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Author
Olcott, Martha Brill, 1949-

Title
Central Asia's second chance / Martha Brill Olcott.
Published
Washington, D.C. : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, ©2005.
 
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Physical description1 online resource (xiii, 389 pages) : 1 color map
SeriesBooks at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
BibliographyIncludes bibliographical references and index.
ContentsAfter September 11, an unexpected chance -- Central Asia : the first ten years of independence -- The geopolitics of Central Asia prior to September 11 -- Meeting social and economic burdens -- Failures of political institution building create the challenge of succession -- Changing geopolitics : less has changed than one might think -- What to expect from the future : dealing with common problems.
SummaryA leading authority on Central Asia offers a sweeping review of the region's path from independence to the post-9/11 world. The first decade of Central Asian independence was disappointing for those who envisioned a straightforward transition from Soviet republics to independent states with market economies and democratic political systems. Leaders excused political failures by pointing to security risks, including the presence of terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. The situation changed dramatically after 9/11, when the camps were largely destroyed and the United States introduced a military presence. More importantly the international community engaged with these states to give them a "second chance" to address social and economic problems. But neither the aid-givers nor the recipients were willing to approach problems in new ways. Now, terrorists groups are once again making their presence felt and some states may be becoming global security risks. This book explores how the region squandered its second chance and what might happen next.
Other authorJSTOR issuing body.
SubjectEconomic assistance, American -- Asia, Central.
Peace.
Asia, Central -- Economic conditions -- 1991-
Asia, Central -- Politics and government -- 1991-
Electronic books.
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ISBN9780870032875 (electronic bk.)
0870032879 (electronic bk.)
9780870032189 (cloth)
0870032186 (cloth)
9780870032172 (paper)
0870032178 (paper)
Publisher NumberEB00642159 Recorded Books
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A leading authority on Central Asia offers a sweeping review of the region's path from independence to the post-9/11 world. The first decade of Central Asian independence was disappointing for those who envisioned a straightforward transition from Soviet republics to independent states with market economies and democratic political systems. Leaders excused political failures by pointing (read more)
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Martha Brill Olcott
Martha Brill Olcott , selected by Washingtonian magazine for its list of "71 People the President Should Listen To" about the war on terrorism, is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in Centr
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March 1, 2006

This is by far the most informative study of Central Asia in at least a decade. Its seven densely written chapters, ten appendixes, and numerous footnotes are loaded with facts about the five former Soviet republics covered: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. They provide the most comprehensive analysis of political and economic developments, (read more)
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