC: Empire & Nationalism Studies: Forum on Islam and Modernity

Igor Alexeev
In Search for a "Good Islam" (RUS)

Galina Khizrieva
"Islam," "Muslims," and "State" in Russian Islamic Studies (RUS)

Adeeb Khalid
Post-Soviet Fortunes of the Central Asian Islam (RUS)

Robert D. Crews
Islamic Law, Imperial Order: Muslims, Jews, and the Russian State (ENG)

Igor Alexeev
Gathering the Split Ummah: Fundamentalism as a Re-Interpretation of Islamic 
History (ENG)

Narynbek Alymkulov, Guliaiym Ashakeeva
Post-Soviet Central Asia: Political Trends in Islam (RUS)

Sergei Abashin
Gellner, "Descendants of Saints", and Central Aisa: Between Islam and 
Nationalism (RUS)

Vladimir Bobrovnikov
Archeology of Constructing Islamic Traditions in a Dagestani Kolkhoz (RUS)

Book Reviews

Akim Elnazarov
Douglas Northrop, Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia 
(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004). 416 p. 5 tables, 5 maps, 37 
halftones. Index. ISBN: 0-8014-8891-5.

Sebastian Cwiklinski
Robert P. Geraci, Window on the East: National and Imperial Identities in 
Late Tsarist Russia (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2001). 389 
p. Maps, Ills. Bibliography. Index. ISBN: 0-8014-3422-X.

Bulat Fatkulin
Dmitri Trenin, The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics 
and Globalization (Washington, DC, and Moscow: Carnegie Endowment for 
International Peace, 2002). 354 p. Index. ISBN: 0-87003-190-2.

Tomasz Kamusella
Boris Belenkin. Rossiiskie periodicheskie izdaniia o natsional-ekstremizme, 
1992 - 1996: Bibliograficheskii ukazatel'.  Moskva: Zvenia, 1997. 46 p. 
ISBN: 5-7870-0006-4.

Najam Abbas
Tsentral'naia Aziia glazami odnogo fransuzskogo erudite XVII veka. Tr. from 
French by A. Akimova. Tashkent, FIITsA, 2003. 111 p.

Emilian Kavalski
Dmitri M. Bondarenko and Andrey V. Korotayev (Eds.), Civilisational Models 
of Politogenesis (Moscow: Russian Academy of Sciences, 2000). 318 p. ISBN: 

Magdalena &#379;ó&#322;ko&#347;
Sander L. Gilman, Freud, Race, and Gender (Princeton, NJ: Princeton 
University Press, 1993). 277 p. Index. ISBN: 0-691-02586-X

Francis King
A. P. Nenarokov. Posledniaia emigratsiia Pavla Aksel'roda. Moskva, AIRO-XX, 
2001. 166 p. ISBN: 5-88735-085-7.

ON-LINE RESOURCE- The Seljuk Han in Anatolia

Posted by: T. Matthew Ciolek <tmciolek(a)>
Posted: 1 Dec 2004

The Seljuk Han in Anatolia
New York, USA

Supplied note:

"An extensive catalogue, study, maps and bibliography of the 11th-13th c. 
caravanserais (khans, hans) in Turkey. The site operates since Aug 2002. - 


"The site reflects the yearly field work done by the author [i.e. Katharine 
Branning - ed.] and Barbara E. Knecht in the years 1988 to the present. 
Katharine Branning is a librarian and art historian. Barbara E.  Knecht is a 
registered architect and planner."

Site contents:

 - About this website
 - Introduction: what is a han?
 - History of the Seljuks
 - Life in the Seljuk Han
 - Seljuk architectur
 - Trade
 - Architecture and Decoration of the Seljuk Han
 - Seljuk decorative arts
 - Resources (Alphabetical list of hans, Chronological list of hans, List of 
   hans by building type, List of hans by size, List of hans by region,
List of 
   Seljuk sultans, Bibliography, Map of the major Seljuk trade routes [under 
   construction In Nov 2004 - ed.], General map of Turkey today, Map of Turkey 
   showing the locations of hans, List of hans in ruins).


