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PUBL.- Azerbaijan in the World: ADA Biweekly Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 19

Posted by: Fuad Aliyev <faliyev(a)ada.edu.az>
Posted: 16 Nov 2008


PUBL.- Azerbaijan in the World: ADA Biweekly Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 19

To download the PDF version of this issue:
http://www.ada.edu.az/files/beweekly/27/ADA%20Biweekly_Vol.%201_No.%2019.pdf


Azerbaijan in the World
ADA Biweekly Newsletter

Vol. 1, No. 19
November 1, 2008

adabiweekly(a)ada.edu.az

Contents:

 - Guglielmo Verdirame, "Introduction: Why International Law"
 - Guglielmo Verdirame, "The Kosovo Question"
 - Timothy Otti & Ben Olbourne, "European Convention on Human Rights 
   and the Jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights"
 - Stefan Talmon, "Recognition of States and Governments in International Law"
 - Guglielmo Verdirame, "Concluding Remarks"
 - A Chronology of Azerbaijan's Foreign Policy
 - Note to Readers


If you are interested in receiving the full issues of the newsletter, write to:
adabiweekly(a)ada.edu.az


The editors of "Azerbaijan in the World" hope that you find it useful 
and encourage you to submit your comments and articles via email 
(adabiweekly(a)ada.edu.az).

This message was sent by: Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy - ADA, Shixali 
Gurbanov Str., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Baku AZ1009, Azerbaijan
 

JOURNAL/CFP- Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Winter Issue 2009

Posted by: Caucasian Review of International Affairs <contact(a)cria-online.org>
Posted: 16 Nov 2008


JOURNAL/CFP- Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Winter Issue 2009


Call for Papers for the Winter 2009 issue of the
Caucasian Review of International Affairs

Caucasian Review of International Affairs (CRIA) announces call for 
papers for its Winter 2009 issue to be published at the end of January 
2009. Deadlines for submissions is December 31, 2008. Submission 
guidelines can be found at http://cria-online.org/Submit_a_Paper.html .

CRIA is particularly interested in research papers and comments on the 
following topics:

 - Prospects of the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after 
   the recent developments in the region
 - Refugee issues due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
 - Recent attempts of rapprochement in Turkish-Armenian relations and 
   their prospects
 - Did Kosovo establish a precedent for the conflicts in the Caucasus?
 - GUAM and its role in the security of the member-states
 - The recent initiatives for the stability in the Caucasus - their prospects
 - European Union and the conflict resolution in the South Caucasus
 - What should the West do in Georgia? What roles for the EU?
 - Western energy interests in the South Caucasus and Central Asia
 - Islam in the Caucasus
 - Iranian nuclear program and its implications for the South Caucasus
 - Germany and Caucasus
 - Russian policy towards the South Caucasus
 - Georgia and its NATO-membership aspirations
 - Integration of the South Caucasus to the Euro-Atlantic structures
 - Prospects of the South Caucasian Regional Security
 - Global financial crisis and the South Caucasus
 - Israel in the Caucasus
 - Azerbaijan's relations with the Moslem world
 - Foreign Policy of the new Armenian Government
 - Iran-Armenia relations
 - Azerbaijani community of Iran
 - Legal status of the Caspian Sea
 - China in Central Asia
 - Foreign Policy of Turkmenistan under the new government
 - Turkey and PKK
 - Realist view on Turkey 's accession to the EU
 - Iran-Turkey relations
 - Ukraine 's foreign policy - NATO and EU versus Russia
 - Armenian Diaspora and lobby in the US - its influence over US foreign policy
 - The American Elections and it's possible impact on Eurasia
 - Obama's foreign policy towards Turkey - he issues of Cyprus and 
   "Armenian Genocide"
 - New administration in Washington and its possible Caucasus policy
 - Interests of the US policy in the South Caucasus

This is a preliminary list. Please feel free to offer alternative 
topics, including book reviews to the Editor.

The CRIA is a Germany-registered quarterly peer-reviewed free, 
non-profit and online academic journal. The Review is committed to 
promote a better understanding of the regional affairs by providing 
relevant background information and analysis, as far as the Caucasus 
in general, and the South Caucasus in particular are concerned. The 
CRIA also welcomes lucid, well-documented papers on all aspects of 
international affairs, from all political viewpoints. The last issue 
of the Review can be viewed at www.cria-online.org.

Nasimi Aghayev

Editor-in-Chief
Caucasian Review of International Affairs
www.cria-online.org
ISSN: 18656773
 

PUBL.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 5, 2008

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad.esenov(a)worldmail.se>
Posted: 16 Nov 2008


PUBL.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, No. 5, 2008


Please find the contents of no. 5(53), 2008 of the 'Central Asia and the
Caucasus' journal (in English and Russian) below. The issue will be
published in late November.

CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CAUCASUS
Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 5 (53), 2008

In This Issue:

Geography, Geopolitics, and the Related Terms

Lasha Tchantouridze. Eurasia, Geopolitics, and American Foreign Policy 

Murat Laumulin. Geopolitical Landmarks: Central Asia Today 

Nation-Building

Bakhodyr Ergashev. Parliamentary Opposition in Central Asia: Progress,
Problems and Prospects 

Lidia Karmazina. Institutionalization of the Party System in the Republic of
Kazakhstan: Past and Present 

Energy Policy and Energy Projects

Thrassyvoulos N. Marketos. European Energy Security and the Balkans: A
Battleground for the U.S.-Russia Struggle for the Geostrategic Control of
Eurasia 

Yuri Morozov. Russia, the West, and SCO Countries in the Central Eurasia
Energy Projects 

Vladimir Matveev. China's Das Policy in Central Asia 

Rustam Makhmudov. Russia and Iran: Attempts to Implement new Strategic Steps
in the Caspian-Central Asian Oil and Gas Industry 

Haroutiun Khachatrian. Armenia's Energy Sector: A Regional Actor with no
Energy Resources 

Galia Esenova. Kazakhstan's Fuel and Energy Complex: Reforms, Problems, and
Prospects 

Demur Chomakhidze. Efficient use of Fuel and Energy Resources in Georgia's
Energy Policy

Religion in Society

Bruno De Cordier. A Eurasian Islam? (A vision on the position and evolution
of Islam and Islamism in former Soviet Central Asia and the Caspian)

Regional Politics

Steven Sabol. International Terrorism and Central Asia: Premature
Assessments 

Malkhaz Matsaberidze. Russia and Georgia: Post-Soviet Metamorphoses of
mutual Relations  

Regional Conflicts

Nicolas Lemay-Hébert. The "Frozen Conflict" that Turned Hot: Conflicting
State-Building Attempts in South Ossetia  

Odd Gunnar Skagestad. Chechnia - the OSCE Experience 1995-2003 


For Your Information

The Special Feature section in the next issues will discuss:

 * Central Eurasia: Politics Today

 * Security Issues in Central Eurasia

 * Russia, the U.S., and the EU: Their Policy in Central Eurasia


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: 
www.ca-c.org or http://www.ca-c.org/journal-table-eng.shtml   
 

PUBL.- The Journey of Maps and Images on the Silk Road

Posted by: Andreas Kaplony <kaplony(a)oriental.uzh.ch>
Posted: 11 Nov 2008


PUBL.- The Journey of Maps and Images on the Silk Road


Dear Colleagues:

Let us share with you the good news that The Journey of Maps and 
Images on the Silk Road is about to be published.

Friends and colleagues who happen to be in the Zurich area on November 
21st, 2008 are most kindly invited to the book vernissage which will 
be combined with a public lecture held by Professor Thomas Hoellmann 
(University of Munich) on "China und die Seidenstrasse", organized by 
the Abteilung für Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens (University of Zurich) and 
the Rietberg-Gesellschaft.

Best wishes,

Philippe Forêt and Andreas Kaplony


The Journey of Maps and Images on the Silk Road
ed. by Philippe Forêt and Andreas Kaplony
Brill's Inner Asian Library, vol. 21
Leiden: Brill, 2008, lxiv, 243 p., 69 pl., fold-out map

ISBN 978 90 04 17165 7
ISSN 1566-7162
EUR 49.00 / USD 79.00
http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=30913

This book covers new ground on the diffusion and transmission of  
geographical knowledge that occurred at critical junctures in the  
long history of the Silk Road.

Much of twentieth-century scholarship on the Silk Road examined the  
ancient archaeological objects and medieval historical records found  
within each cultural area, while the consequences of long-distance  
interaction across Eurasia remained poorly studied. Here ample  
attention is given to the journeys that notions and objects undertook  
to transmit spatial values to other civilizations. In retracing the  
steps of four major circuits right across the many civilizations that  
shared the Silk Road, The Journey of Maps and Images on the Silk Road  
traces the ways in which maps and images surmounted spatial,  
historical and cultural divisions.


Table of Contents

Foreword - Lorenz Hurni

Preface: What Is a Map? - Valerie Hansen

Introduction - Philippe Forêt and Andreas Kaplony

Part I: The Buddhist Road

1. Traces of the Silk Road in Han-Dynasty Iconography: Questions and  
   Hypotheses - Nicolas Zufferey

2. Visualizing Pilgrimage and Mapping Experience: Mount Wutai on the  
   Silk Road - Natasha Heller

3. The Mapping of Sacred Space: Images of Buddhist Cosmographies in  
   Medieval China - Dorothy C. Wong

Part II: The Mongol Road

4. Lost in Translation: Gridded Plans and Maps along the Silk Road - 
   Jonathan Bloom

5. Square Horoscope Diagrams in Middle Eastern Astrology and Chinese  
   Cosmological Diagrams: Were These Designs Transmitted through the  
   Silk Road? - Johannes Thomann

6. The Intrusion of East Asian Imagery in Thirteenth-Century Armenia:  
   Political and Cultural Exchanges along the Silk Road - Dickran Kouymjian

Part III: Within the Islamic World

7. Comparing al-Kashghari's Map to His Text: On the Visual Language,  
   Purpose, and Transmission of Arabic-Islamic Maps - Andreas Kaplony

8. The Book of Curiosities: A Medieval Islamic View of the East -  
   Yossef Rapoport

Part IV: The Mediterranean Road

9. Celestial Maps and Illustrations in Arabic-Islamic Astronomy - Paul  
   Kunitzsch

10. Revisiting Catalan Portolan Charts: Do They Contain Elements of  
   Asian Provenance? - Sonja Brentjes

Conclusion - Philippe Forêt and Andreas Kaplony

Appendix: List of Geographical Nomenclature in al-K?shghar?'s Text  
and Map - Andreas Kaplony

General Bibliography
Index


Einladung

zu einem Gastvortrag von

Herr Prof. Dr. Thomas O. Höllmann
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München

Eine Veranstaltung der Abteilung für Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens und  
der Rietberg-Gesellschaft, anlässlich der Veröffentlichung des Buches
The Journey of Maps and Images on the Silk Road
(Philippe Forêt und Andreas Kaplony, Hg.)

Freitag, 21. November 2008, 19.30 Uhr

im Vortragssaal der Park-Villa Rieter, Museum Rietberg,
zum Thema:

China und die Seidenstrasse

DozentInnen, Studierende und weitere Interessierte sind zu diesem  
Gastvortrag herzlich eingeladen.

Zürich, 29. Oktober, 2008

Prof. Dr. Hans Bjarne Thomsen
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Fatke, Dekan

http://www.khist.uzh.ch/Ostasien/Aktuelles/AktuelleVortraege.html


Prof. Dr. Andreas Kaplony
Orientalisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Wiesenstrasse 9, Büro H-05, CH-8008 Zürich
Tel. 0(041)44 634 07 36, Fax 0(041)44 634 36 92
www.ori.uzh.ch. kaplony(a)oriental.uzh.ch

Projekt Handel und Verkehr in Zentralasien: http://www.ori.uzh.ch/ 
research/centralasia/centralasiainfo.html

The Arabic Papyrology Database: www.ori.uzh.ch/apd
The Arabic Papyrology School: www.ori.uzh.ch/aps
The Arabic Papyrology Webclass: www.ori.uzh.ch/apw
The Media Arabic Webclass: www.ori.uzh.ch/maw
 

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 21, 29 October 2008

Posted by: Svante Cornell <scornell(a)jhu.edu>
Posted: 11 Nov 2008


PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 21, 29 October 2008


Note: New Publications:

"Prospects for a 'Torn' Turkey: A Secular and Unitary Future?"
CACI & SRSP Silk Road Paper by Svante E. Cornell and Halil Magnus 
Karaveli, October 2008, 75 pp. Download at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/silkroadpapers/0810Turkey.pdf

"In Defense of Greater Central Asia"
CACI & SRSP Policy Paper by S. Frederick Starr, September 2008, 25 pp. 
Download at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/Silkroadpapers/0809GCA.pdf


The 29 October issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (Volume 10, 
no. 21) is now online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/. The PDF version 
of the entire issue is available at:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/files/081029Cover.pdf


Full contents:

Analytical Articles

Is Russia Winning in Central Asia?
Martin C. Spechler and Dina R. Spechler
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4972

Russia and India Face Kazakhstan's Space Ambitions
Sébastien Peyrouse
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4971

Georgian War Increases Nuclear Terrorism Risks
Richard Weitz
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4970

Global Crisis Hits Local Communities in Central Asia
Rafis Abazov
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4969

Field Reports

Elections in Azerbaijan Constitute Step Forward,
   But International Reactions Remain Ambiguous
Alman Mir Ismail
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4976

Medvedev Makes Another Bid to Reach Breakthrough
   in Nagorno Karabakh
Haroutiun Khachatrian
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4975

Uzbekistan Opts for Food Crops Production
Erkin Akhmadov
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4974

Kyrgyzstan: Can New Tax Code Boost Business?
Nurshat Ababakirov
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4973

News Digest:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4977


The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly publication of the 
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint 
Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and the Institute 
for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm. 
The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. 
At this moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on 
development, 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)jhu.edu with a short description 
of your article idea. Editorial principles are online at
http://www.cacianalyst.org/newsite/?q=node/59
 

PUBL.- Europe in the Chechen War: Between Political Helplessness and Indifference

Posted by: Martin Malek <malek65_at(a)yahoo.de>
Posted: 11 Nov 2008


PUBL.- Europe in the Chechen War: Between Political Helplessness & Indifference


Editors/Title: Martin Malek/Anna Schor-Tschudnowskaja: "Europa im 
Tschetschenienkrieg. Zwischen politischer Ohnmacht und 
Gleichgültigkeit" (= "Europe in the Chechen War: Between Political 
Helplessness and Indifference"). Series Soviet and Post-Soviet 
Politics and Society, vol. 84, IBIDEM publishing house, Stuttgart 
2008, 516 pages, ISBN 978-3-89821-676-0, 49,90 euro. Language: German.

Synopsis

"How is it possible that, in spite of massive human rights violations 
in Chechnya and sufficient information about them, 'Europe' remained 
passive - the same 'Europe' which permanently refers to human rights 
protection as one of its spiritual and political foundations?" 
(S. Reinke).

This collected volume of scholarly papers, first-hand reports and 
personal comments highlights different aspects of contemporary 
European political thinking and action by way focusing on Europe's 
attitudes towards Chechnya as a case in point. As a result of an 
analysis of a wide range of European responses to the Chechen war, 
this book questions Europe's capacity for empathy as well as its 
ability to maintain its political and spiritual value systems. 

The contributions' main concern are less actual events in Russia or 
Chechnya, but their perception as well as various reflections on, and 
interpretations of, these events in Europe. The volume's contributors 
are representatives of diverse backgrounds including academia, 
journalism, diplomacy, and human rights activism. 

The contributors and their articles: 

Lipchan Basajewa: Vorwort

Anna Schor-Tschudnowskaja: Einleitung: Die Gleichgültigkeit der 
   Politik. Versuch einer systematischen Analyse

Martin Malek: Tschetschenien und die europäische Öffentlichkeit: 
   Positionen, Reaktionen, Aktivitäten

Susanne Scholl: Über die Grenzen des Journalismus. Oder: Wo die vierte 
   Gewalt machtlos ist

Irena Brená: Wenn fremde Trümmer zur Heimat werden

Irena Brená: Liebespost an Ramzan. Eine Replik auf die 
   Tschetschenienreportagen von Barbara Lehmann

Karl Grobe-Hagel: Die russischen Kriege in Tschetschenien: Versuch 
   eines selbstreflexiven Rückblicks

Sarah Reinke: Versuche gegen das Scheitern. Menschenrechtsarbeit zum 
   Tschetschenienkrieg am Beispiel der Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker

Ondrej Ditrych, Emil Souleimanov: Tschechische Reflexionen über den 
   Tschetschenienkonflikt

Karol Sauerland: Tschetschenien aus polnischer Sicht

Raphael Utz: Russland als europäische Projektion: Der Triumph des Ressentiments

Martin Malek: Das Reden und Schweigen europäischer Intellektueller, 
   Kunst- und Kulturschaffender zu Tschetschenien

Micha Brumlik: Stärker als Hass. Tschetschenien, Tolstoj und die 
   Weltgesellschaft

Olaf Melzer: Russland und der Europäische Gerichtshof für 
   Menschenrechte. Ausgewählte Aspekte ihrer Beziehungen

Olaf Melzer: Der Europarat, Russland und Tschetschenien: Dialog ohne 
   Konsequenzen?

Georg Heindl: Das Vorgehen der russischen Regierung in Tschetschenien 
   seit 1999 im Lichte der internationalen Normen der Menschenrechte und 
   des humanitären Völkerrechts

Barbara Morlock: Männerfreundschaft vor dem Hintergrund des Krieges: 
   Die deutsche Tschetschenienpolitik unter Schröder 

Barbara Esser: Tschetschenische Flüchtlinge in Deutschland vvon 
   Abschiebung bedroht

Karl Grobe-Hagel: Anhang: Der Krieg in Tschetschenien. Zur Perzeption 
   wenig beachteter Aspekte
 

PUBL.- Bukharan Jews in the 20th Century, Edited by Baldauf, Gammer and Loy

Posted by: Thomas Loy <t.loy(a)web.de>
Posted: 11 Nov 2008


PUBL.- Bukharan Jews in the 20th Century, Edited by Baldauf, Gammer and Loy


PUBL.- Baldauf, Gammer, Loy (eds): "Bukharan Jews in the 20th century: 
History, Experience and Narration," Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2008. 
240 pp., 10 illus., 14 tables, 1 map, hard cover 
ISBN 978-3-89500-638-8
Price: EUR 45,-
Iran-Turan, Volume 9

Contents

The Jews of Central Asia, commonly known as "Bukharan Jews", have a 
long, eventful and fascinating history. Still, until recently this 
group has attracted very little attention from scholars of either 
Central Asian or Jewish communities. Only now, that almost no Bukharan 
Jews are left in Central Asia has their study started seriously. This 
volume is part of a joint project by teams from Humboldt and Tel Aviv 
universities and is the first in a series of related publications. Its 
twelve studies, written by leading authorities, deal with various 
aspects in the history, language, anthropology, demography and 
identity of this diaspora group in what proved to be a most important 
century in their history - a century that radically changed their 
world and by its end witnessed their mass exodus from Central Asia.

The five parts of the volume are grouped in two separate 
methodological approaches. The first three parts of the volume, 
present innovative studies based on new archival and other sources and 
are largely written in accordance with the traditional historical approach.

Part 1 deals with the burst of optimism and action in the early Soviet 
Period. Yefim Yakubov's article describes the temporary government's 
abolition of the Tsarist persecution of and limitations on the 
Bukharan Jews. Zeev Levin presents a historical survey of the 
favourable Soviet policies towards Bukharan Jews in the 1920s and 
early 1930s and the Bukharan Jewish response to them. Lutz Rzehak 
describes the efforts to create a literary language for Bukharan Jews 
and shows how political intentions and transformations affected the 
language and the linguistic behaviour of Bukharan Jews in Central Asia.

The two articles in Part 2 discuss the disillusioned post-Stalin era. 
Based on Soviet archives and many personal interviews Yaakov Ro'i 
describes the efforts by the Bukharan Jews to maintain their religious 
life in the late Soviet Period. Mark Tolts' paper is the first attempt 
to explore the demography of the Bukharan Jews in that period.

Part 3 moves outside the Soviet Union. Sara Koplik's chapter, which is 
based on an array of Western and Jewish archives, details the fate of 
those Bukharan Jews who fled Soviet Central Asia in the late 1920s and 
early 1930s. Albert Kaganovitch gives a short survey of Bukharan 
Jewish communities on three continents at the turn of the 21st century.

The last two parts are based on an interview-centred approach common 
to both oral history and anthropology.

The two chapters in Part 4 combine the analysis of oral narration and 
written memoirs for an investigation into historical memory and 
interpretation from below. Ingeborg Baldauf focuses on the gulag 
memoirs by the Uzbek poet Shukrullo Yusupov, which she understands as 
an effort to counterbalance state policies on historiography, social 
memory and the silencing of alternative voices. Thomas Loy's chapter 
on Mordekhay Bachayev's literary memoirs Dar Juvoli Sangin is an 
attempt to portray this famous Bukharan Jewish writer and his major 
work in prose.

Thomas Loy and Yochai Primak's chapters in Part 5 are analyses of two 
major autobiographical narrations recorded during the joint Oral 
History project on Bukharan Jews. The first deals with a descendent of 
the Mashhadi Jewish community in Samarkand, the latter focuses on the 
memories of a female Rabbi in Tel Aviv. Alanna Cooper's final chapter 
on courtship and marriage deals with the dynamics of stability and 
changes in traditions and memories within the Bukharan Jewish community.
 

