Troubled Waters: The Geopolitics of the Caspian Region

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I.B.Tauris, Jun 27, 2003 - History - 280 pages
Once the landlocked backwater between Iran and the Soviet Union, the Caspian has in the last ten years emerged as the epicentre of vast conflicting interests in a region where massive geopolitical issues converge with enormous energy resources and dramatic latent instability. Russia’s conflict in Chechnya is a direct by-product of the strategic importance of the Caspian region. _Troubled Waters_ presents a comprehensive analysis of the political and economic dynamics of the Caspian basin. It examines the area’s historical evolution and the diverse issues and players in what has become a modern variant of the `Great Game' of the nineteenth century. Following a historical overview of the region and its oil industries, the book analyses the domestic politics and the foreign policies of the five states bordering the Caspian- Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. It further identifies all the external interests involved in the Caspian’s political rivalries and control over its resources and territory, including the US, the major European powers, various nationalist movements, Islamic militants, multi-national corporations, NGOs and international financial institutions. These features, coupled with the political and economic risk assessment of the Caspian basin which this book provides, makes this a unique contribution to our understanding of a region which is strategically positioned at the territorial juncture of Russia, China, East Asia and the Middle East. "This is the definitive book on the international politics and economics of the Caspian Basin because of its comprehensiveness, objectivity and clarity of analysis. It should be essential reading for academic specialists, policymakers, oil business executives or anyone interested in understanding the complex dynamics of this turbulent region." Professor A. Nizar Hamzeh, American University of Beirut. “The book is well researched, well written, and full of useful information. It is a valuable introduction to the politics and economics of the Caspian region at various levels. Its extensive bibliography provides the reader with useful sources for further and more detailed information”. Professor Shireen Hunter
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 The Caspian in a Globalized World
3
CHAPTER 2 The Caspian in History
10
CHAPTER 3 Legal Status and Environmental Issues
19
CHAPTER 4 Energy EstimatesCosts and Pipelines
28
THE RIPARIAN STATES
41
Politics and Interests
43
Interstate Relations
74
THE EXTERNAL ACTORS
97
CHAPTER 8 The Outer Circle
115
CHAPTER 9 AmericaEuropeJapan and Asia
131
CHAPTER 10 NonState Actors in the Caspian Basin
150
CHAPTER 11 The Caspian in the Global Marketplace
167
Epilogue
175
References
185
Bibliography
225
Index
271

CHAPTER 7 The Inner Circle
99

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Simonian is Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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