Internet Archive ( [the site was not archived at the time of 
this abstract]
Link reported by: T. Matthew Ciolek (tmciolek[use"(a)"]

 - Resource type [news - documents - study - corporate info. - online guide]:
 - Publisher [academic - business - govt. - library/museum - NGO - other]:
 - Scholarly usefulness [essential - v.useful - useful - interesting 
   -marginal]: V. Useful
 - External links to the resource [over 3,000 - under 3,000 - under 1,000 
   -under 300 - under 100 - under 30]: under 30

Originally published in:

The Asian Studies WWW Monitor: early Nov 2004, Vol. 11, No. 19 (223), 15 Nov 
2004, ISSN 1329-9778

The Asian Studies WWW Monitor e-journal [est. Apr 1994], a pioneering and 
the only publication of this kind in the world, provides free weekly 
abstracts and reviews of new/updated online resources of significance to 
research, teaching and communications dealing with the Asian Studies.  The 
email edition of this Journal has now over 4210 subscribers.  Please 
announce new/improved Asian Studies' Web sites via

Dr T. Matthew Ciolek
Head, Internet Publications Bureau, RSPAS
The National Institute for Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
E-mail: tmciolek[use"(a)"]
Tel: +61 (02) 6125 0110
Fax: +61 (02) 6257 1893

PUBLICATION- Scholars' Guide to Washington DC for Central Asia-Caucasus Studies

Posted by: Central Asia <caci2(a)>
Posted: 30 Nov 2004

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute is proud to announce the publication of 
the Scholars' Guide To Washington DC for Central Asia-Caucasus Studies. The 
Guide was compiled by Tigran Martirosyan and Silvia Maretti and published by 
M.E. Sharpe, publishers.

Washington DC is a major repository of documentation on every aspect of the 
Central Asia and Caucasus regions, and possesses exceptionally rich 
resources for the study of these regions since independence. These resources 
are scattered in a wide range of institutions, ranging from academic 
programs, think tanks, archives, museums, sound and art collections to 
religious organizations, corporations, U.S. and foreign government agencies 
and international organizations. Recognizing the wealth of information 
available in the wider Washington DC area, the Institute set out to compile 
the Guide, consisting of over 270 entries of organizations and collections 

The Guide is intended for the many scholars, journalists, officials, and 
business men and women who come to Washington DC to explore issues relating 
to the Central Asia and Caucasus regions. Its purpose is to enable 
researchers in any field to identify and utilize the materials available in 
Washington DC relevant to their studies. In offering the Guide, the Central 
Asia-Caucasus Institute fulfills its mission to serve as a center for 
scholarship on the region and as an intellectual switchboard serving men and 
women of all countries who seek to expand our understanding of Central Asia 
and the Caucasus.

To obtain your copy of the Scholars' Guide to Central Asia and the Caucasus, 
please send a check of $27 ($25 per copy plus $2 shipping) payable to the 
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, and mail it to Central Asia-Caucasus 
Institute, SAIS, JHU, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. 
For foreign orders, please send international money order for $30 ($25 per 
copy plus $5 shipping per copy) made payable to Central Asia-Caucasus 
Institute and mail it to:

Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
Att. Scholars' Guide
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Central Asian Journal, Issue 1 (2005)

Posted by: Center for Research & Development <rscntr(a)>
Posted: 29 Nov 2004

Central Asian Journal
Call for Papers

The Central Asian Journal welcomes articles on issues relevant to 
management, economics and social research in Central Asia. Scholars from 
Central Asia, as well as from all other parts of the world are welcome to 
submit their articles. While articles directly pertaining to Central Asia 
are particularly welcome, more general analytical and empirical articles on 
issues of relevance and studies on other countries that might hold lessons 
or insights for Central Asia will also be considered.  In addition, the 
journal also publishes a few review articles (such as commentaries on 
contemporary issues and surveys on recent developments, including those in 
econometric techniques for applied researchers) and book reviews.

Contributors should submit their articles in English. The articles submitted 
should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for 
any other publication at the same time. Please submit three hard copies and 
a soft copy of manuscripts, a cover page stating the author's background and 
affiliation, full address and an abstract of about 150-200 words (in English 
and, preferably, also in Russian). The authors, whose articles are accepted, 
are also requested to provide a Russian translation of the final version of 
their article, which will be placed on our website. In exceptional cases the 
Center for Research and Development can help the authors with translation.

The next issue, Issue 1 (2005) of Central Asian Journal is due for 
publication in summer 2005. We invite scholars to submit their papers for 
this issue. The papers for the Issue 1 (2005), are being accepted from now 
until January 1, 2005.

Please send your submissions to:

Dr. John Leonard, Editor
Director, Center for Research and Development
KIMEP, Room 220 N
2 Abai Avenue
Almaty 480100

E-mail: crd.director(a) or assemb(a)
Telephone: (7-3272) 70 44 53; Inter-KIMEP Ext. no. 2115
Fax: (7- 3272) 70 42 11.

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, November 17, 2004 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 29 Nov 2004

Note: Redesigned PDF version!