PUBL.- Clash in the Caucasus, November Issue of Origins Magazine

Posted by: Origins Magazine <origins(a)osu.edu>
Posted: 5 Nov 2008


PUBL.- Clash in the Caucasus, November Issue of Origins Magazine


Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective is pleased to 
announce the publication of its November 2008 issue, featuring:
 
Clash in the Caucasus: Georgia, Russia, and the Fate of South Ossetia
by Stephen F. Jones

The brief war in Georgia in August 2008 has ushered in a new era in 
international relations-although likely not the "new cold war" that so 
many analysts have rushed to declare. In this month's article, Stephen 
F. Jones, one of the world's foremost specialists on Georgia, explores 
the origins of this summer's fighting. The war's main 
protagonists-Georgians, Ossetians, Abkhaz, and Russians-have had a 
long and tangled history, made worse by the swirling nationalism that 
accompanied the break-up of the Soviet Union, the promise of 
free-flowing petrodollars, Russia's international resurgence, and the 
United States' recent, active involvement in the region.

Origins is a free, non-commercial publication from the Public History 
Initiative and eHistory in Ohio State University's History Department. 
Each month, an academic expert analyzes a particular current issue - 
political, cultural, or social - in a larger, deeper historical 
context. In addition to the analysis provided in each month's feature, 
Origins also includes podcasts, images, maps, graphics, timelines, and 
other material to complement the article. Origins can be found at 
http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/origins/ [the podcast is found at 
http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/origins/podcasts.cfm]
 
Next month: "Making Sense of the 'Hermit Kingdom': North Korea in the 
Nuclear Age" by Mitchell Lerner.
 
Recent topics include presidential elections in times of crisis, 
fishing and over-fishing in American waters, Olympic controversies, 
the mortgage crisis, and the 2008 Taiwan elections.
 
Help spread the word about Origins! If you know of a group, listserv, 
or individual that might be interested in reading Origins, please 
forward this message along or send us an e-mail at origins(a)osu.edu.
 

PUBL.- Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 4

Posted by: Nasimi Aghayev <nasimi_aghayev(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 4 Nov 2008


PUBL.- Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 4


Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2 (4) - Autumn 2008 
issue published 

Autumn 2008 issue of the Caucasian Review of International Affairs 
(CRIA) is now available on-line at http://cria-online.org/Current_Issue.html  

Contents: 

 - Note from the Editor-in-Chief (http://cria-online.org/5_1.html)
 - "The Russian Invasion of Georgia - Its Impact on Israel and the 
   Middle East", by Robert O. Freedman (http://cria-online.org/5_2.html)
 - "The 1992-93 Georgia-Abkhazia War: A Forgotten Conflict", by 
   Alexandros Petersen (http://cria-online.org/5_3.html)
 - "Inspired from Abroad: The External Sources of Separatism in 
   Azerbaijan", by Fareed Shafee (http://cria-online.org/5_4.html)
 - "The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railroad And Its Geopolitical Implications 
   for the South Caucasus", by Samuel Lussac  (http://cria-online.org/5_5.html)
 - "The EU's Neighborhood Policy and the South Caucasus: Unfolding New 
   Patterns of Cooperation", by Maria Raquel and Licínia Simão 
   (http://cria-online.org/5_6.html)
 - "Normative Suasion and Political Change in Central Asia", by 
   Alexander Warkotsch (http://cria-online.org/5_7.html) 
 - "Georgia could become a NATO member, only if it accepted Russia's 
   takeover of Abkhazia and South Ossetia", Interview with Core Welt, 
   Georgetown University  (http://cria-online.org/5_8.html)
 - "The Caucasus needs a rest after the war", Interview with Alexander 
   Rahr, German Council on Foreign Relations (http://cria-online.org/5_9.html) 
 - Book Reviews (http://cria-online.org/Book_Reviews.html)

The CRIA is a Germany-registered quarterly peer-reviewed free, 
non-profit and online academic journal. The Review is committed to 
promote a better understanding of the regional affairs by providing 
relevant background information and analysis, as far as the Caucasus 
in general, and the South Caucasus in particular are concerned. The 
CRIA also welcomes lucid, well-documented papers on all aspects of 
international affairs, from all political viewpoints. 

Deadline for submission of papers for the next Winter 2009 issue is 
December 31, 2008. Manuscript guidelines can be found at 
http://cria-online.org/Submit_a_Paper.html 


Nasimi Aghayev
Editor-in-Chief
Caucasian Review of International Affairs
www.cria-online.org 
ISSN: 1865-6773
 

PUBL.- Anthropology of East Europe Review, Fall 2008

Posted by: Anthropology of E. Europe Review <anthroeasteuropereview(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 27 Oct 2008


PUBL.- Anthropology of East Europe Review, Fall 2008


The Anthropology of East Europe Review is an edited journal of  
scholarship on Eastern Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and Central Asia.   
Founded in 1981 as a newsletter, the journal has become a key  
institution for anthropologists and other specialists on the region.  
Since the mid-1990s, AEER has developed a close relationship with  
Soyuz, the Postsocialist Cultural Studies Network, and regularly  
publishes papers from the Soyuz conference. It showcases fresh,  
up-to-date research and helps to build a community of scholars who  
focus on the region.

It is not too late to subscribe for the fall 2008 and spring 2009  
issues of AEER.  We are accepting payments until November 1, 2008 for  
subscribers who wish to receive the current fall 2008 volume, a  
Special Issue on Cultural Production and Transmission of Ethnic  
Tolerance and Prejudice, guest edited by Hilary Pilkington and Anton  
Popov.

The Table of Contents for the fall 2008 issue is as follows:

Guest Editors' Introduction: Cultural Production and Transmission of 
   Ethnic Tolerance and Prejudice
Hilary Pilkington and Anton Popov, University of Warwick

Tolerance and Prejudice in Belgrade: Young People's Constructions of 
   Selves and Others
Jelena Obradovic, University of Birmingham

Multi-Ethnic Society in Georgia: A Pre-Condition for Xenophobia or an 
   Arena for Cultural Dialogue?
Marina Elbakidze, Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development

Both War and Peace in the 'Country of the Soul': The Young People of 
   Abkhazia on War, Tradition, and Independence
Guzel Sabirova, Ul'ianovsk State University

Xenophobic Attitudes and new Russian Patriotism: A Case Study of Youth 
   in Krasnodar Territory
Elena Omel'chenko and Natal'ia Goncharova, Ul'ianovsk State University

The Highs and Lows of Ethno-Cultural Diversity: Young People's 
   Experiences of Chalga Culture in Bulgaria
Apostol Apostolov, University of Birmingham

Youth, Media, and Subculture in Post-Conflict Societies
Benjamin Perasovic, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences


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Special Issue on Cultural Diversity in Cities in Eastern Europe, guest  
edited by Cordula Gdaniec and Eszter Gantner.

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JOURNAL/CFP- Non-Russians and the Russian Army, Imperial Age to Present, PIPSS

Posted by: PIPSS <kozlowsk(a)club-internet.fr>
Posted: 27 Oct 2008


JOURNAL/CFP- Non-Russians and the Russian Army, Imperial Age to Present


The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, #10, June 2009
An electronic journal of social sciences
www.pipss.org

Call for contributors: "The relations of the Russian, Soviet and 
Post-Soviet army with non Russians, from the Imperial Age to the present".

Pipss.org is an electronic journal of social sciences devoted to the 
armed forces and power institutions of post-Soviet societies. 
Pipss.org 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, pipss.org 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. Pipss.org is a principal 
partner of the International Security Network (www.isn.ethz.ch) and a 
member of the CNRS/EHESS scientific journals network Revues.org.

Tenth issue: "The relations of the Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet 
army with non Russians, from the Imperial Age to the present".

In 2009, our electronic review, The Journal of Power Institutions in 
Post-Soviet Societies (www.pipss.org) will devote an issue to "the 
relations of the Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet army with non 
Russians, from the Imperial Age to the present". The issue will 
present a multidisciplinary view - historical, sociological, 
anthropological, demographic, political science, etc.

Owing to its situation as melting pot of the Nation, the army has 
always had to deal with the problem of ethnic diversity, its 
recognition and importance varying according to the period.

The Imperial Age was marked by the introduction of universal 
conscription. Yet despite the declared "universality" of military 
service, different recruitment policies were applied depending on 
geographic and social origin, as well as religion.

After the revolution, the Red Army, which became the Soviet army, 
played and essential role in the making of "the Soviet man": military 
service became the nation's school - it was the Army's job to teach 
populations to read and write and to Russianise them. Managing the 
ethnic mix in the Army was a complex problem. The Army's physical 
needs and its needs for skills, combined with the authorities' 
distrust of certain minorities led to numerous twists and turns: 
ethnic battalions were organised, while minorities considered 
unreliable were first barred from conscription, then gradually 
reintegrated.

After the Great Patriotic War, the continuing distrust of certain 
nationalities on the part of the high command led to the exclusion of 
these populations from the officers corps, while less prestigious 
battalions (stroibat) were made up essentially of Central Asian 
recruits. Military hierarchy was predominantly Slav. It was during 
this period that the zemliachestvo phenomenon appeared.

On the eve of the fall of the Soviet Union, some of the federated 
states (notably the Baltic republics) considered the Soviet army as an 
occupying army. Many minorities refused to speak Russian. When the 
USSR collapsed, it was the Slavs' turn to be a minority in the armies 
originating in the Soviet army (in states) outside Russia.

Having chosen to maintain a policy of conscription, the post-Soviet 
Russian army remains confronted with ethnic and religious problems: in 
particular, it is faced with a sharp increase in its Muslim population 
(this increase was already problematical under Brezhnev, but became 
less so with the fall of the USSR and the loss of Central Asia, 
especially Azerbaidjan. The two Chechen conflicts, as in the previous 
war in Afghanistan, forced military authorities to adopt specific 
policies towards Muslim recruits. Finally, the post-Soviet Russian 
army seems at present to have officially chosen to support local and 
ethnic grouping as a new method for eradicating dedovchtchina, and 
continues to direct Muslim recruits towards non combat and less 
prestigious battalions.

The organisation of ethnic and religious diversity specific to each of 
these different epochs up to now is therefore the crux of our 
investigation. The study of military policies in regard to minorities 
from the tsarist epoch up to the present time seems essential to an 
understanding of the foundations of post-Soviet ethnic relations.

The questions we would like to deal with in this issue are the following:

Minorities and conscription policy
 - minority conscription policies during the various periods mentioned 
   (Jews, Muslims, Caucasian ethnic minorities, etc.); problems 
   encountered by the authorities for the integration of these 
   minorities; passive and active resistance of these minorities to 
   integration into the army; political, social, demographic, linguistic 
   and physical barriers to integration into military service;
 - dissensions between ethnic minorities and the state

Ethnic units
 - the training of ethnic units; the role of ethnic minorities during 
   the first and second world wars (their contribution to the victory of 
   the Red army over Nazi Germany);
 - the use of ethnic units during local wars (Tadjikistan, 
   Afghanistan, Chechnya, etc.).

Zemliatchestvo
 - the principle of extra-territoriality and nationalities policy in the army;
 - ethnic grouping in the army (zemliatchestvo): yesterday and today; 
   ethnic (and religious) grouping as a factor in the eradication of 
   dedovchtchina in the post-Soviet army?

The Slavic minority, from the tsarist empire to the CIS
 - The Ukrainising of the Ukrainian Soviet State in the 20s and 30s;
 - Russian/Slavic officers in CIS armies;

Language policy in the army
 - the Russian army and language policy (Russianising, literacy, the 
   language of command, etc.)
 - the Russian occupation army (from the imperial army to the Soviet 
   army before the collapse of the USSR)
 - CIS armies and language policy after the fall of the USSR

The army, military exploits and the xenophobic component in Russian 
nationalist discourse
 - the appropriation by the Russians of the army's glories, from 
   Stalin (under whom, already, only the great Russian generals were 
   celebrated) to Putin.

Religious minorities in the army
 - managing religious minorities (Jewish, Muslim, etc.) in the army; 
   freedom of worship; dealing with Muslim conscripts during the Afghan 
   and Chechen crises;
 - changeover to a professional army. What is the scenario, in the 
   context of an increasing Muslim population? Towards a mono-national 
   and mono-religious volunteer army or an army representative of 
   national diversity? (towards the constitution of multinational or 
   mono-national units, as is the case in Chechnya today?)


Guidelines for article submission

The journal will be published in three languages (French, English and 
Russian 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 pipss.org 
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 pipss.org 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. References should be given in footnotes. (For 
more details about the guidelines for article submission please check 
www.pipss.org or contact the Editorial Board). There should be a cover 
page stating the author's background and affiliation, full address.


If you wish to submit an article, please first contact the editorial 
board and send a 100-word abstract in English. The deadline for 
article submission is April 10, 2009, with publication in June 2009. 
Final decisions on publication will be made by the Editorial Board.


Please send your contributions or inquiries to:

Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Chief Editor, contact(a)pipss.org
Juliette Cadiot, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski (10th Issue Editor)


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


Reviews

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


Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies
www.pipss.org
contact(a)pipss.org

Editorial Board: Eden Cole, Anna Colin Lebedev, Françoise Dauce, 
Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, Anne Le Huerou, Erica Marat, Laurent Rucker, 
Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Joris Van Bladel

Scientific Board: Adrian Beck (UK), Alexander Belkin (Russia), 
Frederic Charillon (France), Stephen Cimbala (USA), Julian Cooper 
(UK), Roger Mc Dermott (UK), Isabelle Facon (France), Mark Galeotti 
(UK), Aleksandr Gol'ts (Russia), Dale Herspring (USA), Philippe 
Manigart (Belgium), Kimberly Zisk Marten (USA), Michael Orr (UK), 
Michael Parrish (USA), Nikolay Petrov (Russia), Eduard Ponarin 
(Russia), Jean-Christophe Romer (France), Jacques Sapir (France), 
Manfred Sapper (Germany), Louise Shelley (USA), Richard Staar (USA), 
Brian Taylor (USA), Mikhail Tsypkin (USA), Stephen Webber (UK), Elena 
Zdravomyslova (Russia)
 

PUBL.- Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Review, Volume 2, Number 2, Sept. 2008

Posted by: Tamas Borko <tborko(a)icegec.hu>
Posted: 23 Oct 2008



PUBL.- Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Review, Volume 2, Number 2, Sept. 2008


Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, September 2008

Contents:

1. Assessment of financial access and exclusion in Armenia
2. Achievements and problems of economic liberalization in Georgia
3. Influence of migration and remittances on Uzbekistan
4. Causes and consequences of corruption in CCA countries

The Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) Review is a regular, monthly, 
regional, online, English language publication, which is a part of 
capacity building projects within EPIN network financed by United 
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) coordinated by International 
Center for Economic Growth (ICEG) European Center. 

The publication involves experts of research institutions and 
universities of Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and Central 
Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) 
in preparing country analyses in specific group of topics: reform of 
the post-communist state (i.e., public administration reform, 
decentralization, anti-corruption, and human rights/access to 
justice); spatial poverty (i.e., interactions between geography, 
economic policies and activities, and living standards); economic, 
environmental and social impact of public economic policies (e.g., 
migration, employment, trade liberalization, inflation and 
administrative prices); rural development and agricultural reforms; 
financial access and microfinance.

For the earlier issues and for more information see www.icegec.org
Publications/CCA Review, or contact:

Tamas Borko, ICEG European Center, at tborko(a)icegec.hu
 

PUBL.- Jewelry of Central Asia, Elena Neva

Posted by: Elena Neva <lenasu(a)verizon.net>
Posted: 20 Oct 2008


PUBL.- Jewelry of Central Asia, Elena Neva


Elena Neva
Jewelry of Central Asia

Boston: M-Graphics Publishing
ISBN 978-1-934881-11-8
129 pp., illustrated
Publication date: November 2008
Price: $35

Contents

Ancient Jewelry from Central Asia
Artistic Features of Jewelry Art from Central Asia (4th Century BC-4th 
   Century AD)
Types and Forms of Ancient Jewelry from Central Asia (4th Century 
   BC-4th century AD)
Technical Aspects of Jewelry Making in Ancient Times (4th Century 
   BC-4th Century AD)
Central Asian Jewelry and Their Symbols in Ancient Times
Jewelry from Central Asia in the Early Medieval Period
Tajik Gold
Buddhist Tradition in Tajik Jewelry
Tajik Jewelry in the 20th Century


To pre-order the book, contact Elena Neva at:

tel.: 781-391-1825 or 617-872-3807
email: lenasu(a)verizon.net

PUBL.- Analytical Review: Uzbekistan Economy 2007

Posted by: Kamola Rasulova <kamola.rasulova(a)cer.uz>
Posted: 17 Oct 2008


PUBL.- Analytical Review: Uzbekistan Economy 2007


The new issue of informational and analytical review "Uzbekistan 
Economy" has been published, where the current dynamics, qualitative 
changes and tendencies that have taken place in the country's economy 
during the year 2007 are analyzed. The publication has been issued in 
three languages (Uzbek, Russian, English).

The publication of the information and analytical review was prepared 
by the Center for Economic Research.

The review consists of several thematic chapters.

The first chapter considers the main macroeconomic indicators: 
economic growth, investments into the economy, prices and inflation, 
as well as the situation in the areas of employment and labour market.

The second chapter analyzes the revenue and expense in the government 
budget, monetary policy of the Central Bank, banking sector, stock 
market and exchange rate policy.

The third chapter reveals the tendencies in the foreign economic 
activity, structure of exports and import. The analyses of activities 
of enterprises with foreign investments are also presented here.

The forth chapter is devoted to the development of the private sector 
and market reforms. The results of privatization program, the dynamics 
of the real estate market and development of small entrepreneurship 
are considered here.

The fifth chapter describes the tendencies and issues in the 
development of industry, agricultural sector, market of consumer goods 
and services.

The sixth chapter is devoted to the tendencies in socioeconomic 
development of the regions.

The seventh chapter provides analysis of income and expenditures of 
the population, realization of the program on social security and 
support to the vulnerable groups.

Appendices include: list of legislative acts, adopted during the year 
2007; the main economic events of the year 2007; the main priorities 
of the socioeconomic development program of Uzbekistan for the year 
2008; list of the main products of the Center for Economic Research.

The publication is prepared for wide range of users: employees of 
government agencies, business, scientific research institutes and 
centers, public and international organizations, embassies' staff, 
university professors and students, other interested individuals.

More detailed information: contents and short abstract will be placed 
on the following web-site www.cer.uz.


Contact person:

Kamola Rasulova
5, Usmon Nosir str., 1 tupik
Tashkent 700070, Uzbekistan
Tel: (+99871) 1500202; Fax: (+99871) 2814548
E-mail: kamola.rasulova(a)cer.uz
Web: www.cer.uz
 

PUBL.- Silk Road Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1

Posted by: Daniel Waugh <dwaugh(a)u.washington.edu>
Posted: 6 Oct 2008


PUBL.- Silk Road Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1


I am pleased to announce the publication of the new issue of The Silk 
Road, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Summer 2008).  The pdf file of this semi-annual  
publication of the Silkroad Foundation may be accessed at:

http://www.silkroadfoundation.org/newsletter/vol6num1/srjournal_v6n1.pdf

Note, it is a large file (about 11 MB), which may take a few minutes to load.


Contents of This Issue:

>From the Editor's Desktop: Museums, Entrepreneurship and the Politics 
of Cultural Identity, by Daniel C. Waugh

China and Islamic Civilization: Exchange of Techniques and Scientific 
Ideas, by George Saliba

On the Road: Caravan Routes of Iran, by Frank and Ruth Harold

Some Buddhist Finds from Khotan: Materials in the Collections of the 
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, by Julia Elikhina

The Buddhist Monuments of Adjina-tepa, by Vera Fominikh

Mediating the Power of Dharma: The Mongols' Approaches to Reviving 
Buddhism in Mongolia, by Vesna A. Wallace

Tricky Representations: Buddhism in the Cinema during Socialism in 
Mongolia, by Manduhai Buyandelger

The Tea Horse Road, by Jeff Fuchs

Book notice: A. M. Leskov, The Maikop Treasure


Note that we cannot accept individual subscriptions for the limited 
print version of the journal, which is, however, distributed to 
libraries on request.

The journal welcomes contributions, which should be sent to the 
undersigned at dwaugh(a)u.washington.edu.

Daniel Waugh
Editor
 

PUBL.- Marlene Laruelle, Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire

Posted by: Marlene Laruelle <marlenelaruelle(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 30 Sep 2008

PUBL.- Marlene Laruelle, Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire


Marlène Laruelle. 
Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire
Washington, D.C., Woodrow Wilson Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 
2008, 288 p.

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has been 
marginalized at the edge of a Western-dominated political and economic 
system. In recent years, however, leading Russian figures, including 
former president Vladimir Putin, have begun to stress a geopolitics 
that puts Russia at the center of a number of axes: European-Asian, 
Christian-Muslim-Buddhist, Mediterranean-Indian, Slavic-Turkic, and so 
on. This volume examines the political presuppositions and expanding 
intellectual impact of Eurasianism, a movement promoting an ideology 
of Russian-Asian greatness, which has begun to take hold throughout 
Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. Eurasianism purports to tell Russians 
what is unalterably important about them and why it can only be 
expressed in an empire. Using a wide range of sources, Marl? Laruelle 
discusses the impact of the ideology of Eurasianism on geopolitics, 
interior policy, foreign policy, and culturalist philosophy. 

Marlène Laruelle is currently a research fellow at the Central Asia 
and Caucasus Institute of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced 
International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. She has been a 
postdoctoral fellow at the French Institute for Central Asia Studies 
in Tashkent and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center 
for Scholars. In Paris, she is an associate scholar at the French 
Center for Russian, Caucasian, and East-European Studies at the School 
of Advanced Social Sciences Studies. 


