Islam, Oil, and Geopolitics: Central Asia After September 11

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Elizabeth Van Wie Davis, Rouben Azizian
Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - 308 pages
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Since the tragic events of September 11, Central Asia has been drawn into the intense struggle of the international community against the forces of religious extremism and transnational crime. The great powers were able to put aside their geopolitical differences in order to crush al-Qaeda and the Taliban. With the marginalization of the Taliban and the eviction of al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, however, the tension between the great powers is notably increasing, as is the discomfort of Central Asian states who find themselves, their political development, and their oil reserves in the middle of a renewed Great Game. Islam, Oil, and Geopolitics is a truly international volume, including chapters written by senior scholars, upcoming students in the field, prominent diplomats, and renowned academics from Russia, China, the United States, and the Central Asian republics. They collaborate to focus on three important issues that are usually--and unfortunately--analyzed separately: Islamic political issues, energy security, and geopolitical maneuvering. Once an obscure and little-known region, Central Asia has become an important test of America's ability to consistently promote global liberal change, of Russia's true foreign policy agenda, and of China's readiness to translate economic power into political influence. Terrorism, economics, and politics all converge in this strategic region, with important implications for Asia and the world. This significant and timely volume helps readers understand current events in Central Asia and how those events affect the rest of the world. Contributions by: Kamoludin Abdullaev, Rouben Azizian, Gaye Christoffersen, Elizabeth Van Wie Davis, Feng Shaolei, Pan Guang, Shireen Hunter, Alisher Khamidov, Mikhail A. Konarovsky, Najibullah Lafraie, Murat Laumulin, Sergey I. Lounev, Aleksei V. Malashenko, Orhon Myadar, Manabu Shimizu, Thomas W. Simons Jr., Robert Smith, Sergei Troush, Kang Wu, and Shi Yinhong.
 

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Contents

Islam Oil and Geopolitics in Central Asia after September 11
Central Asia and the War against Terrorism A View from Russia
11
The Afghanistan Peace Process Progress and Problems
27
Islam and Ethnic Minorities in Central Asia The Uyghurs
43
Integrating Political Islam in Central Asia The Tajik Experience
59
Countering Religious Extremism in Central Asia HizbutTahrir and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
75
Islam Politics and Security in Central Asia
91
Central Asias Energy Resources Japans Energy Interests
105
Iran Turkey and Central Asia The Islamic Connection
185
ChineseRussian Strategic Relations The Central Asian Angle
201
China and Russia in Central Asia Interests and Tendencies
215
Shanghai Cooperation Organization Challenges Opportunities and Prospects
231
Kazakhstan and ConfidenceBuilding Measures in Asia
241
The Legacy of Sovietism in Central Asia and Mongolia
255
The United States Asian Security and Central Asia before and after September 11
269
Selected Bibliography
285

Chinas Energy Interests and Quest for Energy Security
121
Central Asia and Asian Pacific Energy Requirements
143
Great Power Politics in Central Asia Today A Chinese Assessment
159
RussianIndian Relations in Central Asia
171

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Elizabeth Van Wie Davis is professor of regional studies at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Rouben Azizian is professor of policy studies at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.

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