The 17 November 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:

Roger N McDermott
NATO Secretary-General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, visited Central Asia October 
18-21 with the express aim of further strengthening the Alliance's 
partnership with the region. Accompanied by Ambassador Robert Simmons, 
NATO's recently appointed Special Representative for Central Asia and the 
Caucasus, he discussed the War on Terror, Afghanistan and cooperation in 
defense reform with each of the five heads of state in Central Asia, 
confirming the high priority NATO attaches to deepening its partnership with 
these countries. His high profile tour indicates advances in building on the 
consensus achieved at NATO summit in Istanbul in June on moving forward, 
though the timescale and scope may be slower than some would like.

Jaba Devdariani
One year after the "Rose Revolution" that brought Mikheil Saakashvili and 
his allies to power, Georgians start to recover from the extended honeymoon 
with the new administration. Most of 2004 was devoted to shaping the new 
format and personnel of the Georgian authorities. Criticisms that surface 
now in Georgia mainly regard insufficient transparency of administration and 
continued human rights abuses. The key economic reforms, however, are still 
pending legislative approval this fall. Hence, the lasting impact of the 
"Rose Revolution" can only be gauged in late 2005.

Frederick Starr
On 11 December 2003 fifty independent TV and radio stations organized the 
"Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan."  This September the 
Association has formed a private TV network consisting of twenty-four 
stations.  This network has now announced that it intends to provide 
detailed coverage of the forthcoming (26 December) Olij Majlis elections.  
Further, it has declared that it will compete hard against the government TV 
channels in its coverage, seeking to identify and provide details on the 
ideologies, programs, and concrete actions of all the five competing 
political parties.

Aya Telekova
During the presentation of his new book "Thinking of the future with 
optimism" at the Russian Diplomatic Academy in Moscow on September 13th, 
Kyrgyzstan's President Askar Akayev said the Georgian Revolution had been 
initiated by outsiders and constituted a challenge to all Post-Soviet 
States. He also said Shevardnadze's overthrow motivated him to write the 
book and that he now felt energized to successfully lead the country for 
several years. This statement alarmed not only opposition leaders, but also 
moderate parties in Kyrgyzstan.  Putin's initiatives of reform in the 
political system after the Beslan massacre, and the parliamentary election 
results in Kazakhstan, to some degree shifted the election process in 

The Field Reports Include:

Marat Yermukanov
The population of Kazakhstan got used to frequent reports of detention of 
Hizb-ut-Tahrir members in various regions of Kazakhstan. But recent 
statement of the National Security Committee (KNB) of Kazakhstan beat all 
recorded crackdowns on terrorist nests ever undertaken in Kazakhstan. In a 
televised interview the first deputy director of the National Security 
Committee Vladimir Bozhko disclosed that security services have uprooted a 
network of the Al-Qaida terrorist organization in Kazakhstan.

Kakha Jibladze
Although Mikheil Saakashvili came to power without a battle, the war against 
corruption is proving bloodier. Just two weeks ago the Georgian public was 
loudly reminded that, despite growing criticism at home and abroad, the 
fight was alive and still claiming victories. But critics are claiming that 
Saakashvili is destroying the fabric of civil society with arrests 
unsupported by evidence.

Dariya Alieva
The beginning of the new academic year at the American University of Central 
Asia (AUCA) came with new reforms in the university administration and daily 
life at AUCA. Starting from September 27, 2004, the university 
administration introduced a series of security measures to avoid potential 
terrorist threat to the university community and its assets. As the new 
security measures were implemented, it ignited a stream of various reactions 
among faculty, staff and students.

Nazgul Baktybekova
In the Kyrgyz Parliament's Legislative Assembly, the issue of privatization 
of state enterprises has been under heated discussion for more than a month. 
The privatization proposal generated so much controversy that more than a 
dozen members of the Parliament made an appeal expressing opposition against 
considering the issue and refused to attend sessions.  As some observers 
say, adoption or rejection of this controversial bill drafted by the Kyrgyz 
government might lead to the emergence of an unstable environment in the 
parliament and even to a parliamentarian crisis.

ON-LINE RESOURCE- UN Jobs Section, Uzbekistan Development Gateway Portal

Posted by: Center for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)>
Posted: 29 Nov 2004

Launch of the UN Jobs Section on the Uzbekistan Development Gateway Portal

Contact person: Nodirbek Ibragimov
Head of Resource Mobilization and Communications Unit

Center for Economic Research

71, Buyuk Ipak Yuli St.
700137 Tashkent
Phone: (998 71) 67 05 26; 67 06 41; 67 06 05
Fax: (998 71) 67 05 64
E-mail: Nodirbek.Ibragimov(a); gateway(a)

UN Jobs online resource that aims at raising public awareness on existing 
employment opportunities within various UN Projects and Agencies in 
Uzbekistan, has been launched on the Uzbekistan Development Gateway (UzDG) 
Internet Portal on National Development Issues within the framework of the 
UzDG Project currently being implemented by the Center for Economic Research 
(CER) under support of the Development Gateway Foundation and UNDP.