Contents: 

Introduction: Eurasianism - Marginal or Mainstream in Contemporary Russia?

The Historical Roots of the Eurasianist Idea
Neo-Eurasianism and Its Place in Post-Soviet Russia
Marginal or "Mainstream"?
Premises of This Study

1. Early Eurasianism, 19201930

The Life and Death of a Current of Thought
A Philosophy of Politics
A Geographic Ideology
An Ambiguous Orientalism
Conclusions

2. Lev Gumilev's A Theory of Ethnicity?

>From Dissidence to Public Endorsement:
An Atypical Biography
"The Last Eurasianist"?
Gumilev's Episteme: Subjecting the Humanities to the Natural Sciences
Theories of the Ethnos or Naturalistic Determinism
The Complex History of the Eurasian Totality
Xenophobia, Mixophobia, and Anti-Semitism
Gumilev, Russian Nationalism, and Soviet Ethnology
Conclusions

3. Aleksandr Panarin: Philosophy of History and the Revival of Culturalism

Is There a Unified Neo-Eurasianist Theory?
>From Liberalism to Conservatism: Panarin's Intellectual Biography
"Civilizationism" and "Postmodernism"
Rehabilitating Empire: "Civilizational" Pluralism and Ecumenical Theocracy
Highlighting Russia's "Internal East"
Conclusions

4. Aleksandr Dugin: A Russian Version of the European Radical Right?

Dugin's Social Trajectory and Its Significance
A Russian Version of Antiglobalism: Dugin's Geopolitical Theories
Traditionalism as the Foundation of Dugins Thought
The Russian Proponent of the New Right?
Fascism, Conservative Revolution, and National Bolshevism
A Veiled Anti-Semitism
Ethno-Differentialism and the Idea of Russian Distinctiveness
Conclusions


5. The View from "Within": Non-Russian Neo-Eurasianism and Islam

The Emergence of Muslim Eurasianist Political Parties
The Eurasianist Games of the Russian Muftiates
Tatarstan: The Pragmatic Eurasianism of Russia's "Ethnic" Regions
Conclusions

6. Neo-Eurasianism in Kazakhstan and Turkey

Kazakhstan: Eurasianism in Power
The Turkish Case: On the Confusion between Turkism, Pan-Turkism, and 
   Eurasianism

Conclusion: The Evolution of the Eurasian(ist) Idea in the Twentieth Century

The Unity of Eurasianism
Organicism at the Service of Authoritarianism: "Revolution" or "Conservatism"?
Nationalism: Veiled or Openly Espoused: The Cultural Racism of Eurasianism
Science, Political Movement, or Think Tank?
Is Eurasianism Relevant to Explanations of Contemporary Geopolitical Change?
Psychological Compensation or Part of a Global Phenomenon

Notes
Bibliography
Index
 

JOURNAL/CFP- Final Call - Gender, Ethnicity and Nationalism

Posted by: Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism <sen(a)lse.ac.uk>
Posted: 30 Sep 2008


JOURNAL/CFP- Final Call - Gender, Ethnicity and Nationalism


Final Call for Papers Special Issue on Gender
 
Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, a fully-refereed journal 
published in the Department of Government at the London School of 
Economics, invites the submission of high-quality interdisciplinary 
articles on issues pertaining to nationalism, ethnicity and related 
themes.  Examples of these themes include: 

 * Masculinities and the nation
 * Gender, war and violence
 * Nationalism and sexuality
 * Motherlands and fatherlands
 * Women and right-wing movements
 * Gender and ethnicity

The editors are particularly interested in the theme of gender, 
ethnicity and nationalism for this call.

The editors welcome submissions of work in progress as well as 
contributions from young professionals, post-docs and lecturers in the 
early stages of their career.  SEN especially encourages submissions 
from PhD candidates.  For this call, please ensure your paper reaches 
us by 15th October 2008 via email (sen(a)lse.ac.uk). Articles should not 
exceed 8,000 words (including endnotes and references), and should 
have a minimum length of 5,500 words. 

For more information and author guidelines, please visit the SEN website:
http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=1473-8481
 

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 16, 17 September 2008

Posted by: Svante Cornell <scornell(a)jhu.edu>
Posted: 30 Sep 2008


PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 16, 17 September 2008


New Publications:

Russia's War in Georgia: Causes and Implications for Georgia and the World,
CACI & SRSP Policy Paper by Svante E. Cornell, Johanna Popjanevski and 
Niklas Nilsson, August 2008, 45 pp. Download at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/silkroadpapers/0808Georgia-PP.pdf

Kazakhstan and the New International Politics of Eurasia,
CACI & SRSP Silk Road Paper by Richard Weitz, July 1008, 170 pp.
Download at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/Silkroadpapers/0807Weitz.pdf


The 20 August issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (Volume 10, 
no. 16) is now online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/. The PDF version 
of the entire issue is available at:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/files/080917Analyst.pdf

Full contents:

Analytical Articles

Xinjiang, China's Pressure Cooker
Stephen Blank
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4939

The Russo-Georgian War and Great Power Politics
Gregory Gleason
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4938

When Two Ends Meet: Japan's Growing Engagement In Kazakhstan
Nargis Kassenova
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4937

The Evolution of Russian Nationalists and the Perspective of Russians' 
Relationship with Caucasian Minorities
Dmitry Shlapentokh
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4936

Field Reports
New Evidence Emerges on Start of Georgian-Russian War
Niklas Nilsson
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4943

The CSTO Plans to Increase Its Military Potential
Nurshat Ababakirov
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4942

Hu Jintao's Visit to Turkmenistan Intensifies Chinese-Turkmen Partnership
Chemen Durdiyeva
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4941

Central Asian States Fail to Cooperate on Water Management
Erica Marat
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4940

Armenia Faces New Security Challenges after the August War in Georgia
Haroutiun Khachatrian
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4921

NEWS DIGEST:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4944

The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly publication of the 
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint 
Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and the Institute 
for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.

The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. 
At this moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on 
development, 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)jhu.edu with a short description 
of your article idea. Editorial principles are online at
http://www.cacianalyst.org/newsite/?q=node/59
 

JOURNAL/CFP- Ab Imperio 2009: Multiple Temporalities and Heterogeneous Spaces

Posted by: Sergey Glebov <sglebov(a)smith.edu>
Posted: 30 Sep 2008


JOURNAL/CFP- Ab Imperio 2009: Multiple Temporalities and Heterogeneous Spaces


Dear Colleagues,

Ab Imperio invites contributions to the four issues of the journal in 
2009. Please, find the annual program below.

For inquiries, submissions, or subscription, please, visit the 
journals website at http://abimperio.net 

Sergey Glebov


2009 Annual Theme:

Homo Imperii: 
The Imperial Situation of Multiple Temporalities and Heterogeneous Space
 

When Marc Bloch coined his famous definition of history as a science 
about humans in time, he anticipated by several decades the 
anthropological turn in historical studies. The humanistic message of 
Blochs formulation is ambivalent: does it suggest that human beings 
change together with the circumstances of total history, or that they 
remain essentially the same throughout different epochs and 
situations? Is it really possible to translate adequately the life 
experience of a representative of a certain epoch in terms of a 
different time period? How do grand narratives look through the prism 
of an individuals life experience? How does ones life perception 
depend on the different aspects of the imperial situation that may 
combine uneven social and cultural spaces, and elements of different 
epochs, both archaic and modern? Can the methods of biographical 
writing and prosopography be regarded as an alternative to grand, 
depersonalized historical narratives? Writing biography is 
inconceivable without taking into consideration time and space as 
crucial factors, but how does the specificity of these features affect 
human life and its perception?


No. 1/2009 Narrating the Multiple Self: New Biographies for the Empire

In search of an analytic model of biography in the imperial context 
the autobiographical narrative in its imperial and national contexts 
national heroes and international swindlers national history as a 
heroic saga historians of empire and nation as heroes from the past 
personality cults in the culturally divided society the enemy: forging 
a supermans biography biography beyond borders: biographies of 
cosmopolitan intellectuals and a history of the phenomenon of 
cosmopolitanism in the 18th C 20th centuries the migration of 
experiences, ideas, and practices across the borders of continental 
and colonial empires biography and myth the privatization of social 
experience in the personal life story the small man in the 
heterogeneous space the biography and prosopography of bureaucratic 
cadres in Russian empire, and of party nomenclature in the Soviet 
Union the personal dimension of foreign policy.

No. 2/2009 Homo Imperii in Space and Time: Settling and Unsettling 
   Imperial Spaces

Mappa mundi, homo imperii garden cities a free port or a naval 
stronghold humans and temporality in the capital and in the provinces: 
a history of imperial cities the rotation of cadres, workforce 
migration, and travel a new appointment: governors and administrators 
changing workplaces biography as the interpretation of travel Friday, 
Saturday, Sunday: when does empire rest? calendars and clocks the many 
dimensions of empire: moving in space as traveling in time the 
five-stage Marxist historical scheme: the empire of history 
constructing the spheres of vital interests in the foreign policy of 
Russian empire and Soviet Union conception of individual, social, 
generational, and political age membership in a generation.

No. 3/2009 Maison des sciences de lHomme: Human Sciences in the Empire

The history of enlightenment in Russia as a project of normalization 
and Europeanization scientific classifications of the population 
borrowings and adaptations of the scientific discourses and practices 
of nineteenth-century colonial empires as a condition of admittance 
into the club of European colonial powers psychology, its subjects and 
its objects of study social sciences in imperial context the sciences 
of imperial diversity: anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, etc. 
museums and exhibitions as imperial Panopticons political human 
sciences in empire the humanistic paradigm and the problem of 
representation of the modern personality medicine as a language of 
studying the individual and society the imperial concept of norm and 
deviation scientific foundations of uprising against empire projects 
of rational cognition and re-description of empire and its inhabitants 
caring for souls: theology on personality and empire.

No. 4/2009 From Homo Imperii to Civitas: Projects of Imagined Imperial 
   Communities

Is civic society possible in empire? Projects of state reform of 
imperial population: social engineering from above in empire great 
ideologies on small men and their communities underground Russia as an 
alternative social network the corporate structure of imperial 
society: cooperative, professional, confessional, et al. 
self-organization Utopian projects of imperial society political 
parties and movements and programs of imperial social reform the 
empire of obshchestvennost' in Russia and USSR. 

 
Permanent Sections:

Theory and Methodology * History * Archive * Sociology, Anthropology & 
Political Science * ABC: Empire & Nationalism Studies * Newest 
Mythologies * Historiography and Book Reviews.
 
 
For subscription please contact our authorized commercial distributors:
www.amazon.com, East View Publications, EBSCO, and KUBON & SAGNER 
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PUBL.- Bulletin of the Dept. of International Education at Arabaev University (Bishkek)

Posted by: Askar Mambetaliev <askarbek(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 30 Sep 2008


PUBL.- Bulletin of the Dept. of Int'l Education at Arabaev University (Bishkek)


El-Bil - Monthly Messenger of the Dept. of International Education at 
Arabaev University

The Department of International Education unites three other Centers 
of the University:

1. Civic Education;
2. Career Development;
3. International Relations:
4. Continuing Education, which has been transformed into International 
   Education;

The first issue of the Messenger (El-Bil) is downloadable in pdf format at 
http://www.geocities.com/kyrgyzeducation/elbil-sep2008.pdf

The following information is being advertised at the Department:

The Center for International Education offers language courses for 
local and international students. 

We employ professional teachers and provide visas for our students and 
teachers from other countries. 

"How to take your courses?" - You need to obtain a student visa to 
Kyrgyzstan and pay tuitions.  

"How to Register in your courses?" - If you are in Kyrgyzstan, you can 
visit our office, which is located on the 1st floor of the 5th block 
of the University, or call 0312-660812, or email: kyrgyzeducation(a)gmail.com.  

"When the courses start?" - Our courses start with September. However, 
you must start communicating about visa issues as earlier as possible. 

"How much is a course?" - Depending on the length of the courses 
around $600-$700. 

"Do you have your website?" - Yes, please find us at 
www.geocities.com/kyrgyzeducation. 

"Where can I send my complains or reports?" - We will appreciate your 
(anonymous) reports at kyrgyzeducation(a)gmail.com
 

PUBL.- Russian Rule in Samarkand, 1868-1910 - A. S. Morrison

Posted by: Alexander Morrison <a.s.morrison(a)liverpool.ac.uk>
Posted: 30 Sep 2008


PUBL.- Russian Rule in Samarkand, 1868-1910 - A. S. Morrison


A. S. Morrison
Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868-1910. A Comparison with British India 
(Oxford University Press) 2008

Price: £60.00/$120 (Hardback)
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-954737-1
Publication date: 11 September 2008
364 pages, 3 maps, 7 b/w halftones, 216x138 mm
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199547371

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/HistoryWorld/RussiaForme
rSovietUnion/?view=usa&ci=9780199547371 (paste URL to a single line)

"Russian Rule in Samarkand" uses a comparative approach to examine the 
structures, personnel, and ideologies of Russian imperialism in 
Turkestan, taking Samarkand and the surrounding region as a 
case-study. The creation of a colonial administration in Central Asia 
presented Russia with similar problems to those faced by the British 
in India, but different approaches to governance meant that the two 
regimes often stood in stark contrast to one another, although there 
were certain points of resemblance.

Opening with the background to the political situation in Central Asia 
before 1865 and a narrative of Russian conquest itself, the book moves 
on to analyse official attitudes to Islam and to pre-colonial elites, 
and the earliest attempts to establish a functioning system of revenue 
collection. Uncovering the religious and ethnic composition of the 
military bureaucracy, and the social background, education and 
training of its personnel, Alexander Morrison assesses the competence 
of these officers vis-à-vis their Anglo-Indian counterparts. 
Subsequent chapters look at the role of the so-called "native 
administration" in governing the countryside and collecting taxes, the 
attempt to administer the complex systems of irrigation leading from 
the Zarafshan and Syr-Darya, and the nature and functions of the 
Islamic judiciary under colonial rule.

Based on extensive archival research in Uzbekistan, Russia, India, and 
containing much rare source material translated from Russian, "Russian 
Rule in Samarkand" will be of interest to those working on the history 
of Central Asia, the Russian Empire, and European Imperialism more 
generally.

A list of errata, higher-resolution copies of the maps from the book, 
and the Russian text of the sources quoted will be available at the 
following url:

http://liverpool.academia.edu/AlexanderMorrison/Books 


Dr Alexander Morrison
Lecturer in Imperial History
The School of History
University of Liverpool
9 Abercromby Square
Liverpool L69 7WZ
Tel: +44 151 794 2392
 

PUBL.- Community Matters in Xinjang, 1880-1949 - Ildiko Beller-Hann

Posted by: Paolo Sartori <paolo.sartori(a)orientphil.uni-halle.de>
Posted: 16 Sep 2008


PUBL.- Community Matters in Xinjang, 1880-1949 - Ildiko Beller-Hann


Ildikó Bellér-Hann.
Community Matters in Xinjang, 1880-1949:
Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Uyghur
Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2008.  xvi, 480 pp.
ISBN: 978 90 04 16675 2 (hardback)
Series: China Studies, 17 ISSN: 1570-1344
   
List price: 115.00 euros / US$ 171.00 

About the Author

Ildikó Bellér-Hann, Ph.D. (1989) in Turkic Studies, University of 
Cambridge, is researcher at the Martin-Luther University, 
Halle/Wittenberg. She has published extensively on the Turkic speaking 
peoples and cultures of Xinjiang, North-East Turkey and Central Asia.
   
Based on a wide range of Western and local materials, this book offers 
an introduction to the historical anthropology of the Muslim Uyghur of 
Xinjiang from the late 19th century to 1949. The author argues that 
social relations in this era were shaped at all levels by the 
principles of reciprocity and community. Particular attention is paid 
to the domestic domain and to life-cycle and religious rituals. This 
is the first time that Xinjiang has been approached from the 
perspective of historical anthropology. Giving substance to the 
concept of tradition which modern Uyghurs invoke when constructing 
their collective identity, Bellér-Hann's study also has implications 
for contemporary analyses of inter-ethnic relations in this sensitive 
region.

http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=210&pid=30311


Dr. Paolo Sartori
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Seminar für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft
Orientalisches Institut der
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Mühlweg 15
06114 Halle (Saale)
Tel: ++ 49 (0) 345 / 552 40 82 
E-Mail:  paolo.sartori(a)orientphil.uni-halle.de
sart.paolo(a)gmail.com
http://www.orientphil.uni-halle.de/sais/mitarbeiter.php?m=sartori
 

PUBL.- Reports from the Social Research Center, AUCA

Posted by: Social Research Center - AUCA <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 15 Sep 2008


PUBL.- Reports from the Social Research Center, AUCA


Dear Colleagues,

We are glad to bring you the next issue of electronic bulletin presented by
the Social Research Center (SRC) at the American University of Central Asia
(AUCA). This bulletin provides the updates on the SRC's latest electronic
publications.

The SRC is a research unit of AUCA. Its mission is to promote the
long-lasting development of principals and practices of democracy, free
market, rule of law, and social equality in Kyrgyzstan through research,
publications, interdisciplinary studies, conferences, roundtables, and
networking. SRC mainly focuses on four target areas: MIGRATION, ISLAM, NGO
DEVELOPMENT and CORRUPTION.

For more detailed information about SRC, please visit our website at
www.src.auca.kg.


IN THIS ISSUE, please find papers on two SRC target areas: NGO DEVELOPMENT
AND ISLAM

NGO DEVELOPMENT:

Enhanced Government Commitment: A Key to An Effective Government-NGO 
Relationship in KR, by Kanykey Jailobaeva

To cooperate or defect?: the role of Water Users Associations in 
mitigating the "tragedy of the commons" by Heather Larue

Social Capital or Whether NGOs Are the Place for Collective Action? By 
Medet Tiulegenov

Taxation of Non-commercial organizations in Kyrgyz Republic: 
Recommendations to the Draft Tax Code, by Nookatbek Idrisov

Benchmarking the process of democratization in Kyrgyzstan by defining 
the role and functions of NGOs, by Yulia Schulte


ISLAM

Modernization of Islamic Education Institutions in Kyrgyzstan, SRC 
research project report

In Search of Ways to Solve the Problem of Islamic Education in 
Kyrgyzstan, by Kozululov Timur

Secularist Concerns Regarding Changes in the Islamic Field, by Baris Isci

Harmonization of Secular-Islamic Relations and Trust Building, by Dr. 
Arne Seifert

Democracy and Islam in the Modern State: What Unites them? Roundtable summary


NGO DEVELOPMENT:

Enhanced Government Commitment: A Key to An Effective Government-NGO
Relationship in KR, by Kanykey Jailobaeva, Visiting Research Fellow, Social
Research Center

The government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kyrgyzstan have
achieved positive results in working together. Nonetheless, they still
encounter a number of barriers, which hinder them from having a more
productive relationship. The major problem is that the government does not
have a unified and coherent policy on cooperation with NGOs. At present, the
government-NGO relationship is developing chaotically and fragmentarily.
Donor-funded projects are the main factor bringing these actors together.
Furthermore, the previous experience of the government in developing an NGO
support programme suggests that the government needs more commitment to and
control over the implementation of its initiatives on working with NGOs.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Policy-Brief_NGO_Jaylobaeva.eng..pdf

Download ARTICLE in Russian here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Jaylobaeva_rus..pdf


To cooperate or defect?: the role of Water Users Associations in mitigating
the "tragedy of the commons" by Heather Larue, Visiting Research Fellow,
Social Research Center

Kyrgyz farmers have been placed in the position of needing to coordinate
intercommunity irrigation systems through the creation of these locally
managed "Water Users Associations" (WUA). There is a strong theoretical
basis for replacing the central management and decision-making center of
irrigation systems with user-based WUAs.2 However, empirical results
indicate that many WUAs are not fulfilling their intended role. The success
of the WUA institution relies critically on coordination and cooperation.
Operating, maintaining and rehabilitating irrigation canals and enforcing
equitable rules for irrigation cycles requires cooperation at multiple
levels. This includes between farmers within a WUA, between WUA sharing a
water source, and between WUAs and the local water supplier.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Paper_Heather_eng.pdf


Social Capital or Whether NGOs Are the Place for Collective Action? By Medet
Tiulegenov, Assistant Professor, AUCA

The NGO sector in Kyrgyzstan has grown significantly in numbers reaching
more than eight thousand organizations in 2006. The rise in numbers has come
with better quality through more focused work and better and more capacities
acquired, however the social side of NGOs is experiencing problems because
of the inadequate quality of relationships between them and sectors and
others. NGOs' social capital has not yet developed sufficiently for them to
become a place for collective action, which is viewed in this work as a main
function of civil society.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Tiulegenov_Policy_brief_30.07.08_eng
.pdf

Download ARTICLE in Russian here:
 http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Tulegenov_Policy_briefs_rus.pdf


Taxation of Non-commercial organizations in Kyrgyz Republic: Recommendations
to the Draft Tax Code, by Nookatbek Idrisov, Director, International Center
for the Non-for-Profit Law in Kyrgyzstan

The question of financing the activities of not-for-profit organizations
(NPOs) in Kyrgyzstan is timely, given the upcoming consideration of the new
draft Tax Code by the Jogorku Kenesh. The legislation, which would allow for
the effective regulation of establishment and operation NPOs, and provide
possibilities for financing NPOs legally is the key factor for the
sustainable development of the non-commercial sector in the country. The
efficiency of funding among non-profit organizations  is contingent on the
tax regimes in particular states.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Idrisov_eng.pdf

Download ARTICLE in Russian here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Policy_briefs_rus_NGO_Idrisov_1.pdf


Benchmarking the process of democratization in Kyrgyzstan by defining the
role and functions of NGOs, by Yulia Schulte, Independent expert

In Kyrgyzstan, as in other post-Soviet countries, one of the main strategies
of democratization policies promoted by the international donor community
has been the establishment of a strong civil society that promotes
democratic ideas among the population and controls (counteracts when
necessary) the actions of government. However, the question is to what
extent this project has been achieved and whether the country has a
functioning civil society that has become an integral part of its societal
system.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Schulte_eng.pdf


ISLAM

Modernization of Islamic Education Institutions in Kyrgyzstan, SRC research
project report

The question of the modernization of religious education in Kyrgyzstan is
one of the most important issues at present, because of the danger that the
faithful could go radical, which could endanger the country's stability.
This problem is especially acute because of the "distrust factor" between
religious organizations and secular state authorities. The major difficulty
is not in the political-legislative basis, but mostly in the excessive
number of ideological approaches (both from the clergy and from the secular
part of population) in reforming Islamic education while there is no
consistent and continuous interaction between religious organizations and
secular state authorities.

