Troubled Waters: The Geopolitics of the Caspian Region

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I.B.Tauris, Sep 20, 2003 - History - 281 pages
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Troubled Waters presents a comprehensive analysis of the political and economic dynamics of the Caspian basin. It examines the diverse issues and players in what has become a modern variant of the “Great Game” of the 19th century. Following a historical overview of the region and its oil industries, the book analyzes the domestic politics and the foreign policies of the five states bordering the Caspian – Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. It identifies all the external interests involved in the Caspian’s political rivalries and control over its resources and territory, including the US, the European powers, various nationalist movements, Islamic militants, national corporations and international corporations.
 

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Contents

Legal Status and Environmental Issues
19
Politics and Interests
43
Interstate Relations
74
The Inner Circle
99
The Outer Circle
115
America Europe Japan and Asia
131
NonState Actors in the Caspian Basin
150
The Caspian in the Global Marketplace
167
References
185
Bibliography
225
Index
271
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R. Hrair Dekmejian is Professor of Political Science and Hovann H. Simonian is Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science, both at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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