A recruiting process according to international standards guarantees 
transparent employment procedures based on professional skills and 
qualifications of the candidates seeking for opportunities in the UN 
agencies and projects.

The new service is being launched on the portal and provides 
information on all vacancy announcements of the UN Projects and Agencies in 
Uzbekistan. This resource represents constantly updated list of open 
positions with job descriptions, and also provides access to more detailed 
information on job requirements. Access to that service on the UzDG portal 
doesn't require any registration which makes it convenient for any user.

The resource is purposed to provide equal access to information on job 
opportunities in the international organizations, and intended for all those 
who are seeking for new innovative ways to apply creative and professional 
potential, and is of special interest for international and national 
consultants, employees of international agencies and national institutions, 
as well as the specialists, who are possessing experience of work at similar 

The launch of the "UN Jobs" section provides basis for creating general 
vacancies database of the largest international organizations and diplomatic 
missions in Uzbekistan, and serves as a step towards achieving the project's 
goal on facilitating dynamic development in Uzbekistan.

The UN Jobs section is available at:

PUBLICATION- Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi 13 (2004)

Posted by: Robert Gietz <rgietz(a)>
Posted: 24 Nov 2004

Th. T. Allsen, P. B. Golden, R.K. Kovalev, A.P. Martinez (Ed.)
Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi 13 (2004)
2004. 268 pages, paperback
ISBN 3-447-09331-5
EUR 89,- [D] / US $ 117,-

The focus of the Archivum Eurasiae Medii Aevi is on the political, social, 
economic and linguistic history of the peoples of the Eurasian steppes and 
adjoining regions from late antiquity to the Mongol Empire and its successor 
states. Among its primary concerns are questions regarding the Iranian 
steppe peoples, the Huns, the Oghur and Bulghar Turkic peoples, the Sabirs, 
Avars, the Khazars and other peoples of the Turk Empire, the Hungarians, 
Pechenegs, Cumans, and peoples of the Mongol Empire. The periodical will 
also touch on many points in the history of the Slavic world, Crimea, 
Byzantium, Iran, the Caucasus, the lands of Islam and the peoples of Central 
and Northern Europe, as well as elucidate various questions of Turkic and 
steppe history.


 - S.M. Grupper, The Buddhist Sanctuary of Labnasagut and The Il-Qan Hulegu:
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History of Khazaria in the Ninth Century? - Question Revisited

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PUBLICATION- Vestnik Yevraziyi/Acta Eurasica, 2004, No. 2 (25)

Posted by: Sergei Panarin <sergpanar(a)>
Posted: 23 Nov 2004

I would like to introduce the contents of the second issue of the journal
Vestnik Yevraziyi/ Acta Eurasica (in Russian), 2004

To inquire about more details, as well as to subscribe, please contact:

Sergei Panarin
Educational, Research and Publishing Center
"Vestnik Yevraziyi"
E-mail: sergpanar(a)

Independent Scientific Journal
No. 2 (25), 2004
This is a special issue on STANDARDS AND DEPARTUES


Andrei Ivanov. From triumph to entropy: History of architectural 
surroundings' standard in the Russian - Soviet - Kyrghyz Karakol

Anastasiya Gudkova. Flash-mob in Yaroslavl: Absurdity in a 'small megapolis'


Marziyet Anzarokova. Umar Tkhabisimov and folklore
Natalya Didkovskaya. The marginality of provincial actor: Is it normalcy or 


Azhdar Kurtov. Origins of democracy vulgarization in contemporary Georgia

Bahodir Sidikov. Regional groupings in post-Soviet Azerbaijan: Are they new 
or traditional?


Nikolai Karbainov. 'City-dwellers' against 'golovars' (the struggle of two 
youth subcultures for domination over the territory of Ulan-Ude)


Marlene Laruelle. L'ideologie eurasiste russe ou comment penser l'empire. 
Viktor Shnirel'man


Artyom Kosmarskii, Sergei Rasskazov. Some thoughts on the article by V. 
Krivushina "Russian Orthodox Church: Ideological Construction and Internet"

PUBLICATION- Vestnik Yevraziyi/Acta Eurasica, 2004, No. 1 (24)

Posted by: Sergei Panarin <sergpanar(a)>
Posted: 22 Nov 2004

I would like to introduce the contents of the first issue of the journal 
Vestnik Yevraziyi/ Acta Eurasica (in Russian), 2004.