Download ARTICLE in Russian here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Report_Islam_rus.pdf


In Search of Ways to Solve the Problem of Islamic Education in Kyrgyzstan,
by Kozululov Timur, Theology Department, Osh State University

Since independence, there have been some radical changes in the spiritual
life of the republic. The confessional space has been reviving, which has
led to a tendency to form new state-religious relations, an increase of
ceremonial objects, a great increase in number of pilgrims, a wide
dissemination of Islamic literature, establishment of spiritual and
educational systems, and involvement of religious organizations in social
processes that could satisfy all spiritual needs of the faithful.

Download ARTICLE in Russian here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Policy_briefs_Islam_Timur_rus.pdf


Secularist Concerns Regarding Changes in the Islamic Field, by Baris Isci,
Visiting Research Fellow, Social Research Center

Starting in the late 1980s and flourishing in the late 1990s, Islamic
revival has been increasingly more visible in the public in Kyrgyzstan. Just
as Muslim leaders are in the process of consolidating their economic power,
they have also been active in gaining symbolic power in the society. All
these religious endeavors, however, have been taking place in a still
powerful secular context. The religious leaders have not only been busy with
consolidating a Muslim identity based on their understandings of a proper
Islam, but also been concerned with this larger secular context. That is,
they cannot and do not function in isolation, but have been adjusting their
practices and framework to the constraints of being
religious in a dominantly secular society.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Isci_report_3.pdf


Harmonization of Secular-Islamic Relations and Trust Building, by Dr. Arne
Seifert, PhD, Central Asia Adviser, Center for OSCE-Research, Institute for
Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg, Germany, Visiting
Lecturer, Summary of the Lecture.

The problem of normalizing the relationship between the secular state and
religion, i.e. Islam, must not be approached from the perspective of
fighting Islamic terrorism. It is likely that such a normalization is a part
of the transformation processes and formation of national statehood in
Central Asia. Theoretical studies, as well as practical politics, on this
matter reflect the incompleteness characteristic in the whole process of
transformation and formation of national statehood. At the same time, one
should not deny that a tension in the relationship between the secular state
and religion can lead to the radicalization of religious representatives -to
the point of terrorism.

Download ARTICLE in Russian here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/report_Arne_rus.pdf


Democracy and Islam in the Modern State: What Unites them?
Roundtable summary, 2008

In recent years, religious revival in Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan in
particular has been viewed as one of the main ways of spiritual and moral
development in society. On the one hand, such religious boom has become
possible due to democratic changes which provided freedom of faith to the
public. On the other hand, it was stipulated by growing nihilism, not
uncommon among nations in transition, marked by the renunciation of previous
ideals, fostering new values and rejection of collectivist morals in favor
of regional individualism.

Download SUMMARY in Russian here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/report_islam.pdf
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Report_Kadyr.pdf

Download SUMMARY in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/report_islam_eng.pdf
 

PUBL.- The Caucasus and Globalization, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2008

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad.esenov(a)worldmail.se>
Posted: 9 Sep 2008


PUBL.- The Caucasus and Globalization, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2008


Please find below the contents of the Volume 2, Issue 2, 2008, of the
Caucasus & Globalization Journal (in English and Russian).  The issue will
be published in the first decade of September.

The Caucasus and Globalization
Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies

Volume 2, Issue 2, 2008

Contents

Geopolitics

Iranian Azerbaijan: The Epicenter of a Cold War (Part II)
Jamil Gasaly


National Development Strategy and Ethnopolitical Security in the Age 
of Globalization
Kenan Allahverdiev 

The Iranian Problem Against the Backdrop of the Russia -U.S. Relations 
Aggravation
Nana Gegelashvili 

The Making of Europe (Towards History of Globalization)
Tedo Dundua

Geo-Economics

Regional Economic Policy and Growth (A Case Study of Georgia)
Marina Achelashvili, Klimenti Achelashvili

Employment Level and Structure in Terms of Globalization (Azerbaijani 
Case Study)
Rovshan Muradov

Georgia: Ten years of Experience in Regulating the Energy Industry
Demuri Chomakhidze 

Azerbaijan Banking System: Challenges and Prospects of Globalization
Fakhri Murshudli

Geoculture 

The Northern Caucasus from the Perspective of Cultural Globalization
Ruslan Hanahu

Abkhazia and the Abkhazians in the Common Georgian Ethno-Cultural, 
Political, and State Expanse (Part I)
Zurab Papaskiri 

Geohistory

The Transcaucasian Seym: Unification of the Central Caucasus that Failed
Irada Bagirova

Drawing up a Constitution for the Transcaucasian Seym and the National 
Council of Georgia
Malkhaz Matsaberidze

On Autonomy for Nagorno-Karabakh: Lessons of History
Kerim Shukurov

Political Relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia in 1917-1918
Zakhida Alizade

Azerbaijan-Jewish Relations: Realpolitik Embedded in History
Alexander Murinson 


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: 
www.ca-c.org or http://www.ca-c.org/journal-table-eng.shtml   
 

PUBL.- Socio-Economic Causes and Consequences of Desertification in Central Asia

Posted by: Carol Kerven <carol_kerven(a)msn.com>
Posted: 9 Sep 2008


PUBL.- Socio-Economic Causes & Consequences of Desertification in Central Asia


New Book

The Socio-Economic Causes and Consequences of Desertification in 
Central Asia. Roy Behnke (Ed.), Springer, August 2008.

This book contains a selection of papers presented at the Advanced 
Research Workshop on 'The Socio-economic causes and consequences of 
desertification in Central Asia' held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in June 
2006. The meeting provided a forum for scientists from Central Asia 
and NATO countries to discuss the human dimensions of the 
desertification process. Papers presented to the meeting examined 
recent scientific evidence on the impact of desertification and 
contributed to the formulation of coherent national and regional 
policies for the management of watersheds, rangelands, and irrigated 
agriculture.

These issues were examined from the perspective of environmental 
policy formulation, with respect to overgrazing by livestock, and in 
terms of a series of case studies of natural resource degradation and 
desertification control.

Contents:

List of Contributors
Preface
Part I: Challenges to Policy Formulation
Part II: Grazing Systems and Desertification
Part III: Case Studies of Resource Degradation and Desertification Control

2008. XVIII, 254 p. (NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: 
Environmental Security) Hardcover

Further information, contact the editor, Roy Behnke
email: roy_behnke(a)msn.com

Order: SDC-bookorder(a)springer.com
Order from USA:  email to:  orders-ny(a)springer.com
139,95 euros, $179.95, SFr. 232.50, £105.50
ISBN 978-1-4020-8542-0
 

CFP- Session on Cultures of Armenia and Georgia, Medieval Studies Conf., May 7-10, 2009

Posted by: Gijsbertus Beynen <BeynenG(a)freelibrary.org>
Posted: 9 Sep 2008


CFP- Session on Cultures of Armenia and Georgia, Medieval Studies, May 7-10, 09


Papers are invited for the session on the Cultures of Armenia and 
Georgia at the 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 
7-10, 2009, at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA.  
Please send an abstract of 750 words--or less--to Bert Beynen, Free 
Library of Philadelphia, beyneng(a)freelibrary.org before October 5, 2008.
 

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 20 August 2008, Vol. 10 No. 16

Posted by: Svante Cornell <scornell(a)jhu.edu>
Posted: 9 Sep 2008


PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, 20 August 2008, Vol. 10 No. 16


Note: New Publications:

Russia's War in Georgia: Causes and Implications for Georgia and the World,
CACI & SRSP Policy Paper by Svante E. Cornell, Johanna Popjanevski and 
Niklas Nilsson, August 2008, 45pp. Download at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/silkroadpapers/0808Georgia-PP.pdf

Kazakhstan and the New International Politics of Eurasia,
CACI & SRSP Silk Road Paper by Richard Weitz, July 1008, 170pp.
Download at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/Silkroadpapers/0807Weitz.pdf


The 20 August issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (Volume 10, 
no. 16) is now online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/. The PDF version 
of the entire issue is available at:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/files/080820Analyst.pdf

Full contents:

Analytical Articles

Russia, Georgia and South Ossetia: Notes on a War
Stephen Blank
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4920

Russias Disinformation Campaign over South Ossetia
Robert M. Cutler
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4919

Russias Invasion of Georgia: Bleak Prospects for the South Caucasus
Blanka Hancilova and Magdalena Frichova
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4918

GUAM and the Georgian War
Richard Weitz
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4920

Field Reports

Explosion in a Baku Mosque: Interested Parties and Possible Implications
Alman Mir Ismail
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4924

Will the Conflict in South Ossetia Push Kyrgyzstan into a Pro-Russian Stance?
Nurshat Ababakirov
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4923

Peshawar Discussion on Pak-U.S. Relations and Regional Militancy
Zahid Anwar
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4922

Armenia Faces New Security Challenges after the August War
in Georgia
Haroutiun Khachatrian
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4921

NEWS DIGEST:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4925


The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly publication of the 
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint 
Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and the Institute 
for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.

The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. 
At this moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on 
development, 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)jhu.edu with a short description 
of your article idea. Editorial principles are online at
http://www.cacianalyst.org/newsite/?q=node/59
 

PUBL.- Ismail Gasprali, French and African Letters, Edition by Azade-Ayse Rorlich

Posted by: Azade-Ayse Rorlich <arorlich(a)college.usc.edu>
Posted: 21 Aug 2008


PUBL.- Ismail Gasprali, French and African Letters, Edition by A.-A. Rorlich


Ismail Gasprali
French and African Letters

Azade-Ayse Rorlich, transl., ed., and Introduction

Isis Press, Istanbul, 2008

For information: isis(a)tnn.net

The present book provides scholars as well as students access to
primary sources critical to understanding the intellectual life of
Russia's Muslims in the last decades of the nineteenth century.
Through Ismail Gasprali's French and African Letters Professor Rorlich
offers evidence regarding the scope of Muslim modernism in late
imperial Russia contributing at the same time to a better
understanding of the debates on gender issues that shaped the
modernist discourse.

This volume represents the first annotated English translation of
Ismail Gasprali's fictional travelogue, first serialized in his
newspaper Terjuman between 1887 and 1891. Providing a window into the
diversity of the issues that shaped the Muslim modernist discourse in
Russia, this publication offers one of the few opportunities to
examine primary source material in a field still marked by the paucity
of such materials available in English translation. This annotated
translation makes an important contribution to the field of Eurasian
scholarship not only for bringing to the students of Muslim modernism
and gender studies an important work of Ismail Gasprali -- one of the
leading Muslim reformers of the Russian empire, but also for offering
an Introduction that places the French and African Letters in the
broader context of his work.
 

JOURNAL/CFP- ARMACAD Armenian Academic-Autobiographical Journal

Posted by: Khachik Gevorgyan <iranist(a)yahoo.co.uk>
Posted: 21 Aug 2008


JOURNAL/CFP- ARMACAD Armenian Academic-Autobiographical Journal


The editorial board of the ARMACAD Academic-Autobiographical Journal
invites authors to submit papers about their academic experiences in
and outside Armenia. The Journal will be divided into two sections.
The first section will include autobiographical articles of students
and scholars from Armenia who have been abroad for an academic
occasion - conference, seminar, summer school, degree programme,
lecture, etc. In the second section we will publish autobiographical
articles of foreign students and scholars who visited Armenia for
academic purposes - conference, seminar, summer school, degree
programme, lecture, etc.

The Journal will provide an open forum for all interested parties to
write about memories from their academic experiences in a free genre.
You are welcome to submit any interesting recollection you have from
Armenia and/or abroad. Any story related to your short, or a long term
stay will fit into the scope of the Journal. The Journal will be
published yearly and the authors may write about their experiences in
a series of articles. Representatives of all academic disciplines are
invited to contribute to the Journal. The Journal will be published in
English.

Alongside your autobiographical article, please send your CV, a photo
and a short biography. The biography and the photo will appear with
your article in the journal. The short biography should include your
current affiliations, your academic interests and any other
information, which you would like the reader to be aware of. Please
limit the biography to 200 words.

Please submit all materials to: armacad(a)armacad.org
Once we receive an e-mail from you with the attached documents, a
confirmation letter will be sent back to you. If you do not receive a
confirmation e-mail, then we have not received your materials. In that
case please resend them to: khachik.gevorgyan(a)yahoo.co.uk More
information on Journal will appear here:
www.armacad.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53&Itemid=62

DEADLINE: November 30th, 2008.
The first issue of the journal will be out in April-May 2009.

Editor-in-Chief: Khachik Gevorgyan (Yerevan)

Associate Editors: Mushegh Asatryan (Yale), Vahe S. Boyajian
(Yerevan), Hovhannes Hovhannisyan (Yerevan), Artashes Karapetyan
(Harvard), Gevorg Muradyan (Kaiserslautern)

International Editorial Board: Gevorg Avetikyan (CEU), Dzovinar
Derderian (Georgetown), Sona Gasparyan (Yerevan), Smbat Khachatryan
(Cairo), Ekaterina Manicheva (St. Petersburg), Gayane Melkom Melkomian
(Yerevan), Natalia Plechistova (Goettingen)


Khachik Gevorgyan

http://www.armacad.org
 

PUBL.- Argorods of Western Uzbekistan: Knowledge Control and Agriculture in Khorezm

Posted by: Caleb Wall <caleb.wall(a)gmail.com>
Posted: 16 Aug 2008


PUBL.- Argorods of W. Uzbekistan: Knowledge Control and Agriculture in Khorezm


The Center for Development Research at Bonn University (ZEF) is glad
to announce the publication of:

Argorods of Western Uzbekistan: Knowledge Control and Agriculture in Khorezm
by Caleb Wall
Berlin and Vienna: LIT Verlag. 344 pages. 29.90 euro.
ISBN 978-3-8258-1426-7

"Agricultural Knowledge is important in rural Uzbekistan, it is also
contested. This book illustrates how risk-takers and rule-makers
negotiate knowledge in rural Uzbekistan"

Synopsis:
Agricultural Knowledge is important in rural Uzbekistan, it is also
contested.  Knowledge determines the livelihoods of the majority of
the rural population, it helps explain why social organisation occurs
in its unique way and it provides a useful mechanism to examine how
state authority plays out at the local level.

This book shows the ways in which local people create and share
agricultural knowledge, seeing this as a useful mirror to
understanding how state authority operates at the lowest levels in
rural Uzbekistan. In this way, modern Uzbeks are acting as risk takers
in using their household plots 'argorods' and vegetable production to
promote local development. Just as Malinowski's analysis of Western
Pacific Argonauts helped us to understand economic activity as
grounded in social organisation, culture and external restraints -
this book aims to explain why it is that rural development in
Uzbekistan has taken the path it has, post-1991.

The focus of this book is on explaining 'local knowledge' from the
perspective of the insider in the Khorezm province of western
Uzbekistan. By detailing the ways in which knowledge is socially
structured in Khorezm the book explains much about how rural society
operates. For instance the prevalence of 'masters' as a reflection of
the particular understanding of authority in rural Uzbekistan
(joshuli), heavily informed by state authoritarianism. Likewise, the
way in which the state seeks to control and delimit knowledge, through
a 'state plan' for cotton and wheat - and by the enforcement of state
'norms by the 'plough police' - tells us much about the machinations
of one of the world's more repressive regimes. Yet rural Uzbeks are
also active experimenters and sharers of knowledge, conducting
community building activities (khashar) and distributing seeds through
familial networks.

Based on over one year of field research in a village in Khorezm, this
book details the role that the Soviet history had in producing
'knowledge loss' and in developing an agricultural system largely
unsuited to the desert steppe. It then goes on to explain how rural
Uzbeks have responded to the collapse of the Soviet system, post-1991,
with a mixture of ingenuity and inflexibility. This is followed by an
account of how the state enforces its control over agricultural
production, and agricultural knowledge, at the local level. Providing
a unique insight into how state power is reproduced and enacted at the
lowest levels, distant from the political centre.

Brief Biography:

Caleb Wall is a development consultant with a PhD from the University of Bonn
caleb.wall(a)gmail.com

To order please visit:

www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-8258-1426-7 (for orders within Austria and Germany)
www.amazon.de (available now)
www.amazon.co.uk (pre-order for delivery soon)
 

JOURNAL/CFP - Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 4

Posted by: Nasimi Aghayev <nasimi_aghayev(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 16 Aug 2008


JOURNAL/CFP - Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 4


Call for Papers for the Fall 2008 issue of the Caucasian Review of 
International Affairs

Caucasian Review of International Affairs (CRIA) announces call for 
papers for its Fall 2008 issue to be published at the end of October 
2008. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2008. Submission 
guidelines can be viewed at 
http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=Submit_a_Paper.

CRIA is particularly interested in papers on the following topics:

 * Conflicts in Georgia : New situation after the recent war in South Ossetia?
 * Islam in the Caucasus;
 * Armenia-Russia relationship;
 * GUAM and its role in the security of the member states;
 * Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad and its geopolitical implications for the region;
 * Kosovo versus Nagorno-Karabakh;
 * Iranian nuclear program and its implications for the South Caucasus;
 * Germany and Caucasus;
 * European Neighborhood Policy and its implications for the South Caucasus;
 * Russian policy towards South Caucasus;
 * North Caucasus new situation?
 * Integration of the South Caucasus to the Euro-Atlantic structures;
 * Prospects of the South Caucasian regional security;
 * Israel in the Caucasus;
 * Azerbaijan's relations with the Moslem world;
 * Foreign Policy of the new Armenian Government;
 * Iran-Armenia relations;
 * Recent attempts of rapprochement in Turkish-Armenian relations;
 * Azerbaijani community of Iran;
 * Legal status of the Caspian Sea;
 * EU-Central Asia;
 * China in Central Asia;
 * Foreign Policy of Turkmenistan under the new government;
 * Turkey and PKK;
 * Iraqi Turkomans;
 * Realist view on Turkey 's accession to the EU;
 * Iran-Turkey relationship;
 * Ukraine's foreign policy - NATO and EU versus Russia;
 * Armenian Diaspora and lobby in the US its influence over US foreign policy;
 * Armenian Diaspora in France its influence over French foreign policy;
 * Presidential elections in the US and its implications for the US 
   foreign policy.

This is a preliminary list. Please feel free to offer alternative 
topics, including book reviews to the Editor.

The CRIA is a Germany-based quarterly peer-reviewed free, non-profit 
and online academic journal. The Review is committed to promote a 
better understanding of the regional affairs by providing relevant 
background information and analysis, as far as the Caucasus in 
general, and the South Caucasus in particular are concerned. The CRIA 
also welcomes lucid, well-documented papers on all aspects of 
international affairs, from all political viewpoints. The last issue 
of the Review can be viewed at www.cria-online.org.


Nasimi Aghayev
Editor-in-Chief
Caucasian Review of International Affairs
contact(a)cria-online.org
ISSN: 1865-6773
 

CFA- American Institute for Afghanistan Studies Student Paper Competition

Posted by: Michael Carroll <mcarroll(a)bu.edu>
Posted: 16 Aug 2008


CFA- American Institute for Afghanistan Studies Student Paper Competition


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The American Institute for Afghanistan Studies (AIAS)
Student Paper Competition
 
The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies announces its second 
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 the quality of 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 $750 cash prize and the option to have 
the paper published on the AIAS web site.  Submissions received by 
October 1, 2008 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 Boston University and a research center in 
Kabul, Afghanistan.  For more information on AIAS, please go to our 
web site at http://www.bu.edu/aias.

Email Submissions (in Microsoft Word format) and Faculty Advisor's 
Letter by July 15, 2005 to Michael Carroll at aias(a)bu.edu


Michael Carroll
Center Administrator
American Institute of Afghanistan Studies
745 Commonwealth Ave. Rm. 639
Boston, MA 02215

617-358-4649
Fax: 617-358-4650
mcarroll(a)bu.edu
 

PUBL.- The Caucasus and Globalization, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2008

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad.esenov(a)worldmail.se>
Posted: 10 Aug 2008


PUBL.- The Caucasus and Globalization, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2008


Please find below the contents of the Volume 2, Issue 1, 2008, of the
Caucasus and Globalization Journal (in English and Russian).

