Global Security Watch: Central Asia

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-21
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
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Home to vast energy reserves. Central front in the fight against global terrorism. Potential Western allies in Russia's backyard. Together, the independent nations of Central Asia-the former Soviet republics Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan, plus Afghanistan-comprise one of the most important yet least understood regions of the world.

Author Biography

Reuel R. Hanks, PhD, is professor of geography at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, and serves as editor of the Journal of Central Asian Studies. Dr. Hanks was a Fulbright Scholar in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1995 and has published more than a dozen articles and book chapters on Central Asia on Islam, nationalism and national identity, foreign policy, and political geography. He is the author of Uzbekistan, an annotated bibliography in the World Bibliographical Series, and Central Asia: A Global Studies Handbook, both published by ABC-CLIO. He has taught at Tashkent State Economics University, Samarkand State Institute for Foreign Languages, KIMEP (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and Eurasian National University (Astana, Kazakhstan).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Historical and Contemporary Introduction to Military, Security, and Strategic Issues in Central Asiap. 1
Emergent Central Asian States and Security Issuesp. 21
Islam, Terrorism, and Security in Central Asiap. 45
Energy and Water in Central Asia: Resource Issues and Regional Stabilityp. 71
Drugs, Migration, and Human Traffickingp. 97
Relations with Russia, the United States, and Chinap. 117
Conclusion: Quo Vadis, Central Asia?p. 139
Biographiesp. 145
Chronologyp. 157
Documentsp. 167
Mapsp. 195
Glossaryp. 203
Selected Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 213
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