To inquire about more details, as well as to subscribe, please contact:

Sergei Panarin
Educational, Research and Publishing Center
"Vestnik Yevraziyi"
E-mail: sergpanar(a)

Independent Scientific Journal
No. 1 (24), 2004




Michaela Pohl. "The planet of one hundred languages": Ethnic relations and 
Soviet identity in the Virgin Lands

Olimpiada Ivanova. Show of aggression in different ethnic cultures: The 
cases of Russians, Buryats and Ossetians


Sergei Batomunkuyev. Symbolic event and ethnic group or What a campaign 
against exhibition of Atlas of Tiberan medicine abroad can tell us about 
social and political preferences of contemporary Buryats

Dmitry Gorenburg. Identity change in Bashkortostan: Tatars into Bashkirs and 


Igaue Naho. Imaging one another in Russian and Japan folklore


Alexandr Alexeyenko. Threats to modernization inherent in the ethnic and 
demographic aspect of development of Kazakhstan


Konstantin Grigorichev, Yelena Tarasova. Specific features of migration 
netwiork between Altai territory and Kazakhstan in 1992 - 2001.

Dmitrii Arapov. "It is necessary... to engage in the education of land: 
(Sattar Khan Abdulgafurov's minute on the tasks of Russian policy in Central 


Baikal Siberia: Fragments of its social and cultural map. A study-almanac. 
Ivan Mitin


Vladimir Bobrovnikov. Once again about Islamic education in the North 
Caucasus: An attempt to answer the questions addressed by G.G. Kosach to 
A.A. Yarlykapov

Sergei Murtuzaliyev, Perikhanum Ragimova. The problem of Islamic education 
in the North Caucasus: Some thoughts uttered aloud

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, November 3, 2004 Issue on Web

Posted by: Svante Cornell <svante.cornell(a)>
Posted: 15 Nov 2004

The 3 November 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:

Fariz Ismailzade
Increasing military cooperation between the U.S. and Azerbaijan have raised 
concerns in political circles in Moscow and Tehran over the possible 
establishment of American military bases in Azerbaijan. This has pushed 
Russia and Iran to seek diplomatic and economic channels to refrain official 
Baku from this. While Russia has aggressively used "economic tools" to 
increase its influence over Baku, Tehran has both used a first-ever 
presidential visit and harsh diplomatic rhetoric to scare off Baku. Thus 
Azerbaijani policy-makers are confronted with a difficult choice, which 
risks ruining its fragile "balanced foreign policy" course. And whereas it 
is important for the Azerbaijani leadership to take the concerns of the 
regional powers into consideration, it would be premature to bend to these 
threats at the expense of the vital partnership with America.

Pavel K. Baev
October 26 marks the first anniversary of imprisonment of Mikhail 
Khodorkovsky, the owner of Russian largest oil company Yukos, on charges of 
tax evasion. In retrospect, the highest-level decision to put him behind 
bars marked a major watershed in Russia's political trajectory from which it 
has been sliding towards curtailing democratic institutions and reversing 
economic reforms. Much attention is currently focused on President Putin's 
initiatives for reshaping Russia's political landscape, but these internal 
trends inevitably have repercussions for foreign policy, including such a 
key direction as the Caspian region.

Gregory Gleason
Until recently the missing component in Russia's plans for extending 
influence throughout the Caucasus and Central Asia was Moscow's inability to 
finance expansion.  Buoyed by petroleum profits and an expanding banking 
sector, the Kremlin is attaching a new importance to the financial 
management of its foreign policy initiatives. Under Kremlin guidance, 
Gazprom and United Energy Systems (UES), have aligned with Russia's 
investment banking sector to develop new strategies for winning control of 
energy and transportation with the aim of advancing Russia's strategic 
position along Russia's Asian perimeter. The Kremlin can pave the way for 
new projects with state held equity, state guaranteed loans, or 
debt-for-equity swaps, but these instruments come with their own forms of risk.

Asma Shakir Khwaja
The expanded ECO covers a territory of more than seven million square 
kilometers and embraces over 300 million people. Though the ECO is a 
snail-paced organization, its member states wish to see it at par with the 
European Union or ASEAN. More than 100 agreements among ECO members have 
been signed, but the pace of implementation is slow. The 8th ECO summit was 
held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on September 14. The Presidents of Iran, 
Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan attended the summit. Azerbaijan, 
Turkey and Pakistan were represented by prime ministers. Uzbekistan sent the 
speaker of the national parliament and Turkmenistan sent a deputy speaker of 
parliament. Issues of terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering were 
on the top of the summit's agenda.

The Field Reports Include:

Daan van der Schriek
International smugglers, in cooperation with Afghan warlords and officials, 
are stealing artifacts from Afghanistan's rich past at an increasing rate. 
And there's little the government can do to prevent this as long as it lacks 
credible authority outside the capital.