The Caucasus and Globalization
Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2008


Contents

Geopolitics 

Iranian Azerbaijan: The Epicenter of a Cold War Jamil Gasanly 

Main Factors Contributing to the European Union's Policy Toward the Black
Sea Region Richard Rousseau 
	
The Northern Caucasus: Situation Analysis and Possible Ways to Overcome the
Crises and Conflicts Alla Yazkova 

The Main Development Trends in Bilateral Relations between Azerbaijan and
Israel Rashad Guseinov  

Azerbaijan-Germany: Cooperation Vectors Sudaba Zeinalova 

Geo-Economics 

Russian Bank Expansion in CIS Countries and CIS Bank Participation in the
Russian Market Zakhid Mamedov 

The Formation of an Efficient Internal Energy Market under Globalization
Conditions (Azerbaijani Case Study) Vagif Nasibov 

Distorted Migration Terms: Cui Bono?  Avtandil Sulaberidze 

Globalization and Economic Theory Rozeta Asatiani 

Development of Daghestan's Rural Population Settlement System in the
Post-Soviet Period Eldar Eldarov 

Geoculture 

The Universality of Human Rights and the Principle of Cultural Relativism
Kiamran Shafiev 

Globalization Myth and Traditional Culture in Georgia and the Caucasus  Lela
Yakobishvili-Piralishvili 

Globalization and Problems of Developing Ethnic Culture (Based on
Information of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic of the Russian Federation)
Gulfia Bazieva 

Geohistory 

Azerbaijan's Cultural Relicts in the Global Civilizational Context
Meshadikhanum Neymat, Vafa Kulieva 

The Caucasus and the Caspian in theGreat Geostrategic Game on the Eve of and
During World War II (Geohistorical Assay) Parvin Darabadi 

Carl Von Hahn - Outstanding Student of the Caucasus Gocha Saitidze 

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: 
www.ca-c.org or http://www.ca-c.org/journal-table-eng.shtml   
 

CFP- Armenia and Armenians in International Treaties, U. of Mich., Mar. 18-21, 2009

Posted by: Gloria Caudill <gcaudill(a)umich.edu>
Posted: 10 Aug 2008


CFP- Armenia and Armenians in International Treaties, U of Mich, Mar 18-21, '09


Armenian Studies Program
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Call For Papers
International Conference on Armenia and Armenians in International Treaties

The Armenian Studies Program (ASP) at the University of Michigan, Ann 
Arbor, will be convening an international conference on the theme 
Armenia and Armenians in International Treaties. The conference will 
be held on the campus of the University of Michigan, March 18-21, 2009.

International treaties represent critical moments in the history of 
Armenia and of the Armenian people that had serious implications for 
their status and future as well as that of neighboring peoples and 
countries. International treaties also constitute the linchpin of 
diplomatic history, an aspect of Armenian history that has been 
neglected. The purpose of the conference is to determine patterns and 
processes which might shed light on the challenges faced by Armenia 
and Armenians in their long history.

For the purposes of this conference the term treaties will include 
also international agreements such as the one between the Armenian 
merchants of India and the British East India Company in 1688 or the 
May 1896 agreement regarding the Eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire. 

Scholars interested in the subject of Armenian diplomatic history from 
earliest times to the present are invited to submit abstracts for 
their proposed papers on the theme to Ms. Gloria Caudill, ASP 
Administrator, (gcaudill(a)umich.edu) by Friday, October 3, 2008. ASP 
will notify scholars regarding the acceptance of their proposal by the 
end of October, 2008. Final papers should be submitted two weeks 
before the conference, by February 18, 2009. The papers will be made 
available to all participants in order to limit presentations during 
the conference to 20 minutes per participant and provide time for 
discussion during panels.

The conference will begin with a reception on the evening of 
Wednesday, March 18, followed by three full days of panels. The 
conference will be webcast live internationally. Professor Gerard 
Libaridian is the main convener of the conference.

The language of the conference will be English, although presentations 
in Armenian as well as in French, Russian and Spanish will be accepted 
as long as the presenter can provide an English translation of the 
paper two weeks before the conference 

ASP will cover all expenses related to travel, lodging and meals for 
participants. 

For further information, please contact Ms. Gloria Caudill at the ASP office:
Email: gcaudill(a)umich.edu
Telephone: (1) 734-763-0622.
 

PUBL.- Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies: Military Justice in Russia

Posted by: Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski <kozlowsk(a)club-internet.fr>
Posted: 10 Aug 2008


PUBL.- Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies: Military Justice


The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, www.pipss.org
Military Justice in Post-Soviet Russia
Issue 8 -- July 2008

 - Foreword by Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski & Aude Merlin (Issue 8 Editors)
 - Military Justice in Russia: Issues and Questions -- an introduction 
   by Peter H. Solomon, Jr., Professor of Political Science, Law and 
   Criminology, University of Toronto

Military Justice - articles
 - Leonid Golovko - Les cours militaires russes : juridictions de droit 
   commun, juridictions spécialisées ou juridictions d'exception ? 
   [Russian Courts-Martial: Courts of General Jurisdiction, Specialised 
   Courts or Extraordinary Courts?]
 - Nikolay P. Kovalev - Trial by jury in military courts
 - Amandine Regamey - L'opinion publique russe et l'affaire Boudanov 
   [Russian Public Opinion and the Budanov Case]

Military Justice -- Conversations
 - How does one defend one's case in today's Russian army ? - Interview 
   of Shota Gordadze, Lawyer -- conducted by Aude Merlin, Moscow, 2 June 2008
 - The power of law versus the law of power - Interview of Stanislav 
   Markelov, Lawyer -- conducted by Aude Merlin, Moscow, 3 June 2008

Military Justice -- Historical Perspective (Reprints)
 - Elise Kimerling Witschafter - Military Justice and Social Relations 
   in the Prereform Army, 1796 to 1855
 - William C. Fuller - Civilians in Russian Military Courts, 1881-1904

Military Justice -- Book Reviews (4 titles)
 - S. Ushakov, A. Stukalov, Front voennykh prokurorov [The Military 
   Procurors' Front], Kirov, Viatka, 2000, 223
pages. Reviewed by Vanessa Voisin
 - N. Petuhkov, Istoriia voennykh sudov Rossii [An History of Russian 
   Military Courts], Moscow, Norma, 2005, 352 pages. Reviewed by Marc Elie
 - V.E. Zviagintsev, Voina na vesakh Femidy. Voina 1941-1945 gg. v 
   materialakh sledstvenno-sudebnykh del [War in the Scales of Justice] 
   Moscow, Terra, Knizhnyi Klub, 2006, 767 pages.  Reviewed by Vanessa Voisin
 - E.R. Fidell, E.L. Hillman, D.H. Sullivan, Military Justice: Cases 
   and Materials, Lexis/Nexis, 2006, 1076 pages.
   Reviewed by Stanislaw Romanov and Max Dranzhevsky

Army / Society Relations in Post-Soviet Russia
 - Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski - The Inextricable Ties Between Society 
   and the Army in Post-Soviet Russia or the Resurgence of shefstvo from 
   Boris Eltsin to Vladimir Putin

War and Nation-Building
 - Taline Papazian - State at War, State in War: The Nagorno-Karabakh 
   Conflict and State-Making in Armenia, 1991-1995

War and Post-War Socialization Studies
 - Nona Shakhnazarian - Mal'chiki-Mazhory Karabakhskoi voiny : 
   zhiznennye istorii voennoi "molodezhi" [Child Soldiers in the Karabakh 
   War: Life Stories of a Militarised "Youth"]

Book Reviews -- General (4 titles)
 - P. P. Shcherbinin, Voennyi factor v povsednevnoi zhizni russkoi 
   zhenshcheny v XVIII-nachale XX v. [The Military Factor in the Daily 
   Lives of Russian Women from the 18th to the 20th Centuries],Tambov, 
   Izdatel'stvo Iulis, 2004, 507 pages.  Reviewed by John W. Steinberg
 - J. Hedenskog, V. Konnander, B. Nygren, I. Oldberg and Ch. 
   Pursiainen (eds.), Russia as a Great Power: Dimensions of Security 
   Under Putin. London, Routledge, 2005, 464 pages. Reviewed by Christian 
   W. Erickson
 - Z. Barany, Democratic Breakdown and the Decline of the Russian 
   Military, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2007, 247 
   pages. Reviewed by Erica Marat
 - G. Caforio (ed.), Social Sciences and the Military: An 
   Interdisciplinary Overview, London, Routledge (Cass Military Studies), 
   2007, 320 pages. Reviewed by Bernard Boëne


Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski
Chief Editor

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies
www.pipss.org
contact(a)pipss.org

Editorial Board: Eden Cole, Anna Colin Lebedev, Françoise Dauce, 
Gilles Favarel-Garrigues,  Anne Le Huerou, Erica Marat, Laurent 
Rucker, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Joris Van Bladel

Scientific Board: Adrian Beck (UK), Alexander Belkin (Russia), 
Frederic Charillon (France), Stephen Cimbala (USA), Julian Cooper 
(UK), Roger McDermott (UK), Isabelle Facon (France), Mark Galeotti 
(UK), Aleksandr Gol'ts (Russia), Dale Herspring (USA), Philippe 
Manigart (Belgium), Kimberly Zisk Marten (USA), Michael Orr  (UK), 
Michael Parrish (USA), Nikolay Petrov (Russia), Eduard Ponarin 
(Russia), Jean-Christophe Romer (France), Jacques Sapir (France), 
Manfred Sapper (Germany), Louise Shelley (USA), Richard Staar (USA), 
Brian Taylor (USA), Mikhail Tsypkin (USA), Stephen Webber (UK), Elena 
Zdravomyslova (Russia).
 

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 14

Posted by: Svante Cornell <scornel4(a)jhuadig.admin.jhu.edu>
Posted: 10 Aug 2008


PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 14


Note: New Publications:

"Kazakhstan and the New International Politics of Eurasia",
CACI & SRSP Silk Road Paper by Richard Weitz, July 2008, 170 pp.
Download at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/Silkroadpapers/0807Weitz.pdf


The 9 July issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (Volume 10, no.
14) is now online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/. The PDF version of the
entire issue is available at: 
http://www.cacianalyst.org/files/080709Analyst.pdf

Full contents:

Analytical Articles

Kashagan Leads Kazakhstan to Increase Trans-Caspian Oil Exports 
Robert M. Cutler
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4901

Mongol-Russian Uranium Cooperation 
John C.K. Daly
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4900

Stakes and Implications of the Construction Boom in Turkmenistan 
Sebastien Peyrouse
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4899

Kadyrov Brawl with Yamadaev Points to Russian Dilemma in Chechnya 
Dmitry Shlapentokh
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4898

Field Reports

Tensions Mounting in South Ossetia 
Johanna Popjanevski
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4906

Tajikistan's Water Woes 
Sergey Medrea
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4905

Kyrgyz Government Prepared for Hot Political Period This Fall 
Erica Marat
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4904

Regional Aspects of Militancy in Pakistan 
Zahid Anwar
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4903

NEWS DIGEST:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4908


The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly publication of the
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint
Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and the Institute
for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.

The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. At
this moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on
development, 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)jhu.edu with a short description of
your article idea. Editorial principles are online at 
http://www.cacianalyst.org/newsite/?q=node/59
 

PUBL.- Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 3

Posted by: Nasimi Aghayev <nasimi_aghayev(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 10 Aug 2008


PUBL.- Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2, No. 3


Caucasian Review of International Affairs, Vol. 2 (3) - Summer 2008 
issue has been published.

Summer 2008 issue of the Caucasian Review of International Affairs 
(CRIA) is now available online at http://www.cria-online.org   

Contents:

"Identities, Interests and the Resolution of the Abkhaz Conflict", by 
Ondrej Ditrych (http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=4_1)

"Nabucco Pipeline and the Turkmenistan Conundrum", by Marco Giuli 
(http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=4_2)

"Geopolitics of Central Asia in the Context of the Iranian Factor", by 
Guli Yuldasheva (http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=4_3)

"Instability in the New Imperial Periphery: A Conceptual Perspective 
of the "Turbulent Frontiers" in the Caucasus and Central Asia", by 
Khatchik Der Ghoukassian (http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=4_4)

"The Shadow of Past Rivalry: Limits of Post-1999 Dynamism in 
Greco-Turkish Relations", by Eda Kusku 
(http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=4_5)

"Turkish AK Party's Central Asia and Caucasus Policies: Critiques and 
Suggestions", Comment by Ertan Efegil 
(http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=4_6)

"Soft annexation of Abkhazia is the greatest legacy of Putin to his 
successor", Interview with Thomas de Waal, Institute of War & Peace 
Reporting in London (http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=4_7)

The CRIA is a Germany-registered quarterly peer-reviewed free, 
non-profit and online academic journal. The Review is committed to 
promote a better understanding of the regional affairs by providing 
relevant background information and analysis, as far as the Caucasus 
in general, and the South Caucasus in particular are concerned. The 
CRIA also welcomes lucid, well-documented papers on all aspects of 
international affairs, from all political viewpoints. The paper 
version of the Review is planned for the next future.

Deadline for submission of papers for the next Autumn 2008 issue is 
September 30, 2008. Submission guidelines can be found at 
http://www.cria-online.org/modules.php?name=Submit_a_Paper 


Nasimi Aghayev
Editor-in-Chief
Caucasian Review of International Affairs
www.cria-online.org 
ISSN: 1865-6773
 

JOURNAL/CFP- International Journal of Russian Studies

Posted by: Ayse Dietrich <dietrichayse(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 10 Aug 2008


JOURNAL/CFP- International Journal of Russian Studies


The second edition of the International Journal of Russian Studies has 
been published at www.radtr.net.  We are now calling for articles for 
our third edition.  The deadline for the third edition will be 31 
December 2008.
 
For the writing principles of the journal please look at www.radtr.net 

Articles may be sent to the journal editor as an e-mail attachment to 
the following address:

Prof. Dr. Ayse Dietrich  (Editor&#8211;Founder) 
E-mail: editor(a)radtr.net 
dietrichayse(a)yahoo.com 
 

PUBL.- Georgian Archival Bulletin, No. 2

Posted by: Timothy Blauvelt <timblauvelt(a)mail.ru>
Posted: 10 Aug 2008


PUBL.- Georgian Archival Bulletin, No. 2


The second number (August 2008) of the quarterly Archival Bulletin has 
recently been released by the Archive Department of the Georgian 
Ministry of Internal Affairs, and is available for download in PDF 
format (the file has been made smaller this time for easier 
downloading): http://archive.security.gov.ge/saarqivo_moambe_2.pdf

They have also made a short video (in Georgian) about the making of 
the Bulletin and the presentation of No. 2 in the Georgian Parliament 
on July 23: http://archive.security.gov.ge/video/moambe_2.wmv

Once again, any institution interested in receiving a hard copy of the 
Archival Bulletin, or individuals interested in working in the 
Georgian security and Central Committee archives should contact:

Colonel Omar Tushurashvili
Head of the Archives Department
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
Vazha-Pshavela Avenue, #72
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel./Fax: (995 32) 323898
E-mail: Tushurashvili(at)pol.ge or Moambe(at)pol.ge

Timothy Blauvelt,
Tbilisi, Georgia
 

PUBL.- Central Asian Survey, Volume 27 Issue 1

Posted by: John Schoeberlein <centasia(a)fas.harvard.edu>
Posted: 10 Aug 2008


PUBL.- Central Asian Survey, Volume 27 Issue 1


Central Asian Survey:  Volume 27 Issue 1 is now available online at
Informaworld (http://www.informaworld.com).

Local elites, prokurators  and extraction in rural Uzbekistan
Lawrence P. Markowitz

Framing Andijon, narrating the nation: Islam Karimov's account of the
events of 13 May 2005
Nick Megoran

Deconstructing the myth of the Tatar Yoke
Marlies Bilz-Leonhardt

The formative years of Azerbaijani nationalism in post-revolutionary Iran
Gilles Riaux

Popular culture and religious metaphor: Saints and shrines in Wakhan
region of Tajikistan
Abdulmamad Iloliev

What price access to the open seas? The geopolitics of oil and gas
transmission from the Trans-Caspian republics
Rafael Kandiyoti
 

PUBL.- The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, May 2008 Issue

Posted by: Nicklas Norling <nnorling(a)silkroadstudies.org>
Posted: 1 Aug 2008	

PUBL.- The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, May 2008 Issue


The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program
(www.silkroadstudies.org) is pleased to announce the release of the
May 2008 issue of the China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly. The issue is
online at either of the following links:

http:\\www.isdp.eu\cefq
http:\\www.silkroadstudies.org\new\inside\publications\CEF_home.htm

The PDF-version of the entire issue is available at:

http:\\www.isdp.eu\files\publications\cefq\08\May_2008.pdf

Contributions to this issue included

Reassessing the Fleeting Potential for U.S.-China Cooperation in Central Asia
Matthew Oresman
http:\\www.isdp.eu\files\publications\cefq\08\mo08reassessingfleeting.pdf

Criminalization of the Kyrgyz State Before and After the Tulip Revolution
Erica Marat
http:\\www.isdp.eu\files\publications\cefq\08\em08kyrgyzstanstate.pdf

Rethinking Central Asian Security
Stephen Blank
http:\\www.isdp.eu\files\publications\cefq\08\sb08rethinkingcentral.pdf

Kazakhstan: Will "BRIC" be spelled with a K?
Martha Brill Olcott
http:\\www.isdp.eu\files\publications\cefq\08\mo08kazakhstanbric.pdf

China's Central Asian Strategy and the Xinjiang Connection: Predicaments
   and Medicaments in a Contemporary Perspective
Yitzhak Schicor
http:\\www.isdp.eu\files\publications\cefq\08\ys08xinjiangchina.pdf

China as an Emerging Superpower in Central Asia: The View from Ashkhabad
Jan Šír and Slavomír Horák
http:\\www.isdp.eu\files\publications\cefq\08\sh08chinaturkmenistan.pdf

China's Integration of Xinjiang with Central Asia: Securing a "Silk
Road" to Great Power Status
Michael Clarke
http:\\www.isdp.eu\files\publications\cefq\08\mc08xinjianggrand.pdf


The China and Eurasia Forum is an independent forum which seeks to
bring together regional experts, academics, government policy makers,
and business leaders with an interest in the growing relationship
between China and Eurasia. The forum is affiliated to the Central
Asia-Caucasus Institute and the Silk Road Studies Program.

Focusing primarily on Sino-Central Asian, Sino-Russian, and
Sino-Caucasian relations, the goal of the CEF Quarterly is to foster
discussion and information sharing between a geographically distant
community that recognizes the significance of China's emergence in
this important part of the world.

The editor invites longer analytical articles of approximately 7000
words or shorter more concrete articles on approximately 2000 words.
The next issue will be out in August 2008. Authors are encouraged to
submit interesting and thought-provoking articles for review to
nswanstrom(a)silkroadstudies.org.
 

PUBL.- Maps of Northern and Southern Tajikistan

Posted by: Markus Hauser <hauser(a)orellkarto.ch>
Posted: 30 Jul 2008


PUBL.- Maps of Northern and Southern Tajikistan


Due to the great success of "The Pamirs" map and because of an
increasing need for accurate, updated maps of high quality of other
Central Asia regions, the "Swiss Agency for Development and
Cooperation" (SDC) in joint venture with the leading Swiss cartography
enterprise "Orell Füssli Kartographie AG" (OFK), decided the
production of additional two maps in scale of 1:500.000. These maps
covering North and South Tajikistan within 2 sheets (map-set) and join
the already published map "The Pamirs" in a set of 3 maps. These 3
maps cover the whole country of Tajikistan and large areas of the
neighbouring countries Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan and
Afghanistan and are again full with background information on the region.

The cartographic design and the editorial work was again done by
Markus Hauser from Orell Füssli.

Northern Tajikistan
Tourist Map of Sughd with adjacent areas of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
Scale: 1:500'000
Format: 749x4880 mm (folded 107x166 mm) double-sided
ISBN: 978-3-906593-45-6

Southern Tajikistan
Tourist Map of Khatlon and Direct Rule Districts with adjacent areas of
Uzbekistan and Afghanistan
Scale: 1:500'000
Format: 963x660 mm (folded 107x166 mm) double-sided
ISBN: 978-3-906593-46-3

Cartography: Markus Hauser (mailto:hauser(a)orellkarto.ch)
Publisher: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
(http://www.swisscoop.tj)
Distribution: Gecko Maps (http://www.geckomaps.com)
For fast delivery please contact the wholesalers directly:
http://www.geckomaps.com/d/index_3.html

For Central Asia the distribution will be done by the "Discovery
Bookshop" (http://www.discovery-bookshop.com)

For more information on this project please contact Markus Hauser
(mailto:hauser(a)orellkarto.ch)


Markus Hauser
Orell Füssli Kartographie AG
Dietzingerstrasse 3
CH-8036 Zürich, SWITZERLAND
Tel +41-44-454 22 28 direkt
Tel +41-44-454 22 22
Fax +41-44-454 22 29
http://www.orellkarto.ch
e-mail: hauser(a)orellkarto.ch
 

CFA- Policy Briefs: Corruption in Transitional Kyrgyzstan, Social Research Center, AUCA

Posted by: Chinara Esengul <esengul_c(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 20 Jul 2008


CFA- Policy Briefs: Corruption in Transitional Kyrgyzstan, Social Res Ctr, AUCA


Call for Policy Briefs

Topic: Corruption in Transitional Kyrgyzstan: Major Features, Implications
and Challenges

The Social Research Center at American University of Central Asia in Bishkek
(www.src.auca.kg) with financial assistantship from the Open Society
Institute is pleased to announce a Call for Policy Briefs on "Corruption in
Transitional Kyrgyzstan: Major Features, Implications and Challenges."

Corruption has pervaded comprehensively the government institutions in all
post-Soviet Central Asian countries which are still undergoing difficulties
and challenges of transition. At present, corruption is considered as a
major impediment to socio-economic development and even as a major threat to
security and sovereignty of a state. It is a result of the overwhelming
reach of corruption, which has penetrated all spheres of political, social
and economic life with extensive presence in the judiciary system and
nepotism prevailing at all levels of social activities.

This Policy Brief Project will provide an opportunity for scholars and
practitioners to share with their expertise and vision on the nature of
corruption in Kyrgyzstan and offer insightful policy recommendations on the
ways to overcome this problem by analyzing its specific aspects and forms of
manifestation.

Through this project the fellows will:

 - Improve their knowledge in a particular aspect of corruption through
   conducting policy analysis;
 - Have an opportunity to present their findings to Kyrgyz policy-makers,
   including state officials, representatives of international organizations
   and non-governmental organizations;
 - Publish their policy briefs in the SRC's Annual Bulletin and at the SRC'
   Public Forum in Fall 2008;
 - Get a small honorarium of USD100

Topics can include but are not limited to:

 - Corruption in the court system: nature, scope and ways to overcome
 - Corruption and economic growth: interrelationship, impact and challenges
 - Corruption and large and small businesses: patterns, practices and
   consequences
 - Corruption and education sector: sources, trends and ways to overcome
 - Government anti-corruption policies in a particular sector: failures and
   best practices (e.g. health)
 - Corruption in traditional Kyrgyz society: connotations and what are
   delineation lines between ethically acceptable practices and legal
   accountability?

The proposed topics should be largely related to Kyrgyzstan and
exceptionally to other Central Asian countries.

To apply:

send us your CV clearly showing your previous research experience
submit a one-page proposal explaining the problem area you intend to explore
and describing your research methodology.

Local scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals can be submitted
in Russian or English languages, and should be typed using New Times Roman
12, Single Spacing. The criteria for selection will be judged based on the
proposals' clarity and usefulness as well as relevance of applicants' work
experience.

Submission procedure:

Applications can be submitted electronically to Ms. Chinara Esengul, SRC's
Projects Officer, at esengul_c(a)mail.auca.kg. Hardcopy can be posted to
Social Research Center, American University of Central Asia, 205 Abdumomunov
Street, Room 233, 720040 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Please note that only
successful candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for applications is 5 p.m., 29 July, 2008

Notification of acceptance: 1 August, 2008

Submission of final papers: 15 October, 2008


For further information, please contact:

Ms. Chinara Esengul
Projects Officer, Social Research Center, AUCA
E-mail: esengul_c(a)mail.auca.kg.
Tel: +996 312 66 33 09 (ext.276)
 

JOURNAL/CFP- Journal of Genocide Research, Soviet Mass Violence

Posted by: Arsen Hakobian <arsenh76(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 5 Jul 2008


JOURNAL/CFP- Journal of Genocide Research, Soviet Mass Violence


CALL FOR PAPERS

Thematic Issue of the Journal of Genocide Research (JGR)

New Perspectives on Soviet Mass Violence

The study of Soviet mass violence has for a long time been 
overshadowed by ideological disputes and battles of the Cold War.  
Even Raphael Lemkin, the self-proclaimed founder of the UN Genocide 
Convention and pioneer of the study of mass violence, was an ardent 
anticommunist and recommended the United States to sponsor an 
international special committee to investigate Soviet genocide (See 
Anton Weiss-Wendt' s article "Hostage of Politics: Raphael Lemkin on 
'Soviet Genocide'" in the Journal of Genocide Research 7 (2005), Nr. 
4, 551-559).  Furthermore, Ernst Nolte's apologetic comparison between 
the crimes of Hitler and Stalin that led to the West German 
Historikerstreit (historians' quarrel) in 1986 has further politically 
charged and complicated a serious academic investigation of Soviet 
mass violence. Since the end of the Cold War, a number of unbiased 
studies have broadened our knowledge about genocide, ethnic cleansing 
and other forms of mass violence in the former Soviet Union.  However, 
several aspects as for example the deportation of the Chechens and 
other Caucasian peoples and the Ukrainian famine 1932/33 need more 
empirical research.

To foster the discussion on Soviet mass violence, the editors of the 
Journal of Genocide Research are therefore inviting papers for a 
thematic issue devoted to this topic.  The editors welcome original 
and innovative articles dealing with all possible aspects of Soviet 
mass violence from the beginning of the civil war to the end of the 
Cold War.

Proposals (max. 2 pages) for papers should be submitted with a short 
biographical sketch by July 15 to both editors:

Dominik J. Schaller (dominik.schaller(a) uni-heidelberg.de)

Jürgen Zimmerer (j.zimmerer(a)sheffield.ac.uk)

The articles, which should be a maximum of 8500 words including 
documentation, will be due at December 10, 2008.

After initial editor screening, all submissions will undergo peer review.
 

PUBL.- Reports from the Social Research Center at AUCA

Posted by: Social Research Center <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 29 Jun 2008


PUBL.- Reports from the Social Research Center at AUCA


Dear Colleagues,

We are glad to bring you the next issue of electronic bulletin presented by
the Social Research Center (SRC) at the American University of Central Asia
(AUCA). This bulletin provides the updates on the SRC's latest electronic
publications.

The SRC is a research unit of AUCA. Its mission is to promote the
long-lasting development of principals and practices of democracy, free
market, rule of law, and social equality in Kyrgyzstan through research,
publications, interdisciplinary studies, conferences, roundtables, and
networking. SRC mainly focuses on four target areas: MIGRATION, ISLAM, NGO
DEVELOPMENT and CORRUPTION.

For more detailed information about SRC, please visit our website at
www.src.auca.kg.

IN THIS ISSUE, please find papers:


MIGRATION:
Labor Migration: The Potential for Development in Kyrgyzstan & 
Uzbekistan, by Kursad Aslan
Political Changes and Return Migration to Europe from Across the 
Former Soviet Space, by Dr. Benedicte Michalon
Where to Return to? Rural Urban Interlinkages in Times of Internal and 
International Labor Migration, by Susan Thieme

ISLAM:
Methodological and Historiographical Perspectives on a Social History 
of Islam in Soviet Central Asia, by Eren Murat Tazar
The Contemporary Debate between Islamism and Secularism: Secular and 
Islamist Elites in Bishkek, by Baris Isci
Evolving Islamic Identities in Central Asia, by Eric M. McGlinchey and 
Abdullo Khakim Rakhnamo (Summary of Lecture)
Islamic Activism in Kyrgyzstan, by Baris Isci

NGO DEVELOPMENT:
Contemporary Trends and Prospects in the NGO Sector Development in 
Kyrgyzstan, Roundtable Materials
State-NGO Relations in Health Care in Central Asia by Erica Johnson
Social Entrepreneurship in the US: A Way for Replication by 
Non-Governmental Organizations in Kyrgyzstan, by Aida Alymbaeva
All the Truth about NGO Funding in Kyrgyzstan: Numbers and Facts, by 
Kanykey Jailobaeva

CORRUPTION:
Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in the Kyrgyz Republic, by 
Zarylbek Kudabaev


MIGRATION:

Labor Migration: The Potential for Development in Kyrgyzstan & 
Uzbekistan By Kursad Aslan, Visiting Research Fellow, Social Research 
Center This paper looks at the economic contexts of Uzbekistan & 
Kyrgyzstan, which are connected to the same international economic 
system (capitalist world economy), and have similar historic paths 
such as colonization by the Soviet Union and gaining recent 
independence. With a huge remittance inflow into both Kyrgyzstan and 
Uzbekistan within the recent years, these two countries are now facing 
a new development puzzle. The outcome would depend on the ability of 
two governments to channel these huge private inflows into efficient 
investment projects.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Kursad_report_2_eng.pdf


Political Changes and Return Migration to Europe from Across the Former
Soviet Space
By Dr. Benedicte Michalon, Visiting Research Fellow, Social Research Center

This work discusses one particular type of migration, known as ethnic 
migration or return migration. It was chosen to talk about this form 
of migration because it constitutes the bulk of the initial migrations 
from the former Soviet states after the collapse of the Soviet Union - 
Jews to Israel, Germans to Germany, Greeks to Greece or Poles to 
Poland. In scholarly literature, this special type of migration is 
conceived as that in which ethnicity is seen as the leading impetus 
for migration, and as a factor that directs the entire migration process.

Download SUMMARY in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/report_migration.pdf


Where to Return to? Rural Urban Interlinkages in Times of Internal and
International Labour Migration, By Susan Thieme, University of Zurich,
Switzerland

Economic and social activities of migrants transcend internal and 
international as well as rural and urban divides. Migration circuits 
are not bipolar but rather develop towards a multi-local network of 
family members putting into question "return" as an often assumed 
conclusion to a successful migration. This briefing explores the 
multi-local migration patterns of Kyrgyzstan's mobile population 
placing return in a wider context and providing recommendations how to 
facilitate circular migration and ties to places of origin and new 
places of work and living.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/susan_paper_2.pdf


ISLAM:

Methodological and Historiographical Perspectives on a Social History of
Islam in Soviet Central Asia, Visiting Research Fellow, Social Research
Center

The related fields of social history and ethnohistory attempt to 
enrich the perspective of the document-bound historian with insight 
into the lives and aspirations of real people. It is fair to say that, 
due to the nature of their sources, historians have tended to 
privilege the state (or at least the lens of the state) in a wide 
variety of ways. Indeed, for most ordinary people the word 'history' 
calls to mind a series of dates and political events. This, perhaps, 
is the legacy of the slant towards political history taken by much 
historical writing before the twentieth century and by elementary and 
middle school history education through the present day.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Eren2_eng.pdf
Download ARTICLE in Russian here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Malikov_rus.pdf


The Contemporary Debate between Islamism and Secularism: Secular and
Islamist Elites in Bishkek, By Baris Isci, Visiting Research Fellow, Social
Research Center

With the breakup of the Soviet Union, interest in religion has soared 
throughout all the successor states. Interest in Islam has been 
equally spectacular on the part of Muslims living in Central Asia. 
Even though experience of the Islamic revival has particularities to 
each country. The common characteristics include emergence of Islam 
onto the public space; proliferation of mosques; opportunity of 
religious education both abroad and at madrasas and Islamic 
institutions at home; the emergence of new sects and religious groups; 
great interest in the Arabic script; and the upsurge in the Islamic 
publications. Despite these common changes in the religious field, 
Islamic revival in Kyrgyzstan carries distinctive features due to 
exceptional transformations in social, political, and economic realms; 
and unique national and cultural legacies.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Baris2_eng.pdf
Download ARTICLE in Russian here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Baris2_rus.pdf


Evolving Islamic Identities in Central Asia (Summary of Lecture)
By Dr. Eric M. McGlinchey and Dr. Abdullo Khakim Rakhnamo, Visiting
Lecturers, Social Research Center.

The relationship between Islam and the state in Central Asia - and 
beyond - is a problematic and often contentious one. Dr. McGlinchey 
and Dr. Rakhnamo each presented research suggesting future 
opportunities and challenges in this relationship. Dr. McGlinchey 
contended that, through ignorance or for political reasons, 
governments in the West and in Central Asia tend to divide Muslim 
groups into two discrete categories: "radical" and "non-radical." This 
oversimplification can lead to bad domestic and foreign policies - and 
even conflicts. Dr. Rakhnamo outlined the process through which Muslim 
and secular groups managed to end Tajikistan's civil war and find a 
compromise between the religious and the secular which all Tajiks 
could live with. His presentation offered ideas for how Islam and 
secular governments could coexist and warnings about the challenges of 
maintaining such arrangements.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/IslamInCA2_eng.pdf

Islamic Activism in Kyrgyzstan,
By Baris Isci, Visiting Research Fellow, Social Research Center.

The Kyrgyz people have long been considered the least "religious" of 
Central Asian Muslims by Soviet officials and scholars, foreign 
Muslims, politicians, Western researchers, local religious 
authorities, and even by the Kyrgyz themselves. Since the breakup of 
the Soviet Union, however, the Kyrgyz Muslims have been displaying a 
growing interest in Islam, as evidenced in not only the rising number 
of mosques and schools and the development of religious literature, 
but also in their more active participation in religious activities. 
In the relatively liberal religious realm that followed lifting of 
restrictions on religious expression after seventy years of radical 
secularism in the former Soviet Union, various groups and individuals 
have made it their main project to make nominal Muslim Kyrgyz into 
"true" Muslim.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Baris_eng.pdf


NGO DEVELOPMENT:

Contemporary Trends and Prospects in NGO Sector Development in Kyrgyzstan,
Roundtable Materials, Bishkek 2007

This is a collection of materials based on a number of roundtables 
conducted by SRC and the Soros Foundation-Kyrgyzstan. The crosscutting 
issues discussed extensively during the meetings were the contemporary 
dynamics of NGO sector development, the current state of the NGO 
sector, and the definition of methodologies and instruments for 
researching civil society in Kyrgyzstan. The major goal of all the 
meetings was to initiate a dialogue and share viewpoints with regard 
to civil society development prospects between representatives of 
think tanks and NGO activists in Kyrgyzstan.

Download PUBLICATION in Russian here (part 1):
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/soros_bulletin_eng.pdf

Download PUBLICATION in Russian here (part 2):
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/soros_bulletin_rus_2.pdf

Download PUBLICATION in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/soros_bulletin_eng.pdf


State-NGO Relations in Health Care in Central Asia
By Erica Johnson, Visiting Research Fellow, Social Research Center.

Despite starting the era of independence with state-directed systems 
of health care and social protection, post-Soviet Kazakhstan, 
Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan now show surprising variation in government 
versus private provision of health care and social services. The 
government of Uzbekistan has worked to retain Soviet-era welfare 
policies and co-opt or exclude nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) 
from participating in the heath care services, whereas the regime in 
Kazakhstan has significantly reduced the socialist welfare state and 
opened space for cooperation with private health care providers, 
including NGO actors. In a third variant, Kyrgyzstan has retained a 
high degree of state control in health care and social protection but 
also allowed for the development of NGOs that now compete with the 
government in health care and social protection services. Because of 
their similar starting points, the difference in institutional design 
and state-NGO relations is a puzzling outcome.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Report_Erica_eng.pdf


Social Entrepreneurship in the US: A Way for Replication by Non-Governmental
Organizations in Kyrgyzstan, By Aida Alymbaeva, Director of Social Research
Center

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) started to appear in Kyrgyzstan 
in mid-1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Their creation 
and development was heavily supported by international development 
organizations. At present, NGOs act as powerful civil activists and 
important players in the delivery of social services. However, their 
strong dependency on foreign aid makes them financially and 
institutionally vulnerable. This represents serious concern regarding 
their ability to bring about social change in long run. This paper 
aims to explain the concept of social entrepreneurship and describe 
benefits of social enterprises for sustainable development of NGOs. 
The paper also provides recommendations for the replication of the US 
social entrepreneurship model in Kyrgyzstan.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Aida_eng.pdf


All the Truth about NGO Funding in Kyrgyzstan: Numbers and Facts
By Kanykey Jailobaeva, Visiting Research Fellow, Social Research Center

Today fundraising is a pressing problem for NGOs in Kyrgyzstan more 
than ever before. Donor support to NGOs has reduced lately due to 
various changes in their priorities and strategies. Are NGOs ready to 
survive without donor support? To find an answer to this question, 
Kanykey Jailobaeva analyzed whether NGOs have other sources of funding 
which would replace donor grants. Her field report is based on 45 
interviews with local NGOs from Chui and Osh oblasts.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/report_3_kanykei_eng.pdf


CORRUPTION:

Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in the Kyrgyz Republic
by Zarylbek Kudabaev, Professor, Doctor in Economics, AUCA

The report explores the tendencies of economic growth in the Kyrgyz 
Republic and discusses the methodology of assessing Kyrgyz poverty 
levels. It also reflects the progress in alleviating poverty and 
extreme poverty. It shows that an increase in average income will 
affect poverty more than the re-distribution of resources aimed at 
reducing inequality, but to alleviate extreme poverty the poorest part 
of the population should be directly supported and involved in the 
improving economy.

Download ARTICLE in English here:
http://src.auca.kg/images/stories/files/Kudab_eng.pdf
 

PUBL.- Azerbaijan: Legacies of the Past and the Trials of Independence

Posted by: Farid Guliyev <fareedaz(a)yahoo.com>
Posted: 29 Jun 2008


PUBL.- Azerbaijan: Legacies of the Past and the Trials of Independence


Azerbaijan: Legacies of the Past and the Trials of Independence
By Tadeusz Swietochowski

Series: Postcommunist States and Nations
List Price: £65.00
ISBN: 978-0-415-27411-1
Binding: Hardback
Published by: Routledge
Publication Date: 01/12/2008
Pages: 192

About the Book
Endowed with a large wealth of oil and situated in a strategic 
position at the crossroads of diverse influences, Azerbaijan occupies 
a special place among the independent republics that emerged from the 
break-up of the USSR.

This book focuses on the Soviet and post-Soviet Azerbaijan, presenting 
in a compact manner the main issues of the history, as well as the 
roots of the current trends in the politics, economy, and culture of 
Azerbaijan.

Divided into eight chapters, it includes:
 - an introduction to the main historical issues in the preceding 
   century of the Russian rule
 - broad treatment of the post-Soviet period and contemporary 
   Azerbaijani politics
 - the process of the Soviet imperial decline from the stand point of 
   the periphery
 - the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict and its impact on the political life 
   of the country
 - Azerbaijani politics from the time of attempted bloodless 
   revolution under the rule of the Peoples Front to the end of the 
   period of stability imposed by Haidar Aliyev's regime
 - newly independent Azerbaijan facing the outside world
 - questions relevant to the Azerbaijani national identity and its formation
 - the present condition of the country's economy.

Table of Contents

1. The First Century of the Russian Rule
2. The Revolutionary Empire and Transformations World War II and Azerbaijan
3. The Azerbaijani Periphery in the Declining Empire
4. Ethnic Conflict and Political Awakening
5. Politics of Post-Soviet Independence
6. Primacy of Foreign Policy and Consensus
7. Culture and National Identity in the Post-Soviet State
8. Economy in Transition and Geopolitics of Oil

Source: http://www.routledge.com/books/Azerbaijan-isbn9780415274111
 

PUBL.- Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination

Posted by: Amyn Sajoo <asajoo(a)iis.ac.uk>
Posted: 24 Jun 2008


PUBL.- Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination

I would like to call attention to the edited volume below, just published.

Muslim Modernities: Expressions of the Civil Imagination.  Edited by 
Amyn B. Sajoo.  London & New York: I. B. Tauris, 2008. ISBN 
9781845118723. £29.50.  Contributors: Bruce Lawrence, Nilüfer Göle, 
Bryan S. Turner, Hasna Lebbady, John Renard, Theodore Levin, Fairouz 
Nishanova, Kevin McDonald, Eva Schubert, and Amyn B. Sajoo.

Modernity is commonly cast as a break with tradition - and a marriage 
with the secular.  Rationalism, individual rights, democracy and 
cosmopolitanism are its favoured offspring, and their story is told as 
the rise of the modern West. Yet the essential values at stake - from 
civic culture to the ethos of intellectual life and science &#8211; have 
roots beyond the West. They extend to civilizations and histories of 
the Islamic world in all its diversity, giving us journeys into a 
modernity that is familiar but also different. Central Asia is a vital 
aspect of this volume's inquiry into Muslim encounters with the 
modern: how Islam and those in its orbit have shaped and been shaped 
by histories that are overlapping and distinctive. Identity and 
citizenship, piety and protest, music and modes of dress are explored 
as expressions that bear on the making and remaking of modern public 
spheres - amid the pervasive realities of technology and political 
violence. Fresh perspectives are offered here on what it is to be 
Muslim and modern, mindful of the rich narratives that inform both 
identities.


Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo 
The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS)
44 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0EB   UK

Tel: (44) 0207-881-6093
Fax: (44) 0207-881-6040
Website: www.iis.ac.uk
 

BOOK/CFP- The "New" Central Asia: The Regional Impact of International Actors

Posted by: Emilian Kavalski <kavalski(a)ualberta.ca> 
Posted: 20 Jun 2008


BOOK/CFP- The "New" Central Asia: The Regional Impact of International Actors


Call for Chapters:

The "New" Central Asia: The Regional Impact of International Actors

The editor of a volume on 'The "New" Central Asia: The Regional Impact of
International Actors' announces a call for chapter submission from
interested international relations scholars. The projected volume is both
about the place of Central Asia in world affairs and the way the
international politics of state-building and regionalization have affected
Central Asia since the end of the Cold War. Therefore, this volume pursues
the twin-aims of simultaneously generalizing and contextualizing the
"Central Asian experience" as well as re-thinking and re-evaluating its
comparative relevance to the study of both other regions and international
politics. In this respect, the prospective submissions would assess the
agency of different international actors in Central Asia and their impact on
the dynamics of state-building and regionalization. At the same time, the
contributions would make analytically and empirically grounded propositions
on the possible trajectories of Central Asian state-building and
regionalization, and the possible patterns/transformations in the agency of
external actors in the region. In this way, the volume addresses the need to
systematize the knowledge produced on Central Asia since the end of the Cold
War.

List of chapters (this is only a schematic list of the themes of the
chapters):

1. The European Union (EU) and Central Asia.

2. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (PfP) and Central Asia.