Kakha Jibladze
Unemployment is endemic in Georgia. Although the official statistics places 
the unemployment level between 6% and 17%, depending on the source, outside 
estimates are quite higher. According to the USAID Congressional Budget 
Justification for 2004, over 20% of the population is unemployed. 
Unemployment is not just an economic problem. As whole generations are 
sitting at home, waiting for work, many young people are turning to crime 
and drugs. Drive through any  village and the prevailing image is of young, 
employable men
standing in groups on the street, smoking.

Gulnara Ismailova
Sports are on the rise in Azerbaijan. The country is most likely leading 
among CIS countries in the construction of sports complexes with 
international standards. The purposeful state policy of developing sports 
resonates in society and despite unresolved social problems, sports have 
been financed by the state budget since 1994, presently at a level of  ca. 
US$ 1 million annually, with an emphasis on soccer. Azerbaijan's sometimes 
rocky relations with FIFA have now improved, and FIFA Joseph Blatter in Baku 
recently urged Azerbaijan to seek to host the World up for 17-year olds in 

Marat Yermukanov
Security and political stability in Central Asia to a considerable degree 
hinge on the nature of Kazakh - Uzbek relations. Frequent border incidents, 
constant reciprocal accusations between the two neighbors lead analysts to 
pessimistic conclusions. Will Russia, as the Uzbek president hopes , play a 
stabilizing role in the region?

PUBLICATION- Georgia Today, Weekly English Language Newspaper

Posted by: Georgia Today <georgiatoday(a)>
Posted: 5 Nov 2004

Caucasus Periodical

"Georgia Today" is a weekly English Language Newspaper published since March 

"Georgia Today" is an independent newspaper, while there are several other 
English language newspapers in Georgia and the Caucasus, "Georgia Today" 
prides itself with being a professional unbiased news source completely free 
from any political and business agendas. It covers a wide spectrum of 
current geopolitical events in the Georgia and the Caucasus, and provides 
cultural events in Georgia.

 * Seeks to establish partners and find sponsors abroad to develop other
   independent media sources in Georgia;
 * Seeks international subscribers;
 * Seeks article contributions from international experts;
 * Seeks international sources abroad interested in posting
   informational notices in Georgia.

If you are interested in either subscribing or partnering with "Georgia 
Today", please contact: georgiatoday(a)

CALL FOR ARTICLES- Traditional Medicine of the Peoples of Siberia, Central & Inner Asia

Posted by: Serguei Alex. Oushakine <sao15(a)>
Posted: 5 Nov 2004


Traditional Medicine of the Peoples of Siberia, Central and Inner Asia

The Center for the Cross-Cultural Study of Traditional Healing, University 
of Alberta, Canada is preparing for publication a collection of papers, 
dedicated to various aspects of traditional medicine of the peoples of 
Central and Inner Asia.

The Head of the project - Dr. Earle Waugh (University of Alberta, Canada.
E-mail: Earle.Waugh(a)

The project executive (translator and editor) - Andrei Vinogradov
(University of Saskatchewan, Canada. E-mail: aav242(a)

The topics of the papers may be different - for example, the use of healing 
springs (arzhans) in Siberia, traditional diagnostic methods (e.g. pulse 
diagnostics, divination), traditional disease etiologies, healing 
specialists (e.g., lamas, bone-setters, shamans, mullahs), healing methods, 
the health-seeking behavior (the logic of choosing one or another 
specialist) and so on.

Also, the papers may be thematically "wide" (e.g., the general description 
of diversity of healing approaches in a given culture) or "narrow" (e.g., 
the description of a single specialist or procedure). The papers that have 
been sent by contributors so far, determined the general "cultural area" for 
the representation in the collection - the Turkic and Mongolian groups.  
However, we are willing to accept the papers, dedicated to the peoples of 
Northern Siberia, Finno-Ugrian groups and others.

The final selection of the participants in the project will be determined on 
the basis of papers or abstracts that reflect the contents of the paper and 
describe the topic, the methods of research and the materials on which the 
paper is based.

The deadline for the abstracts (or papers, if you have them already):
January 1, 2005

The deadline for the final versions is March 1, 2005.

The papers may be written by a single author or co-authored.

Abstracts/papers should be directed to:

Earle.Waugh(a) (in English)
aav242(a) (in Russian)

Since the collection is deliberately oriented towards the description of 
cultural phenomena from the "insider's" perspective and with insider's 
expertise, the contributors who themselves belong to the cultures they study 
and describe are going to be given preference. However, this does not 
exclude other options!

Thank you!