3. The Conference/Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
   (C/OSCE).

4. The World Bank/International Monetary Fund/other international financial
   institutions and Central Asia.

5. The United Nations (and its various agencies) and Central Asia.

6. Russia and Central Asia.

7. China (especially, through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization) and
   Central Asia.

8. The United States of America and Central Asia.

9. India and Central Asia.

10. Iran and Central Asia.

11. Turkey and Central Asia.

Additionally, there would be chapters contextualizing the Central Asian
reception/perception of this agency:

12. Kazakhstan and the role of international actors.

13. Kyrgyzstan and the role of international actors.

14. Tajikistan and the role of international actors.

15. Turkmenistan and the role of international actors.

16. Uzbekistan and the role of international actors.

Outline of the main themes and questions for each chapter:

For the purposes of coherence, the assessment of the 
roles/implications/agency of different international actors in Central 
Asia focuses on the notions and practices of:

 - state-building-understood as an attempt by an international actor 
to suggest/promote a certain mode of governance to Central Asian 
states and, thereby, impact their practices of policy-making according 
to certain externally-promoted rules;

 - regionalization-understood both (i) in terms of the existence of a 
"regional approach" by an international actor to Central Asia-i.e., is 
there something in the strategy of your actor (provision of 
funds/incentives/infrastructure) that allows/intends for a process of 
regionalization to take place; and (ii) in terms of whether there is 
anything in the Central Asian interactions with that actor that 
"justifies" the use of the term region (in a sense that designates 
something unique to the "Central Asian" practice that is broader than 
a mere geographical convenience/proximity);


Again for the purposes of coherence, the prospective contributors to 
the volume are requested to construct their submissions around (or as 
responses to) the following sets of questions:

1. What is the nature of the international actor under discussion? 
What are the main theoretical approaches that have been employed in 
understanding and explaining the international outreach of this 
international actor? What would you say are the main international 
norms/foreign policy beliefs that inform your actor's international 
outreach? Do its declared policies and actual behavior in Central Asia 
confirm such perceptions of its international role?

2. How has your actor defined its interests in Central Asia since the 
end of the Cold War? Has such definition of its role in the region 
changed over time?

3. What policies/approaches/tactics does your actor pursue in Central 
Asia to support its objectives? In particular, what is the 
understanding of state-building and regionalization that this 
international actor represents/promotes in Central Asia (if any)?

 - what are its tools for both state-building and regionalization in 
   Central Asia;

 - in what way would you say they are unique to/property of that 
   international actor;

4. How successful has your actor's strategy been in Central Asia? What 
has been its impact on Central Asian state-building and 
regionalization dynamics? Has your actor's influence in Central Asia 
grown/decreased since the end of the Cold War? Upon what its influence 
in Central Asia rests? What weaknesses/obstacles hamper its influence? 
Has something in the "Central Asian experience" of your actor forced 
it to alter/reevaluate its international outreach?

5. How would you evaluate the prospects for your actor's policies in 
Central Asia? What developments would/could impact its outreach in the 
region? In short, (based on your analysis of the relationship between 
this actor and the region) what do you think the "future" has in store 
both for your actor and Central Asia? What does the explanation and 
understanding of this international actor's agency in the region tells 
us about the nature and concerns of state-building and regionalization 
in Central Asia? Does your study suggest any critical perspectives, 
revisions and developments in terms of the study of state-building and 
regionalization in international politics, Central Asian affairs 
and/or your actor's international outreach and the main theories by 
which such study is usually informed?

Submission Procedure:

Interested researchers and scholars, who would be willing to commit to 
such a collaborative project are invited to submit 500-word chapter 
abstracts (including chapter title and a clear explanation of how the 
authors would address the volumes objectives as outlined in the five 
sets of questions above) and a short CV (1-2 pages) by 25 May 2008. 
Authors would be notified by 30 May 2008 about the status of their 
proposals. Full chapters (9,000-11,000 words) are due by 10 December 
2008. All submissions should be sent by email to Emilian Kavalski 
(emilian.kavalski(a)gmail.com)


Emilian Kavalski
Dept of Political Science
University of Alberta
 

PUBL.- Old Maps of Tuva 1, Masahiko Todoriki

Posted by: Masahiko Todoriki <riki(a)ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp>
Posted: 18 Jun 2008


PUBL.- Old Maps of Tuva 1, Masahiko Todoriki (Correction)


[NOTE: The contact address below is a correction of that previously announced.]


Dear Colleagues:

Here I would like to introduce my recent work as below (see also 
attachment).

Todoriki, Masahiko: Old maps of Tuva 1 - The detailed map of the nomadic 
grazing patterns of total area of the Tannu-Uriankhai. The Research and 
Information Center for Asian Studies, The Institute of Oriental Culture, 
University of Tokyo, Tokyo (2008).

This book is available from the Institute of Oriental Culture, 
University of Tokyo without expense
http://www.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/eng/front.shtml

In case you are interested, please contact:
riki(a)ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Yours sincerely,

Masahiko Todoriki

The Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo
 

PUBL.- French Translation of M. Mahmudov's Novel "Bu Tog'lar - Ulug' Tog'lar"

Posted by: Philippe Frison <philippe.frison(a)coe.int>
Posted: 18 Jun 2008


PUBL.- French Translation of M. Mahmudov's Novel "Bu Tog'lar - Ulug' Tog'lar"


Just published: Mamadali Mahmoudov, "La montagne eternelle" (a French 
translation from the Uzbek by Philippe Frison), 260 p., Editions de 
l'aube, La Tour d'Aigues, 2008, ISBN 978-2-7526-0473-6.
(http://www.aube.lu/web3/pages/1024/frameset.html)

For the right to live free

Buronbek has fallen in love with Rayhon. But jealousy, treasons, and 
the colonial conquest of Turkestan will ruin their union. Buronbek 
will literally be crucified by his rivals. This epic hero, a buzkashi 
champion, is well aware that progress which is being brought along by 
Russians at the end of 19th century means subjection for his people, 
as was the case before with the religion brought along by Arabs 
(buzkashi is a forerunner of horse ball competitions). In this 
allegorical portrait, the author describes remarkably well Uzbek 
traditions, hospitality and usages of the past and the present. The 
story is an advocacy of Uzbek Identity, of tolerance, and of good 
neighbourliness with other peoples, but it shows also how dearly it 
can cost to will to be free.

This book was translated into French also in an effort to make more 
widely known Mamadali Makhmudov, a celebrated writer in Uzbekistan, 
who was sentenced in 1999 to 14 years of camp for expressing sympathy 
with the "Erk" (liberty) party, a political party opposed to Uzbek 
President Islam Karimov.

(see: http://www.pencanada.ca/media/hon-MamadaliMakhmudov.pdf)
 

CALL FOR POLICY BRIEFS- Islam and Modernity in Kyrgyzstan", SRC, AUCA

Posted by: Social Research Center - AUCA <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 18 Jun 2008


CALL FOR POLICY BRIEFS- Islam and Modernity in Kyrgyzstan", SRC, AUCA


Call for Policy Briefs

Topic: Islam and Modernity

The Social Research Center at American University of Central Asia in 
Bishkek (www.src.auca.kg) with financial assistantship from the Open 
Society Institute is pleased to announce a Call for Policy Briefs on 
Islam and Modernity in Kyrgyzstan.

The topic of Islam and Modernity is sparking a lot of debates both 
among secular and religious groups. The main questions discussed are 
the compatibility of modernity phenomenon with the religion of Islam, 
the extent and conditions under which such reconciliation may occur. 
With the collapse of the communist system, this topic has become 
extremely pressing for Central Asian countries in view of the 
post-Soviet re-emergence of Islamic allegiances.

This Policy Brief Project will provide an opportunity for scholars and 
practitioners to share with their expertise and vision with the 
government officials on issues pertaining to the interrelation between 
Islam and secular state/society, dialogue of civilizations, points of 
contact, peoples perceptions of Islam and the emergence of radical 
Islamic groups.

Through this project the fellows will:

 * Deepen their knowledge in a particular area of Islamic studies 
   through conducting policy analysis;
 * Have an opportunity to present their findings to policy-makers 
   including the Kyrgyz parliament, the State Agency for Religious 
   Affairs, and wider public community including local think tanks, NGOs 
   and universities;
 * Publish their policy briefs in the SRC's Annual Bulletin and 
   present their papers at the SRC's Public Forum in Fall 2008
 * Get a small honorarium of USD100

Topics can include but are not limited to:
 * Conformity of Islam and human rights principals
 * Development of Islam in a secular state
 * The role of clergy in religious and moral upbringing of youth
 * Modernization of religious education
 * Mass media and Islam: coverage, interrelationship tendencies and 
   public opinion formation
 * Social status of women in Islam in a contemporary society
 * Islam and democracy: common grounds or contradicting points?

The proposed topics should be largely related to Kyrgyzstan.

To apply:
Send us your CV clearly showing your previous research experience
submit a one-page proposal explaining the problem area you intend to 
explore and describing your research methodology.

Local scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals can be 
submitted in Russian or English languages, and should be typed using 
New Times Roman 12, Single Spacing. The criteria for selection will be 
judged based on the proposals clarity and usefulness as well as 
applicants work experience.

Submission procedure:

Applications can be submitted electronically to Ms. Chinara Esengul, 
Projects Officer, at esengul_c(a)mail.auca.kg. Hardcopy can be posted to 
Social Research Center, American University of Central Asia, 205 
Abdumomunov Street, Room 233, 720040 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Please note 
that only successful candidates will be contacted.

 - Deadline for applications is 5 p.m., 27 June, 2008
 - Notification of acceptance: 3 July, 2008
 - Submission of final papers: 3 October, 2008

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Chinara Esengul
Projects Officer, Social Research Center, AUCA
E-mail: esengul_c(a)mail.auca.kg.
Tel: +996 312 66 33 09 (ext.276)

Kindly note that this project will cover one more area on the 
Corruption. A call for proposals for this area will be made at the 
later stage. Therefore, please watch out for our forthcoming announcement.
 

PUBL.- "Religion Is Not So Strong Here": Muslim Religious Life in Khorezm after Socialism, Krisztina Kehl-Bodrogi

Posted by: Berit Westwood <westwood(a)eth.mpg.de>
Posted: 18 Jun 2008


PUBL.- "Religion Is Not So Strong Here": Muslim Religious Life in Khorezm


Krisztina Kehl-Bodrogi.
"Religion is not so strong here"; Muslim Religious Life in Khorezm after 
Socialism.
Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2008.  24.90 euros.
http://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-8258-9909-7

Abstract:

Atheist propaganda and the systematic repression of all forms of 
institutionalised religion led to a considerable decline in religious 
belief and observance among the Muslim population of Soviet Central 
Asia. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, however, Islam began to 
acquire renewed significance in the region. This development has 
attracted much international interest from political scientists and 
other analysts, most of whom tend to see the reassertion of Islam as 
the most serious threat to regional security, political stability and 
democratisation in the newly independent states of Central Asia. Little 
work has been done so far to test such hypotheses by investigating the 
articulation of Islam in particular local contexts. In this study of 
contemporary forms of everyday Muslim religiosity in the province of 
Khorezm in Uzbekistan, Krisztina Kehl-Bodrogi aims to contribute to a 
more balanced understanding of what is going on in the field of 
religion in a place that, up to now, has received little scholarly 
attention from Western anthropologists.

Among the newly independent states of Central Asia, Uzbekistan is 
generally regarded as the country where post-Soviet Islamic revival has 
been most visible and where 'fundamentalist' tendencies are the most 
strongly pronounced. The religious landscape of Khorezm, however, 
contrasts with this general picture and shows the danger of such 
generalizations. The people of Khorezm consider themselves to be less 
religious than their fellow countrymen and, there has been only a 
moderate increase in observance of the normative tenets of Islam 
following independence. For the majority, religious practice has 
remained bound up with life-cycle events and concerns about health, 
well-being, and prosperity. The book focuses on these elements of 
everyday religiosity, which include various domestic rituals, shrine 
related activities and diverse forms of religious healing. Kehl-Bodrogi 
shows how the Khorezmians, like other Muslims in post-Soviet Central 
Asia, have to grapple with tensions between their local heritage, the 
new state ideology, and the pull of a religious modernism that is 
informed by diverse external and internal influences. She outlines the 
opposing conceptions that people hold about what constitutes correct 
Islamic belief and practice and illustrates on the basis of rich 
ethnographic materials how these often contradictory notions are acted 
out in everyday behaviour.

What emerges from the different modes of religious behaviour described 
in this book is a picture of temperance and tolerance which has deep 
secular roots: people continue to think of religion as a matter of 
private conscience rather than a public issue. This prevailing attitude, 
Kehl-Bodrogi argues, prevents Islamic puritans or indeed any other 
religious militants from making major inroads in the region.


Berit Westwood, MA
Secretary to Prof. C. Hann
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Advokatenweg 36, D-06114 Halle (Saale)
PO Box 11 03 51, D-06017 Halle (Saale)
(Phone) +49 (0)3 45-29 27-203
(Fax) +49 (0)3 45-29 27-202
 

PUBL.- Recital of Liberty (Ozodlik Ohanglari): Modern Uzbek Dissident Poetry and Songs

Posted by: Hamid Ismailov <hamid.ismailov(a)bbc.co.uk>
Posted: 18 Jun 2008


PUBL.- Recital of Liberty: Modern Uzbek Dissident Poetry and Songs


"Recital of Liberty" - Modern Uzbek Dissident Poetry and Songs

This is a tri-lingual publication in English, Uzbek and Russian of 
modern Uzbek dissident poetry and songs with 2 CDs

Publisher: Open Society Institute - Soros Foundation;

Project Author and Manager: Pahlavon Turgunov
Preface and Russian Translation: Hamid Ismailov
English Translation: Richard McKane

Description of the Publication:

The Publication consists of tri-lingual book  in English, Uzbek and 
Russian of modern Uzbek dissident poetry and songs with Preface by 
Hamid Ismailov. Two compact discs (CDs) of the Uzbek dissident poets 
and songs are also a part of the publication.

CD 1 - songs written and performed by an Uzbek hafeez (folk poet and 
singer) Dadahon Hasan;

CD 2 - verses and poems performed by other dissident and independent authors

Dadahon Hasan is a well known Uzbek dissident singer and poet. He is 
one of the founders of Birlik (Unity) national movement which 
struggled for the independence of Uzbekistan from the Soviet Union.

During the Soviet times the singer had been several times persecuted 
by the KGB for his national patriotic  songs. His songs were banned. 
Nevertheless his songs became the flagman for the independence 
movement late 1980s.

After the Andijan massacre in May 2005, Dadahon Hasan performed a new 
song on the bloodshed and described it as a genocide. The song refers 
to Andijon being "drowned in blood" and victims "falling like mulberries."

Soon after the Uzbek court charged Dadahon Hasan with insulting 
President Islam Karimov, anti-constitutional activities, and preparing 
and distributing material that threatens public security.

He was given three years of suspended jail sentence in the closed 
trail held in September 2006.

The 2nd CD consists of poems read by the poets-dissidents like 
Muhammad Salih a well-known Uzbek poet in exile; the leader of Erk 
democratic party, Rauf Parfi well known Uzbek poet, literary critic 
(1943-2005); Dilorom Iskhakova poet, leading member of the Uzbek 
democratic opposition; Matluba Azamatova poet, Uzbek journalist; 
Yodgor Abid poet, active member of the Uzbek opposition; Yusuf Juma 
well known Uzbek poet, active member of the Uzbek opposition 
imprisoned in 2008; Gulchehra Nurullayeva well known Uzbek poet, 
leading member of Birlik opposition movement, former RFE/RL journalist 
and other poets.

To order the book and for info: pahlavon.turgunov(a)bbc.co.uk

PUBL.- Old Maps of Tuva 1, Masahiko Todoriki

Posted by: Masahiko Todoriki <riki(a)ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp>
Posted: 16 Jun 2008



Dear Colleagues:

Here I would like to introduce my recent work as below (see also
attachment).

Todoriki, Masahiko: Old maps of Tuva 1 - The detailed map of the nomadic
grazing patterns of total area of the Tannu-Uriankhai. The Research and
Information Center for Asian Studies, The Institute of Oriental Culture,
University of Tokyo, Tokyo (2008).

This book is available from the Institute of Oriental Culture,
University of Tokyo without expense
http://www.ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/eng/front.shtml

In case you are interested, please contact:
ricas(a)ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Yours sincerely,

Masahiko Todoriki

The Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo

PUBL.- Intimate Heritage: Creating Uyghur Muqam Song in Xinjiang, Nathan Light

Posted by: Nathan Light <light(a)eth.mpg.de>
Posted: 9 Jun 2008


Nathan Light.
Intimate Heritage; Creating Uyghur Muqam Song in Xinjiang.
Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2008.  34.90 euros.
http://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-8258-1120-4

Abstract:

In 2005 UNESCO declared the Uyghur "Twelve Muqams" a Masterpiece of
the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This event was preceded
by more than fifty years of work behind the scenes to record,
transcribe, research, edit and reorganize the Uyghur muqams into a
symbolic form representing the history and culture of the Uyghur
ethnic collectivity.

This study describes the present structure of the Uyghur muqams and
shows how it emerged from the lives and work of performers. It
presents and analyzes the Turkic poetry of the muqams in historical
and cultural contexts, and shows how traditional performers created
their oral versions from mostly written texts. The analysis of muqam
culture and history is combined with ethnographic study of editing the
canonical muqam songs and of the role of the muqams in ongoing
negotiations over identity, culture and history within Uyghur society.

Editing the muqams became a process of Uyghur self-examination and
self-definition. To create positive public representations, the
performers, scholars and politicians who edited the muqams carefully
investigated and interpreted culture and history. The variety of
discourses about the Uyghur past that emerged during editing reflect
the plurality of local ideas and goals. In studying how the muqams
were reworked, Light investigates the social organization of cultural
reflexivity within Xinjiang Uyghur society, and finds that the present
Chinese political context had less influence and importance than
editors' concerns about Central Asian cultural history and spiritual
practices over the past 1500 years.

Conforming to widespread ideas about representing modern national
cultures on stage through systematic, monumental performances, Uyghur
editors sought to shape the "folk classical" muqams into a source of
ethnic pride. In so doing they confronted many cultural
intimacies--aspects of collective and personal life that undermined
public self-images and disrupt public values and official ideologies
about language, gender, love, and spirituality. Through backstage
discussions in largely Uyghur contexts, the editors and performers
negotiated solutions and rehearsed the framing of public muqam
performances. Light explores the ways past and present cultural
dynamics interact to create contradictions between public and intimate
practices: for example, Central Asian ghazal poetry uses esoteric
images and terms drawn from Sufism to express personal spiritual
quests and critique society, but in the modern Uyghur Twelve Muqams
these same ghazals are sung as love songs in public celebration of the
ethnic collective and its shared culture. Influenced by secular and
national ideologies Uyghur cultural elites have tended to reject the
spiritual, the foreign, and the ecstatic in muqam performance, but
over the past ten years they have begun to integrate these into new
understandings of local heritage.

Contents

1 - Introduction
1.1 - Editing the Muqams
1.2 - International Muqam Scholarship and Local Goals
1.3 - Compromising Culture and Identity
1.4 - History and Geography

2 - Uyghur Performing Arts and the Muqams
2.1 - Muqams and Dance
2.2 - Muqam Discourse, Ideology, and 'Modernization'
2.3 - The Structure of the Muqams
2.3.1 - First Section: Coñ Nägmä
2.3.2 - Second Section: Dastan
2.3.3 - Third Section: Märäp
2.4 - Muqam Rhythm and Song Meters

3 - The Poetics and Politics of Literary Sufism
3.1 - Sufi Poetry
3.1.1 - Images and Ideas
3.1.2 - Gender in the Poems
3.1.3 - Thematic Unity
3.2 - Ahmad Yasavi
3.2.1 - The Divan-i Hikmat
3.2.2 - Yasavi's Verses in the Muqams
3.3 - Classical Turkic Poets: Lutfi, Navai, and Fuzuli
3.3.1 - Maulana Lutfi
3.3.2 - Mir 'Ali-Shir Navai
3.3.2.1 - The Mahbub ul-Qulub
3.3.2.2 - Navai's Poetry in the Muqams
3.3.3 - Muhammad Fuzuli
3.4 - Muqam Poets after Fuzuli: Mashrab and Huvayda
3.4.1 - Mashrab as Antinomian Hero
3.4.2 - Huvayda's Didactic Poetry

4 - Give and Take: Genealogies in Music and Art
4.1 - Culture and History as Homelands
4.2 - Creating Autochthonous Uyghur Music History
4.3 - Muqam History on Film
4.4 - Genealogy and Identity
4.5 - Music in Chinese Ideologies and International Relations
4.6 - Foreign Music in China
4.7 - Farabi as Philosopher of Music and Turkic Culture Hero
4.8 - The History of Music in Central Asian Cultural History
4.9 - The Uses of the Narrative of Amannisa Khan

5 - Ömär Akhun's Muqams
5.1 - Becoming a Muqamci
5.2 - Learning and Creating Song Lyrics
5.3 - Religion and Love Songs
5.4 - Performance and Audience
5.5 - The Aesthetics of Muqam Sound
5.6 - Other Views on the Muqam Scales and Modes
5.7 - Only Rabbit Meat Remains

6 - Performing, Editing and Publishing the Muqam Songs
6.1 - Rescuing and Publishing the Muqam Texts
6.2 - Editing the Muqam Texts
6.3 - Poetry in Manuscript
6.4 - Come, O Beloved (Käl äy mähbub): Language and Ethnicity
6.5 - Mashrab's Satar Ghazal (Satarim Tariga)
6.6 - Songs in the Repertoires of Turdi Akhun and ímär Akhun
6.7 - To the Valley of Madness (Junun vadisiga)
6.8 - From the People of the World (Aläm ählidin)
6.9 - In the Garden (Bag icrä): ímär Akhun's Uaq Täzä
6.10 - O Early Spring (Äy näv bahar)
6.11 - O Seven Worlds (Äy yätti mänzär)
6.12 - 'Folk' Texts in the Coñ Nägmä
6.13 - Single Couplets

7 - Dastan and Märäp Songs in the Muqams
7.1 - Written Dastan Texts
7.2 - The Distribution and Variation of Gherip-Sänäm
7.3 - The Structure of Gherip-Sänäm
7.4 - Formulas in Other Dastans
7.5 - Comparing the Ili and Kashgar Versions of Gherip-Sänäm
7.6 - Gherip Tested by Shaykh Junayd
7.7 - The Resolution of Gherip-Sänäm
7.8 - Turdi Akhun's Märäp Songs

8 - Conclusion
8.1 - Cultural Power
8.2 - Offstage
8.3 - Cultural Purity and Working on the Collective Self

Appendix: A Brief Introduction to Uyghur Musical Instruments
Bibliography
Index


Dr. Nathan Light, Senior Research Fellow
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Advokatenweg 36, D-06114 Halle/Saale
Postfach 11 03 51, D-06017 Halle/Saale, Germany

+49 (0) 345 2927 240 (office)
+49 (0) 1577 5635 812 (cell)
+49 (0) 345 2927 202 (fax)

EVENT- Book Launch: Armine Ishkanian Book on Post-Soviet Armenia, London, June 8

Forwarded from: ARMACAD(a)yahoogroups.com
Posted: 5 Jun 2008


Armenian Institute

Book Launch

Democracy and Civil Society in Post&#8211;Soviet Armenia
by Dr Armine Ishkanian, London School of Economics

Sunday, 8 June 2008 at 7:00 pm
Armenian House, 25 Cheniston Gardens, W8
(Nearest tube: High Street Kensington)

This exciting new book (2008) considers the challenges of democracy
building in post-Soviet Armenia, and the role of civil society in that
process. It is the first book of its kind to examine the processes of
post-Soviet democracy building in Armenia. Based on extensive original
research, including ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with
participants, it provides a detailed account of democracy building and
civil society strengthening programmes in Armenia since 1991 up to the present.