Andrei Vinogradov,
E-mail: aav242(a)

PUBLICATION- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, October 20, 2004 Issue on Web

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


The 20 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 Analyst is now published in a redesigned and improved PDF version! For 
easy reading and printing of the entire issue of the CACI Analyst click:

The Analytical Articles include:

John Mackedon
As the presidential election debacle that followed the October 3 voting 
process in Abkhazia slowly approaches a conclusion and the answer to who 
will take over as President of the de facto republic becomes clearer, other 
crucial issues, specifically Abkhazia's relationship with both Russia and 
Georgia, have begun to blur.  Initial reports by the Central Elections 
Committee (CEC) in Abkhazia claimed that the Kremlin-backed candidate, Raul 
Khajimba, had gathered enough votes to ensure a victory and rule out the 
possibility of a run-off election.  But when these reports were retracted 
and all signs began to point to a victory for Khajimba's main opponent, 
Sergey Bagapsh, officials in the de-facto republic sent a clear statement: 
Abkhazia is not a Russian puppet state.

S. Frederick Starr
Japan has long been one of the most active powers in Central Asia, 
allocating over $2 billion from 1992 to 2002. This year, Japan embarked on a 
major new initiative in the region, based on continuing its bilateral 
activities but launching a new dimension, a region-wide dialogue with all 
five regional states that will periodically consult as a group. The concrete 
developments of this new regional forum remain to be seen, but it certainly 
is aimed to put Japan at par with other regional players in the region. 
Japan's economic weight is certain to give the initiative attention in the 
region. Japan's move is in full harmony with American interests in Central 
Asia, and represents a step toward the creation of a 'concert' of interested 

Hooman Peimani
Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 17 officially opened a Russian 
military base south of Dushanbe. The base, which houses 5000 military 
personnel mainly from the 201st Division of the Russian army, a special air 
unit and a military/technical complex, is Russia's second permanent base in 
Central Asia after the one inaugurated in Kyrgyzstan last year. Against a 
background of growing American military presence in Central Asia and the 
Caucasus, the new base demonstrated Russia's determination to reestablish 
its military influence in those regions of strategic importance for Russia. 
Among other objectives, the development meant to help Russia prevent 
domination by the United States of its neighboring regions and thus their 
degeneration into a military/security threat to Russia.

Stephen Blank
For the last six months the air has been filled with dire warnings that 
Afghanistan's security situation was disintegrating, that the warlords were 
still entrenched, and that the Taliban were making a comeback because 
state-building and reconstruction were not taking place.  NATO was not 
sending sufficient troops and those that were there would not leave Kabul.  
Therefore the  elections were in danger.  Yet despite all the alarms, the 
elections took place successfully.  This must be recognized as a major 
American and to a lesser degree NATO victory as well as a victory for 
President Hamid Karzai.  Yet at the same time, the significance and 
magnitude of this victory must not be allowed to induce an unmerited 
euphoria that causes us to downplay the serious challenges that await Karzai 
and his western allies in the wake of the election.

The Field Reports Include:

Fariz Ismailzade
On September 16, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and his Georgian 
counterpart Mikhail Saakashvili marked the ceremony of connecting the 
Azerbaijani and Georgian sections of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Main oil Export 
pipeline at the border of the two countries. The symbolic ceremony was an 
important indication to the international community that in spite of 
political risks and obstacles, the BTC project has become a reality and 
entered the final stage of its construction.

Daan van der Schriek
On Saturday, October 9, Afghanistan held its first-ever direct presidential 
elections. Voter turnout was reported to be high all over the country and 
fears of attacks by the Taliban on Election Day did not materialize. 
Observers were on the whole satisfied with the process and called it "fairly 
democratic." But the 15 presidential rivals to the incumbent Hamid Karzai 
believed the initial failure to use indelible ink to mark voters with - 
preventing them from voting more than once - had caused massive fraud and 
they therefore decided to boycott the ballot and not to recognize the 
outcome of the vote. Quickly, however, some of Karzai's main contenders left 
this boycott again - perhaps to receive high-ranking posts in the new cabinet.

Theresa Freese
The Beslan massacre in North Ossetia in early September, which saw the death 
and injury of hundreds of people, mostly children, instills fear in Georgian 
and Ossetian families living in Georgian-controlled territories in South 
Ossetia.  At the same time, the ongoing South Ossetia conflict provides them 
with many more reasons for concern, particularly as the winter months are 
rapidly approaching. Tamarasheni and Vanati villages, including the 
secondary schools, were the hardest hit by Ossetian forces during the 
conflict. Families here face the greatest challenges over the coming months. 
Many are reluctant to send their children back to school.