In her presentation of the book, Dr Ishkanian will also examine the
current developments in Armenia following the 2008 presidential
elections and consider the question of whether we are witnessing the
reawakening of civil society in Armenia today.  Dr Ishkanian is a
Lecturer in Social Policy at the Centre for Civil Society and a
Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance,
at the London School of Economics (LSE).    Since 1996 she has been
conducting research on civil society and democracy building on Armenia
and has published widely on these issues.

Wine and Cheese reception to follow.  Books will be available at
discounted price.


The Armenian Institute is a London-based registered charity dedicated
to making Armenian culture and history a living experience, through
innovative programmes, educational resources, workshops, exhibits and
performances. Its work is supported by friends, patrons and voluntary
donations. For more information about the Armenian Institute or to
find out about supporting the important work of the Institute, please
visit our website at www.armenianinstitute.org.uk, contact us at
info(a)armenianinstitute.org.uk;  or call 020 7978 9104.

CALL FOR POLICY BRIEFS- Development of Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan, SRC, AUCA

Posted by: Social Research Center <src(a)mail.auca.kg>
Posted: 3 Jun 2008


Call for Policy Briefs

Topic: Development of Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan

The Social Research Center at American University of Central Asia in
Bishkek (www.src.auca.kg) with financial assistantship from the Civil
Society Program of Aga Khan Development Network is pleased to announce
the next Call for Policy Briefs on "Development of Civil Society in
Kyrgyzstan".

The civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kyrgyzstan have succeeded in
gaining a reputation of important players in social and political
spheres. CSOs have become essential tools in the delivery of social
services in health care, education, environment, social safety net and
other sectors. They are also known as active watchdogs monitoring
government actions. Yet, CSOs are currently facing numerous problems
such as the lack of financial sustainability, sector fragmentation,
limited access to policy-making process and many others.

This Policy Brief Project intends to contribute to the development of
civil society through policy-related research and to offer timely and
insightful prescriptions for policy-makers to further promote the
civil society in Kyrgyzstan. It also aims to further progress public
debate on challenges encountered by CSOs.

Through this project the fellows will:
 * Deepen their knowledge in a particular focus area through
   conducting policy analysis;
 * Have an opportunity to present their policy papers to government
   officials and wider public community
 * Publish their policy briefs in a special monograph to be printed by
   SRC in English and Russian
 * Get a small honorarium of USD300.

Topics:

Topics can include but are not limited to:
 * Capacity building of CSOs
 * Leadership development among representatives of CSOs
 * Government and CSOs relationship
 * Relationship between business and CSOs
 * CSOs participation in monitoring and assessment of government
   actions and programs
 * Legal barriers for the growth of CSOs

To apply:

 * send us your CV clearly showing your previous research experience
 * submit a two-page proposal explaining the problem area you intend
   to explore and describing your research methodology

Local scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals can be
submitted in Russian or English languages, and should be typed using
New Times Roman 12, Single Spacing.

Submission procedure:

Applications should be submitted electronically to Ms. Ainura
Asamidinova, Project Coordinator, SRC, at asamidinova_a(a)mail.auca.kg.
Hardcopy can be posted to SRC, American University of Central Asia,
205 Abdumomunov Street, Room 234, 720040 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Please
note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: 5 p.m., 15 June, 2008

Notification of acceptance: 18 June, 2008

Submission of final papers: 18 September, 2008


Any other questions should be addressed to:

Ms. Ainura Asamidinova
Project Coordinator
Social Research Center, AUCA
E-mail: asamidinova_a(a)mail.auca.kg
Tel: +996 312 66 33 09 (ext.276)


This project is supported by a grant from the Civil Society Program of
the Aga Khan Development Network.

JOURNAL/CFP- Central Eurasian Studies Review, Vol. 7, No. 2

Posted by: Virginia Martin <virginiamartin(a)tds.net>
Posted: 3 Jun 2008


Be an active participant in the scholarly exchange of ideas about
Central Eurasia and contribute to the next issue of the Central
Eurasian Studies Review!

CESR Volume 7, Number 2 will be published in Fall 2008.

Deadline for submissions is OCTOBER 1st.


Consider contributing to one of CESR's four sections:

Perspectives

In addition to our encouragement of submissions to the Perspectives
section as described on the CESR website,
http://www.cesr-cess.org/CESR_contribution.html#Perspectives, we would
like to inaugurate two additional approaches that will, we hope,
expand CESR as a vehicle for the dissemination of insightful thinking
and reflection on the myriad concerns, historical and current, to
scholars and students of our region of study. We invite submission of:
 * Short essays of about 400-500 words&#8212;"jottings"&#8212;that present and
comment on data and other kinds of research materials in one of four
categories: (1) textual sources (a brief archival document, court
case, letter, metrical page, or poem); (2) an image or artifact
(photograph, sketch, graffito, or painting; bone, worked stone or
metal, or textile); (3) a chart or graph (of social, economic,
political, or other information); or (4) a map. Despite the differing
nature of these research materials, we assume that all are texts to be
read. We see these "jottings" as opportunities for scholars to offer
something especially interesting from their current research, as
examples of the various methods that we are increasingly bringing to
bear on the objects of our study, and as exemplars, for students as
prospective scholars, that show them ways to interrogate the obvious
and not so obvious resources that human cultures create for our
attention and analysis.
 * The second solicitation is for what we might term a "musing." These
are to emerge in response to a question of broad relevance, or, in
this first instance, to the question posed in the current (Spring
2008) issue of CESR by Laura Adams: "Can we apply postcolonial theory
to Central Eurasia?" Musings may be up to 1,000 words in length.
 * For both "jottings" and "musings." the "Perspectives" editor requests
that those desiring to contribute inform him of their intentions via
email (elazzeri(a)indana.edu) by June 15, 2008. By the same date, the
editor would like to hear from anyone wishing to contribute a longer
essay on a subject, method, or current research project relevant to the field.

Research Reports

CESR is eager to publish reports on your research about the Central
Eurasian region that reflect preliminary findings and conclusions,
application of new methodologies and theories, and experiences and/or
conditions of recent research in the field.  CESR is particularly
interested in serving as a forum for the presentation of new research
results from your work in progress.  Please consult the CESR website
for specific guidelines, and send submissions of 1,500-3,000 words in
length to section editor Jamilya Ukudeeva at jaukudee(a)cabrillo.edu.

Conferences and Lecture Series

The Conference and Lecture Series Section includes reports on
conferences, meetings, workshops, panels, and lectures on various
aspects of the study of Central Eurasia.  Reporters are expected to
provide both descriptive and analytical accounts of these activities
by focusing on the general themes, topics, newly introduced debates,
and/or results of recent fieldwork. The main objective of this section
is to provide information about such activities to those scholars who
did not have a chance to attend the gathering. If you are interested
in contributing such a report, please contact section co-editors Pinar
Akcali, akcali(a)metu.edu.tr or Dan Schafer, schaferd(a)mail.belmont.edu.

Educational Resources and Developments

What challenges do educators, both within and outside Central Eurasia,
face in teaching about the region?  The editors request submissions
that address this question while probing a range of issues.
Submissions might include:  discussions of philosophies of education
and/or analyses of the politics of education (both within the Central
Eurasian region and within Central Eurasian Studies); discussions of
teaching methodology and reflections on its use in practice;
descriptions of specific courses (with links to their syllabi) and/or
experiences with curriculum development; discussion of new and ongoing
projects that extend the range of resources appropriate to any and all
levels of learners.  See the CESR website for further information
about this section.  Submissions may be sent to section editor Sarah
Amsler at S.Amsler(a)kingston.ac.uk.


Please consult the CESR website for guidelines for submissions at
http://www.cesr-cess.org/CESR_contribution.html.


The Central Eurasian Studies Review is the publication of the Central
Eurasian Studies Society (CESS).  For more information on CESS, see
its website at www.muohio.edu.

PUBL.- Central Eurasian Studies Review, Vol. 7, No. 1

Posted by: Virginia Martin <virginiamartin(a)tds.net>
Posted: 3 Jun 2008


We are pleased to announce the publication of the Central Eurasian
Studies Review, Volume 7, Number 1 (Spring 2008).  It is available in
PDF format on the CESR website: www.cesr-cess.org.

In this issue:

 * The Perspectives section returns!  Laura Adams, 2007-08 CESS
   President, argues for the relevance of postcolonial theory to the
   study of Central Eurasia.
 * Several reports on recent conferences and workshops highlight the
   diversity and vitality of our field.
 * Educational issues in policy and in practice are the focus of two
   separate reports on current research projects.
 * A survey of archival resources provides useful information for
   historians of Kazakhstan.

Read, contemplate, respond, and contribute to future issues of CESR!!


Table of Contents

Perspectives:

Can We Apply Postcolonial Theory to Central Eurasia? Laura Adams

Research Reports:

Report on Research Findings:

Education of Ethnic Minorities: Between State Policy, Ethnic Framing,
and Individual Strategies, Olivier Ferrando

Report on Research Conditions:

Adventures of a Foreign Historian in Kazakhstan, Sarah Cameron

Conferences and Lecture Series:

Reconstructing the House of Culture, Reported by Ali Igmen

Russia and Islam in the Archives of Eurasia: An International
   Workshop, Reported by Sean Pollock

Central Asian Studies: History, Politics, and Society, Reported by
   Allen Frank

Relations between Turkey and Central Asia: Expectations and
   Foresights, Reported by Aslan Yavuz Sir

Global Migration: New Dynamics, Strategies, and Visions in the EU and
   its Neighborhood, Reported by Hayriye Kahveci

Russia and the Ottoman Empire: Transregional and Comparative
   Approaches, Reported by Sean Pollock

Educational Resources and Developments:

Culturally Relevant Extensive Reading in Tajikistan, Lori Fredricks
   and Valentina Sobko


For more information and guidelines for contributions, consult the
CESR website at: www.cesr-cess.org

PUBL.- Central Asia and the Caucasus, Special Double Issue on GUAM, No. 3-4, 2008

Posted by: Murad Esenov <murad.esenov(a)worldmail.se>
Posted: 2 Jun 2008


Please find below the contents of the Special Double Issue of the 'Central
Asia and the Caucasus' journal (in English and Russian) dedicated to GUAM.
The issue will be published in the first decade of June.

Central Asia and the Caucasus Journal
Journal of Social and Political Studies
No. 3-4 (51-52), 2008

GUAM: From a Tactical Alliance to Strategic Partnership

Special Issue

In this issue:

Eldar M. Ismailov. Foreword

Globalization and Formation of new Regional Organizations

Valery Chechelashvili. Organization for Democracy and Economic Development
- GUAM: Reality, Possibilities, and Prospects

Nazim Muzaffarli (Imanov). Politico-Economic Complementary and Compatibility
between GUAM Member States

Sergey Tolstov. The GUAM Phenomenon: Its Experience as a Regional
Cooperation Structure and Its prospects as an International Organization

Vladimer Papava. On the Role of the "Caucasian Tandem" in GUAM

David Preyger. GUAM and Global Energy Policy

Rustem Zhanguzhin. GUAM and the Trans-Caspian Gas Transportation Corridor:
Is It about Politics or Economics?

GUAM: an Inside View

Tedo Japaridze. Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM:
A Road Map to Relevance? (A View from Georgia with Certain Personal
Reflections and Conclusions)

Thea Kentchadze. GUAM: The Georgian Perspective

Boris Parakhonskiy. Ukraine in the GUAM System

Elhan Polukhov. GUAM As seen from Azerbaijan

Svetlana Pinzar. Moldova-GUAM

Farkhad Tolipov. GUAM: Will It Expand to Central Asia?

GUAM: Relations among Regional and World Powers

Alexander Skakov. Russia and GUAM

Paul Goble. The United States and GUAM: From Tactic to Partnership

Sava Genç. Relations between GUAM and Turkey

Wang Jinguo, Wang Zhizun. GUAM and the PRC

Ambrish Dhaka. India and GUAM: A Strategic Outlook

Gursel Ismayilzada. A new Pillar of Japanese Foreign Policy: The Arc of
Freedom and Prosperity- Japanese Policy toward the GUAM Organization

GUAM and other Regional Organizations

Nicklas Norling, Niklas Nilsson. EU-GUAM: Engagement or Estrangement?

Andrey Grozin. The CIS and GUAM

Gulnur Rakhmatullina. GUAM and the EURASEC: Main Goals and Prospects

Konstantin Syroezhkin. GUAM and the SCO: A Comparative Analysis

GUAM and Regional Security Problems

Roger N. McDermott, Yury Morozov. GUAM-NATO Cooperation: Russian
Perspectives on the Strategic Balance in the Central Caucasus

Azhdar Kurtov. The CSTO, GUAM: Transformation of the Post-Soviet Area

Jannatkhan Eyvazov. GUAM and the Regional Security System in the Post-Soviet
Space

GUAM and Its Member States' Territorial Integrity

Ayder Bulatov. Certain Aspects of Ethnoconfessional Reality in the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Paata Zakareishvili. GUAM and Conflict Settlement in Georgia

Namig Aliev. Some State Legal Problems in the Armenian-Azerbaijani,
Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Vitalie Dianocu. Transdnisterian Conflict: Frozen, yet Solvable

For your information

The Special Feature section in the next issues will discuss:

 * Energy Policy and Energy Projects in Central Eurasia

 * Central Eurasia: Politics Today

 * Regional Security in Central Eurasia

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:
www.ca-c.org or http://www.ca-c.org/journal-table-eng.shtml

PUBL.- Georgian KGB and CC Archives and the Archival Bulletin

Posted by: Timothy Blauvelt <timblauvelt(a)mail.ru>
Posted: 31 May 2008


The Archives Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
has recently published the first edition of the Archival Bulletin:
http://archive.security.gov.ge/saarqivo_moambe.pdf

The Archival Department is responsible for the remaining parts of the
Georgian security services (OGPU-NKVD-MVD-KGB) archive as well as the
archive of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Georgia
(formally called the "Presidential Archive"). Both archives are now
open to researchers and interested persons, and the storage facilities
have recently been  renovated.

The Archival Bulletin will be a quarterly journal devoted to
displaying to range of materials available and reproducing some of the
more interesting documents. It is also intended as an advertisement
for the archives themselves, to create awareness among foreign and
domestic researchers of what they have to offer.

The website of the Archives Department also has a great deal of
interesting information and documents, but for now the interface is
only available in Georgian: http://archive.security.gov.ge/

Any institution interested in receiving a hard copy of the Archival
Bulletin, or individuals interested in working in the archives should contact:

Colonel Omar Tushurashvili
Head of the Archives Department
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia
Vazha-Pshavela Avenue, #72
Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel./Fax: (995 32) 323898
E-mail: Tushurashvili (at) pol.ge

PUBL.- Eurasian Journal of Business and Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, May 2008

Posted by: Ibrahim Keles <qelesh(a)hotmail.com>
Posted: 31 May 2008


Contents

Editorial: An Introduction

The Cultural Foundations of Family Business Management: Evidence from Ukraine
William D. BRICE & Wayne D. JONES

An Empirical Investigation of the Relationship between Quality
   Initiatives and Financial Performance
Ali UYAR

Picnic Organizers to Strategists: Turn of the Wheel for Human Resource Managers
Feza T. AZMI

Experience Studies on Determining Life Premium Insurance Ratings:
   Practical Approaches
Mirela CRISTEA & Narcis E. MITU

Empirical Analysis of Kyrgyz Trade Patterns
Elvira KURMANALIEVA

An Action Research into International Masters Program in Practicing
   Management (IMPM): Suggesting Refraction to Complement Reflection for
   Management Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy
Tunc D. Medeni & Katsuhiro UMEMOTO

www.ejbe.org

PUBL.- Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 10, 14 May 2008

Posted by: Svante Cornell <scornel4(a)jhuadig.admin.jhu.edu>
Posted: 31 May 2008


Note: New Publications:

"Georgia's May 2008 Parliamentary Elections: Setting Sail in A Storm",
CACI & SRSP Policy Paper by Niklas Nilsson and Svante E. Cornell, May
2008, 35pp. Dowload at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/Silkroadpapers/0805Georgia.pdf

"Parliament and Political Parties in Kazakhstan",
CACI & SRSP Silk Road Paper by Anthony Clive Bowyer, April 2008, 70pp.
Download at:
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/docs/Silkroadpapers/0804Bowyer.pdf

"Russia's Central Asia Policy and the Role of Russian Nationalism",
CACI & SRSP Silk Road Paper by Marlene Laruelle, April 2008, 81pp.
Download at:
http://www.isdp.eu/files/publications/srp/08/ml08russiacentral.pdf


The 14 May issue of the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (Volume 10, no.
10) is now online at http://www.cacianalyst.org/. The PDF version of the
entire issue is available at:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/files/080514Analyst.pdf


Full contents:

Analytical Articles

EU Strategy on Central Asia: Realpolitik After All
Cornelius Graubner
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4859

The Emerging China-Afghanistan Relationship
Nicklas Norling
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4858

Is Emomali Rakhmon Losing Domestic Support?
Erica Marat
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4857

Karimov-Nazarbayev Rivalry Pervades Bilateral Summit
Richard Weitz
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4856

Field Reports

Turkmen President to Pay Historic Visit to Baku
Azer Karimov
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4863

Unmanned Aircraft at Center of Georgian-Abkhaz Information War
Niklas Nilsson
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4862

Tajik Authorities Call for Public Donations
Sergey Medrea
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4861

Armenian Government Sets Ambitious Targets in Economic and Political Spheres
Haroutiun Khachatrian
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4860

News Digest:
http://www.cacianalyst.org/?q=node/4864

23 April 2008 Turkey Analyst Analytical Articles:

Will Clinging to the EU and Ataturk Save the AKP?
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/inside/turkey/2008/080423A.html

Between Political Crises: Turkey's Energy Policy
http://www.silkroadstudies.org/new/inside/turkey/2008/080423B.html


The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst is a bi-weekly publication of the
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint
Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and the Institute
for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.

The CACI Analyst welcomes submissions of articles and field reports. At
this moment, we are particularly interested in submissions on
development, economics and finance matters in Central Asia and the
Caucasus region, but all inquiries are welcome. Please contact Editor,
Svante Cornell, at scornell(a)jhu.edu with a short description of
your article idea. Editorial principles are online at
http://www.cacianalyst.org/newsite/?q=node/59

PUBL.- The Art of Ancient Jewelry Makers: Central Asia, 4th Century BCE-4th Century CE

Posted by: Elena Neva <lenasu(a)email.msn.com>
Posted: 31 May 2008


Please note the following publication in Russian:

The Art of Ancient Jewelry Makers: Central Asia, 4th Century BCE-4th Century CE
Elena Neva

Iskusstvo drevnikh iuvelirov (Tsentral'naia Aziia: IV v. do n.e.-IV
v.).  Boston: M Graphics Publishing.  121 pp. ill. ISBN
978-1-934881-05-7.  2008.  $20.00

Contents:

Vvedenie
1. Iz istorii izucheniia iuvelirnogo iskusstva drevnego perioda
2. Khudozhestvennye osobennosti iuvelironykh izdelii Tsentral'noi Azii
3. Vidy i formy iuvelirnykh izdelii Tsentral'noi Azii i ikh
   tekhnicheskie osobennosti
4. Simvolika i semantika ukrashenii
Zakliuchenie

The book may be ordered from:

Elena Neva <lenasu(a)email.msn.com>

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