Marat Yermukanov
In the first half of October two important visits from Iran made newspaper 
headlines in Kazakhstan. Barely had Iranian trade minister Mohammad 
Shariatmadari wound up his two-day talks in Astana, the Kazakh capital was 
decked up for the arrival of the Secretary of the Supreme National Security 
Council of Iran Hasan Raukhani. Both guests were given a warm reception.

PUBLICATION- Uzbek-Russian-English Economic E-Dictionary Now On-Line

Posted by: Center for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)>
Posted: 2 Nov 2004

Launch of the Internet version of the Uzbek-English-Russian Economic Dictionary

Contact person: Nodirbek Ibragimov
Head of Resource Mobilization and Communications Unit
Center for Economic Research
71, Buyuk Ipak Yuli str.
700137 Tashkent
Phone: (998 71) 67 05 26; 67 06 41; 67 06 05.
Fax: (998 71) 67 05 64
E-mail: Nodirbek.Ibragimov(a); gateway(a)

Within the framework of the Uzbekistan Development Gateway Project the 
process of developing and launching of the Internet-based version of the 
Uzbek-English-Russian economic dictionary has been successfully completed. 
The Uzbekistan Development Gateway Project was initiated by the infoDev 
program of the World Bank and the Center for Economic Research (CER) and is 
being implemented by the CER with support from the Development Gateway 
Foundation, UNDP and various development stakeholders.

The Internet version of the dictionary has been created on the basis of the 
Uzbek-English-Russian dictionary of economic terms, published in hard copy 
within the framework of Economic Education and Development project by the 
Center for Economic Research with support of Eurasia Foundation and 
financing from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2003.

Such projects assist in improving the economic education and quality of 
teaching. Besides, elaborating and publishing of new manuals in modern 
conditions of market relations formation allow not only to use them in 
higher and secondary education institutions, but also to widen the 
opportunities for private business representatives, civil servants, working 
in the sphere of foreign economic relations, and businesses.

Because of circulation of the hardcopy of the dictionary is limited and in 
order to satisfy the existing demand for it on the part of wide audience and 
to promote the introduction of interactive education methods, based on 
active use of information and communication technologies, the Uzbekistan 
Development Gateway Project made a decision to develop the virtual edition 
of the Uzbek-English-Russian Economic Dictionary and make it available on 
the project s main portal

At present, the version contains approximately 5 thousand Uzbek, English and 
Russian entries. Being the first both in Uzbekistan and abroad the 
Internet-based version of the Uzbek-English-Russian economic dictionary, it 
is targeted for all Internet users involved in business correspondence, 
negotiations and translation of economic literature from Uzbek into the 
English and/or the Russian languages, and vice versa, students and other users.

The e-dictionary is available at:

PUBLICATION- UNISCI Discussion Papers, No. 4 Available On-line (in English & Spanish)

Posted by: Unisci Complutense <grupounisci(a)>
Posted: 29 Oct 2004

We would like to introduce the contents of the fourth issue of the journal 
"UNISCI Discussion Papers" (in English and Spanish)

In this issue you will find articles on the Australian, Iranian, Afghan, 
Philippino, Malay and Indonesian elections as well as an interesting essay 
on the Beslan tragedy and some papers regarding the main current 
international topics such as Iraq, the Caucasus and Dafur.

To inquire about more details, please go to:

UNISCI (Research Unit on Security and International cooperation)
Tel.: (34) 913942924
Tel/fax: (34) 913942655
E-mails: grupounisci(a)

CALL FOR PROPOSALS- 2005 Research Agenda, Ctr. for Economic Research, Uzbekistan

Posted by: Center for Economic Research <pr-assistant(a)>
Posted: 29 Oct 2004

Center for Economic Research, Uzbekistan (CER) has initiated the process of 
elaborating the research agenda and thematic scope of projects for the year 
2005. The process will focus on participatory approach and involvement of 
wider audiences aimed at identifying the most urgent issues of 
socio-economic development for medium and long run perspective.

CER calls for participation of all interested parties in determining the 
themes for CER's research activity for the year 2005 and submitting 
proposals and recommendations on thematic scope of policy papers and 
development projects that may result in better policies and national 
development actions.

Interested parties are kindly encouraged to participate in the CER's online 
forum and web-poll on the most acute research topics available at

Proposals and recommendations received will be summarized into consolidated 
draft research plan to be submitted to the CER Steering Committee for 
approval. The results of the discussion forum and online poll will be 
published on the CER corporate website.

Center for Economic Research
71, Buyuk Ipak Yuli St.
Tashkent 700137

Tel: +998(712)670605, 670526, 670641
Fax: +998(712)670564
Email: pr-assistant(a)

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